Small Bathroom Remodel... on a BUDGET!

To see the rest of the bathroom {bathtub/shower} go

This Bathroom was a nightmare to say the least!
(Skip to near the end if all you want is cost breakdown)
1 This was my first ever view and smell of the bathroom.
2 I wasn't quite sure what we were going to do yet in here, but I knew I at least wanted a new sink and toilet.
3 Um YUCK, going thru these pictures is so odd, I don't remember it this way, I just remember it all torn apart because that is what it looked like the longest.
4 DEMO TIME! We started with the sink and the toilet, but when we tore out the toilet we found a few unexpected dangers.
The floor was totally rotting out, I don't know how the people who lived here didn't fall into the basement when they sat to do their business... 
Anyway we decided that we had better tear out everything and totally replace the subfloor... What a joke! 
Under that tile was cement board, under that was more tile (circa 1970's-ish) under that was linoleum (circa 1940's-ish) Under that was the original hardwood floors... then finally the subfloor, which had to come up too! 
Since the floors were so bad, we decided to tear the walls down, just to be safe... didn't want any mold surprises!
Well wouldn't you know, the walls had almost as many if not more layers than the floor!
Sheetrock was the outermost layer, when that came down... there was another layer of sheetrock with a few layers of wallpaper.
SO when we got the 2 layers of sheetrock off... well you can see that green square tile on the left wall (I am just now realizing I painted the bathroom almost that exact same color! Holy Cow GOOSEBUMPS!) The tile matched the 1940's linoleum. 
Under that tile was lathe and plaster, you can see the dust in the picture, that stuff is horrid!!! It is SO heavy too, one of our loads to the dump was over 4,000 pounds!!

...I am remembering I was SO happy the day we signed the papers on the house; that meant it was time to get dirty! ...Was I really excited for that?????   How naive I was!!  

1 It was starting to feel like it was never going to have sheetrock on the walls
When we bought the house, we thought that the electrical in the house had been updated and that it was fine... we were wrong!
I found an electrician on KSL (BAD IDEA) because we were in a hurry to get it done, the few friends of ours that could have done it were just booked out too far. 
Well this guy promised us the world.. (for cheap).. RED FLAG!
He took FOREVER, and we couldn't sheetrock, or do much of anything else, till he was done! He would come late, BS, then only stay for an hour or two and leave!
By this time we had come to learn of my husbands Father's cancer and we were in no mood, nor did we care much that things weren't getting done (I regret that now.. We should have fired him!) 
We found out he had given us a fake name, and someone else's license number.. He never did finish, and of course he got paid!
But, we found out not too long ago that he is in prison... good riddance!
2 YAY Sheetrock was finally on the walls, and we were mudding & texturing 
 -There were only a few things we hired out for.. Electrical, Framing the staircase, Plumbing, and MUDDING (drywall)! -I had no idea it was not for beginners. Eli and I tried to do Emma's room, HA! When the guy came to give us the bid, he said, "Um, I'm gonna have to re-do this room." Oh well, we tried, and we were getting SO close we just wanted it done FAST and GOOD. He was worth every penny we didn't have
3 One of my ideas that made MORE work than what was necessary. I wanted a cute ceiling somewhere, and since the bathroom was the smallest room, I knew my hubs could do it quick... not! We went thru a few sheets of bead board because he cut the light holes out in the wrong place ha ha ha the adventures of a first time DIY project (of any kind!) 
4 Now that there is actually a tub, toilet and cabinet, you can tell it's a bathroom!
We had BATHTUB DRAMA! So here is a little DIY lesson on tubs... Most all bathtubs are 60in long (5 feet) That is also how wide a standard bathroom is. Go HERE to see the Bathtub. {it is beautiful}
Well, we didn't know that you are suppose to SET your tub BEFORE you sheetrock. 
My hubs was not about to tear out our beautiful sheetrock, so I was left to find a tub that would have to fit. 
I found a few, they were all the clawfoot style (which I love) but they were only 54in from edge of lip to edge of lip, well I wasn't about to take a bath with my knees all up in my bosoms! So I was on the search again!
KSL does work for some things (not to hire contractors!) and I found a tub, a nice big soaker tub it was exactly 59in, which was exactly what I needed, but wouldn't you know when I called the guy had just sold it! I looked and looked for another 4 to 5 weeks, and nothing!
At this point Eli's dad was getting sicker and sicker and I slowed down my search for a tub.
The DAY after Eli's dad passed away.. I get a phone call early in the morning... this is how it went... 
Man's voice: "Hi, is this Andrea?"   
Me: "Yes"    
Man: "I have been going thru my phone all morning trying to get ahold of you, I am the one you called a while back about a soaker tub."   
Me: Shocked, tired, and speechless!      
Man: "Did you ever find a tub, I know it's been a while, but I have been holding this tub for a guy and when I called him this morning, he said he didn't want it anymore... which is weird because I have called him once a week, and he has been really excited to get it from me, I was going to deliver it to him next week."
Me: stumbling over my words..."YES I want the tub! I will send you a check today! I have been SO stressed out about what we were going to do about a tub (lame to be stressed out over, I know, but I was!) I can't believe you remembered me! Thank you SO much!  
Man: "I remembered how disappointed you were that I had already sold it, so I knew you wanted it pretty bad. Well, I am coming your way tomorrow and I can drop it by."
Me: "Are you serious? You are going to deliver it!? THANK YOU SO MUCH!!"

The man showed up like he said he would, he even brought a friend and they carried it in my house and everything... it fits PERFECTLY!

I like to think my Father in Law was responsible for that, Thanks Jerry!

So I know I had bathtub drama, but unfortunately I had sink drama too!
We went shopping on my birthday (back in July~that same day we found out my FIL was terminal) and I found a sink, it is beautiful! (I will post a pic of it later, after it's installed in my basement.) ~Yes, my beautiful sink has been banished to a far away land~ At least that's how I feel.... 
Anyway we got it for a steal, but when we brought it home we soon realized it was too big!! TOO BIG!? It's a pedestal sink for crying out loud! (That is how small our bathroom is!)
Maybe I should have considered a corner sink!

We had quite a few trips to the antique shops until we stumbled upon this little creation. 
Eli found the old granite composite/steal bowl, and my Mother in Law spotted the cute cabinet  tucked away in a corner being used as a base for another big heavy cabinet. 
The ONLY things we did to the cabinet was put some poly on the top, cut a hole in the back, and added a knob!
I was in shock that it was different shades of blue, and that one of those shades was the SAME as my wall color! 
There was no price listed, so the guy working there called some lady at home and she said we could have it for $30.00!!! (feeling divine intervention about now, since our plumber was coming the next morning to finish up, so we were scrambling to find something that would fit)
The bowl was $60, because it came with a stand that made it look like a bird bath... I may use the stand for yard art... who knows. 
LUCKILY The faucet ~which I had purchased for the OTHER sink~ FIT PERFECTLY with this setup! I found the faucet on Overstock... cute huh!

PAINT:The wall color Martha Stewart  Sea Glass
(I had PPG Porter Paints match all my colors for me, their paint is such great quality)

I will start at the doorway and work my way back...
Towel Ring: Found it at TjMaxx for $7.99! (Hand towel also purchased at TjMaxx $5.99)
Sink Bowl: Antique Shop $60.00 
Faucet: Overstock (I will get back to you on the price)
Sink Cabinet: Antique Shop $30.00
Knob for Cabinet: Hobby Lobby $5.99
Mirror/Medicine Cabinet: Found this beauty at Lowes... it was a little on the pricey side, but I feel like it was worth it for the extra storage! With tax and everything it was around $160.00
Vanity Light: Got it at Ikea... it comes in 2 parts at $19.99 each
Stainless wall shelf: Also Ikea at $14.99
Milk Crate: (on top of shelf) Antique shop $14.99
Basket on Toilet: I already had this, I just spray painted it white $cost of can of spray paint
Q-tip holder: (in basket on toilet) TjMaxx $7.99
Toilet: Home Depot (it was a custom order, since I only have ONE bathroom, I was getting a nice toilet!) approx $240.00
Floors: I know you can't see them in this pic, but we went to Lumber Liquidators and bought unfinished pine, they are 4 or 5 inch wide planks. They only cost $1.16 sq ft! That is cheaper than most laminate! BUT, you have to sand them, and stain them. If you do it yourself...which is NOT hard, it saves a LOT of money!
Ceiling: 2 sheets of bead board $19.00 each (I added 2in mdf trim boards for more dimension, it added maybe $30.00 to the project)
Chandelier: (below) I found on Overstock and I am IN LOVE! I will get back to you on the cost, I honestly can't remember. All I know is that it's worth whatever I spent! (I know it was around $100.00 maybe less)
If you would like to see the rest of the Bathroom {Bathtub} go 

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Bridget said...

You are so amazing!! I have loved seeing all of the pics! Your house is sooo cute!!!

Charlotte said...

It looks like a lot of work. It really looks awesome!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

When I seen small, and bathroom I had to stop over. I swear I have the Guiness worlds record for smallest bathroom. Even though your bathroom is larger than mine (sigh), it is lovely. I love the all color, cabinet and sink is really add so much character. LOVE< LOVE LOVE the milk baskets for bath towel holder, Even though it was major work it was certainly worth it. Wishing you might consider sharing this over at Sunday's Best party going on now. Us small bathroom owners, need all the inspiration we can get!

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

WOW!! WHAT a difference. It looks beautiful!! Alot of work but you pulled it off. VERY nice. First time to your blog. Saw you on Sundays Best. So glad I came. I am now following you!


Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

So glad you shred your inspiring bathroom makeover, you did a great job. So pretty and unique. Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best, we loved seeing your inspiration.

Miranda said...

Wow, it just looks fantastic! The chandelier is amazing (don't you just love overstock?), and I love the sink cabinet...all so awesome!

frugal-interior-design said...

OK, the sink and cabinet are absolutely WONDERFUL!!! I'm in love with it! Shows that you are better off finding used items and creating your own masterpiece at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new with much less character and personality. A super transformation and great wall color which really makes that ceiling pop!

Toodie said...

What a great redo! Very serene and lovely.

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

Wow, what a wonderful transformation. And I loved your humorous accounting of the process. Great lighting fixtures too. I am always telling my hubby that I want a house with some "history" that we can re-do. Alas, I think he realizes our home improvements would be much like this story. Some people have no sense of adventure!

Warmly, Michelle

Holy Craft said...

This looks fabulous! I love the sink and cabinet. It looks amazing. Nice work.


Jen the CraftinCowgirl said...

What an amazing redo, it looks beautiful!

Jenifer Harrod said...

Oh its so beautiful. I need your bathroom to come to my house:) Our dog wrecked our second bathroom and now we have to redo it also.

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Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

Me again! As you know, I love this room so thanks so much for linking it up to Fabulous Friday. Please do come back next week!

Warmly, Michelle

{northern cottage} said...

adore this bathroom! it is funky fabulousness!


chateau chic said...

Wow, your bathroom turned out beautifully. Absolutely love the wall color, vanity, and well everything you did. It's fabulous.
Your newest follower, Mary Alice

the cape on the corner said...

glad you got your soaker tub, maybe your FIL did have a hand in that. that vanity before...yes...that was interesting.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

This is my first visit to your lovely blog and am visitng from Between Naps on the Porch. I am next you (Home is Where the Heart is).
Your bathroom turned out beautifully! I love your color choice and your ceiling is to die for, really pretty!
I have become your newest follower..
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hi Andrea, so glad you came by VIF to link up your bath remodel. wow, what a job, but it turned out great! LOVE that ceiling! Hope you'll be a regular at the party!!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Beautiful job, and a very inspiring story of your father-in-law helping you from above! I believe in that wholeheartedly! :)

Fox Hollow Cottage said...

Visiting via AtoZ linky.

First, so sorry for your loss.
I bet he guided that tub to ya =)

The makeover is gorgeous. I adore the ceiling and everything under it.
You guys did such a good job, and the right way too.


Brooke @ www.Getouttamyheadplease.com said...

AMAZING! .. Would Love for you to come share on my new Link party http://www.getouttamyheadplease.com/2012/01/show-it-off-link-party-8.html

Anna said...

This looks AWESOME!!! Great job! I love the colors, and that chandelier... oh I'm jealous. :)

Thanks for sharing at the WW Link Party! I FB'd it because I love it so much!


Pine Tree Home said...

Great bathroom. I am partial to vessel sinks too! And I love all the wood work in the room. I did swoon a little at your door casings.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Charming bath makeover.love the vanity! Thanks for sharing it at NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY.


The Southern Product Queen said...

Love the new bathroom! You are so talented! This is a great post! I'm having a linky party as well, and would love for you to join it! Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-s... Thanks for sharing!

Amy L said...

Love this new bathroom - pinned it for future inspiration.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Wow! Talk about turning an impossibility into a possible ... no wonder Beth at A 2 Z featured you today!

Would you like to share at our multi-blog "Imagine the Impossibilities" link party? We're live until midnight CST on Friday.

Here's the link: http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com/


RobinfromCA said...

What a wonderful remodel!! Why are contractors never what they promise? Glad your guy is in jail! Also love all of the searching you did to find just the right things to pull this all together!

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

well -- from one andrea to another -- you really ROCKED this project! it is totally amazing and you deserve a BIG CHEER and HUG!!!!! WOW!!!! thank you so much for sharing with everyone...hugs from your newest follower : )

mwimp said...

omw! its amazing, i luv every little piece of it! i found you via five days five ways. i'm your newest follower. hope to see you over at my blog soon!
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Linda @ it all started with paint said...

So happy to see you at the party!

it all started with "wet" paint (tee hee)

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

So great!! I absolutely love the sink and the chandelier - so awesome! Thanks for linking this too!

Eclectically Vintage said...

So sorry to hear about your father in law.
I do love your bathroom - the color, the chandelier, that amazing sink - it's fabulous! Thanks so much for joining our Impossibilities Challenge. New follower!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Your fabulous bathroom is being featured at the Imagine the Impossibilities Challenge!

Bonnie ~ a wee Meenit said...

Love everything you did. Bravo!
I would love to see your floors and know how you laid them. Did you need to put anything under them?
Thanks, and again, great job!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Beautiful transformation! That beautiful colcyterdaor really sets the stage!

Cornerstone Confessions said...

We have a small master bath we need to redo. This gives me some great ideas. Cute sink vanity. It's my favorite part!

trumatter said...

Pretty pretty!

I would love to know what are the measurements of your bathroom also, you've placed a bath it shows! I would love to incorporate one in mine. Hence, the measurements so that I can have an idea.

Thanks for sharing. Love your blog.

Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

Great makeover -- and what a lot of challenges in getting it to completion! Pinning this! Thanks for sharing with Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! Hope to see you again this week!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

An amazing makeover, Andrea! Love, love, love, the light fixture.

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week. Be sure to stop by tonight, and see yourself featured.

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Shannon said...

This is so cute! I love the enamel bowl on the cabinet.

About Me said...

What a transformation! I love the sink. I might use this idea using a basin from my grandmother. Thanks for sharing your makeover.

Amber's Snippets of Design said...

I love your bathroom! Easpecially the sink and cabinet. beautiful!
I am a new follower. I found you at the linky party. Thank you for sharing your home with us!

Cody Carini said...

The green walls give a cooling effect to the eyes. It’s nice to see the fruits of your labor really being appreciated by others. Good work! Keeping your bathroom’s cool effect and away from the dreaded molds and mildew would be the next step I guess. Using vinegar instead of bleach will kill the mold and is better for the environment and you. You can use vinegar at higher strengths than bleach because it won't give you headaches and won’t be that hazardous to you, your children, or your pets.

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It came out well. Your persistence paid off. In your list of costs I didn't see your cost for labor (maybe I missed it) and you did say you hired some. I'm curious what the installation labor cost. Unfortunately you do need to line item the guy who ripped you off. It's not labor per se, but it is part of the cost of the remodel project.

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