Bathroom Remodel: The End Is In Sight!

Lord, have mercy - I never thought I would be able to write this post. I know everyone always says home renovation projects always take longer than planned, but this one seemed to really drag on.

I think it was because we were our own general contractors, so we had to do all the organizing of the labor we weren't going to do ourselves.

It also could be because we did 90% of said labor, you know, ourselves. And, I'm not complaining, because by doing much of the reno ourselves we are saving a lot of money. For example, one general contractor mentioned a reno our size could 'easily run up to $15,000.'

Uh, what? Right. We don't have that kind of cash, sorry.

We are on track to spend less than $4,000 for the entire project. Including the plumber, carpenter, all materials and fixtures. {We'll do a post with a cost breakdown later.}

Thankfully, to make all of this happen, John has been off work for about 3 weeks and was able to do all of the electrical, and help me with demo. That's right, people. I did just as much demo as John on this project! It should also be noted that I carried our little "DIY Duo" on tiling the floor {for our first time EVER!}.

I also only subbed, maximum, three days a week during the renovation (although this week I am subbing four days...) so I would have more time to work on the bathroom. {Hey, that's the benefit of subbing, right!}

Without further ado, let's take a peek at where we're at on this bathroom reno, shall we? {Remember what it looked like before?}

Here's the inspiration photo...

... and as you can tell we've already put our own flair on this design:

Oh yes, let's just take a little step back and take a look.

That's our awesome claw foot tub, that we thought just needed a little TLC. As it turns out, the legs of the tub are completely busted, which explains why the previous owner of our home had chunks of wood under the tub's legs. 

So what did we do last night, when getting ready to set the tub? That's right. We put those nasty ass blocks of wood back under the tub

Whatchya gonna do? We sure as hell don't have an extra $1,600 to throw at this bathroom for a new claw foot (which you can order from just about any big box hardware store - they just aren't antique...).

Anyway, let me take you on a little tour of the bathroom, as of this morning. Come on in!

There will be two pedestal sinks and a toilet in this area. 

And this is the new laundry closet: 

You can see that we added a little storage space above the laundry closet, which would otherwise be wasted:

And we added an "L" shaped header:

One thing I'm not too wild about was enclosing one of our windows in the laundry closet. It was either that, or take the window out, which was an added expense.

Here's the breezeway, where the rest of the supplies for the reno are stored. Hopefully within the week, all of this crap will be in a new, permanent home in our bathroom.

I can't wait to show you the finished product! Maybe in another week or two - stay tuned!


  1. Enjoy watching the progress and the enthusiasm is contagious! Getting 2 bathrooms tiled today!

  2. I'm excited to see your progress! Lucky you, with a husband who can do some of that stuff. I am also cursed with a handy hubby. ;-) We used to do all this stuff on our own. And then his handiness became his profession. And I must wait foreva for my projects to get done!! Keep sharing the pics!

  3. Very insightful project. The bathroom remodeling job you described here for us was surely an awesome read and experience. The photos look really very sharp and bright. I wanted to have some reviews on windows and doors mississauga as we are thinking of getting our old doors and windows replaced. Anyway, we enjoyed you renovation very much.

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