The Bathroom Renovation that Started it All

For our first post we wanted to give you the elevator pitch. I know…you can read the “About” section.  But this post is the essence of the blog. We found out, and want to share with you, the idea that with some guidance, a little (OK, more than a little) trial and error and a “can do” attitude, you can achieve the unthinkable.

This bathroom renovation has very few “before” pictures. But the point of this entry is not to show you a step-by-step, “How to Renovate your Bathroom”, it’s meant to give you confidence in knowing that anything is possible especially when you have someone who can show you how.  Luckily for me, my brother is a very talented guy when it comes to home improvement and was very willing to help with demolition and also gave a comprehensive tutorial on all aspects of laying tile including operating the dreaded wet saw.  Additionally, I took advantage of the free the tile lesson at our neighborhood tile store.  If you don’t have a talented DIY brother you might have to rely on a tile store, the Home Depot (they also give a lesson) or You Tube videos.

You’ll hear the word “inexpensive” throughout our posts. We like the idea of doing things ourselves not only because it give us deep satisfaction but it’s also because we are “thrifty” and would rather do it ourselves than pay someone to do it. Are we trying to cut corners by taking the cheap way out? Sometimes. But mostly we’re trying to accomplish spending as little as possible while still keeping the integrity of each project.

Inexpensive doesn’t mean that it won’t look great! Case in point – the White Carrera Marble Subway Tile used for the shower walls and the White Marble Basket weave Mosaic Tiles with black dots used for the shower floor and bathroom floor were bought on Amazon.

Rather than rent, a compact tile wet saw was purchased which cost approximately $100 and in the long run was much cheaper than renting one (because this tiling job took this novice several days!)

The old vanity was removed and replaced with this beautiful 72″ Espresso Bathroom Vanity with Marble Countertop from Amazon (thanks brother for moving the plumbing!). New Chrome Sconces bought on Amazon replaced the outdated lighting fixtures (thanks brother for moving the electricity!) Installing lighting can seem intimating to anyone who is not an electrician but all fixtures come with step-by-step instructions on how to easily install them – just make sure the power is off! The large outdated mirror was removed and replaced with two sleek Oval Bathroom Mirrors.

Decorative moulding was added throughout the bathroom including this false front on the side of the tub. But that’s a post for another time!

Simple wainscoting adds instant charm. Detailed instructions on “how to” are here.

Renovated Bathroom

So there you have it. A renovated bathroom – tiled with no previous experience. It’s important to note that getting the first row straight is key.  All tiling after that is easy peasy. We kid you not, this was the first tile job ever attempted.  Admittedly, it was slow going. The tiling took longer than it would have taken someone with experience but the results are most definitely professional looking.  The take away here is this..you don’t know what you are capable of until you try.   And you are capable of so much more than you think you are.  If we can do it you can do it too!

Thanks for stopping by!
Lisa & Linda

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