Project by: Colleen
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
My home is a small, one-bedroom cottage/bungalow built around 1925. I bought the house in May 2014 but it had been a rental property for years before then, so there was very little love or care put into the design choices and finishes. I have been working on changing that inside and out but since this is the only bathroom in the home, I knew I wanted it to be a real showstopper!
The starting point was the flamingo wallpaper, which I immediately fell deeply in love with when I saw it on Pinterest. In July 2014 I purchased the vintage clawfoot tub off Craigslist for $165. It sat in my garage for almost a year while I planned and pinned and brainstormed the rest of the room. Over the next 10 months, I chose and purchased all the other materials, including the sink (Barclay and another Craigslist steal at only $200) and faucet (Kingston Brass found on Amazon for about $100), the shower/tub plumbing (also Kingston Brass, $900 from a distributor on eBay), flooring (MS International from Home Depot, $500), a new toilet (Kohler from Home Depot, $170), the mirror (Moen purchased from Amazon, $50) and lighting (also Home Depot, about $150 for the sconces and a new exhaust/light). Those expenses plus materials like the plywood, drywall, vinyl beadboard, the window, plumbing materials, the wallpaper, lots and lots of trim, closet doors, paint, etc. put my total materials budget (including everything priced out above) at around $3,500.
My dad is a retired carpenter, so my labor costs were zero! He did 99% of the work (which was extensive—the room was gutted down the studs before being put all back together again) and I painted (the beadboard and all trim is Swiss Coffee in semi-gloss and the tub is Evening Hush in flat, both from Behr). The project took two months but that included a back injury that slowed things down for a few weeks and a well-deserved week’s vacation for my amazing contractor.
I’m thrilled with the final product and already pining away for our next project, the kitchen remodel (which showcases far more offensive ‘before’ pictures)!
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