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
- Replaced the old tile with this 13″ matte gray porcelain tile.
- Replaced the vanity with this 48″ white vanity with marble top. The vanity comes with both brushed nickel and gold hardware.
- Installed an exhaust fan; also features light, nightlight, and bluetooth speaker.
- Changed out the included faucet for this matte black widespread faucet.
- Replaced tub and tile with a standard fit alcove bath and shower kit and niche.
- Installed MDF board and batten trim and painted in Silver Polish by Dunn Edwards. Shop and Save with code Littles10Off. Craftsman style window and door trim installed with MDF.
- Original plan was to put up wallpaper above the board and batten, but opted for a much less expensive option of stenciling. Hexagon Stencil
- Vanity Lighting and Mirror (splurge item)
- Shower Accessories: Gold Curtain Rod, Black Shower Curtain Rings, Striped Fringe Shower Curtain, Handheld Shower Head, Matte Black Single Handle
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