Main St. Flip: Bathroom Splurge vs. Save
Now that we have an end in sight to all this drywall madness, we’re able to start thinking again about finishes! One room I’m super excited about putting together is the bathroom. I love designing bathrooms because you can impart a lot of style to the space through the permanent fixtures, without even having to decorate. When buyers walk into the house, they’ll automatically be able to see how high-style it is, without the need for additional staging.
Here’s a peek into what I’m planning, with a breakdown of where I’ve decided to splurge, and where we’re saving money below.
I’ve talked before about having definite splurge moments that can carry a design, coupled with more budget friendly choices that round out the look. We’re totally doing that here. The bathtub I purchased is a really nice one, probably more expensive than I should have gone, at around $450. But it was worth it to me to have a sleek, not cheap, looking tub. Same goes for the bath fixture. We chose a Delta Trinsic bath faucet and shower head in matte black, which rang in at $189 (so not totally spendy) but, again, worth the cost for the right look and a reliable brand I know will hold up.
Tiling the shower surround isn’t exactly a cheap choice, either. For me, though, it was not negotiable. If we wanted this bathroom to look at all like we cared about the end product, in my opinion, a one piece shower surround wasn’t even an option. We’re going with 4 inch, white glossy, square tiles, installed in a brick pattern with dark grout. I love how it’s a little more modern than the white 3x6 subway tile you see all the time, but still very comfortable.
Now, let’s talk about where I’m saving.
First off, keeping the bathroom footprint was a huge savings. The fact that we don’t have to move any electrical or plumbing has saved us thousands. This is something to take into consideration when planning a bathroom remodel. It might sound like a good idea to shift the sink a little to one side, or go with a larger vanity, or reorient the tub. But there are lots of costs associated with those changes, that you can’t even see.
We decided to go with sheet vinyl on the floor, using this cool new product by Tarkett. It gives you the look of stone hex tile without the material or labor costs involved. It’s extremely durable and perfect for wet situations, like a bathroom. And for $1.33 a square foot, it was a no-brainer for a flip.
The sink vanity was left in the house (in the box) when we bought it. With the budget growing daily, it just seemed like the smartest idea to use what was “free”. It’s pretty neutral as far as construction goes, so I am planning to paint it this dark, earthy green color, called Vintage Vogue by Benjamin Moore. It’s also a 30 inch vanity, which gives a lot more storage than anything new we’d be able to afford. Being the only bathroom in the house, that’s really important. Speaking of Vintage Vogue, in my kitchen post, I mentioned possibly painting the cabinets that color. I’ve since changed my mind and am planning to go with Sherwin Williams Pewter Green like in Emily Henderson’s Portland House. So don’t worry, it won’t all be match-y match-y/
I found this surprisingly affordable AND attractive bathroom faucet collection at Lowes when I was working on a friend’s half bath remodel, and have been eager to use one in a project of my own. Hers is still working really well after six months, which is more than I can say about a lot of similarly priced faucets, so we’re going for it — again, in matte black.
The vanity light is a $45 find from Amazon, and the mirror, which is actually pretty big (28” around, I think) is $60 from Target. I would have loved to add a medicine cabinet for even more stealthy storage but it just wasn’t in the budget. When all is said and done, I bet we’ll have leftover lumber we can make some floating shelves out of, to hang above the toilet.