Before & After: Alicia's Sew Cool Bathroom

Before & After: Alicia's Sew Cool Bathroom

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Name:
Alicia
Location:
Kitchener,
Division:
International Owner
My room makeover::
When we first moved into our new home, immediately we knew that the Under the Sea themed bathroom had to go. We wanted to do everything ourselves, including ripping out the old drywall to install mold resistant green board. We reused the existing tub, blue faux tile surround, light fixture (spray painted with Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze) and mirror. Everything else was replaced. The only job we didn't tackle ourselves was running new wire to add a ceiling fan.

The sink was our favorite project and we installed a vessel sink onto my husband's grandmother's old sewing desk, which we protected with a marine varnish.

The whole project took us 6 months to complete. (Thank goodness we had a second bathroom in the house!) It cost us approximately $3000, but that includes the cost of hiring the electrician. We purchased almost all our supplies from either Home Depot or Home Hardware, and got some used drywall tools off of Kijiji.
My makeover advice::
If you're working with an older home like ours (built in 1949), know that anytime you demolish or rip out anything there are bound to be surprises. We knew that our bathroom had drywall, but weren't prepared for the metal mesh style joint connectors or the three layers of drywall that composed the ceiling. Navigating these surprises added considerable time to our project.
What I love most about my new space::
I love that we have a polished looking bathroom in our home that carries a little bit of personality by way of our custom vanity, the air plant in our shower, and the painting above the toilet that my husband's grandmother painted some years ago. I also love that we were able to learn so many reno skills along the way and were able to save quite a lot on such a big job.
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