I was poking around on a DIY budget/crafty remodly blog and they used the word ‘reveal’ for their posts on finished project rooms – so maybe that’s a thing. I’ll roll with it. I am almost finished with the bathroom in my unit, so I’ll post all these pictures before I forget! I don’t have many before pictures. There was old vinyl flooring with wear and stains and cracks. There was a big, high flush toilet that was so old the porcelain in the bowl was pitted and permanently stained and smelly. There was hideous old oak towel racks and vanity – I don’t know why but I hate 1980’s style cheap oak furnishings. And brass hardware – I hate this too. Well, hate is a strong word, I prefer silver tones to gold tones. There was a leaky tub faucet, that had been reseated and re-gasketed and began leaking again. There was a ripped up vinyl bath surround. There was moldy drywall. There was an old tub with wear and sitting very slanted. My goal was to spend a pittance, re-use or find used everything I could, and make the space as durable and energy efficient as possible. A materials list will follow the photo essay.
Well over TWO YEARS AGO I ripped out the tub surround and drywall and took out the old tub faucet and installed shut off valves. Then my boyfriend took out my shut off valves and installed better ones. After a few months of no baths, he also installed the new faucet I had bought. I can install faucets, really, I was just being really slow about getting to it! Then I ripped out the drop ceiling over the tub and insulated heat pipes and framed in with 2x2s and some scrap 2×4’s and installed cement board all around the tub. Slowly, over a few months or so, working in small chunks of time, I tiled the bath surround:
Then grouting – in progress in this photo. I did a few small mosaics with broken bowls and plates I had been saving up, and I’m happy with them but they probably were a bit more trouble than they were worth!
In the shower head wall I also framed in and tiled a recessed set of shelves for shampoo and such and left an opening for a stack of glass block, since the tub area was quite dark (you can almost make out the old flooring, toilet, etc in the background):
And here is a slightly closer view of that wall – the line of mosaic here is to take your mind off the fact that I did not replace or level the tub. I wish I’d leveled it at least. It seems stable but quite tilted. I didn’t want to mess up the drains, but the over flow drain at least does seem, on reflection, to be off such that leveling the tub may actually have helped it lined up. In any case, nothing is leaking, and it doesn’t seem to be settling any more, so I’ll live with it. or the next tenants will. the porcelain is old and stained a bit in the bottom and chipped, so maybe it’ll get resurfaced someday:
My big splurge was a super low flush/dual flush toilet with a sink on the tank, so you can use the clean refill water to wash your hands. It was over $700. I’m crazy! You can retrofit a tank to have a sink on top (I’ve seen a great instruct able), but I was time poor and also was convinced by a friend that I wanted to shell out for a Caroma brand toilet because they don’t clog. I’m all for low maintenance:
I had to buy the seat separately – I couldn’t find an elongated used one (just round), so I bought a new wooden (though white painted) cheap one. I like it. I hate the cheap plastic flimsy seats that came with my cheaper low-flush toilets:
I also used the stain I was given on the old vanity, towel and toilet paper racks. I’m happy with the result. I thought of getting updated handles for the vanity but decided I was sick of using up the earth’s resources for my vanity (hah! get it!), so I kept the originals and stained them too:
…but it leaked when I put on my super-low-flow aerator, so I got a faucet from the thrift store that worked. I love the porcelain handles, not so much a fan of the slightly tarnished brass body, but oh well. I tried to polish the brass (and it is real brass, not plated), but it must be lacquered and I don’t feel like trying to remove that:
I still need to add a panasonic whisper wall fan on a humidity sensor switch and some more trim (around the outside of the glass block, etc), and replace the light fixture on the ceiling with one I bought. Mostly it is done though, and it is very functional!
Materials used (that weren’t already there):
Habitat for Humanity ReStore tile on walls and floor (maybe $50?)
New cement board (another $50 or so??)
Caroma dual flush toilet with sink – ~$700 – – 0.8 gallons pee flush, 1.28 gallons per poop flush
Stain – free from a friend
Poly coat – 2nd hand from ReStore – $1
white paint from ReStore – $5
Sink faucet from Bishops Attic – $3.50 – with aerator uses 0.5 gpm
New bath faucet/ shut offs etc – <$100 (already had the low flow shower head – 1.5 gpm)
thinset and grout and some floor leveling compound – cheap from ReStore
Wax rings and toilet seat – new from Lowes – <$20
Glass block and new ceiling light fixture from ReStore (~$15??)
Also given to me used – some green glass tile and the curved shower curtain bar