The $1200 Bathroom Flip

Just as we're beginning to finish up the first floor powder room, Mikael and I (officially crazy people) decided that we should just go ahead and tackle another bathroom because we are crazy people. In the powder room, nearly all is done except for the plumbing, which is to be completed tomorrow! So we'll be sharing the final reveal soon!

pre-flip, mid-demo

So here's how this whole other bathroom reno came up... The heat of summer has made sleeping in the master suite on the third floor unbearable. We've tried increasing the number of fans, closing vents to increase air flow from the HVAC, and even bought a portable AC unit from Costco. Unfortunately, none of those attempts made the room sleepable. Eventually we will have to get a mini-split AC unit for the third floor. In the mean time Mikael and I are sleeping in a guest room on the second floor. It's been a bit complicated because most of our stuff is upstairs and then our toiletries can't fit in the second floor bathroom. Thus, we thought "Why don't we just put in a new vanity? That'll be easy." Ohhhh that's how it always starts.

With this bathroom, though, we have WAY less work to do. It's encased in drywall (wooh!) and no plumbing or electrical is being moved. This is going to be our quick bathroom flip that will take us a week or less (!!) and come in at less than $1200! 

the ugly vinyl flooring

As we were planning it out, we knew we wanted a new vanity and sink that had plenty of storage. Additionally, a new mirror was necessary as it just looked old and not the good kind of old either. There was this ugly cabinet above the toilet with mushroom door knobs - so we removed that and needed to put in a new storage solution. This bathroom is going to be our summer bathroom, a guest bathroom, and eventually the kids bathroom too. We're keeping the toilet (for now) and the bathtub. We also are keeping the vinyl flooring (for now), but we are painting it white!

Sunday, we officially began the renovation by making a trip to IKEA to pick up a vanity, sink, mirror, cabinet, and towel rack. We chose from the Hemnes collection in black-brown so that all of the pieces matched. Demo began once we got home as we took down the ugly mushroom cabinet and Mikael began to patch and smooth the drywall. 

notice the paint job on that door! it's on the repainting list

While Mikael was at work on Monday, I finished patching the drywall, sanded those spots, and then painted the room! It already looked so much better with a fresh coat of paint. We chose the same Winter Solstice color from the living room (a beautiful blue-grey) for the walls. 

inspection phase by Bear

Today, work began on the floors. Since it is vinyl flooring, it is paintable, but it requires prep. I started out by thoroughly cleaning the floor, applying a sanding deglosser, and painting primer on the floor. Depending on the color and adherence, it could require two coats of primer, but I likely will only use one. Once that dries, I will paint the floor with Behr Porch and Floor paint in glossy white. Hopefully that will dry in the next few hours and then Mikael and I will be able to put together and install the IKEA pieces!

priming the vinyl floors

I can't wait to share the final pictures!


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