When we bought this house we knew that the bathroom had to go! This was one of those bathrooms that had no redeeming qualities to it. The dated built in cabinets had to come down. The old tub had to be torn out. We needed a new vanity, mirror and new fixtures. The big question was, “how to do all of this on a tight budget??”

The first step was demolition. We gutted everything back to the drywall. Danny needed to build in a platform for the shower base to sit on, move the water line for the shower head up to the ceiling and replace the old plumbing and faucet mixer valve. After we had the base built and the plumbing replaced, we installed the shower pan and hooked up the plumbing for the drain.

Next on the list was the surround. We picked up a shower surround at Menards and installed it over the shower pan. Because of the odd size of the original bathtub, we decided to install a stand-in shower with a bench instead. The most difficult part of this process is measuring where the holes for the shower faucet will go. Because the shower was so spacious we wanted to put in a rain fall shower head coming from the ceiling. Once the surround was in, we needed to hang new mold resistant drywall and finish it with tape and mud.

After the drywall was finished, sanded and primed, Danny laid new tile on the floors. When the grout lines were dry, he moved on to the white bead-board. This project went pretty quickly and he was able to finish putting the beadboard and chair rail up in an afternoon.

At this point we were starting to see the finish line and knew we were getting close to the end. The new toilet went back in with no problems and we installed a new medicine cabinet. The lighting over the mirror was installed, followed by the new vanity, sink, and faucet. Danny quickly installed the fixtures and it was time for me to caulk and paint. We really like the way this tiny little bathroom turned out and we are always amazed when we look back at the before and after pictures!!! We hope you will be too!

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  1. Great job Dan and Zella! I love all the improvements made to the bathroom. Looks amazing!


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