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Nov 4, 2019

DIY Bathroom Remodel Reveal!!!


DIY Bathroom Remodel Reveal!!!
I'm happy to share with you our new master bathroom remodel! If you check my previous two posts you can see the process. The large bathroom is down the hall, the "master" is a powder room" basically. We did the large bathroom five years ago, also with Ikea components. We did everything ourselves, except for the flooring and toilet install. We had the flooring guy do both, since there were multiple layers of vinyl and a larger flange for the toilet. It didn't cost that much, and it was worth it. We'd done our laminate plank flooring thru the house, not too hard. We paid cash, no financing done. I am really loving the wall color! A soothing blue/gray, and the overall vibe is very serene. It's basically all done except for some new knobs that I will be buying for the bathroom cabinet. This weekend Dave and I finished up a few odds and ends related to the remodel, and got everything moved back from around the house. Since there was a low minimum fee we also had him stretch the carpet in our two spare bedrooms. No more bumpy carpets! Soon I'll get them steam cleaned and then all done. I really deep cleaned the bedroom after raising all the dust. Saturday I spackled an area next to the bathroom cabinet that was still a little bit rough. A bit more tweaking, then painted the area. One of the things we discovered is at our new Ikea bathroom cabinet is about four or five inches shallower than our original one was. It has tons more storage and actually makes the bathroom look bigger, which is a double bonus! Bathroom before photos 2015 Mini-Bathroom-Makeover  Tons of storage in the drawers, paper liner included-


Dave did have to adapt the plumbing a little bit since it came out of the side of the wall and also had to notch the drawer of the cabinet-



HUGE bottom drawer

Dave also drilled a round hole in the side of the cabinet (VERY carefully) for the pipe-


We had to do this on the other cabinet and I've seen on the internet that that's a pretty common thing. Luckily it doesn't affect the structural integrity. There's so much more drawer space, it's not even funny. I don't have to get down on my knees to find our supplements, etc. Ikea runs their plumbing laterally and then drops it down, versus American plumbing, which goes straight down.  Dave installed the new Ikea faucet  on the counter top before we lifted it into place. I love the curves on it, and so much more water pressure!


I'm sure the old faucet had clogs in the aerator, even though we'd flushed it several times. For $39.00 it was a steal. We've had great luck with our other Ikea bathroom faucet. We caulked the counter to the cabinet, but only on the front, in case we need to pull it for plumbing repairs. Dave's idea, good to plan ahead. Sunday we hung up my new bird shelf. A few months ago, when we were thinking about doing this, I thought I'd like to get a shelf with birds. I actually found one, at Hobby Lobby. I needed something really shallow due the small space, it was a perfect fit and half price with a coupon! Sunday we hung everything up. Added a piece of driftwood, homegrown lavender, mini wreath and a mini prayer flag-


 Crab shell Dave found on the beach for me!


 I had also found this driftwood-inspired seashell plaque at Hobby Lobby, which I LOVE-

Wood fish on the rod from the Oregon coast trip


I was trying to bring in the look of driftwood since I'm going for a coastal motif. I put some other items up on top of my cabinet over the toilet. I reused the print, bought the lighthouse candle holder, and seahorse, also from Hobby Lobby. I'll hang some dried flowers on the rod soon, or maybe some fabric-




Home grown lavender in Ikea vase I bought on the way back from coast trip-






Ivy on adjacent wall-


The other items I already had, my little hanging rack and clock back up by the sink area-


Sunday I was able to find a small cotton rug at Ross, a discount store, for $4! I wanted something rounder since it's a square bathroom and I love the crochet edging, kind of vintage looking-


We re-used the Ikea medicine cabinet which we bought last year, light fixture above the sink and the towel rod, no point replacing them-




 Re-used my old Ikea vase and flowers-




We did buy a new Moen toilet paper holder,  the exact same one as the other bathroom. Much easier to load and very minimal looking-


Cheap, black Ikea knobs will be replaced-


 All four will go-


I put this ceramic one from Hobby Lobby on the medicine cabinet last year, I may try and find the same ones, or something else coastal vibe style-


There's also the new toilet, which works great, and the trend now is chair height toilets which I wasn't aware of-


According to at least one plumber it's because of the obesity level in the United States which is really pretty sad. The one really great thing about the toilet is that it flushes really well, there's a large tube inside and the entire tank empties really fast. We learned doing research that when your toilet gets old the smooth inside glaze part of the ceramic gets really rough. Solid waste tends to get trapped more. We also thought that since we have a little bit lower water pressure our toilet was clogging due to that. It was actually because the toilet was just getting older. So all in all we're really happy with it and it has a slow close lid as well!


12 comments:

Zacisze Lenki said...


A beautiful change. I like the flowers on the sink.

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks for your comment! I got those years ago at Hobby Lobby as well

Mama Pea said...

You two working together are a real dynamic-duo! Seems this remodel got done really fast. Kudos to both of you. Now sit back (Down? Sorry, couldn't resist that.) and enjoy the lovely, new, nicely decorated view!

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks Mama! Yes every time I go into the bathroom I keep thinking where am I? But I'm getting used to it and it's so much easier to see what I have in those giant doors like supplements toilet paper Etc all those important things in life

Goatldi said...

Nice job! Lots of new space. Funny I call those toilets “Starbucks toilets” .

I noticed a few years back at a pit stop on a trip their toilets were taller. I never realized it was because of the number of folks who have joint issues knees and hips in particular. I never thought about the obesity factor.

Susan said...

What a nice job you two did! I love the simplicity of the Ikea designs and you really caught a nautical feel with the decor. I like the higher toilets myself - it's especially nice when you start the trudge towards seniorhood. Plus, I think the new toilets are much more efficient, water-wise.

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks! I'm sure it an aging population as well...

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks susan! Yes my bones are getting older too!!!

Rain said...

That looks great Nancy! I love the theme, especially the seahorse and the sea shell! You must be so happy to have it all completed!

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes! A few more decor touches then we're good!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Nancy, how lovely! You two are really developing quite a set of DIY skills! We could use you around here! #ToGrandmasHouseWeGo

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

Thanks Jean! This is our third house we've fixed up so we're getting in lots of practice over the years