It all started with a slightly sunken, squishy spot on the floor near our bathtub. The Mister and I poked it a few times and figured the subfloor was starting to rot under the linoleum. I’m a pretty handy type of girl, so we assumed we would fix it ourselves. Then came the “You know…” We’re going to have to take out the toilet to replace the flooring, and the one that’s in there clogs at least once a week. The cabinets really look like crap these days. The countertop is stained and has some water damage under the sink area.
And so the Great Bathroom Renovation of ’11 was born.
I didn’t decide to write this up as a DIY mini-series until after I had started ripping up floor, so I don’t have any good “Before” pictures, but this is what I found when I got the old linoleum out:
The area next to the bathtub had never been sealed properly, so any time my boys took a shower, water would splash out and run right under the floor. (They are teenagers, and I swear they have this mental block about closing the shower curtain properly. Every time they bathe, the whole room gets soaked. This is something for me to take into account.)
I will be doing all the work, with a little help for big stuff like moving toilets and installing the new subfloor. All my costs will be materials. I have shopped around, and I think I have come up with a pretty good estimate. To complete my list:
- Replace subfloor
- Lay in new linoleum
- Replace toilet
- Replace countertop
- Repaint cabinets and walls
- Possibly get new sink faucet and towel bars
I believe it will cost me around $350 and take three days. (It was $300 and 2 days, but I thought some more about the painting portion and gave myself a little more wiggle-room.) I start this week, and I will take lots of pictures and notes so I can write up the projects in a clear and concise manner just for you.
Like I said, I’m hoping this will take three days, but I plan to write about one or two pieces at a time, so my mini-series will take about a month. The upside of this is that by the time I’m done writing, I’ll have been living with my changes for a month, so I’ll be able to tell you if I made any mistakes. Each installment will have a running total for both time and money, so if my estimate is off, we’ll see how it happened.
I think a lot of you will be surprised at how doable this all is. I fully expect that it will be a huge pain in the ass, but technically what I’m doing isn’t that difficult. I hope this series will give you the confidence to tackle projects that you might have been keeping in the “I can’t do that” folder.
Wish me luck!