Small Bathroom Renovation for under $500

 

My good friend John was telling me about his home office bathroom needing an upgrade and somehow I mentioned: "why don't we just try it - how hard can it be?". He was quoted about $7000 to gut it and re-do, but I figured we can spend a couple hundred bucks and if it all goes south - then he can always have it re-done.

Now I used to be both a plumber and a painter as part of my self-respecting immigrant portfolio. But I've never done a bathroom reno, but I'm always curious and like to mess around/figure stuff out. John trusted me enough and off we went.

The bathroom was tired looking (in the pic above John ripped a piece of wallpaper out to see how hard it would be - it wasn't luckily), 

Nothing was wrong fundamentally with the bathroom other than the dated look. 

First order of business was getting a nice sink and faucet. Photo doesn't do it justice - it's epic. Pretty sure we bought it off Amazon.

All the wallpaper was ripped out. Painted the walls a beautiful shade of blue. Added beadboard all around, glued it to the walls and added top and bottom trims.

I had some nice wood planks laying around (I think it was oak) and I made a counter-top. It's not stained in the pic - we were just mocking it up to drill out the holes and make sure everything fits nicely.

Sorry for the small pic - can't find any bigger ones.

Countertop drying after being stained and clear coated. Painted the faces of the drawers white. Same ideas as the outdoor entertainment cabinet. It was quite a nice day out as well!

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Connected all the plumbing, replaced the light fixture, painted the rest of the cabinet white and added hardware (it had no handles prior). Adding the trim around the mirror proved a bit tricky, but we persevered with some glue and eventually caulk while putting pressure towards the wall by leaning a heavy 2x6 or something like that onto the particularly stubborn piece.

The entire shower got some fresh caulk as well.

Came out phenomenal. Pretty cool project for a first try.

Total expense was just shy of $500 for the entire bathroom. Not too shabby!