BEFORE: The $1,000. (or so) Bathroom Makeover
It is ON!

If you, like us, have more creativity to spare than unlimited funds, read on. After reviewing some landscaping projects we'd like to accomplish in the coming years, and an impending condo roof project (oh, joy), I thought we'd never, EVER be able to update our master bathroom. I thought we'd have to spend at least 20K to do it. So, defeated, I had decided that, for now, I'd just clean the heck out of the bathroom. Maybe I'd put some contact paper inside the horrible sink cabinet. Or, hey, maybe paint the walls, too...then, bang! I came up with a better solution than contact paper that is much more palatable than 20K!

Here is a tour of the "before":

Entrance to the master bath shown from a small alcove off of bedroom. The glass blocks let light pass through the shower and the alcove.

These are the original fixtures (and color) when we purchased our home. We'll be replacing the light fixture, the mirror (with a medicine cabinet), the sink, sink cabinet, faucet and hardware.

I don't need to point out the obvious, but: this cracked sink has got to go. And the chipped, flat mirror is pretty sad.

This happens to everyone: something temporary when you move in becomes permanent. This will change, too.

To save money, we're going to forgo a rebuild of this entry space. Instead, we'll sand, water-seal, prime and paint. We'll also add a light cover to the recessed canister light.

We'll be placing some potted plants, likely succulents, on the window ledge. They are so lush and tropical, yet modern:

photo by davitydave

This pipe may become a "birch trunk".

Luckily, the floor and tub tile is in good shape and we like it.

This robe hook has been hanging out of the wall for over 3 years. Some much needed patching, painting, and new brushed nickel hardware should do the trick.

Speaking of painting...

So what's in a makeover?
Admittedly, this type of update works well financially because it is mostly cosmetic. Having to do significant demolition and construction, or moving plumbing, adds expense, unfortunately.

The "Pros" of our refresh
-- Tiles are in superb condition and a nice neutral stone color that we like.
-- We can get away without any major demolition and construction for now.
-- The tub is in perfect shape. We just don't like it. It is a jacuzzi tub. Gross. We want to replace it with a glass-enclosed standing shower when we can.
-- We don't have to move any plumbing

Stay tuned on the progress! I'll be posting inspiration boards, tips, a list of what we purchased, and resources. You can now read Part 2 "Progress and Purchases" here.

About Us

Christopher Scott and Jodi Vautrin are the husband and wife team behind Ourhaus, where they chronicle their adventures in home improvement, decorating and travel. After purchasing a unique loft space just a few miles north of Boston, they began photographing and writing about their projects and it blossomed into a creative outlet and platform.

When they’re not home improving, Jodi spends her days as a freelance creative director & designer with a focus on user interface and interactive design, and is an entrepreneur at heart. She serves on the board of AIGA Boston as Vice President of Emerging Ideas & Events.

In his professional life, Christopher is the Technology Director for a multi-service ad agency based in Harvard Square. In his private life, he enjoys tinkering in all its forms, whether it's rebuilding the Ourhaus home network (again), fooling himself into thinking he knows how to fix home appliances, or trying to unravel the mysteries of the guitar. He also flies planes, performs open heart surgery and sings at bar mitzvahs (though not all at the same time).

They share their “haus” with their adorable, highly food-motivated chocolate lab, Lucy.