Bathroom Facelift| How much did it cost?

I find some of my most viewed posts are about how much our renovations cost. I think it is important to share the cost of both renovations and simple facelifts to give people an idea how much a project they may want to do will cost.

At any given time, I could estimate how much money we have put into our home. Why is that important? As a homeowner, you should know the value of the improvements you completed to understand your home’s market value, but more importantly, to ensure you do not put more into your home then your neighbourhood is worth. Real estate is an investment, sure you need a place to live but we all like to think of the equity we are gaining by purchasing a home. If you simply required a roof over your head many of us would rent if there was no benefit to home ownership.

This bathroom “re-do” was a facelift, not the gut job our other bathroom was (that wasn’t even the true definition of a gut job).

The facelift consisted of the following:

1. Bathroom Vanity- $400.00

2. Paint- $36.00

3. Hardware- $6.00

4. Artwork – Unknown

Total Cost: $442.00

We decided not to replace the faucet because it was only 2 years old and everything else in the room remained the same.

The vanity… the dreaded vanity. We were very restricted due to size, since the bathroom itself isn’t the big. The positioning of the vanity required the shape to be long and shallow, which isn’t easy to find. Ryan and I went to every home improvement store out there searching for our very limited options. We both weren’t fans of the vanity that was previously there and wanted to take the opportunity to modernize the room as much as we could without investing thousands.

For a brand new vanity it had the worst hardware, I absolutely hated it and it didn’t match the faucet. I knew I could change the knobs so the decision was a little easier.


Although I am still in the market for art work to place above the toilet, I love the new look! It is fresh, simple and clean 🙂





Bathroom Reveal!! #2

A few months ago during a typical chaotic morning, Ryan accidentally dropped a cologne bottle into our bathroom sink. The moment the bottle hit the sink it cracked in a hundred different directions.

When we went to fix the top of the vanity, we found out the sink couldn’t be bought separately. So…. that meant an entire new vanity was required. There were parts of the bathroom that needed paint touch ups, so it was a perfect time to do that as well. The whole thing was rather unexpected, unplanned and unbudgeted. Not my usual approach but one I needed to deal with.

As a reminder this is what I started with…




I wanted to match this bathroom with the other bathroom we recently renovated. The style of the vanity we purchased was in line with what we did in our other bathroom and the paint colour was the same (Cement Gray- Benjamin Moore).

Here is the bathroom after!!




I still haven’t found the perfect photo or art décor to put above the toilet. Nothing is grabbing my attention, so I am leaving the wall blank until I find the piece that was meant to be there!

Here are some side by side comparisons…




Tomorrow I will share the cost breakdown and a few concessions made to get the most for our money!

Stay tuned 🙂


Unexpected Bathroom Reno

So, this happened the other day…

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An unfortunate incident with a cologne bottle falling in exactly the right spot resulted in the sink shattering. The cologne bottle made it out unharmed.

After going to the hardware store to look for a new sink, we found out the vanity and sink are one unit and cannot be purchased separately. Looks like we are going to be doing a minor bathroom reno unexpectedly. The joys of being a homeowner, right?

Truth be told, I never liked the sink and vanity to begin with, so I should be thanking Ry for his accident! 😉

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Tips When Renovating Your Bathroom


You see beautiful renovations of kitchens and bathrooms on popular networks, your mind starts working… I would LOVE that in my own home. The episode on television shows a 10 minute clip of the work actually being completed. You think, “how hard could it be!?”, right?


Bathrooms and kitchens have a significant amount of components, making them logistically complicated and time-consuming to complete.

Going into our bathroom renovation, we knew it would be a lot of work. The reality of how much work was actually involved was the shocking part, more specifically, how many things could go wrong.

Up until this point, my husband and I have had relatively painless renovations. I suppose, we were “due” to have a nightmare.

Here are a few tips to help avoid a nightmare situation:

1. Know when to hire a professional. Seems obvious but renovation “gone-wrong” shows do not exist for nothing. Have you ever noticed the renovations that typically go wrong are bathrooms or kitchens? I am a firm believer we have experts out in the world for a reason, use them! Hiring a licensed electrician or plumber is the best investment you could make when completing a renovation. Can you imagine having the project finished, looking pretty and new, to only find out the “do-it yourself plumbing” is now leaking? Horrible. Bite the bullet, hire someone.

2. Have a vision. I can’t stress enough the value of creating vision boards with paint swatches, tile and countertop samples, etc. Your end result will have the effect you are dreaming of if you have some “method to your madness”. Quick side note… I was in the home improvement store and overheard a lady actually changing the entire colour scheme of her kitchen based on a change in countertop. Pretty expensive change in heart if you ask me…

3. Start the renovation when it makes sense. In hindsight, my husband and I started the bathroom at a horrible time when we didn’t really have the proper amount of time to complete the work. Being down a bathroom, super stressed with work and life in general, then add living in chaos… just a horrible decision on our part.

4. Be realistic on timeline. If you are completing the renovation yourself, make sure you are honest with yourself on the amount of time you can dedicate to the project. Are you taking time off work? Can you only complete the work on evenings and weekends? Do you have a friend that can help? Is it the start of hockey season and your kids are starting to travel? etc…etc…etc.

5. Stay on budget. Let me clarify, stay on budget for the right things. In our recent bathroom renovation I went over budget, but they were on fundamental aspects that made sense, i.e.: fan installation, new toilet, hiring professionals to fix discovered problems, etc. Do NOT go over budget on the “pretty” things. You can very easily research the cost of fixtures, tiles, material supplies, etc. There is no reason to stray away from budget with the “pretty” stuff just because you see something on a whim.



How much did it cost?| Bathroom Renovation

Kitchener-20140605-00287 Our bathroom needed a cosmetic facelift, as the “bones” of the bathroom were in good shape. We decided to keep the flooring, bathtub/shower and vanity. Since were keeping the major elements of the bathroom, the renovation was considered a facelift rather than a complete “gut-job”. My original budget for the bathroom was $1,500. I spent almost $2,500.

Here is why…

At the beginning of the renovation our toilet was in good working order. It decided to break, requiring us to purchase a new one.

Due to the age of the home, the bathroom didn’t have a fan because it wasn’t required by building code in the 1960s. During our original home inspection, we were informed it would be in our best interest to put a fan in. My husband wanted to do the fan at the same time as the renovation.

A few years ago, I won a faucet and sink at a golf tournament. I loved them both. During our countertop install, I found out the faucet didn’t fit the sink and I needed to purchase a new faucet.

Finally, during the removal of the previous tile we realized the plumbing wasn’t in the greatest shape, so we decided to hire a professional to fix some of the pipes and install shutoffs under the sink.

Due to the project add-ons, my original budget grew to an overspend of $1,000. I am a very budget oriented person, so going that much over budget drives me crazy. BUT… I have a beautifully finished bathroom now!

Here is the breakdown of costs:

  Cosmetics      $1,203

– New Hardware     $28

– Mirror   $150

– Faucet     $150

– Countertop      $400

– Tile    $275

– Miscellaneous Material   $125

– Sink   $0 (Free gifted)

– Decor     $75

Mechanics   $1,250

– Electrical (Fan and re-wiring)   $650

– Plumbing   $300

– Toilet     $300

Grand Total = $2,453