This title may be a little misleading, suggesting we’re TOTALLY done with the bathroom. There’s still a few tiny things to do…finishing the caulking around the toilet (once we’re sure its still got a good seal), caulking around the vanity, and adding the wood threshold piece to the floor. And we’re still deciding on a mirror (I have one option to show you). But for all other cosmetic purposes, it’s all done so I can show pictures!
To remind you, here’s what we started with:
And here’s the final product:
Here’s some close up on the vanity backsplash – tile trim edge pieces are insanely expensive (would’ve cost more than $40!) so I found some decorative wood trim to use instead:
I also spent $20 on a new toilet paper and towel holder:
Figuring out where to put these was trickier than I imagined. Nik performed some highly technical positional testing, and we referred to internet sites that recommended TP holder placement:
So there you have it!
We’re very happy with how it turned out – admittedly better than expected. I’ll give you a rough breakdown for the cost of this project, from start to finish. We had leftovers for a lot of things that will definitely get used on more projects, so I’ll count only what we used. We also had to buy a tile saw ($80), mortar spreaders ($10) and mixer ($6) and grout floats ($6), but these tools will last a while.
Demo and rebuild ~ 5 weekends of time
50 lb Mortar (used about 1/2 bag) $25/2 = $12.50
10 lb grout (used about 1/4 bag) $30/4 = $7.50
Cement backer board for floor (3’x5′) $10
Screws for cement board (2 packs) $10
Vanity and sink (on sale) $180
Faucet water lines $ 15
Toilet paper holder/towel rack $20
Extra drain pipe length $6
Toilet seat $25
Toilet foam/wax ring $12
Plumbers Putty/caulk/adhesive $10
Wood Trim piece $5
Floor tile $42
Wall tile $60
Wall paint (clearance mismatch gallon) $9
Threshold wood (half a piece) $15/2 = $7.50
Extra quarter round trim $4
Total: Around $507
People care about bathrooms a lot, especially ones guests will use. For a little over $500, and all the DIY expertise we gained with tiling that we can now use in our kitchen and eventually upstairs bathrooms, I think this was a great investment. Now, on to the kitchen!