How to Remodel Your Bathroom

How to Remodel Your Bathroom

 After moving into my house, I decided to get started on renovating.  I quickly decided to refinish my kitchen cabinets and then redo my master bathroom.  All that left was the other upstairs bathroom that needed to be updated.  Both of my bathroom upgrades cost about the same amount.  See the breakdown of the expenses here.

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Of course, I always forget to take the ‘before’ picture so I’ll try to explain how it was.  There was a tall oak cabinet with only one door and a Formica top.  This left me with no counter space or storage space.  The wall was all the tan that is shown on the top of the wall in the picture below.

Step 1: Remove the Existing Vanity – I forgot to take pictures of this step, but I started by unscrewing the counter from the vanity, unscrewing the PVC pipe, and unscrewing the water lines.  Then, I lifted the sink and counter directly off the cabinet together.  After this, I was able to pull the vanity out.

Step 2: Paint the Walls and Trim – I decided to go for a two-toned look so I started by painting the lower half of my wall the the trim both Aspen White.  When painting a light color over a color that’s darker, it’s best to prime the wall before painting.  I skipped this step and ended up having to paint this part of the wall three times.

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Step 2: …continued – Next, I used a gray to paint the top half of the walls.  This only took one really heavy coat.

Step 3: Hang the Light Fixture –  Once the wall was dry, I took the opportunity to hang the new light fixture because there wasn’t a vanity in the way.  I started by removing the old fixture and then installed the new light fixture based on the directions the fixture came with.  One problem I ran into was that I needed an electrical box to mount the new fixture on because my old fixture was mounted directly into a stud.

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Step 4: Hang the Mirror – I then hung the mirror level with the medicine cabinet.  Hanging the mirror was the same as hanging any heavy picture.

Step 5: Add the Backsplash – This was my favorite part of both bathrooms.  I had my back-splash pre-cut and was able to lay out my pieces in order on the ground and simply add the adhesive to the wall and then press them in firmly.  Once the adhesive dried, I mixed the grout and applied to the tiles.  After the grout dried, I just rinsed the tiles off with a sponge and water and the grout was complete.  After a month, I went back and added sealant to the grout.

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Step 7: Adding a Chair Rail – I had painted my chair rail in the garage at the same time that I painted the white portions of the bathroom.  I also decided before painting the walls that the chair rail would be at the same level as the door knob.  I hung the chair rail by nailing it to the wall.

Step 8: Caulking – Once the chair rail was hung, I caulked around the sink at the base of the back-splash, and at the top of the chair rail and back-splash.

Step 9: Flooring – I chose not to do the flooring on my own because of the added expenses of the equipment I would need.  So, once my bathrooms and kitchen were finished, I selected the flooring I wanted and scheduled installers.

Step 10: Decorating – I then chose a theme for the bathroom and decorated away.
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