Bathroom update with cost details.
This post will tell you the real costs of updating a room
We moved into our home 7 1/2 years ago and finally got around to tackling the worst looking room decor wise in the the house. I’m sure y’all know how it is. That things and rooms in your home function ok. There is nothing WRONG with the floor, tub, sink, mirror, vanity or countertop other than the fact is that they look horrible. Often this leads to putting off a project and putting off a project until finally you can’t stand it any more and it is time for it to change. In this post I will share our bathroom update with cost details. So many times I see room updates on the internet that say we did it for $50 or less only to find out they had most of the supplies in the garage. In this post I will share with you what it cost us to redo this bathroom.
That’s the way it was with this bathroom. Our home was built in 1993 (which was a VERY good year since it was the year my husband and I married). But this bathroom screamed that it was built in the 90’s with a countertop picked out by teenagers. Luckily when we moved in I was able to somehow find matching towels, rug and a shower curtain at Target. That probably just prolonged it’s agony though. The first thing I did was to paint the countertop with some countertop paint. It stayed just like that for at least 6 months until I finally said enough was enough.
After Halloween I decided to get started. The goal was to get it done before Thanksgiving when we had planned a family trip to go and see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I am happy to say that we did it and I love it but it was A LOT of work. We did everything ourselves to save money.
The biggest changes were adding the Board and Batten walls and a new floor. My husband was in charge of the doing the walls with the board and batten which also meant we did new floor trim and shoe molding. This adds so much character for not a lot of money. We used 1×8 primed pine boards, $8.52 a piece, that were attached to the drywall and then painted everything white. For all the new trim we spent right at $100.
The floor was a little bit of a splurge. I wanted to do gray tones, but we have that wonderfully colored bathtub in what I believe they called “bone” color in 1993, which pretty much looks like a dark, dingy awful yellow. This vinyl plank that I found had gray and beige in it and it works well. We had to buy two boxes of it because of the square footage. This is what you need to keep in mind. You will probably have to buy more material than you need because they only sell it in certain quantities. You also need to give yourself extra material for the mistakes in cuts that you WILL make. The floor was $2.85 a sq ft, which ended up being $188. I had to buy an extra box because we would be 1 plank short with just one box (SO frustrating). I also had to buy a WHOLE gallon of the glue for $45 and $25 in freight cost. We were able to install the floor ourselves right over the existing sheet vinyl. Total cost was $285. Plus we may have just enough to do the downstairs bath.
An “extra” cost we incurred was a new toilet because we wanted and needed one. You could reuse your existing toilet and just buy a new wax ring when your place it back over your new floor for under $5. Also, because we wanted the toilet to go with that wonderful tub, we had to special order it, ugg, which costs a lot more. You will also need a new water line most likely because the height of this toilet was different than the old. We also did not buy just a cheap toilet, you CAN tell a difference in the $88 toilets and the ones that are $200 or more. All in it was about $380, one of our bigger costs.
To save money I painted the existing cabinet in a fun colonial blue. I always check my colors against each other to make sure they will work well together. The wall color is a little darker than I would have liked but I needed it to be a grayish/beige color to go with the tub and the new floor. I prefer painting with Sherwin Williams Super Paint. It covers well and is easy to work with. I have found that “cheap” paint just doesn’t work as well. It is not as thick so it drips more, it doesn’t cover as well which mean more coats of paint. It is expensive, but they often have 30-40% off sales so I wait for those.
Normal cost for a gallon of Super Paint is $60. I also have found that using good paint brushes and rollers makes a job easier and looks better. I use PURDY paint brushes and clean them really good after each job so I can reuse them a lot. They run around $10 a brush. I also use a lamb’s wool roller. The lambs wool doesn’t leave lint on the wall like cheap rollers can. It can also be washed out and reused multiple times. They are about $13 a piece. Pricey, but worth it.
I also saved money buy spending $5 on brushed nickel spray paint and painted this nice brass light fixture. When we reinstalled it we turned it “upside down” from what it had originally been and it made a huge difference for not a lot of money. I like not seeing the lightbulbs when it is oriented like this. We also installed a new light and exhaust fan over the toilet that was around $80.
I purchased a new towel bar ($21), towel hooks ($3 a piece) and a new toilet paper holder ($19). Here I have also learned that quality counts, so I don’t immediately go for the cheapest price. You really will have these elements for a long time and they get used everyday, so make sure they can hold up to wear and tear.
We replaced the faucet also. I had purchased this one 7 years ago on clearance for this very purpose for about $40. I’m glad we finally got around to using it, because it really looks a lot better!
The last and probably most fun part is buying all the pretty stuff for the bathroom. It is the jewelry of the room. I spent $84 on the rug and towels, $25 for the shower curtain and $20 for a new shower rod.
I really love how it all turned out. I feels like it stays cleaner. Over the years I have learned that a darker floor in the bathroom hides all the dirt and the hair. Yes the floor gets cleaned every week, but in between cleanings it looks a lot better because you can’t see every speck of dirt.
We did save a lot of money by doing the work ourselves. It took about 2 weeks of focused time to get it all done. Including the towels, paint, tools, toilet, and supplies it cost us $1,250. I feel like it was money well spent though. Now when I walk down the hall the bright colors don’t glare at me. Instead I get to view a beautiful bathroom