My Impossibilities Challenge or How to Reno a Bathroom for $3000

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My home has two full bathrooms - or rather had two full bathrooms.   One was installed four years ago and is up-to-date and comfortable.  The other ... well,  whoever reno'd it last thought tongue & groove pine from floor to ceiling in an orangey stain colour would be an attractive compliment to mint green fixtures.   The light fixture over the sink had a chain attached that was strung along a wall through eye-hooks over to the door trim to switch it on & no, I didn't take any before photos...

Anyhow, when I first bought this house and did my kitchen reno, I was dating a contractor who was going to help me do the work on the bathroom. The bathroom is now gutted, the relationship is over, the budget is minuscule and guess who is going to do a lot of the work?  Yup, that would be me.  I love a challenge!!

I've removed the toilet and bathtub and all of the plywood(!) tub-surround and bathtub tiles.  I hired a plumber to cap the lines so they are now out of the way.  I even found a framed-out space for a window when I ripped out all the tub walls, so I can install a new window myself!  Whew, what a relief not to have to worry about headers and structure and all.

This is what the bathroom looked like after I pulled the toilet out and pulled all the tiles down, thing of beauty, eh??
There was a storage bin over the bathtub.  Weird!!


I want a timelessly lovely bathroom.  Wish me luck!  I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Cheers!!

Check out Part II  HERE


41 comments:

  1. Best of Luck to you in your endeavors.

    I'll even say a pray or two for you. I know how daunting a big job like that can be especially on ones one.

    Hugs,
    Penny

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  2. That is a big job but you can do it. Good luck.

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  3. You CAN do it! I reno'd my one and only 5'x7' bathroom myself, and had to bring in a plumber to move the lines (rerplaced the 'rotisserie' shower stall for a regular tub/shower) also had to move the toilet stuff. Once it was gutted it rolled along very quickly (toilet was installed IMMEDIATELY!) and I showered at a neighbor's house for a week. I went with all white fixtures as well, you can change wall and accessories colors easily enough, and the white goes with everything. Good luck, keep us updated!

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  4. Wow! Are you brave! Your choices for your new bathroom are really beautiful. I love the beadboard and all white fixtures ideas, as you say, then you can go any way with color or other decorative ideas for many years to come. i can't wait to see how you progress.

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  5. Anne,

    You ALWAYS make me laugh :) I had to go back to my post and reference you and your dentist.....LOL! I love your inspiration photos for your bathroom and I can't wait until the reveal.

    Thanks for always being so wonderful.

    blessings,
    karianne

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  6. You have certainly been busy! I can't wait to see the result. I love the photos, beadboard and white on white, it will be so cool!

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  7. Wow, girl! You have been busy! Redoing a bathroom or kitchen is sooo much work - but well worth all the blood, sweat and tears! Your vision is so beautiful and I can hardly wait to see how it turns out! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  8. A CHALLENGE, YES! What fun.....I look forward to your progress and finished work of art ;)

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  9. Looks like you have some fantastic ideas for your future bath!

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  10. Wow, what a project you have going. Anxious to see the completed transformation.
    Mary Alice

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  11. Hi Anne! I love your inspirational photos, they are beautiful! What a big job for you to tackle on your own, kuddos! My husband and I just finished our bathroom remodel, although more of a re-decorating job than a re-model, it made a huge difference, I love the little room now. We were lucky enough to find some great deals, making it do-able on a low budget. Good luck with yours, looking forward to seeing how it turns out! I'm a new follower!

    Cheers,
    Sandra

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  12. Have fun decorating! I need to check out your bathroom pins as I am thinking of doing our bathroom next year.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha In Oz

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  13. You have great inspiration photos.I am sure yours will be beautiful when it is done too.

    Carolyn

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  14. Sounds like you know exactly what you want, and the energy to do it. It will be gorgeous when you're finished. I love the cottage bathrooms that I see everywhere.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  15. I wish you luck on your bathroom redo. I so love that ladder.
    Michele

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  16. Oh how I love a good bathroom renovation!! I am going to be watching with interest as we have a bathroom screaming for a makeover. I love your inspiration pics so I think I will be learning a lot here....before doing my own. Let's just say.... j'ai hâte de voir les résultats!!

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  17. Anne it will be fabulous. All your inspiration pics are grand!

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  18. Oh girl, you did a lot of hard work all by yourself but I'm sure the final result of your bathroom redo will be amazing.
    BTW your inspirational photos are all equally 2die4 but I guess photo no. 3 is my fave!
    rita

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  19. Your inspirations are gorgeous! I love them all! I just put up beadboard wallpaper in my kitchen over the weekend and I'm hooked!! http://www.nutmegplace.com/2012/03/wallpaper-wallpaper.html

    SO easy to work with and much less inexpensive!

    Can't wait to see it finished!

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  20. I can't wait to see your finished room! I am visiting from Coastal Charm. :)

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  21. Anne,
    I am so impressed with you taking this on yourself. That's great! I can totally relate to this post, as my husband has been a builder and has worked in this field for many many years. It may look like there's no light at the end of the tunnel, but hang in there, sweetie. I hope you have your beautiful bathroom one day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  22. I love wainscotting! I think it makes a room look so chic and cozy :)
    Jennelise

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  23. OMG, you're in for a looong and painful journey! I love all the inspirational photos, but I wouldn't go with all white - that 3rd pic is pure genius, with touches of wood and aqua! I dated a contractor when I had to change my kitchen wiring (which lead to some other kitchen changes) and since it was over I have yet to finish my polka dot back splash myself :))))

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  24. Some lovely ideas there. We are currently renovating our ensuite and we are going with the beadboard. I can't wait to see how yours turns out!
    Cas x

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  25. I loved that you tore that on your own, can't wait to see the final product~
    Bristol

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  26. You go girl!!! I'm so impressed that you are tackling this yourself. You are my inspiration!

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  27. If anyone can do this, it's you!

    I look forward to following along. And a big YES to all white fixtures.

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  28. I'm sure you'll do an amazing job and I feel your pain with the low budget. My whole house is being done on a low one! :) I love the beadboard idea and the aqua sounds beautiful! I just found you through the My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia blog hop by the way :)

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  29. That's a big endeavor. Can't wait to see how it turns out. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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  30. I am so stinkin' proud of you! You go girl! Have you seen the new beadbord wallpaper that you can paint over?? Censational Girl recenlty used it in her powder room redo. You may want to check it out. Best of luck! Keep us all posted.
    -Elyse

    http://shabbysweetea.com

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  31. I love your inspiration pictures! As you can tell by my recent blog post - I am a big fan of beadboard! I cannot wait to see how yours turns out!
    -Shelley

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  32. This may be a long project but just think of the satisfaction you will feel when it is done just the way you want it. Whites are so fresh and those pictures would inspire me too.
    Can't wait to see what you do. Please post your progress as you go!
    xxx

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  33. Good luck! It's always alarming to see everything ripped down to the studs, eh?

    Can't wait to see the finished project.

    Thank-you so much for sharing at Pin'inpiration Thursday C:

    Hope you pop by on Saturday to check-out our new party.

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  34. Wow, this looks like a graduate-level DIY project, but you've got some great inspiration photos to work with! I can't wait to see the progress. Thanks for linking up!

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  35. It's going to be beautiful!!!

    Can't wait to see it through the reno!

    --Katie

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  36. Love your inspiration.I can't wait to see the progress.I am your newest follower from feathered nest Friday at the French country cottage.

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  37. Ann Thanx so much for linking up to THT! Can't wait to see it finished!

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  38. Good progress on a BIG job! I love your inspiration pics! Best of luck on the reno! Looking forward to seeing the transformation. Thanks for sharing at the Rock 'N Share!

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  39. That is going to look awesome. Go for it!

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  40. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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