Bathroom Renovation

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4 Weeks
My husband and I have slowly been redoing rooms in our home. We finished our kitchen (huge project) about 10 months ago and have been working on small projects since. At the end of the summer we decided it was time for another big project and to flip our bathroom.

*Preface-I apologize for any poor image quality*
Here is our before bathroom. The surround on the tub was gross. It had mold that just wouldn't go away despite the amount of cleaners I used on it. Also, our bathroom was so dark. It only had one light and no window, so the lighting was something that needed changed.
My husband began by ripping everything out. We knew there was not a thing in the bathroom that we wanted to save. As you can see on the right, there is a strange part of the wall sticking out. We realized the plumbing was built out of the wall rather than in.
We continued to rip everything out. To replace the dry wall, molding, and push the plumbing back into the wall to give us that few extra inches.
My husband framed out our shower adding a knee wall, step, small shelf that is hidden by the water proofing system, and a window (yay!). The orange paper-like stuff is the water proofing system called the Schluter System. This stuff is awesome! Very self explanatory and easy to use.
Skipping ahead some, we used a Valentino White marble tile as well as a metal edge that is Schluter System as well. Everything we used was from Floor and Decor. We found not only the best prices here, but also the best options! After putting the tiles around the edges up, we had someone come out to measure for a glass door. We did this early to have as short wait time as possible after finishing our tile and using our shower! It took about 2 weeks to come in.
The exterior wall was cut out, window placed in and trimmed out both inside and out. A step that is not documented is my husband sloped the shower floor with concrete. This is an extremely important step. Click here to see how he did it! (This is a resource we used, not our shower.)
We put a stone tile mosaic in for the floor as well as the back of the shelf. This will require a tile saw to cut these edges, but these were extremely easy to lay in and piece together. For the drain, we bought an oil rubbed bronze drain. we used another Schluter product which was a simple install.
Here is out finished product. We used all oil rubbed bronze features throughout the bathroom. We absolutely love how it turned out and cannot imagine not having the window!
Our vanity is a single piece, both vanity and sink. It is Allen & Roth brand from Lowe's. It s a great quality, easy to install, and has great storage space. The mirror came from At Home and was a great price as well as attractive. Overall, the bathroom took about 4 weeks becuase we worked on it by ourselves when we got home from work. It could have been done in about a week and a half if we had been able all day. Please leave any comments or questions below! What have you done to your bathroom that is the same or different?

Suggested materials:

  • Valentino Marble   (Floor and Decor)

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  • Carol Lippold Carol Lippold on Nov 05, 2017
    We are looking to remodel our shower area too. Is there going to be a shower curtain or doors? I don't want to have door. They are so hard to keep clean.


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  • Jill Tom Ziegler Jill Tom Ziegler on Nov 01, 2017
    We did something similar but ran the rain shower head to the ceiling, added a hand held for cleaning purposes, made the wall somewhat higher so as to avoid any glass that needs constant cleaning, and added a 6" LED light on a dimmer switch in the ceiling. Loved the Schluter waterproofing system and love the new shower. Has only needed a thorough cleaning 3 times in 10 months.

    • Diane Kirksey Diane Kirksey on Nov 01, 2017
      We looked for a hand held that we really loved for cleaning purposes too, but just never found one we liked more than our stationary one. We are so happy with the outcome. And yes! It seems so much easier to keep clean!

  • Sylvia Pate Sylvia Pate on Nov 04, 2017
    Great job! Love Floor and Decor!