I wanted to share with you my master bathroom renovation that my (ex) husband and I tackled a few months ago while preparing the house to sell. As any realtor will tell you, kitchens and master bathrooms sell a home. Sure curb appeal is important but a woman is looking for a beautiful, functional kitchen and a clean, updated master bathroom to call her own.
Now I am not paid or sponsored by The Home Depot and do much of my shopping and idea gathering there. I can walk the aisles and imagine the projects I could do. I would rather shop for ideas than shoes! Anyhow…the master bathroom was one project I had wanted to do for 8 years! The good thing that came out of doing the master bath renovation in July was that I have gotten to enjoy it for the last few months.
I love my new clean and white shower with gorgeous glass doors. The double vanities and new Pergo flooring really make the bathroom look high end. I decided to paint it this soft green which really shows well in the sunlight. I had spray painted the light fixtures and accessories (towel and toilet paper holders) a few years back with Rustoleum Hammered rubbed oil bronze spray paint so I was happy to use them again in the complete renovation.
The complete renovation cost around $2,000 because we did it ourselves. A bathroom renovation can be pricey and I knew that I had to create a master bathroom oasis with the next owner in mind. It is important that you do not over- renovate and over- price your renovations because you may never get that money back in the re-sale. Our bathroom renovation will pay off in the sale of the house because the $2,000 pushed the value of our 30 year old house up by at least $8,000+ (because a contractor would likely charge this much for tear out of the old bathroom, new floor, shower, vanity installation).
If you have doubts about what to do before selling your home, go to open houses in your neighborhood and see what they have done to update their homes. You can also call a realtor and have them walk around and give you feedback on what would improve and increase your chances of selling.
I know I should have painted the bathroom a lovely shade of white (or neutral color) but I just had to have some color in my life. Most of the house is neutral colors but I just felt the green adds a Zen type feeling. I do use semi-gloss in bathrooms for easy cleaning and water/steam resistance. Get a good quality paint and do not skimp on the faucets and shower head but the accessories (toilet paper holder and towel bars) you can spray paint to update the look.
Now I have to confess here why I added a chair rail in the master bath renovation…
because the existing plumbing from the old vanities would not work with my new vanities. The new vanities would not sit flush against the wall because the existing plumbing pushed the new vanities out an inch away from the wall. What a nightmare (at first thought) but I never panic until after I walk the aisles of my home store for inspiration to an obstacle. So my solution came after walking up and down the trim aisle at The Home Depot with my measurements where I found the perfect trim (new chair rail) that helped pushed out the vanities an inch so we could hook them up to the existing plumbing. My (ex) husband was amazed I thought of this (of course he knows that I am a crafty gal but he forgot just how crafty). There are usually solutions for a problem if you think outside the box.
I hope I have inspired you to tackle that bathroom renovation. Just take it one step at a time and make sure you have the necessary tools to tear out and put back. There are many things DIYable and with Sharkbites (which are available at The Home Depot) or other similar brands at your local home store. You can tackle those small plumbing jobs with many products at your local home and plumbing stores. One word of plumbing advice: make sure to put shut offs whereever there are water lines!
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