Blair Bathroom Project: The Breakdown


July 8, 2017 by Sarah

Thank you all for your kind words regarding the Blair Bathroom Reveal.  It was such a fun project. We are very happy with how it turned out, but we are even happier we were able to get it done for under $2500!

If you can remember back to when we first introduced the project, the homeowner had received a few estimates to have the bathroom redone, which ranged from 7-15k.  One contractor advised the best course of action would be to gut the entire bathroom and start over.  🙁 🙁 🙁   Over my dead body random sledgehammer wielding contractor!!!

The bathroom may not have been the prettiest, but it had good bones and I was very confident we could get a really nice looking bathroom for much less.

Our $2500 budget allowed for a few splurges while still remaining mindful of the overall budget. We weren’t going for cheap as possible, but we were going for a bathroom remodel that looked a lot more expensive that it was, with quality finishes done right.

We started first with a Pinterest idea board. The homeowner and I both added photos to for a few weeks.  From there we met to discuss the general budget and the must-haves, which included refinishing the claw foot tub, adding beadboard, replacing the bath fan and skimcoating the plaster walls.

We used the amazing Mose again for this project and he was able to have the skimcoating done in 2 days for us.  He even came back to do a couple touchups for us when we needed. What a guy! I finished off the walls and ceilings with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl 2137-60 in an eggshell sheen.

The tub refinishing I handled myself with a little advice from a very knowledgeable pro in the field. I was able to get a pretty smooth finish on the exterior of the tub with a lot of sanding, oil primer, and 2 coats of BM Satin Impervo.

I used the same Satin Impervo on the beadboard and trim for continuity. The color is Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117, a really beautiful color. The 4×8 sheets of beadboard came from Home Depot and we had them cut in half at the store for easier transportation. We cut them further down to size on site. I did the first coat of paint with the panels laying flat on saw horses, and the second coat I did after installation and the nail holes were filled.

Once we determined the costs of the most-have items we were able to search for fixtures and décor that were within the remaining budget.

The vanity was an inexpensive off-the-shelf find at Menards for $100, but it was a bit too boring. I added the navy chalk paint (which I got as a free sample from Country Chic Paint) and a set of cute glass knobs from restoration hardware for $20 to make it one of the features of the room.

The towel rods, toilet paper holder, etc were part of a line from Anthropologie, which again, was a bit of a splurge at $217, but the quality is excellent. I am very pleased with them.

The 4in bridge style faucet from Vintage Tub and Bath was a definite splurge item at $341, but a very unique piece. SO cute!

We saved money by reusing the existing toilet that had been put in just a few years ago. We also kept the medicine cabinet and the shower ring.

Plumbing and electrical supplies occupied very

little of the overall budget.

Adding decorative items into a space is the most fun, but always last on the agenda.  We had a bit of money left to play with, and I was able to add some really great pieces.

Many of my favorite things in this room came from Patina (concrete candle $18, birdhouse $25, hanging planters $5-$18). I cannot get enough of that store–if you haven’t been you are missing out. The glass jars are vintage finds.  The garden stool was an absolute steal for $39 at Menards–similar ones sell for over $100 elsewhere. ALERT: The garden stool is currently on clearance for $29!!! The homeowner picked up the towels and shower curtain. The little bird print was from Wayfair. The St. Paul print was a gift. The seascape painting was a garage sale score for $2.

Project Costs:

Bath fan and supplies: $254

Beadboard and trim: $393

Wall skimcoating labor and supplies: $375

Paint and supplies $126

Vanity and knobs $128

Light fixture: $150

Faucet: $340

Bath Hardware: $217

Window shade: $30

Plumbing and electrical: $24

Shower curtain/towels/décor: $270

Grand Total: $2307

We are patting ourselves on the back right now 🙂



One thought on “Blair Bathroom Project: The Breakdown

  1. Sarah says:

    Love it!!!!

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