As in all of my home DIY posts, I always start off by saying that the original photo is one that I took as I walked through the house with my realtor. This is it below! Obviously, everything had to go.
This guest bath was the smallest room in the house that got a total makeover, but it’s probably the makeover with the biggest impact. It needed to be gutted. I started by removing the corner shower, the toilet, sink, lights and cabinet then all of the hardware.
Next, I needed to remove tiled drywall and the floor tiles. This was the most pain stakinig part of the project. The drywall removal was tedious and took a lot of time. The floor tiles just didn’t want to budge.
Three layers of floor tiles!
After spending a day of being only able to remove a small amount of tiles, I decided that I needed to bring in a jackhammer to get this job done. I rented one locally for $30. This was the first time I’d ever used a jackhammer so there was a bit of a learning curve! Best $30 investment!
I was not about to install another corner shower. There is just not enough room to move and no place for shower supplies. I had to re-design the footprint and come up with a plan. I wanted a full sized shower but there was no need for a tub. In order to do this, I had to move the toilet drain about three feet closer to the sink. I called in a professional and had the toilet drain and the water line moved at this point.
After I removed all of the tiles, I was happy to see that the sub floor was in great shape. I removed the tiled drywall and cleaned everything up. So now were down to the bare bones of the guest bath. After insulating the walls, I could begin installing the base of the shower, the walls, then the glass doors and all of the shower plumbing.
Now I could install the shower. If you follow my blog, you already know that I am frugal with all of my projects and this was no exception! I had gone to Lowe’s to find a walk in shower with glass doors. I must have been in the right place at the right time because I found exactly what I was looking for! Get this…it was marked all the way down to $10 – YES, ten dollars for this entire shower kit with the glass doors! It just so happens that the day I went in, management was in each department and they wanted everything that had been opened or returned out of there. I couldn’t believe it! Score!
I had to build out the right wall because the length of the shower did not go all the way to the existing wall.
I installed drywall then began to add my shiplap panels to the walls. I started the first line of shiplap to go directly above the shower and continued installing row by row down to the floor.
I added all of the white trim and added the glass doors to the shower.
Ready for the sink and cabinet
I found a sink with a smaller depth so that it would not take up a lot of room, and I loved how the sink sat outside of the cabinet. I added a mirror, then wired in the new light fixture.
The toilet install was fairly straight forward and easy to install, and it fit perfectly in the space beside the sink.
The flooring is 100% waterproof and adds some warmth to the room. After painting the top of the bathroom with a darker gray paint that matches a large wall in the guest bedroom, I added white trim.
This was one of the biggest makeover changes of the house and I love how it turned out.
Before and After!
If you like this makeover, you’ll love my sitting room makeover!
I hope you are inspired!
Jeanne Marie – The Practical Fanatic