A Tale of Two Bathrooms



Two inexpensive full bathroom renovations. One DIY (with the help of my "expert DIYer dad") and the other by a contractor.


Master Bathroom Renovation for Less Than $2000

Starting Point: Low ceilings and no ventilation = a mold problem. This needed to be addressed, so naturally, it turned into a complete gut job...

Additionally, we pushed the bathroom out to include an awkward little hallway and linen closet that connected a bedroom and the dining room. Not only did it add more room, but we were able to create a "semi" en suite. Yes, it is not ideal for a bathroom to have multiple entrances, but in an old house, this was just one of many weird quirky layouts.

Wall gone.

We found this dresser at a Habitat Restore, painted it, and converted it into a bathroom vanity. We used the standard builder's grade mirror but built a frame for the mirror from some of the boards that were removed during the renovation. If you look closely, you can even see the hand cut nails we unearthed. A list of the products used can be found at the bottom of this post.

The final product for a total of $1914

Photo from MLS listing

Second Bathroom for Less Than $5000

Starting point: droopy ceiling tiles, an original window that needed to be replaced, and some old DIY that would not quite stand the test of time.


This renovation was a little more extensive than our master bathroom which is why it cost more than twice as much. Not only was the bathroom updated, but we also did some work in the surrounding areas.

As seen in the photo above, we scooted the fridge backwards (it was sticking out pretty far into the kitchen), opened the entry way from standard interior door size, and added a new exterior door.

We replaced the existing exterior door and constructed a wall to create a "dog room" for our large, stinky Great Pyrenees.


Back to the bathroom progress...

We managed to gut the room and left it like this for... a year? When I was about 5 months pregnant with our second daughter, my in-laws graciously offered to help us out financially to get this room done before the baby came. Hence, the contractor who completed the work for us.

*The labor cost is not included in the $5000 budget.

Photo from MLS listing


Our bathroom renovations were the most expensive rooms in our house that we updated. BUT they were both complete gut jobs with some reworking of the space.


Did you miss reading about our $1800 Kitchen Refresh?

or my Top 5 Tips to DIY On A Teacher's Budget?


Master Bathroom Links

Knobs from myknobs.com - $122.48

Bathroom faucets from Lightinthebox - $172.77

Rain LED showerhead (from Lightinthbox, but no longer in stock) - $66.08

Kraus vessel bathroom sinks from Fixture Universe (no longer in business, but you can find them in hardware stores or other places online) - $234.74

Habitat for Humanity Vanity (part of complete set including a nightstand, desk, and hutch that were used elsewhere) - $99.75


Second Bathroom Links

Florida Tile - Cliffside "Blue Oasis" porcelain tile. I would highly recommend this tile. The durability is excellent (even our Great Pyrenees wasn't able to scratch it), and it was amazing at hiding dirt (yes, I do clean my home occasionally, but I love forgiving flooring in entryways!) - $522.60

Tub and Drain - On clearance from Signature Hardware. I keep looking for another deal this good, but haven't seen one yet! - $627.13

Tub and shower faucet - I paid $246.29

Mirror - Chrome Oval Frameless Bathroom Mirror

Sink Faucet - $44

Universal Fit Chrome Pop-Up Drain Kit - $14.99

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