My Mom's Completely DIY Bathroom Renovation

4 Days

Over the holiday season, my husband and I completely renovated my mom's main bathroom in four days. Although she had slowly updated her 1970s home over several decades, it continuously went out of style and everything was done on the cheap. This time around, my mom wanted to do a complete renovation to turn this bathroom into her dream bathroom, and I believe we were able to do exactly that while sticking to a $2,500 budget. A direct link to my blog post is below, which features step-by-step tutorials on how we completed this renovation by ourselves.
Everything had to go: the old vanity and sink, original toilet, mirror, light fixture, peel-and-stick tile, and extraneous bathroom fixtures. We patched and sanded the walls, removed the original baseboards, and prepared the room for its complete overhaul.
We installed new ceramic tile floors, painted the walls and ceiling, and installed a new light fixture.
The original mirror was replaced with one that matched the vanity from Lowe's. The toilet was original to the home, so we bought my mom a new Kohler high-efficiency toilet, and installed that.
We also swapped out the old laminate vanity, sink top, and brass faucet for a new one with granite and an oil rubbed bronze widespread faucet.
We installed new baseboards and added crown molding to truly transform the space. Additional odds and ends included new oil rubbed bronze fixtures, such as a curved shower rod, toilet paper holder, towel holders, door knob, and cabinet pulls.
If she had hired a licensed general contractor to do this exact renovation, it would have cost her on the upward of $7,000 - $10,000. My mom truly loves her new bathroom and I hope she cherishes it in the years to come. Hope you like it, too!

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Shari baskerville
    on Jan 13, 2017

    Whats the color of bathroom

  • Linda Brown
    on Apr 24, 2018

    Your bathroom looks amazing. I'm looking at installing this exact vanity from Lowe’s so my question is would you recommend this vanity? I only ask because it has received some mixed reviews on the Lowe’s website

  • Eliza
    on Jul 11, 2019

    Excellent ❕❕❕Ladies certainly can do bath remodels 🌼❕🌼❕🌼❕

    How did you do the subfloor or did you just trust the old subfloor and tile over ! I must do some tear out of my bath subfloor(shower leaked in wall to subfloor...fixed). I really want to do myself as any contractor of course wants to charge $ 15k ~ $ 20k to rip out vanity which is still very nice and charge me a fortune for no reason. I too want to replace the toilet or just get new lid(all appliances are Kohler.) They do not want to repair anything !!!


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  • Julia
    on Dec 29, 2017

    This sure does look nice.
  • Terri
    on Jul 11, 2018

    My bathroom is identical to your moms! You did an Amazing job! Now I finally have an inspiration for my bathroom from one that is identical! Thank you! Again BEAUTIFUL job!

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