Bathroom Renovation: The After

It’s been about a week since we completed our bathroom project. It’s taken me a while to write this post, mostly because I’ve been incredibly lazy, but I figure it’s time to share the grand unveiling of our beautiful, new bathroom…. tada!


You can see in the before that it was a very cramped bathroom.  Here is another look at the before. We could barely open the bathroom door all the way, because it was so close to the vanity.


Now, thanks to our new Ikea vanity and cabinets, we have plenty of room. It’s made a huge difference.


Oh, and before anyone freaks out, we saved the huge mirror from the original bathroom and now have it in our guest bedroom/office.  It was a great mirror, but it didn’t offer any storage, so the Ikea medicine cabinet is much more practical.

I’m proud to say, the entire remodel cost under $1,000! I do work in finance, so of course, I kept a very detailed journal of our costs.  Here is the breakdown.

Ikea Total Cost: $469.74

  • LILLÅNGEN Sink Cabinet
  • DANNSKÄR Faucet
  • LILLÅNGEN Mirror Cabinet
  • LILLÅNGEN High Cabinet
  • LILLÅNGEN High Cabinet Legs

Home Depot Total Cost: $491.06

  • 3 Boxes of SomerTile Victorian Hex Porcelain Tile
  • Drywall Repair Patch
  • Taping Knives
  • Joint Compound
  • Wall Texture
  • Sink Valves
  • Non-Sanded Grout
  • Thin Set Mortar
  • Trowel
  • Sealant
  • Tile Cutter
  • Grout Float
  • Caulk
  • Sponge
  • Baseboards
  • Hole Saw for Power Drill
  • Finishing Nails

Things we Already Had: Free

  • Paint
  • Caulk Gun
  • Tool Set
  • Power Drill
  • Screws
  • Labor

TOTAL COST: $960.80

I think that is pretty good, considering we installed tile and tore out pretty much everything but the bath and toilet.  A few years ago, I would have balked at the thought of spending $960 on a bathroom remodel.  It’s funny how things change when you get older. I guess it’s not so much that we are older, but it’s more that we both have full time jobs and can afford to treat ourselves every once in while – although, I’m not sure if Joey considered this a treat since he did most of the work.  Even so, I think we can take pride in the fact that we completed the remodel all on our own.


I have some more remodeling projects in mind, but I think I’ll give it a rest for a while.

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