A wasted day, maybe

I can’t decide if today was a total waste of mine (and a few other people’s) time, or if maybe I’ll be able to salvage some of the effort. See, it’s coming on to winter here in my neck of the woods, and it’s always nice to have a project in mind to keep you busy during the cold months. So, in that spirit, I decided that it was time to do something about our basement bathroom. It needs a new vanity top, a sink and faucet, a new shower and faucet, new paint, a vent fan, a couple of new walls/doors, and a nicer floor. My goal was to get all the stuff together to do this project from beginning to end for $1,000 or less. I was close, but the best I could do was around $1600. Way out of budget. And that was assuming that we could use a standard shower stall, which I’m not convinced that we can. And neither was anyone else I talked to. I figured if I could plan for the $1000, if we had an overrun of budget it would still be manageable, but with the $1600, there’s no possible wiggle room for budget overruns. 😦 I wanted to keep it cheap so that we could save our money for the main bathroom remodel (it needs a new tub/shower surround, possibly some new studs, drywall, a new vent fan, new subfloor, and obviously some updating). 😯

But, I put it all in a spreadsheet, tallied it up anyway, and showed it to my partner in all things demolition and remodeling. Hubs said that he thought we could maybe just use those figures on the upstairs bathroom, and maybe just hang up a few plastic sheets in the downstairs shower so we could use it while doing the upstairs bath. Yes, I said hang plastic sheeting…in the shower…not to be confused with a shower curtain…. Some things are just really difficult to explain without pictures, and trust me–you don’t want to see this. Eye bleach is hard to come by. After we’re done with the sheets, we’ll just demolish the shower….thing…stall…?

So, here’s hoping that hubby holds up to getting this done this winter, there will be some pretty amazing demolition pictures to post if he does. And we’ll have one really awesome bathroom out of the deal. πŸ™‚

4 thoughts on “A wasted day, maybe

  1. Oof! Sounds scary. My mom’s basement has a shower (not a whole bathroom, mind, just a shower) in the corner that looks like it came out of Auschwitz… When we first moved in it was the only working bath-type implement in the house. I won’t go into details but let’s just say centipedes were involved.

    Probably not a waste of time, though… Good luck!


  2. Good luck! We went through a big house remodel/extension. It was painful and expensive. We ended up doing a lot of the finishing work ourselves. I’d never want to do it again, but I am happy with the house now. Your bathroom plan reminds me of those days. I hope it goes quick and you get the results you are looking for.


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