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Bathroom Redo - Science Experiment to Pristine Clean for Around $400

I love my house... but I HATED the master bath. The tile was an ugly matte grey and the glass doors were dated and hideous. I honestly do not think the previous owners ever cleaned it either. My hubs hated the outdated tile as well so our initial thought was that we would replace it. However, the quotes we received were over $5000 - cant afford that.
So I decided I would just make it work. But no matter how hard I scrubbed, what chemicals I used or how many curse words I said - I could not get the 20 years of grime off of the shower doors (and we have super hard water so you can imagine the disgusting buildup)!
I decided it might be easier for me to take off the shower doors and clean them outside (what did I have to lose at this point) but when I did I was nauseous over how disgusting everything really was. I called in the hubs and we decided that yep - something has to give.
So that's when I suggested we at least replace the glass door. Hubs agreed and off to Lowe's we went.

Here is what I did:
Remove old door and caulk.
Cleaned EVERYTHING with Comet Bathroom Spray (this stuff is awesome). $4
Sealed all the tile with 511 Impregnator Sealer (Home Depot) $35
Installed new Sterling (by Kohler) door $355
Applied Silicone around the door frame and any places in shower that needed it $6
Installed shelf above toilet (already had it)

$400 investment

I was shocked at how AMAZING it looks just by doing the little things I did!! In fact, the gray tile doesn't bother me at all now and the new door makes it look completely upgraded. I am so glad we decided to do this "small" upgrade saving us thousands on a tile job.

What do you think?
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Got a question about this project?

  • Sara
    Sara Cabot, AR

    A pretty shower curtain would have been OK, too!

  • T Fowler
    T Fowler Crosby, TX

    Extra fine steel wool and vinegar. Won't scratch metal either. :-)

  • Jani Wolfe

    KrysFL...you did a fantastic job on this. 400 compared to 5 grand is a big savings. Enjoy your new doors!

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie Lebanon, MO

    Very nice cleanup job and the new doors look great (not a big fan of chrome) but you might not be so hard on the previous owners, as it appears they were elderly by seeing the raised toilet seat; they don't always have anyone to help them clean and

  • Marcy, Professional Designer, Artist and Arts and Crafts Instructor
    Marcy, Professional... Rogers City, MI

    Very nicely done!

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