Remodeling any part of a home takes planning, organization, and a budget. Sometimes, it’s not always easy to stick to the budget you had originally planned. Let’s face it, things come up or the money just didn’t go quite as far as you had hoped.
DIY bathroom makeovers sometimes run into complications like plumbing issues, or busting concrete to move things around a bit. But what do you do with a partially finished project? Well, in my experiences, if you can’t finish it exactly like you want it-make it something you can live with until you can finish it.
Starting Out Strong
We wanted to expand our guest/kids bathroom. It was rather small and had a small pink square tile shower that was not big enough to say it was even there! The walls were a mint green color on the top half that wasn’t the pink tile. The vanity was also the pink tile on the top around the sink, which was white. The bottom part of the vanity and the cabinet next to the sink were painted a darker green color. The cabinet doors were actually a pink color. Luckily our living room was large enough that we could move the wall in some which would expand the bathroom.
As with all projects, we were eager to get started. We didn’t have a big budget, but we were going to go ahead and do what we could. We had already started remodeling in the living room by opening up the space between the living room and the dining room, so it wouldn’t be much to move the bathroom/living room wall, right? So, that’s what we completed and never regretted it for a minute.
Our main goal was to expand the bathroom and get rid of the small tile shower, without making the bathroom totally unusable. We started with a large hammer, knocking out the tile first on the wall we wanted to move. We then hammered all the tile out of the shower and had quite a mess. We also scraped the tile off the floor since we knew we were going to replace that as well. After using a flat shovel to scoop most of the broken tile into large round plastic tubs, I took the broom and dust pan to sweep up the rest.
My husband had no problem moving the wall since there wasn’t any water pipes to deal with. He did have to deal with a few electrical outlets, but it worked out great. He then put up drywall as the finishing touch. Part of the mission accomplished!
We had already purchased a nice white shower/tub unit to replace what was once just a small tile shower. The plumbing for the faucets and shower head had to be adjusted somewhat, but that is not where the problem actually occurred. The drain from the old tile shower was not going to match where the new drain was on the shower/tub unit. We had to rent a jackhammer to break up the concrete……and even at that, it wasn’t easy. The concrete was much thicker than it should’ve been. But, thanks to my husband, we got the drain moved and piped correctly.
We were ready to set the shower/tub unit into place. I don’t know how we managed to get it into place because it was quite bulky and heavy as well, but we did it with a little help. As we stepped back to look at the new-look, we were pleased. Even though it was not finished, it was already better than it was before.
Something I Can Live With
While it was better, it wasn’t complete. Of course, life happens and we don’t get to finish projects as quickly as we would like. But the green and pink HAD to go. I started by painting the light green walls with white, but I didn’t stop there. I painted all the dark green trim and the pink cabinet doors white as well. Wow! What a change!
I even went a little further, did some research and found a new paint for tile. Yes, I even painted the tile white with Rust-oleum tub and tile paint. It was only actually left on the bottom half of one wall and on top of the vanity. It wasn’t actually finished, but it was as close as it could be without being completed.
If your project gets delayed, don’t get discouraged-it happens. DIY bathroom makeovers don’t always get finished as quickly as we would like. In the meantime, you can do a little work to make it look nice. Making it something you can live with for now is better than looking at something you can hardly stand to look at-until the project can be finished properly.
It’s not something that I plan to keep in the bathroom because we are going add cabinets for storage on the wall that we actually moved out. We are also going to replace the sink, vanity and cabinet that is closest to it.
Not every project will be perfect, but there is always something you can do to make it acceptable for now.
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