Bathroom update for <$500

I must first apologize for the absence of before pictures, which would have made this transformation SOO much better. You will have to just take my word of how truly awful this ensuite was BEFORE! Unfortunately when spaces are truly ugly the thought of capturing the space on film, forever, often is overlooked.

This update was done with the most minimal budget possible. We were preparing the house to be sold and the home owner didn’t want to sink a bunch of money into a major renovation.
Here is the list of what we did and the costs:

  • pulling the same flooring from the bedroom into the bath – $0
  • repaired and painted drywall (used paint left over from another room) – $0
  • removed the old tub surround and replaced with basic tile but added glass and stone border to update – $310
  • removed the old melamine vanity, cut off the toekick and false panel for the sink, cut new doors and drawer fronts using 3/4″ birch plywood (already had the material left over from a closet), stained black and replaced the hardware – $25
  • added a new quartz countertop (remnant piece), undermount sink and faucet – $150

As you can see the updates have created a very appealing bathroom that looks and feels clean, modern and fresh. The benefits of reusing existing fixures (i.e. vanity) also saves adding waste to our landfills. Consider recycling old cabinets and fixtures (Habitat for Humanity Restore is a great option).

Being able to do the work yourself can save costs. There are many seminars on “how to’s” available at your local building supply store. Start small, take your time and be sure to use the right tools for the job. Or if you are not inclined to take on a new skill we can always provide you with great installers.