Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Bathroom reno done

Mostly :)  I still have to hang a new shower curtain rod, but I’m scared silly to drill into my new tiling job.
This reno took me 3 weeks to do and other than having someone install the tub, I did it all by myself. Can you tell I’m proud?!  This is the biggest project I have taken on.

I started by ripping the existing tub and tile out, bringing it down to the studs.


After – new tub, new shower faucet, new tiles


Storage is an issue in a small bathroom, I solved that by building up.


A fresh coat of paint and some new accessories helped to make the space feel airy and bright.

I installed this bamboo slatted shelf above the sink to hold brushes and soap. This is a shelf meant to go above your kitchen sink, I simply removed the legs and mounted it to brackets.


The toilet and sink were in good condition and although they are no longer what I would choose, I didn’t replace them.

The final touch was new flooring which I installed yesterday. I tore out the old linoleum and to keep costs down, put new lino in.




I love the pattern and texture in the shower curtain, bought at a garage sale last year for $3.00


The new flooring goes well with the touches of bamboo in the blind and baskets.


It was 3 weeks of back breaking work, but I am pleased with the final result.

In total I spent a little over $1,100. That includes the new tub, faucet, tile, floor, trim, paint, labour and building supplies. The wealth of knowledge gained and the boost to my self esteem is priceless :)

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  1. Great job on the bathroom! You should be pleased with yourself for sure, well done!

  2. You AMAZE me! I would never dream of tackling a project that huge. I know you are so proud of your accomplishment. Let's hear it for GIRL POWER! :)

  3. Mel....it looks AMAZING!!! And you already know how I awesome I think you are for tackling this major reno on your own!! You totally ROCK! :)

  4. FABULOUS!!!! Congrats on the awesome job!!! : )

  5. The bathroom looks great. My favorite is the shelf idea. Great storage.

  6. That is awesome Mel! Way to go! You got skillz Mel ;) I like the sink and toilet, they are cute. I bet you love your new tub, If I owned my house that would be one of the first things I would rip out! We have one of those plasticky tubs :::shudders::: I even bought a different shower head. Someday, I will get my own house, and will rip it apart like you miss Mel ;) You Rock!

  7. It looks great! :) What a change and great storage solutions. I love it!! Makes me wanna start my own.

  8. Congratulations on the dive-in-and-do-it! Your results are very brag worthy. So, when shall I expect you to help me demo mine?

  9. Fantastic job! I love the flooring you picked out too, you could have said it was stone and I'd have never known the difference. What have you got the shower curtain hanging from? Mine isn't attached, it is a tension rod. I've only ripped it down once or twice by accident! Congrats on a job well done, enjoy it!

  10. I like your shelf over the sink. Great look! Thanks for sharing!

  11. The whole thing looks great! You should be proud!

  12. Wow! That's an inspiring redo!

  13. Job well done! And if I ould give you a pat on the back or a hug then I would how about an air hug, lol! I love the shelving with the baskets. Did you make that? I need something like that.

    Impressive as usual!


  14. I love it Mel! So impressed with your talent and budget too!! It does look light and airy. All very clever and creative too. That shower curtain is gorgeous!

  15. The bathroom looks awesome...great job! we are currently renovating ours. I can't wait until its finished.

  16. You should be pleased - your bathroom looks great! Love the pretty bluey grey on the walls, and the storage baskets & shelf above the sink are great ideas.

    Congrats on a job well done :-)

  17. Great job! I would love to re-do the tiling in one of our bathrooms but I just can't bring myself to do it! Love all of your little decorative touches!

  18. Great fished project! Good work! oxox, Diane

  19. i love the idea of those shelves! we have a small master bath and storage is hard to come by! gonna have to remember this when i get to my bathroom. if i use it, i'll give you a linky loo on my blog http://crayonfreckles.blogspot.com/

  20. Wow! I don't know how you did it, but you did! And what a wonderful job! I also love those mason jars as toothbrush and toothpaste holders. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  21. Stopping by via Be Different Act Normal! LOVE your shelving, how did you do it?

  22. Did you tell us how you made this shelving? It would be perfect in my bathroom too!

  23. How did you build the shelves????