Before & After: Allison's DIY Bathroom Overhaul

Before & After: Allison's DIY Bathroom Overhaul

Janel Laban
Feb 25, 2011

Allison of House of Hepworths sent us a before and after of a complete bathroom overhaul. Here is what she had to tell us about the project: When we purchased this home, the bathroom was in horrible shape. The walls were mint green with a roll on texture that resembled sand paper. The sinks were pedestal which left no room for any accessories. The lighting was a disaster and the shower/tub was rotting from the inside out.

I completed the majority of the work on my own (girl power!). I gutted the entire bathroom including the tub, tile, sinks, all fixtures, and all tile. I then ripped out a closet wall to make space for open shelving. I also used a sander to sand down the scratchy walls and refinished them with a texture gun and a hopper.

...and the After!

I installed kitchen cabinets (we wanted a taller counter top), a brand new tub and toilet, new fixtures, new tile, moulding, etc. You name it, I added it new. I scored on the huge vanity mirror and found it on Craigslist for $25 as opposed to the $400 the mirror company quoted me. I also found the tile at a tile warehouse and saved money there as well. The only thing I didn't do myself was the granite counter top. I found a guy on Craigslist who came and installed it, the under-mount sinks, and granite window sill for only $900.

The bathroom overhaul ended up costing about $2500 to do it myself instead of the $6000 I was quoted by the professionals. I'd never renovated a bathroom before, and it was quite an undertaking, but I just took it one project at a time and Googled anything I wasn't sure how to do.

Check out Allison's post for lots more photos and info: House of Hepworths

Images: Allison/House of Hepworths

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