Before & After: The DIY Bathroom Makeover that Beat the Baby Deadline

Renovation Project

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Renovation by: Leann and Tomasz
Location: New York, New York

We purchased our apartment last year with the intention of gutting the whole apartment, but we really wanted to finish our bathroom before our baby was due. This project was originally going to be done by a friend of ours, however he was in an accident and we were left doing the project a month before my homebirth. Without a tile contractor as we had already paid half of the amount upfront, we decided to pursue the project ourselves.

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Our timeline was only a month and my husband was working full time, trying to finish the project whenever he had an extra moment.

We had already purchased all the material at Home Depot after looking at different design ideas at tile showrooms in Chelsea. We both had our first vacation together in Hawaii and wanted a very serene color and feel to the bathroom. Therefore, we went with "sea green" colors on the walls with subway tiles. We also installed grey carrera marble with simple white pedestal sink and Kohler toilet.

Because we did this project ourselves, we had very little experience installing tile or with plumbing. We only used Youtube DIY videos to help us learn how to do everything. The results were dramatic and we were not without a couple of setbacks along the way. The total cost of the project was $3000.

Thanks and congrats on the great makeover, Leann and Tomasz!

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(Image credits: Submitted by Leanne; Submitted by Leann)