January 12, 2018

Our First Major Home Renovation - The Powder Room

Well, 19 months after moving in to our "new" house, we are finally getting around to our first fully renovated room. We've painted most of the rooms, ripped up yards of carpet and installed flooring in a few rooms, but haven't given any a full makeover yet. We are starting small - literally - with our smallest and by far ugliest bathroom. If you've been following along on Instagram, you know this bathroom started out as a yellow and brown tiled monstrosity. Since we have three bathrooms that need to be fully redone and just started paying for daycare, we're doing this renovation on a budget. But that doesn't mean we're sacrificing on quality or style. We've trolled the internet for the best deals, including coupons and specials from major stores like Lowes and Home Depot and have managed to keep the total cost under $1500, including all the extras (subflooring, drywall, random hardware, paint, etc) and a few decorative pieces.

Preppy Printshop Eiffel Tower in Full Bloom Print - Love this print, as Paris is a special place for us (so basic). Framing it with a gold frame from Target.

Kassatex Kyoto Hand Towel- My husband loves white towels because you can bleach them infinitely and they always look crisp and clean.

Delta Windmere 24" Towel Bar -  I can't believe how expensive bathroom accessories are! Delta is a trusted brand and this was bar far on low end as far as prices go.

Enzo Rodi Widespread Bathroom Faucet - Faucets are also extremely expensive. We are not familiar with this brand, but it has great reviews on Amazon, a limited 3 year warranty, and the style matched our lighting fixture.

Kohler Highline Classic White Toilet -  Purchased separately with through a Lowes offer, so we saved 20%.

MS International Carrara Hexagon Porcelain Mosaic Tile - No deal on this, but Home Depot had the best price by over a $1 per square foot. On top of that, this tile has the look of marble without being cheesy but is only about 40% of the price of actual marble tile, plus it won't stain or discolor.

Allen + Roth Roveland Vanity with Marble Top - This vanity was already on sale, included a top, and we purchased it separately through a special Lowes was running, so we got an additional $100 off the sale price.

Voluspa Casa Pacifica 2 Wick Candle - I picked this candle based entirely on the fact that I love this shade of aqua! No regrets.

Progressive Lighting Victorian 3 Light Chrome Vanity Fixture - We saved money by finding this as a return on Amazon for only $50.

 All of the "major" items we purchased (vanity, toilet, flooring, lighting) came to just under $1000, leaving us with approximately $500 to purchase the less obvious items we needed (like redoing the flooring so it can support a tile floor and marble vanity) and accessories.

Here are a few tips on we we saved cash but still managed to create a gorgeous marble powder room
1. Be flexible with your design.
(consider other materials or colors, e.g. porcelain tile is half the price of marble and doesn't stain and is also less likely to crack than ceramic)

2. Look for store specials. Lowes often offers discounts on certain amounts of merchandise.
(e.g. 20% off of purchases of $250 or more)

3. Purchase coupons online.
(don’t have a coupon? check eBay. Many times you can buy a 10% off coupon for pennies. FYI, stores take them but they frown upon the practice). 

4. Consider lesser known brands, but make sure they have a lot of good reviews before you purchase.
(Amazon has been great for this and also has immediate use coupons)

5. Whatever you do, do not attempt to move the locations of your sink and toilet.
(you will *definitely* need a professional plumber for this and your budget will automatically need to double)


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