I added some color (Benjamin Moore French Violet) to the one wall to break up all of the white. You can see the new trim in this photo as well as the new doorknob.
This week I wrapped up my first bathroom renovation. (Well, almost.) Having never done a bathroom renovation I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I remember thinking, how much could it really cost? This room is tiny! For today’s post I am going to outline all of my costs from start to finish. I realize that each bathroom comes with its own challenges and issues and this is simply one experience.
Like most people, I wanted to maximize what was already there to keep costs down. I kept the tub and tile surround and had it professionally epoxy coated in bright, shiny white which is only recommended for older, quality tubs not made from plastic. I also kept the double vanity, the overhead cabinets, and the newer white toilet.
Let it be noted that I am located in New Hampshire (I am not paying big city prices) and that I did not make a "budget." I did however do a ton of price comparison research. For the spraying of my tub for example, I had 3-5 different companies give quotes, and as a general rule, I tend to go with the least expensive. (Even though people say not to.)
Demo: My father, brother and I tore up the brown moldy tile that was on the floor and walls. For this, you only need a crow bar, a hammer, and some gusto. We also removed the subfloor since it was sinking in by the toilet and smelled of urine. I removed the rusty lighting fixtures, the built in storage that covered the mirror over the vanity, the human-sized, built in medicine cabinet (opposite the vanity) which had double mirrors, all cabinet hardware, main door hinges (yes these were also rusty), door knob, and the shower head.
Drywall & Cement Board: The toilet was removed by a plumber, and the sub-floor was rebuilt using a layer of plywood topped with a layer of DUROCK. The drywall used in the bathroom was blueboard which has a better moisture barrier. After the drywall is hung, next comes taping, mudding, sanding and priming.
COST: Less than $100 for materials. Dad is a drywaller.
Tile: I chose basic white tile I found for .99 cents a piece at a Tent Sale and hired a professional to install it. It took him a lot longer than I expected due to the unevenness of the floor.
COST: $30 for tile and $375 flat charge for leveling and installation.
Tub & Surround: I opted to paint this area rather than rip it out. It's less mess and less expensive. The downfall is that the walls may be moldy behind the old tile and I can not update the shower system.
COST: $575 flat charge for tub and surround.
Plumbing: Included removal and re-setting of toilet with new wax ring, two new traps for sinks, hot and cold water plumbing for vanity sinks, installing a new plug system for shower, and installing new faucets.
COST: $450 (at $50 per hour plus materials)
Electrical: I wanted a really powerful vent and light system for this bathroom since I had witnessed how musty and damp it was before the renovation. The least offensive one I could find was from Hunter. I also chose very inexpensive vanity lights in chrome. I didn’t have much choice here since I needed to mount the lights hanging face down and not on the wall.
COST: $155 for fixtures plus $200 for labor (at $60 per hour)
Cabinets: I enlisted the help of friends and sanded, bin sealed, re-sanded, and painted all cabinets. They took three coats! Later in the process I hired a painter to paint the two small walls and caulk and paint the new trim white. I searched for months for hinges that fit these cabinets and have a classic feel and finally found these. The knobs are from Anthropologie.
COST: Hardware: $150 Painting supplies and labor: $300 (at $20 per hour)
Carpentry: Included installing sub-floor, removing life size medicine cabinet, re-trimming door, adding molding to the top of mirror, removing old counter top, and rebuilding existing vanity for new top.
COST: $280 (at $35 per hour plus materials)
Vanity: I have always wanted a Carerra marble counter top so I went for it. From picking out the stone, template and install, it was a two month process. This space is incredibly tight and awkwardly shaped, and as a result the sinks and counter top were not installed properly the first time. Thankfully, they got it right the second time. Under-mount sinks should be centered within the cut outs and there should not be more than a quarter inch overhang/ gap from sink to counter top.
COST: $1,374 with sinks and faucets.
Miscellaneous: I had to replace the brass doorknob and the door hinges too!
GRAND TOTAL: $4,119
Images: Tanya Lacourse
Post Originally Published: 3.18.2010 - JL