Hooray! Hooray! At long last the Powder Room is done! I have been chomping at the bit, so to speak, to show you the transformation, but there have been lots of little finishing details that needed attention, not to mention the ongoing renovations elsewhere in the house.
Here is what we had before.
We inherited shiny, abstract, vinyl wallpaper and poorly installed stick-on tile. What you don’t see in this picture is the white baseboard that Jay had already removed. (I have very few “before” pictures because Jay & Dad kept starting stuff without giving me a photo op!) The baseboard on the wallpapered wall had been sloppily pieced together in small segments with very rough joints. It was a mess!
Here is what the powder room looks like now.
I think the renovation pros call this a “minor” remodel because we didn’t move any electrical or plumbing lines, but it feels pretty major to me! Jay tore out and replaced the ceiling drywall. Dad & I wallpapered the walls with a textured paper. We painted the ceiling, walls, vanity, and doors. Jay installed a new light fixture over the medicine cabinet. Jay also tore up the sticky tile and laid new floors and new molding. I installed new knobs on the vanity.
Please let me share a couple of thoughts in case you’re considering a powder room makeover. We saved a lot of money because we were able to do the work ourselves, but we still had a considerable amount of expense in the materials for the floors, wallpaper, drywall, and other supplies. Plan your budget carefully, research thoroughly when you are sourcing materials, and plan lots of margin for cost overruns or “discoveries” that happen when you start tearing things up. You may not be able to do everything, so stick to your budget and make choices that will give you the most “bang” for your buck!
In our situation, we chose to install a new light fixture and new towel ring because they were relatively inexpensive ways to make the room look more up-to-date. We did a cost-benefit analysis on the expected results, time required, and cost of drywalling the walls vs installing textured wallpaper and we decided to go with the wallpaper. We are very pleased with the outcome of our choice.
We didn’t need to hire outside help in the powder room because we didn’t move any electric or plumbing lines. Relocating the sink or adding outlets would have increased our costs because we would have had to hire an electrician or plumber. The payoff for undertaking those types of renovations and the associated expenses will differ by house and by neighborhood. It just wasn’t worth it for our area.
So that’s it…our “new” powder room! We are really pleased with the end result and are looking forward to finishing the kitchen and living room very soon. Thanks for following along with me and allowing me to share the ups & downs with you. By the way, we’ve also started painting elsewhere in the house, but that will be an ongoing adventure.
Have you ever done home renovations? What advice can you share?
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