June 27, 2022

This rest room got here collectively in such a brief time period, we virtually can’t consider it ourselves (and we witnessed it with our personal 4 eyeballs). If we hadn’t watched it fly alongside ourselves, whereas all the pieces simply appeared to line up completely, we most likely wouldn’t have thought it was doable – particularly after the longest-bathroom-reno-of-our-lives that we began method again in October. (Sure it’s nonetheless going, however subsequent week we’ll have a full reveal & finances breakdown! FINALLY!).






In the meantime, in lower than every week, this upstairs corridor rest room went from trying the best way that it has seemed for years (outdated painted double vainness, two yellow-beige sea-shell formed sinks, naked white partitions, outdated seams in want of some contemporary caulk across the tub, and so forth) to a completely contemporary & up to date room! We’re THRILLED!

And we did it with principally zero mud/reno! We reused a ton of what we had, and though we introduced residence a bunch of different flooring tile choices (at this level we’re professionals at tiling a rest room flooring in a day or two, so we assumed we’d do this to clean up this house too) we realized we appreciated the lovable classic yellow tile higher than the rest we introduced residence! So we returned all of the tile and labored with what we had. And we’re so glad we did!








This rest room actually is a combo transfer of including just a few contemporary new issues to make it really feel crisp & up to date (new counters, new cupboard doorways and drawers, a fast wall therapy, and a few new mirrors & equipment) whereas lots of the outdated parts acquired to remain due to the opposite updates elevating them a lot. The classic yellow tile provides a lot sweetness to this youngsters rest room – and what can we are saying, now we have a mushy spot for yellow tile (keep in mind we saved the outdated yellow tile in our second home’s rest room and up to date that room for a mere $51?!).








Let’s rewind to the earlier than of this room, because it seemed once we purchased the home seven years in the past:






We gave it a fast paint makeover just a few years again, which principally simply concerned portray the partitions a crisp whereas colour (Benjamin Moore’s Merely White) together with the double vainness, and doing our greatest to disregard the seashell formed sinks. Have I discussed this home got here with 5 of them and these have been the final remaining two?!






That fast and intensely low-cost room replace labored wonders on making the house really feel much less darkish & dated, even with these seashell formed sinks nonetheless within the combine! We even made these wooden frames to go across the inventory low-cost mirrors that have been screwed into the partitions (scroll as much as the earlier than to see what we imply) and a cute stool and a few new {hardware} on the cupboards helped too. So actually, if $100 is extra your finances for a work-with-what-you-have rest room makeover, this part hopefully demonstrates simply how far you’ll be able to take a room with some paint and elbow grease and some equipment alone!

Might now we have simply left the lavatory that method and nonetheless offered our home?! SURE!! We completely might have! The rationale we needed to do extra of an replace was that the complete home is extra up to date, and that rest room would have been the evident exception to that assertion. Plus we had some concepts that gave us the arrogance that we’d be capable to do it shortly and properly – which we knew would elevate it to the remainder of the home’s degree of end, which not solely makes us pleased however it’s nice for resale. Plus we like closure and we depart two seashell formed sinks right here they win. WE CAN’T LET THEM WIN.








So let’s undergo what modified, how on earth it modified so quick, and we’ll even share a full finances breakdown for this room replace on the finish of this submit.

New Counters

These have been the outdated yellow-beige seashell formed sinks. Could they relaxation in peace. Additionally these crystal knob taps (they leaked all around the counter while you turned them on). Could in addition they relaxation in peace.






A couple of week earlier than this rest room’s miraculous glow-up, we went to our native stoneyard (we like Capitol Granite for any locals right here in Richmond) and requested to see their remnant items. We measured the width and size of our current counters earlier than we went there (they’re virtually eight toes lengthy!) to make sure that we might discover a remnant that was sufficiently big – however there have been a minimum of 5 choices that we might have fortunately used!

The excellent news about remnant items at our native stone yard is that they’re all the identical discounted worth per sq. foot, whether or not you select corian, granite, marble, or quartz. We love polished quartz for the way sturdy it’s, and it’s a very nice selection for resale (marble in a youngsters tub can stain from toothpaste and cleaning soap, and so forth) so it was a simple choice for us. The one different selection we needed to make was whether or not we needed spherical or sq. sinks, which the stone yard provides and installs proper together with the counter. We went with sq. solely as a result of it felt the least harking back to the outdated seashells. Yeah, we’re petty like that.






The method most likely differs from retailer to retailer and the timeline positively varies, however though we have been instructed it’d take just a few weeks between selecting our remnant piece, getting them to come back to the home to template it (they measure it themselves utilizing particular tools to make certain the piece they minimize is the suitable measurement), after which getting them to put in it – it solely ended up being a couple of week from slab choice day to put in day! They have been out templating tremendous quick and all of it simply occurred within the blink of an eye fixed. Fortunate for us, it was a sluggish week for different orders, which positively labored in our favor! The identify of the quartz is Journey and the maker is HausPro.






Oh and you’ll see that we selected a widespread faucet for every sink. It’s our favourite of all the lavatory faucet choices as a result of it seems to be so crisp and is tremendous simple to scrub when it doesn’t have the parts clumped nearer or sitting on a backplate that collects mineral deposits from the water. The taps are $140 every, which isn’t nothing, however $280 for a completely elevated sink {hardware} scenario to enhance our new quartz counters felt like an excellent name – and we love the outcome.

New Cupboards

In the event you listened to final week’s podcast you heard me gush about this native carpenter named Billy who creates beautiful new doorways and drawers that he provides to current cupboard frames (keep in mind when he redid our good friend Teresa’s kitchen in addition to our good friend Carey’s kitchen and her rental kitchen?! He’s a MASTER!). For anybody native to the Richmond, Virginia space – right here is his contact information: Harper & Taylor Customized Woodworks, LLC (804-467-7014). Billy is the very best factor that might have ever occurred for the timeline of this room is that we one way or the other had the foresight to rent him in November to come back measure the doorways and drawers so he might begin constructing them as we labored away on our rest room. We simply had bogs on the thoughts, and it felt like a wise factor to get rolling within the background since we figured we’d sort out this room subsequent. Little did we all know how a lot that will assist our “ahh-we’re-actually-moving!” timeline just a few months later!






I’m certain if you happen to listened to me say “new doorways however outdated frames” on the podcast it gave the impression of some kind of low-cost cop out or one thing, however the outcomes are SO CUSTOM and SO ELEVATED!






He spares no element, makes new stable wooden drawer bins with dovetailed joints, provides new slides and hidden hinges in addition to mushy shut doorways and drawers, and creates an ideal and polished inset match. They seem like one million bucks! Plus you get to save lots of your self the demo and waste that ripping one thing out simply to switch it with one thing else.






So final November Billy came visiting to measure all of the openings and quote us for the 12 doorways/drawers that we would have liked (sure, this double vainness is 8′ lengthy! It’s HUGE!) and stated it might be $750 for him to construct all of these customized drawer bins and doorways. We screamed SOLD as a result of it might be 3 times that a lot for a brand new 8′ customized fitted double vainness with inset doorways like those he makes, after which we discovered the remainder of the method, which is fairly easy.

We have been in command of eradicating the outdated doorways and sanding the frames clean and priming and portray them the colour we needed (we simply used a small foam curler – they’re tremendous simple to color as a result of they’re flat). And we simply needed to e mail Billy the ultimate paint colour we selected (the precise model and end) so he might spray the doorways and drawers that he was creating to make it an ideal match. And boy was it an ideal match. You’d by no means guess the frames are outdated and the doorways are new!






Particularly as a result of the drawer bins are so so beautiful. Strong wooden, and take a look at these dovetailed joints on the aspect. We love that they’re all mushy shut too (so useful in a youngsters rest room to maintain something from getting slammed). We simply couldn’t be happier with the best way they turned out. We joked on the podcast that I’m already plotting methods to persuade Billy to come back to Florida with all of his instruments for a trip but in addition to assist us redo the brand new kitchen or bogs – ha! He actually is wonderful.






Oh and as for the timeline of all this, though we ordered them in November, they take some time to craft, and Billy contacted us proper across the time that we had been out to the stone yard to choose our quartz to ask what colour we needed him to spray them! So we actually picked this colour a couple of week in the past after which he referred to as and stated he might set up them the day after our counters went in! Discuss a photograph end!

And talking of the paint colour, the one which we selected for the cupboards was Contented by Sherwin Williams (in a satin end). It’s a really mushy greeny-gray colour with a tiny trace of blue. It’s mushy and refined and though we debated doing pure white in right here (I imply for resale that’s all the time an excellent protected selection), because it’s a youngsters room and it has that mushy yellow flooring tile, we simply needed one thing somewhat extra enjoyable. It was somewhat nervewracking to not simply panic and scream “SIMPLY WHITE BY BENJAMIN MOORE AGAIN!” we’re so glad as a result of this looks like such an enthralling house now – and hopefully feels further particular to whoever buys our home too.






New Backsplash

Right here’s the place we modified our authentic plan for this rest room after realizing that we have been going to promote our home. For the previous few years I assumed a tiled backsplash on this wall could be beautiful behind the vainness mirrors – like possibly white fish scale tile? However once we realized we needed to fast-track this makeover and put the home in the marketplace we made like Ross Gellar and screamed “PIVOT!”

The reply? A easy wooden wall therapy that we’ve accomplished earlier than (for the duplex kitchen backsplashes). It’s SUPER AFFORDABLE however seems to be so crisp and clear, and it’s good and wipeable, identical to a beadboard backsplash. This time we really simply purchased interlocking shiplap planks from the shop as an alternative of slicing our personal, as a result of the complete wall solely value us $90 and time was of the essence.






It’s tremendous easy – simply minimize every shiplap piece to size within the retailer (Residence Depot can do it!) or at residence utilizing a miter noticed. You probably have any obstacles like retailers or lighting bins, rigorously measure and mark these obstacles onto the shiplap board and minimize them out utilizing a jigsaw. Then use a nail gun to safe every plank to to the wall (discover your studs forward of time so you’ll be able to nail into them for the very best maintain). When all of the interlocking boards have been nailed in place, all it’s a must to do is run a skinny line of caulk vertically up the wall in every nook and alongside the ceiling crack and the underside line the place it meets the sink (we used silicone tub caulk for that spot to make it further water-sealed down by the tap). And voila!






The great factor about utilizing this precise shiplap product that truly interlocks is that you simply don’t want to make use of any kind of spacers, and also you don’t have to caulk the cracks between every board. This was a a lot sooner route despite the fact that it was dearer than our earlier approach.

Oh and at this level within the venture we determined to repaint the complete room a little bit of a chillier white (we went from Merely White by Benjamin Moore to Pure White by Sherwin Williams). It seems to be so contemporary and actually brightened the entire room. We reused the present lights and towel holding hooks on either side – however some new mirrors ($50 Goal ones – we already had one so we simply wanted to purchase another) and new {hardware} on the cupboard doorways added as much as a totally new trying house.






Oh and the artwork above the bathroom! That has been on this rest room just about since we moved in. They’re some cute ocean-themed prints we’ve had without end! I really like that the one on high is somewhat wider than the one beneath it (feels rather less anticipated than placing the broader one on the underside) and that backside piece of artwork is definitely a web page from {a magazine} (Actual Easy I feel!) that I framed like 8 years in the past!






We additionally up to date the bathe/tub deal with since that was a kind of crystal ball issues and we simply wanted to ask them kindly to depart. That together with some contemporary white silicone caulk across the tub and high/aspect of the tile helped revive that complete aspect of the room – together with the brand new white paint on these partitions and ceiling.






Oh and the rug in right here is simply stolen from our new closet since I needed to provide you an thought of what sort of rug I’d add if we have been staying right here longer. It felt bizarre to purchase a cute little ornamental rug for a loo just a few months earlier than we depart, particularly since now we have a white tub mat that we put down when the children use the bathtub/bathe. As a aspect be aware, I all the time put these tub mats away for showings at any time when I stage a home so folks aren’t stomping throughout a white tub mat, which 100% of the time finally ends up trying so grody and unhealthy. So this room feels prepared for showings! Which is fairly dang wonderful contemplating that a couple of week in the past it had seashell formed sinks!

The Funds

Undoubtedly not dust low-cost, however the complete room feels SO NEW! And we didn’t need to jackhammer something or transfer any partitions – and it got here collectively so so quick! So beneath $2500 for a loo makeover with an enormous quartz countertop & customized inset cupboard doorways?! I’ll take it!








I hope this submit not solely reveals how one can work with issues you have got as an alternative of ripping all the pieces out each time, but in addition demonstrates how a fast part one replace with only a gallon of paint and a few new {hardware} and equipment can yield a MUCH MORE refreshed house for years till you’ll be able to afford a deeper reno! Heck, it took us seven years to get round to this replace due to a budget tide-us-over step working so properly for therefore lengthy. And possibly you’ll like your part one updates a lot that if you happen to don’t have two seashell formed sinks taunting you, you’ll would possibly simply do this and find it irresistible without end!

P.S. To see some actually low finances updates, right here’s one which covers our $51 rest room refresh with extra classic yellow tile, and right here’s how we added board & batten to a hallway for $57.

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