Completing our brand new master bath in three weeks was no easy feat, and in fact took a few months of research, ordering, otherwise acquiring and planning so that everything was at our fingertips when we needed it. But all of the up-front effort totally paid off, and I will absolutely use this approach in the future (unlike in the guest bath, in which we didn't have things like the light fixtures, proper shower trim or baseboard molding in advance, which definitely set us back at key moments).
The new bathroom
You can read the full new bathroom post here. And you can read about the entire renovation planning process for our most recent master bath revamp and our guest bath revamp (which started out much more hideous) before that here.
So here's a rundown of all of the stuff we had lined up (mostly) in advance, as well as the who/what/where and cost of it all. (Note: prices include 9.75% CA sales tax, except when we got something online and didn't pay sales tax... Shhh! Don't tell the IRS!)
Wall and ceiling paint: $73 (SW Duration satin in "Fleur de Sel" on walls, "Extra White" on ceiling, soffit and trim)
Vanity and sink: $450 (Ikea Godmorgon and Odensvik)
Vanity hardware: $17 (Ikea Grundtal)
Sink faucets: $248 (Price Pfister "Vega")
Mirror(s): $60* (Ikea Godmorgon)
Medicine cabinet: $42 (Lowe's standard stock)
Light fixture over sink: $210 (Jonathan Adler "Parker")
Light fixture near shower: $50 (Small halogen fixture)
Toilet: $360 (Toto Eco Supreme)
Floor tile: $139 (White "Nano" 12" porcelain)
Showerhead: $96 (Price Pfister rain can and "S-curve" pipe)
Hangers, hooks and holders: $89 (Umbra "Zen")
Cabinet over toilet: $77 (Ikea Godmorgon)
Magazine holder: $52 (Home Depot "Hanna")
Shower doors: $404 (Home Depot brushed nickel frameless)
Accessories: $87 (Vases and pebbles from Urban Home)
Miscellaneous materials: $273 (baseboard molding, threshold transition, thinset, tile cutter, paint brush, mounting hardware, etc.)
Electrician: $140 (circuit troubleshooting, Brentwood Electrical)
Plumber: $297 (hooking up the sink drains, Borghese Plumbing)
Tile Reglazing: $477 (bright white spray epoxy for the shower, PKB Reglazing)
* Should have only been $38, but we first bought two Ikea Ram mirrors for $10 each plus tax to paint their frames, and when it came out looking too DIY, we went frameless instead
$3641 (just over the $3612 we had estimated)
Frankly, given that we ended up needing to call in the plumber for a cool $300, we ended up having to buy two sets of mirrors because we painted the first set and couldn't return them, and we splurged on the Adler fixture and decor extras, I'm actually more than a little relieved we didn't go over by even more! (Where we really saved was in installing the floor ourselves and deciding not to knock out the soffit. Of course, we had casually hoped to stay under $3000, and we would have come close if we hadn't needed the plumber and electrician... though that money was well-spent, given how complicated the under-sink plumbing ended up being.)
This plumbing is a little too advanced for novice DIYers like us... see how flush it is to the wall, even with the trap splitter and double supply lines? Thanks for figuring it all out, Jason!
(If you're interested in getting an Ikea sink or double sink for your own home, be assured that the sink comes with all of the necessary plumbing fittings. You just need someone who can make sense of it all and modify the drain pipe coming out of your wall to make it work... not so beginner-friendly, especially if you're already a bit skittish around plumbing thanks to the last disaster. And you'll almost certainly have to use the drain that comes with the sink, not the pop-up drain that comes with your faucet of choice.)
This is what the sink plumbing looked like before Jason modified it all
Our goal was to have a bathroom that we love (success on that count), but also to add value to our condo (unknown, but hopeful). We definitely feel like we got a lot for our $3600 investment, and just hope some future buyer agrees!
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