I have always loved redecorating different rooms in my homes. Most people do this about every two years or so, but taking on a full remodel of even one room seemed a little out of my league, and in this economy, most of us cannot afford a contractor.
Well, I could not have been more wrong. Anyone can do a bathroom remodel when they find out how truly easy and inexpensive it really can be to do-it-yourself. I used Home Depot’s online “How-To” videos as well as many other web sites that offer in-depth information and designs for you to choose.
I reused the cast iron tub that was already there. As you can imagine, the tub is one of the more difficult and most expensive parts of a bath remodel to do. However, they have inexpensive bathtub/enclosure kits or just a re-finish kit for the tub if you need that and save you precious dollars in the process.
The first phase was demolition. The old cracked sink and cheap cabinet along with that entire room of pink tile had to go. Turning off the water to the house was a fun little treasure hunt in and of itself but then, to be honest, ripping up that bathroom was, well, liberating!
I went to Home Depot to buy all my supplies and found that you can rent almost all the tools you need to do any project. However, I chose to buy all my own tools because the prices were very reasonable for everything I needed for home projects.
The other benefit was that the knowledgeable associates demonstrated exactly how to apply the new tiles and grout and helped erase any doubts I still had about doing this project myself. They also helped pick out an inexpensive yet proper tile to use in the shower/bath area, new toilet combo kit, a beautiful sink/cabinet/faucet combo that fit perfectly into the spot and the proper paint to finish the project.
In total, it took four days, about $500 and I did it all myself. It turned out to be beautiful and now I have the confidence and all the tools to do many more projects around the house. If I can do it, you can too, and Home Depot has “Do-It-Herself” classes online and at their stores to help you overcome any doubts or problems you may have.
Have fun with your next project. Until next time…