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DIY Guest Bathroom Remodel

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Sharing how we remodeled our second bathroom used as a kid’s and guest bathroom while on a budget.

FOUR months ago I peeled a tiny piece of wallpaper off the wall while my son was taking a bath. On a whim I started pulling down more and more tiny pieces. But then I uncovered mold under the window.

Part of me wished I had never started peeling, but the other part was excited to start demo on our 1980’s beige-blush bathroom.

Guest Bathroom Remodel – Before

The lighting, laminate vanity, cracked tile and ugly tub/tile HAD TO GO.

We budgeted $2,500 for a complete gut and remodel. We hadn’t necessarily anticipated tearing down the drywall, but once we discovered the small section of mold it turned into a “better safe than sorry” situation.

Out came the bulky overhead with flourescent lighting. We removed the soffit above the vanity and in the shower area; along with the closet trim, door and shelving. Our plan is to create a built-in nook with cabinet drawers and floating shelves.

What is the most expensive part of a bathroom remodel?

Without a doubt the most expensive part of a bathroom remodel would be plumbing and tile work. We lucked out with plumbing and had our neighbor give us a hand. Since we had drywall removed it was the best time to update the plumbing.

Being on a budget and knowing this was our kid’s bathroom, we opted out of shower tile and cleaning grout. We installed this bath and shower kit for a low maintenance and easy clean solution.

The Bathroom Remodel Design Plan

The bathroom design is simple, clean and class. When it comes to choosing tile and any other design element that would cost a lot to remove/update, it’s much better to go with something timeless vs. trendy.

Guest Bathroom Sources

DIY Guest Bathroom Remodel Reveal!

Our guest bathroom remodel included many firsts for us, but we’re extremely proud of the result!

The approximate total for this renovation was $2,400.

  • bathroom fixtures and accessories: $485
  • electrical: $70
  • wall trim, paint and stencil: $84
  • vanity, shower and lighting: $1480
  • flooring: $200
  • drywall: $140

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