Bathroom Renovation, Adding Character

Submitted By Blissfully Ever After

Bathroom Renovation Idea Before and After

My Hubby and I decided to tackle our main bath redo that we had been wanting to complete since we moved into our house 3 years ago. This was no easy task….so don’t be fooled by these pics =)
{p.s. we had no clue at this point that I was pregnant, and we are so happy that we were able to get this bathroom done before the baby arrives. He will like the bath tub, don’t ya think?!}
This redo costs us under $1,000 for a completely gutted {well almost} and remodeled bathroom. Take a look at how we completed our project on a budget:
Here is our bathroom after it had been gutted….
Sorry, for some reason I didn’t take any true BEFORE pictures {now, I’m mad}!
Here my Hubby is removing the drywall to install cement board above the shower
Cement board installed
Starting to tile….
Shower tile complete! We chose subway style tiles with a decorative border. What do you think?
Here is a pic of the cabinet base painted black {using BEHR paint/primer in one in semi-gloss}, granite countertop installed {we used a remnant piece from a local  installer and this only costs us $500 for the granite and installation!!}, under mount sink, and tile bask splash. We also removed our large builder mirror and took it down to a local glass cutting store to have them cut it a little and clean up the edges. This costs us only $20 and was well worth it!
The Hubbs installed a new energy efficient vent fan w/ light. Costs was around $60. We went with a very quite model because out last fan was so loud it sounded like a jet airplane every time we turned it on.
Here is out tile floor installed. My Hubby laid cement board over the existing laminate flooring before laying down the tile. We used a Microban mortar for all  areas we tiled to prevent mold and moisture intrusion. We also used an epoxy grout which is the best you can use to keep out moisture, mold, etc.
Here are the walls spackled and ready for  some primer/paint. DO you like how the last family didn’t paint behind the toilet? Hot, right?! Oh, I almost forgot to share that we installed a new window for the bathroom as well. Our old window was an octagon shape and didn’t open. My Hubby framed out the window and installed the new one which now opens and has a built in design so people cannot see in.
Showing some love
Ok, are you ready to see some AFTER photos?
Here they are….
Bathroom AFTER 
Bathroom AFTER2 We made custom moldings for the mirror using trim from Home Depot that I painted black using the same paint as I did on the cabinets. Bye bye builder mirror!
Bathroom AFTER3
We used existing lighting for our master bath and painted the frame black and then  installed new energy efficient bulbs. Love the new look! Cost= $0
Bathroom AFTER4
Bathroom AFTER5
Bathroom AFTER6
Cabinets painted black and new knobs/pulls installed. Knobs are from Hobby Lobby using 40% off coupons and pulls are from Lowe’s. Don’t you love the beaded accent!
Bathroom AFTER7
New faucet I found online from Amazon for  $50!!! Can you believe it! Similar designs at Lowe’s and Home Depot were around $200. Score! Plus, all of the inner piping for this faucet is copper…not plastic, which makes a big difference in quality. Make sure to check Amazon for reputable sellers/dealers to find a great deal!
Bathroom AFTER8
Countertops….ahhhhhhh love!
Bathroom AFTER9
Custom/homemade Damask {fabric is from Joann’s using a 50% coupon} curtains on a Fleur De Lis rod and small ring clips I found at Hobby Lobby using 40% off coupons.
Bathroom AFTER10
Love these cute square picture frames I found at Michael’s {again using my coupons}! I took some photos my husband has taken, printed them in black and white, and put them in the frames. Total cost $15
Bathroom AFTER11
Here is our shower faucet I found at Lowe’s  and we got it on clearance before this model went out of stock. I love the faucet…seems so spa like! Wait, why is this faucet is my soon-to-be baby boy’s bathroom and not mine?? haha! Oh well, he deserves the best!
Bathroom AFTER12
Still on the lookout for a plain white shower curtain to add the Damask print at the bottom to match the curtains. Found the brushed bronze curtain rod at Lowe’s…under $10. I already had the ring clips.
Bathroom AFTER13
 We kept our existing toilet that was new and low flow {which saves money/water}. We purchased the brushed bronze toilet handle for a little under $20 from Lowes.
Bathroom AFTER14
I found these beaded towel hooks at Ace Hardware and we actually were able to use some of our Ace Rewards to get two of them for FREE. It was awesome! I love how the beaded accent matches the cabinet pulls.
Bathroom AFTER15
OK, this is one of my favorite decor items….it is a cute little topiary bush I found at an antique store for only $5. It fits this space perfectly =)
One last look
Bathroom AFTER
ahhhhhhhh, refreshing!
Wow, it feels good to have this space completed…especially before the baby arrives! This was one of our most challenging projects yet, but so worth it! By doing all of the work ourselves {beside the installation of the granite countertops and under mount sink}, we were able to save A LOT of money!!! I know this project came in under $1,000 including $500 for the countertops. So, if you ask me…that is a pretty good deal. Don’t ya think?!?
Breakdown of what we did:
  • Gutted bathroom
  • Installed new vent fan
  • Installed new window
  • Installed new shower tile
  • Installed new granite countertops w/ under mount sink
  • Installed new tile backsplash
  • Painted cabinets black and installed new hardware {including black hinges}
  • Installed new tile flooring
  • Painted bathroom using BEHR paint/primer in one {two coats in Winter’s Day}
  • Put back existing toilet but installed a new toilet handle
  • Put back existing mirror {that had been cut} and added chunky trim
  • Installed an existing light from another bathroom that we painted black
  • Installed new sink and shower faucets
  • RE-installed window, floor, and door trim
  • Put up towel hooks, curtain rod, and custom/homemade curtains
  • Put up inexpensive picture frames with self taken  photography


There you have it! Our Bathroom redo! I hope you have enjoyed the tour. Are you working on any bigger home remodeling projects? If so, please share!
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I am the husband of the amazing Cassity of Remodelaholic. I love to problem solve and to design and build things inside and outside the house to make life better. I am a professional Landscape Architect by trade and love the outdoors.

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  1. Awesome, awesome, awesome!! I love everything you have done in the bathroom!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I am so impressed with what you did with your bathroom. It looks amazing. I’ve been looking for a bathroom faucet like the one you found on Amazon. Do you remember what brand the faucet is? I would love to find something similar.

  3. Help me understand how you put the cement board over the laminate floor, does it make the new tile floor a few inches higher than the hallway or bedroom floor? Did you have to trim the door down?

    1. Deanne, If you are doing tile on a wood subfloor it is absolutely necessary to either pour a concrete base (professionals usually do it this way) or use the cement board screw down to the floor every 6 inches… It does add some height to your floor, but if you don’t do the cement board the tile will crack and break. Sometimes that does mean that you need to trim the door down and occasionally there is a bit of a step up into the room. But, that said, I have tiled several rooms, and depending on what surface they are coming from it isn’t always as big of a step up as you think it is going to be. Like from a carpeted space to that bathroom, it was actually about even. Hope that helps.

  4. Do you remember what the black color you painted the cabinets is called? I really like this remodel!

  5. Wow! This is amazing! I especially love how you tiled above the shower. It really upgrades the room without requiring you to completely rip out the rest of the shower. I’ll definitely consider this for my own bathrooms. Very well done!

  6. Hi, just came across this post looking for ideas for our bathroom update. Where did you purchase the tile that you put above your shower? Thanks

    1. Hi Sam! This was a guest post, so if you’ll head to the guest’s own blog (linked at the top of the post) then they can help answer your question there. Sorry we can’t be more help 🙂

  7. Hi,

    This is probably a stupid question… In fact I know it is! How did you conceal the tile board above the shower surround? If you could zoom in on that and send me a picture that would be great. I am going to do this same concept above my shower and I don’t want the tile board to be visible or sticking out at all. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!

    PS the original blog has been removed