02 Mar

Master Bath Reveal & Project Breakdown

Master Bathroom Reveal

When I decided to make over the master bathroom I set three basic guidelines for myself. I was determined to do all of the work on my own, keep the material costs down and finish in a respectable amount of time. I’m quite happy to report that I accomplished all (3) of these goals. {mostly}

I kicked off the project by removing all of the wood trim, baseboards and door casings; toilet, sinks, countertop and wall mirror. Next I prepped and laid the ceramic tile floor. I installed a custom laminate counter and reset the sinks before building up the wall with wainscot panelling. Then I installed new mirrors and reinstalled the toilet.

The wall on either side of the original counter was marred from the side splashes and had to be repaired.

Minor Drywall Repair

Figuring out the transition between the bedroom carpet and bathroom tile proved tricky. I had to scrap the carpet-to-ceramic threshold I originally planned to use (the profile wasn’t quite right) and opt for a wood ‘t’ bar style instead. The main door needed to be under cut slightly so it would shut.

Doorway transition

And then all that was left was the clean up!

Before & After Photos

entrance before after

vanity before after

toilet before after

Schedule: 3 weeks (roughly)

Some days I worked 8-10 hours while others I didn’t set foot in the room. On average, I logged 3-5 hours a day. This doesn’t include how long it took me to clear the ‘debris’ and tools from the workspace – mainly because I still haven’t finished that yet.

Labor: I performed 99.9% of the work myself.

There were a few times I requested assistance: To lift the mirror up and over the sink faucets (I was still standing on the sink when I detached it from the wall so I had to have extra hands to hold it while I dismounted) and carry it into the bedroom; To set the toilet in place (I had to lay my head on the ground and see what I was doing wrong after it leaked all over the floor); To shut off the electrical (because that’s what you get for working from home honey); and for photo ops.


Material Cost Breakdown

I always shop at Menards because they have a forever return policy and awesome rebates. Over the course of this project I took advantage of an 11% rebate, a 14% in-store savings and a 20% off whatever fits in the paper bag sale. I just checked and there’s a $41.34 rebate headed my way which brings this project to a final total of $515.71.

If you deduct the $15.00 for the frameless oval mirrors that instigated this whole project I’m slightly over my original targeted budget. Considering those mirrors are on clearance for $60 each, I’ll take the hit.

I’m pretty sure I’ll recoup the $0.71 when we sell.

Bathroom fixtures

Chocolate brown rug

Now, I’m off to tackle the next project (and by that I mean clean up my mess). Seriously, it’s a never-ending process. I don’t think I’ll ever have this entire house clean all at once.

messy bedroom

But at least it keeps me out of trouble.


Want to see how this project came together? Click the thumbnails below for details.

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12 thoughts on “Master Bath Reveal & Project Breakdown

  1. Hi Dee! I have a question – We are currently on the market for a new-to-us home. A lot of the places we are seeing have jet tubs. I think they are GROSS! (I have seen black mold/mildew/nastiness spew out of them.) If we buy a house with a jet tube we are going to have to pull it out and replace it with a soaking tub. That seems like A LOT of work to me. Any clue how much we should deduct from the sale price for such a 'fix'? (Assuming someone else does the work.) Are we talking a $3k job or a $25k job here? Thanks!

    • Ok, so what I'm hearing is that the homes have working tubs that are a style you don't like. Remember jets can & should be cleaned regularly. If that's the case you can't ask for a reduction in purchase price since what you're wanting to do is cosmetic in nature and that has no financial bearing on the sellers. As far as what it would cost to make the update, unless the plumbing has to be reworked it shouldn't be too costly at all. Aside from the price of a new tub & hardware, you'd have to consider the cost to patch any drywall and flooring. Of course if the flooring has to go or can't be sourced you'll have to factor that cost in as well. The real problem with *small changes* is they quickly take on a life of their own. Like my project, it's a domino effect. If you're in there doing the tub you might as well do the shower. And the floor. And the vanity. And the window. And before you know it you've got a $15k renovation on your hands. But for the tub swap alone I would ballpark this between $500-2000 conservatively. Of course, depending what you'd DIY this could change. Plumbing isn't as scary as people think. With a lot of research and a little gumption you could absolutely do this yourself.

      • Thanks Dee! That is very helpful. I know it's unlikely a seller will deduct from the price to replace a working tub – but I can ask! At least know I have some understanding about the scope of the project – assuming I don't let it creep into an entire bathroom overhaul!

    • Not too bad for laminate huh?? Proof that inexpensive can show just as well as high end {and be more durable!} Thanks for always stopping by Supriti. :}

  2. Wow, looks phenomenal! I've spent a decent part of this morning complaining about how much my thumb hurts from gripping the hammer weird while knocking out soffits yesterday. Meanwhile, you're remodeling an entire bathroom by YOURSELF. Just badass.

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