This guest bath makeover, that I started only the week before having out of town guests, was supposed to be a quick cover up job. Just a “refresh” is what I had in mind. It all started with some tongue and groove pine I salvaged from my neighbors demolition a few months ago. It was my intention to use it shiplap style directly over the top of the existing tile to avoid stripping the tile off the wall.
My entire “refresh” list included: make a new floor to ceiling shower curtain, cover the ugly wall tile with ship lap, install a new vanity, sink, faucet and mirror. I never intended to take out all the tile on the walls and floors, remove the toilet, and replace drywall, but this remodel had different plans for me.
When I cut the first piece of pine to cover the tile I quickly realized it wouldn’t work. First, it was too thick to fit behind the toilet. Second, the thickness would stick out way past the door trim. And finally I didn’t really have a way to fasten it to the tile(too heavy for glue alone). If I used 1/8″ thick plywood or hardboard it would’ve worked, but I already accumulated all this pine and stored it under my kids slip and slide for months, so I wasn’t about to scrap it. So I got out my flat pry bar and removed the tile.
I wasn’t planning to retile the bathroom floor either. My intention was to just fill in the holes under the old vanity with some new tile very similar to what’s already in the bathroom and throw down a large area rug. I dreaded taking up the toilet and possibly breaking it upon removal, and dealing with the new wax ring and gasket was more than I wanted to deal with.
It was the Habitat Restore tile that sealed the retiled floor deal. I happened upon it while I was shopping for a sink, and I couldn’t pass up the $1 per square foot price and traditional yet vintage looking style.
So, to get on with the prices and see how I did it for $200…
vanity…$14 from local thrift store(it was marked $24 but I used a $10 off frequent shopper discount)
faucet $32 Home Depot
Mirror $10 craigslist
vanity light fixture $10 habitat restore
floor tile…$40 habitat Restore
thin set and grout…$21 Home depot
random trim…$12 Home Depot
Mirror clips…$4 home depot
Shower curtain…home made with fabric I had.
shower curtain track…$7 Ikea
wax ring…$4 Home Depot
caulk…$6 Home Depot
paint…left over from kitchen cabinets
screws and random hardware…used what I had.
I feel like I could have done a tutorial for each step of this project but I was in a pretty big hurry to finish it up so I didn’t take pictures until after my company went home.
If you have any questions about any aspect of this project feel free to comment. One more before and after because I just can’t help myself.