A Bathroom Remodel on a Modest Budget

GardenWeb user girlcat36's small, mildewed bathroom badly needed a renovation, but her budget was a modest $6,000. So how did she pull off this impressive makeover? She found an affordable contractor she could trust and shopped for bargains online. Check out the before and after pictures below and read her story.




"My 5' x 9' bathroom was gutted March 1st. It was a long haul, but it is finally finished. I am very happy with the end result. I was going for a 'modern Bohemian', eclectic kind of look... I had a contractor who gave me a set price for the job. He completely gutted everything, raised the ceiling, moved the heating vent, rearranged a closet and installed an interior light, fixed the hallway floor leading in to the bathroom, installed a pocket door, and did all the plumbing and electrical. The ceiling was bumped up and covered with white washed fir tongue and groove. He had little experience with bath remodels (he owns a drywall business), but I gave him a shot to see what he could do. The contractor used outdoor vinyl trim to create the arch over the shower, and to frame the shower itself. Everything else [other than the tile and the pocket door] was purchased online. It was a little scary buying online but, in the end, everything came together just fine." —girlcat36

Here's her shopping list:

  • Fully-skirted Toto toilet (chosen because the base is much easier to clean than that of a standard toilet)
  • Mirror from Pier 1
  • 60" Kohler Bancroft soaking tub from Home Depot
  • Vanity from Overstock.com
  • Chandelier from Walmart.com
  • Montana Lugano porcelain tile from Home Depot
  • 'Dazzle' sink faucet by American Standard

See more pictures from girlcat36's bathroom remodel.

photo: GardenWeb user girlcat36

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