Bathroom Budget and Sources


I really liked participating in the One Room Challenge. There was definitely a feeling of “we are in this together”. Lots of supportive people working on complex and fun spaces.

Before I get into the sources for the bathroom, lets talk budget.

I could NOT find any accurate info on costs before we did our large remodel a few years ago. And part of that is because “it all depends” on sooo many factors. But the more designers and consumers openly share, the more others can get a clear picture of how this works.

Labor for this project, which included; demo, tiling, installing new vanity and toilet (remember I kept the same tub), updating shower valve, replace wall plumbing pieces, dry wall replacement and texture (where the old tile covered the wall surrounding the toilet), adding light above the tub, changing to two sconces instead of one overhead light above the mirror, and replacing outlets and switches. All this labor costed about $6000. I live in one of the highest cost of living areas in all of the US, don’t even think of owning a home under $1M kind of area. That means labor here is often higher than other areas.

But even so, what I paid was a STEAL. I attribute that to working with great professionals who I have used in the past and have rapport with, as well as acting as my own General Contractor. I hired my teams separately and managed what needed to happen and when. If I had hired a GC, they would have hired all the sub workers and then tacked on 20%, sometimes more. GC are absolutely invaluable when you get into big projects, or if you don’t know anything about remodeling and don’t have any good contacts for hiring the right team. I’m not knocking the mark up of a GC, its well worth it often time. But if you can (and be real with yourself, not everyone can), you will save a lot by acting as your own GC.

Also- know the scope of work, and get the quotes ahead of time. A change order is what happens when you decide to do something different or add something last minute during a project. Most of the time its going cost you more that way, then if you had a detailed contract outlining the work. It can also delay the project, which in turn costs time and money.

So labor was $6000 and items I purchased ended up coming to about $1800. So this was a $7800 bathroom remodel. Not too bad for one of the most expensive places to live in the US. And if you’re someone who always thinks of the return on investment, I would imagine this remodel would have great return if/when we decide to sell.


48” Vanity

Rug (vintage find)








Shower and Bath Faucet



Small canvas paintings (made by me)



Wall tile

Floor tile


Art on wall next to toilet

Toilet Paper Holder



Hand Towel

Candle (made by me)

Hall Bathroom Reveal! – ORC Week 6


Week 6 of the One Room challenge, Its reveal day! This project got a little hairy at the end, I probably painted for 5 hrs on Sunday. It’s a small bathroom, but the extra divider walls and cramped spaces made painting take so long.

We are really happy with how it turned out. I didn’t go into this bathroom saying, let’s go modern farmhouse, but it’s definitely where we ended up. It’s in line with the rest of the house and works well. To be fair, we went very safe in this bathroom, there’s talk of moving in the next few years, and right when we began this bathroom a home fell into our lap. It’s a total gut job, which of course I love. The current owners are taking their time on whether they want to sell it to us or not (it’s not officially on the market and no one has lived in it for over 10 years!), so its just up in the air right now. But yes, risks were minimal because of resale and budget. But you know what, theres a reason “safe” design is beautiful, its made to reach and please a wide audience.

Before you scroll down, in case you forgot where we started, check out the Week 1of ORC. Then we started with some intense tile demo in Week 2. And most of the tile work was done by then. In Week 3 the electrical got mostly flushed out, and we completed it by Week 4. Not much happened for Week 5, besides some decor decision and a lovely vintage rug. The textured drywall and painting were squeaked in this last weekend.

Whew, we’ve come a long way! And I feel transparency about remodeling/design costs is really important. So when I do my source post I will discuss budget and costs.

Ok, enough of that, lets look at pretty things. I love how bright and airy it feels, walking by it in the hallway just lifts my mood. The kids like it to. Let me know if you want to know about any of the colors, items we used, but I will do a separate post listing all the sources eventually. Enjoy!


Canvas frames for under $2!

I’m going to share a simple and very inexpensive way to frame canvas art. Whether it’s a painting of yours or a photo printed on canvas, adding a frame can make it feel more substantial and complete.

In the past I have used pieces of wood, 1x2s, mitered the edges and stained them, then nailed them to the canvas. This looks nice, but I wanted to do something for a couple of very small canvas paintings I had. These are about 6″x6″ squares. I wanted quick and easy and almost free.

I can’t remember where I originally saw this idea, and I tried searching afterwards, but didn’t find the post that sparked this, but I decided to go with paint mixing sticks as my wood.

Some paint stores give them away for free. Home Depot sells 10 packs of regular size (sticks for 1 gallon paints) and 3 packs of larger sizes (allows you to do this with a larger canvas!) for under $1. Anyways, they are readily available and free to inexpensive.

I didn’t want to bring the saw out so I hand cut them in a saw box. The wood is so thin that it goes fast. In the future I will probably miter them and use a saw, but this worked for a quick spir of the moment DIY frame.

After cutting the pieces, I sanded the rough edges down a bit with a sanding block I had on hand. The sticks I used have a ruler grid on one side, you could easily sand this off, or just make sure its on the back inside of the wood- this is what I did and it doesn’t show.

After cutting and sanding them I could have stopped and left the wood raw, but this is going in my bathroom. See it here for the ORC. I have a mirror in there and I wanted to match the wood a bit. So, again I could have pulled out some stain, but I wasn’t wanting to deal with the smell and the volatility- with 3 young kids around it can be hard to find the time to properly clean and put away items like that. Life is a bit unpredicatable around here, and I often get desgin stuff done in the in-between moments.

So, I just got my acrylic paints, and mixed a few colors to get a close match to the mirror frame. I added a bit of water to make it more of a wash then a full coat of paint. I wanted some fo the natural wood grain to come through. It took a few mixes to get the color I wanted- I just tested it on the cut pieces left over from making the frame. This all took less than 10 min.

After I settled on the color, I painted and let them dry. Then I took out my trusty hot glue gun, and glued them down. I told you, so simple. Now I have to say, make sure you get it on there right the first time because hot glue is NOT forgiving and it ripped some of the canvas, fortunatey only the canvas part that would remain covered. But this could have gone bad, and could have destroyed an irreplaceable piece of art.

If you have larger/thicker wood, I would definitely recommend you use nails or staples. But the sticks are really thin, so glue worked.

So there you have it, under $2.00 and the art feels complete.

These paintings were inspired by Melissa Lyons amazing flower paintings. Hers are huge and just absolutely lovely.

Check back when the bathroom is complete to see them up and in action!



ORC- Hall Bathroom Week 5

One room challenge week 5!

My rug came and its lovely.  I wanted some color, some vintage vibes, and one that was thin enough that we didn’t have to shave the door any more- it was a win win.

I picked out some more decor for the space, but besides that, not much has happened. We hosted my daughters frinds for a rockin 6th birthday party, and it really took up the weekend. We couldn’t start dry wall work and have our guests deal with the dusty mess, so we waited. This weekend I have a drywall guy coming to do it right for us. Then on Sunday, I will paint like a mad woman. Going with white, white, and more white. My whole house is painted white right now. I do think a future room project will lead to some other wall colors, but this bathroom needs the white.

Still to do: drywall, paint, threshold reducer, decor, style & photos. Going to have to really crunch the beginning of next week to get it all done.

And, as stressful as this project was, I’m already planning my next one. But its not a big reno, just some painting and decorating. Really excited about it.