Bathroom Update!

April 18, 2011

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you had a spectacular weekend! The hubby and I actually took the weekend off from our constant renovating, which was a nice little break. Of course we couldn’t sit still for a minute, I spent the weekend working on some graduation gifts for my YoungLife kids while watching a complete season of America’s Next Top Model, a show I’ve never really watched. Staying indoors for the majority of the weekend was nice because of all the smoke and ash in the air. We’re having one of “worst drought years since the 50s” and fires are everywhere. The minute they get them 90% contained, the wind will shift and they take off in another direction, burning hundreds of thousands of acres and threatening cities and communities. As of last night, 735,611 acres have burned in this general region from several fires.

We’re praying for rain over here and the East Coast has surely had enough of it. Enough with the bad news, here’s the good news: We’re back in our bathroom and I have pictures to show you! First, here’s what it looked like a few short weeks ago…


in process…

And after! Everything that you see is new. We stripped it down to nothing and rebuilt everything from the floor up the correct way.

I built the board and batten treatment {pretty much by myself} using this tutorial as a guide, but modifying it for our needs.

The new lighting in the space makes it feel like the tallest room in the house and brightens it up completely.

I fell in LOVE with this mirror and had to find one for myself. I scored one on Amazon for $10! We still need some artwork, but I’m getting there!

To help make up for some lost storage since the vanity has a large open space, I purchased a basket for all of my hair products and makeup. Before I put the basket on the shelf, I made sure to put some felt dots on the bottom to keep things gliding smoothly.

The cost breakdown will amaze you, total for the whole bathroom renovation: around $2200.

New tub: $220 at Home Depot
Tub Faucet: $180 Originally from, but had to replace with one from Lowe’s
Vanity: $425 at Lowe’s
Vanity Faucet: $120 from
Tile for floor and shower: FREE
Labor for shower surround: $300
New Toilet that should be plated in gold: $280
Board and Batten: around $80
Misc Supplies {drywall, paint, etc}: $200
Lighting: $80 from Lowe’s
Mirror: $65 from Lowe’s
Electrician: $200

I would say that’s a pretty good price for a complete overhaul to make our only little bathroom shine! Let me know if you have any questions about specifics!


  1. Mom says:


    April 18th, 2011 at 10:44 am

  2. Brenda Agee says:

    You are AMAZING!! I will be praying for rain!!

    April 18th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

  3. Rebecca says:

    GORGEOUS!!!! It could not have turned out any better. You and your hubs are so talented.

    April 18th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

  4. Sharon Platt says:

    Kelly – Your bathroom looks amazing!!!

    April 18th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

  5. Erika says:

    It looks great! You and B need to come and stay with us someday and help us redo our’s. Not much cosmetic, mostly plumbing and tub stuff. You know, the stuff you hide behind the shower curtain lol.

    April 19th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

  6. Christy says:

    Impressive. Nice work – and great price!

    April 19th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

  7. Grandma C says:

    The bathroom is beautiful. You truly are talented and must have been awake and listening in every design class you ever had.
    Re: praying for rain. The 1950’s dry spell was the basis for a wonderful book by Elmer Kelton, a noted Texas writer. His book “The Time It Never Rained” is a remarkable tale of that era in the 1950’s in Tx. Love Grandma C.

    April 20th, 2011 at 8:23 am

  8. jen@chicagobungalov says:

    Hi there! I linked over to your remodel and I love it. Such a great job. Two thumbs up!

    I will for sure be tuning in more often to check our your posts.


    May 19th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

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