A testimony by Julie from The Family CEO
Everyone has their challenge when it comes to saving money. For some, it’s shoes. For others, its travel. For me, it’s my house.
I enjoy homemaking and decorating so much and there’s always something on my to-do list. But finances dictate that many of our home improvement projects are going to have to wait for now because we’re tackling two big goals at once: paying down debt and paying cash for college.
Still, some things around the house demand our attention and the master bath was one of them. The flooring was 20-year-old carpet and the brass light fixtures and hunter green accents were screaming to be replaced.
The first thing you should know is that we are not DIYers. We don’t have the time, interest, or expertise. So we hired a handyman to do the work. He was capable, affordable, and on-board with both our budget and our vision.
Here’s how we remodeled our bathroom with $1800 cash:
First, we identified the three things that most needed changing:
- The worn carpet in the bathroom and linoleum in the toilet area.
- The dated strip of hunter green tile in the tub surround. (The rest was builder’s grade white tile. Not great, but neutral and in good shape.)
- Brass light fixtures, cabinet pulls, and door knobs.
And here’s what we did about them:
1. Floor Tile: I chose an inexpensive stock tile from Home Depot. This time I chose a neutral tile in a beige/gray/white pattern, so it wouldn’t look dated in a few years. In the meantime, I can change the look of the room with inexpensive rugs, towels, and accessories.
I also had the floor tile laid on the diagonal for a more interesting look. This cost a little bit more, but I love the resulting more custom look.
2. Tub Surround Tile: Rather than replace all of the tile in the tub surround, I kept the white tile that was there and replaced just the hunter green strip of 2×2 tiles with a strip that matched the floor tile. This saved both materials and labor cost.
3. Fixtures: I replaced the brass light fixtures, cabinet pulls, and door knobs with brushed nickel.
Extras: I had all of the walls and woodwork covered in a fresh coat of paint. Creamy white for the woodwork and beige for the walls. Again, neutrals that I won’t tire of.
Honestly – when it was all done – it felt like a brand new bathroom. And even better because it was paid for with cash!
In 2006, Julie hired herself to save her family money, make extra money, and pay down debt, all while creating a life she loves. She blogs about her experiences at The Family CEO.
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