This small and very ugly downstairs bath had both a tub and shower along with a 60″ single sink vanity and, of course, a potty; not to mention the 1980 obligatory light box above the vanity. Over the years I had painted the ugly brown vanity white and added what I thought was the coolest black and white Hansgrohe faucet along with small white ceramic tiles on the floor. However, also over the years the tenants had done major damage to all of these. We ripped everything but the tub out and started over, all on a very small budget of $2500.00 for everything, including labor. Let me start by saying that if you live in the San Diego area and need anything done, call Ricardo Duron. He is a wonderful guy who plays baseball with Rick and he always knows someone who can do something. These guys ripped everything out, including a ceramic tile floor, installed a new ceramic tub surround, floor, vanity, new door and re-stuccoed the wall in only three days. If only my contractor could work that fast!!
The challenge in this job was to find finishes and products that would work with the old white tub yet allow me to add new colors and finishes. In order to stay under budget (the real challenge) and to update the look, I opted for 12″ tiles around the surround at only $1.58 each at Lowe’s. The border tiles are the real showpiece and include tiny white, black, tan and stainless tiles that add such a nice modern touch to the surround and the white and tan pull the existing white tub into the picture.
Large 18″ ceramic floor tiles (also from Lowe’s) placed on the diagonal will look smashing next to my new wood floor.
The vanity was the real stinker in this job. I could not find a single sink 60″ vanity (lots of double sinks) that was in my budget until I stumbled upon Builder’s Surplus in Santa Ana. We took a drive up there and came home with a marble top, sink and 48″ wood vanity in the back of the SUV, all for under $600.00. Amazing!!!
Who says we are not DIYers? Now I have to figure out what to do with the two 6″ sides that are open in the 60″ space. Stay tuned……….:…..
Design tip: Take the time to shop around. You will eventually find exactly what you want and maybe even at a bargain price!