Finally!! Pictures of my bathroom!! As you know, I've been remodeling my bathroom here at Down On The Farm. If you don't remember the "before" you can check out the slice of 1968 awesomeness HERE. The difference is incredible. Where there was one sink ~~ now there are TWO! Where there was just a bathtub too shallow to use ~~ there is a SHOWER! Where there was one ugly flat mirror, now there are these two lovely espresso framed mirrors. I love it. Ta Da!!
To truly appreciate the AFTER you have to have seen the BEFORE! The bathroom looks completely different.
This long countertop (eight feet long!) had one sink in the middle, and one plain mirror on the wall. We got a new countertop with two sinks. And the bathtub, well, it is a five foot bathtub and it only holds water about six inches deep. There was no shower at all, and a window over the tub.
We kept the blue tub. I know, I know, I didn't want to. But, it is cast iron and would have had to have been sawed into pieces to remove it. We remodeled on a budget, working with what we had, so the tub stayed. We also kept the 1968 white tile. Not what I truly wanted but, again, the most inexpensive way to work with what we had. The window had to go. And it was replaced with a glass block "window." Honestly, I love it! It lets in light, while maintaining complete privacy and, I think it looks pretty COOL!
I also promised to give you the skinny on the cost of our remodel. To recap, we kept the old vanity, and bought a new cultured marble countertop. We kept the old tub and the old tile, we just plumbed a shower over the bathtub and replaced the old window with a glass block one. The new cultured marble countertop was $625.00 installed. It isn't granite, or marble, jor quartz, just good old "builder's marble" but I think it looks AWESOME! I went with a granite "look" which cost me a little bit more, but it was definitely worth it. I priced a new vanity and it was going to be about $800.00. So, I decided the keep the old vanity and down the road I will try to find some new pulls for the drawers and doors. We also had to buy two new faucets. I went with oil rubbed bronze (LOVE THEM) and they were at Lowe's, $90.00 each. PVC plumbing for the sink drains again came from Lowe's and was about $80.00. I also bought two new mirrors at Lowe's, and they were $30 each. Beautiful!
We hired someone to run the new plumbing for the shower, take out the old window and install the new glass block window. He tiled up around the new shower and new window. He purchased all of the tile and grout. He purchased all the plumbing pipe and the fixtures, and he purchased the glass block window. He also repainted the room and moved the electrical. His cost, labor and materials, was $1,400.00. The gallon of paint was $30.00. I know, I thought $30 for a gallon of paint was high too, but I used a paint color from the house of a friend and no place else would match it. Sooo, I had to go to Sherwin Williams, and the cheapest paint they had was $30 a gallon. But, I will say I LOVE the color. It looks so much more updated and gives the room a fresh look. That makes a total of about $2,350.00 to remodel the bathroom. Could I have spent more, absolutely! But I tried to get the most bang for my buck and I believe I did.
I truly wish you could see the difference in the room. It is so much more functional, and looks SOOOO much nicer. I wish I'd done it years ago. So, for those of you living in old ranch style houses . . . take heart! A new bathroom is well within your reach! Keep what you can, and spend on what will REALLY make a difference to you!