The act of restoring; renewal, revival, or reestablishment
Restitution of something taken away or lost
Something that is RESTORED, as by RENOVATING
Read Part 1 here > January 2018: Restoration in my Home
I can’t even begin to explain how wonderful it feels to restore my master bathroom into something new, fresh, CLEAN, mold-free, and not reminiscent of my miscarriage. This bathroom renovation is an act of restoration not only in my home but deep in my soul. It’s hard to explain, but I think I did a fairly decent job in Part 1, so if you haven’t read that yet, head on over and then come back here. Many of you have followed along on Instagram and I have absolutely loved sharing the progress made each day. It brings tears to my eyes to see how far this bathroom came, and to know that I can walk in and not feel disgusted.
So without further adieu, here are the before and after photos of our master bathroom renovation, and at the end, I’ll list everything that had to be done to make this dream a reality:
For this bathroom renovation, we hired a private contractor that we go to church with, and he had to do the following:
- Take out the closet that was across from the vanity. It took up entirely too much space.
- Take out the bathtub and remove the wall between the bathtub and the vanity, opening up that space.
- Repair the ceiling because it obviously looked funky in the process of knocking down walls.
- Remove a ceiling light and repair the hole in the ceiling from said light.
- Create a new hole in the ceiling over the shower for an exhaust fan/light (this is the BEST thing we did because the exhaust fan is so powerful that we don’t have a single spot of fog on the mirror when we get out of the shower, which means we are WAY less likely to run into a mold issue again in the future).
- Install a second exhaust fan/light over the toilet, where we previously had a broken exhaust fan.
- Remove moldy insulation and treat remaining mold on drywall, as well as replace some drywall, taking the bathroom down to the studs in some areas.
- Treat all the walls with products to keep mold from returning, then prime and paint them with high-quality paint.
- Demolish the old tile floors and re-tile the floors with something clean and modern.
- Custom build the shower pan and shower walls so we could go with the geo shape we wanted and get a tile base (I did not want any fiberglass in that bathroom again so a standard fiberglass base was out of the question. It was cheaper to custom build the base than to buy a prefabricated one from Lowes).
- Upgrade the toilet to a dual-flush, saving us water in the future!
- Upgrade the vanity to one that was larger, and upgrade to a nice deep sink.
In addition to these things, we changed out our hamper, toilet paper storage, and I just bought a new shelf for over the toilet (not pictured), etc. We’re still adding a few cosmetic things and learning how we like everything set up, but the bathroom is fully functional and took exactly one month to complete (it would have taken even less time if we didn’t have some ice and snow holding us up a few days). We spent approximately $7,500 on everything: labor, materials, etc. For a complete demolition, I think we did pretty good. Everything in that bathroom is new. Even the GFCI outlet by the sink. Most of our items came from Lowes, but several came from Amazon as well, and I shopped sales like nobody’s business. I also used my Lowes card for 5% off every purchase and paid it off after each purchase. Overall it was an awesome experience and I am so glad we did this!
Next up: hall bathroom!