Before and After: A One-Week $5K Bathroom Remodel for the Ages

published Jul 11, 2018
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(Image credit: Erika Thompson)

Yes, that’s right: sponge painting! If any of you are old enough to remember when sponge painting (or feather duster painting, ooh-la-la) was the hot new thing, this bathroom is probably bringing back a few flashbacks. While sponge painting is sure to make a comeback any day now, the homeowner was ready for a change—especially from the peeling floors.

Reader Erika Thompson was kind enough to submit this project, and here’s a little more information about what this bathroom was like pre-makeover:

This is how the bathroom looked when we bought the house. Sponge-painted pink wall, dated vanity, huge mirrored medicine cabinet, linoleum floors, and everything squished too tight.

We knew we would remodel this bathroom right when we bought our house. It took us about 8 months to finally get around to it. But the linoleum flooring was coming up in places, the toilet was an old small bowled low seat, and the bubblegum pink walls were killer.

Eight months is NOT very long, so cheers to Erika and co. for being so proactive. Let’s see what they came up with…

(Image credit: Erika Thompson)

Oh, I love it! Black and white bathrooms are my favorite, especially when they come with sweet little honeycomb tile floors. The white sink, toilet, walls, and shower curtain are so clean and serene, while the black vanity, faucet, lights, and mirror add drama and sophistication. I like the play of scale: The vanity’s rectangles are large, the shiplap stripes are medium, and the floor pattern is tiny, while the large circle of the mirror is balanced by the small circles of the sconces. All of the patterns play off each other nicely and nothing is overwhelmed or overwhelming.

Erika was able to outfit the bathroom affordably from a few accessible sources: the vanity/sink is the GODMORGON/ODENSVIK from IKEA, the faucet is from Beelee on Amazon, the sconces are from Anmytek on Amazon, the mirror is “Target old,” and the cutie tiles are American Olean from Lowe’s. Here’s how the project came together:

This project took us about a week. We did everything entirely on our own. It cost about $5K. We haven’t done the shower yet because I can’t decide on what I want, and we will hire all that tile work out. We also tore out a small hall closet/cabinet that was old and the drawers were so hard to open and close. Removing that added about a foot and a half of space in the bathroom. So we had more room even after we added a larger vanity.

I love how clean and fresh everything feels now. I do wish we planned better and had the shower done at the same time. But you live and you learn.

A week?! I am learning that Erika is a person who gets things done. I realize that doesn’t include the shower, but still! The floor, walls, lighting, toilet, plumbing, and expansion were all taken care of in that time, and the results all look excellent.

Thank you, Erika!