When I bought my house, one of the major downfalls was that the Master bathroom was extremely small! I quickly looked the other way though as I was delighted to have a walk in closet in two bedrooms and that the laundry is upstairs between all of the bedrooms.
After living with the small bathroom, I knew I had to make a change. I didn’t have any storage except for a small square on the bottom of the cabinet for cleaning supplies (the first picture is from the previous owner’s listing of the house. I didn’t have a shelf for above the toilet), the sink was extremely high for my 5’2″ stance, and you couldn’t have the cabinet and the door opened at the same time.
So, I took to the books to figure out how I could make my bathroom more functional and on a budget! The standard cost of remodeling a small bathroom is 5% of a house’s value or approximately $10,000 for my house. Since I didn’t replace the toilet or shower/tub, one would expect to spend quite a bit less. Let’s say staying under $3500 would be considered a win. How much do you think this remodel costs? Leave a comment before reading further!
I completed my bathroom project a few steps at a time and ended up finishing under $500.
Here’s how I did it!
- To purchase most of the materials for Step 1, I opened a Home Depot credit card to get the discount. They offered 5% off originally but I knew better as I had seen other’s get more off for opening a card. I ended up getting 25% off.
- I got out my pink tools and DIY’d my way around having to pay a contractor (Tutorial to come with bathroom #2’s remodel).
- Paint: Now here’s the cool part. I had a ton of leftover paint from other projects, so I mixed some green, blue, white, and gray together and came up with Kari’s Crystal Castle! My home-made recycled color! I actually fell in love with this color and had Home Depot match it for me and make a few gallons for other areas of my house.
- I waited to redo the floors until I was redoing all of the floors in my house. I’m estimating that the bathroom used 1 box of wood an the underlay an protector. All when in comparison to the rest of the house, should be around $75. The floor is the only part I hired out. There is no way I was about to cut around all of those edges!
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