Hi Friends! I’m back, and feeling much better and ready to share some progress on the hall bathroom renovation in the new house!
Here is a photo of the bathroom that was in our listing. You might be thinking, that doesn’t look so bad. And it really, at first glance for us didn’t, the bathroom didn’t become an issue until we started looking really closely just how much the bathroom had been used.
The bathroom is a great size (8.5 ft X 8.5ft) with double sinks, a shower/bathtub enclosure and it gets a good amount of afternoon light. The previous owners didn’t do much to the space, I could tell that the space still held original cabinets and countertops. The tiled shower was chipped and discolored and the glass door has a ton of mold in the track. Black paint was slapped over the cabinets but none of the gouges or scratches were filled in. We initially didn’t want to touch this space but as the rest of the house progressed, we realized that just some minor updates would go a long way!
After tearing out the moldy tile and chipped tub, we set was to work on the flooring. This is the bathroom the girls will share and I wanted affordable yet durable materials for this space. We went with Lowe’s Style Selections in Cityside Gray. This porcelain tile was an affordable option for us at $2.19 per piece. We decided to pair the tile with the Platinum grout from Home Depot. Thankfully, our tile contractor was able to complete the installation in one day since the bathroom was on the smaller side.
Like most older houses, as soon as you start to rip up floors and open walls you can run into a plethora of issues. We discovered that this space had water damage from a leak in the old bathtub. We had to replace all of the subflooring which you can see in the next photo!
We then utilized P’s awesome brother to salvage and patch the cabinets. Yes, we thought about just getting a new vanity but since the counter top is pretty long and money was allotted elsewhere, we just decided to paint cabinets instead. Two coats of Sherwin Williams Gray Matters did the trick, the cabinets look so much better. I think eventually we will have a custom cabinet constructed for this space, but just those tiny updates are making this space look so much better!!
This leads me to one thing I want to say on this post…if you are considering a renovation, you have to decide where you will get your most bang for your buck. The space that we are spending the most money on are the kitchen (the heart of our home) and the master bathroom which needed a full gut. In this space we were able to allocate about $1500 to freshen up a bathroom that our children will be spending a lot of time in. While I would have loved to put in a gorgeous Carrera Marble, it just wasn’t feasible. Instead we put more money towards spaces that we needed totally gutted to be able to make the house feel more like a home!
I’ll be back this week to update the kitchen!