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Budget friendly makeover of guest bathroom
Kavanya Designs LLC
February 8, 2013 in Before & After
Makeover of a builder-grade bathroom to contemporary,stylish space on a tight budget!
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Madeline
Gorgeous! When you say tight budget -- do you mind giving a dollar range? I've got to help a friend with a bathroom upgrade and he's terrified of going over budget the way his contractor forced him to with his recent kitchen upgrade. BTW I like the way you did the tile backslash especially. Very nice work, pat yourself on the back!
February 8, 2013 at 9:10PM   
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Kavanya Designs LLC
Thank you Madeline. It was around $2500 inclusive of labor plus some sweat equity for finishing
February 8, 2013 at 9:11PM   
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benel204
This is Amazing! How on earth did you do that for $2500?? Would you mind breaking down the expenditures? We have a hall/guest bath and I would like to reserve some of my budget for a similar budget re-do. I am inspired and enthused to hear more.
February 11, 2013 at 4:46PM   
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serginajean
i love to see nice work without breaking the bank. Gives me hope...Nice job!!!
February 11, 2013 at 6:34PM     
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Kavanya Designs LLC
Vanity - $811.00
Faucet - $50.00
Tub Faucet/mixer $255.00
Accessories $91.20
Main Tile (Linen Finish from Floor n Decor $150
Accent Tile $76.00
Lighting $108.56
One piece Toilet $130.00
Mirror $50.00
Paint $30.00
Labor $750.00

$2,501.76

I got relatively cheap labor to remove existing vanity, remove all existing tile, install main tile in the shower areas and change toilet. I did the painting, grouting, caulking and finishing work on the accent tiles myself to save some costs for the detail oriented job like the backsplash. I also ended up using the existing medicine cabinet painted in a dark chocolate brown and then used a $6 canvas that I painted myself and put it on as a door for the medicine cabinet because it would open into the sconces
February 11, 2013 at 7:28PM     
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benel204
Designs by Kav, thank you so much for the breakdown. That gives me hope I might be able to do something similar.

You forgot on "item" on your breakdown:
Flair for design = Priceless!
:-)
Since I don't have design flair I appreciate people who do, then I can model their approach.
I appreciate your generosity sharing this information.
February 11, 2013 at 8:21PM     
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princess_q
This looks amazing! Great job!
February 11, 2013 at 8:41PM   
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Kavanya Designs LLC
Thank you!
February 12, 2013 at 8:55AM   
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groveraxle
I love what you did with the backsplash! Kudos to you for a great design and for pulling it off on a budget.
February 12, 2013 at 9:12AM   
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Kavanya Designs LLC
Thank you groveraxle!
February 12, 2013 at 10:01AM   
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benel204
As I've been doing research now on vessel sinks, seems there is some potential problems with splashing. Do you experience that with the one you installed? I like the look and shape. Also seems that your faucet is back far enough to avoid splashing. Any insights?
Also, was the sink part of the vanity -- all in in one unit?
February 12, 2013 at 10:34AM   
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Kavanya Designs LLC
I don't have any issues with splashing at all because 1) the sink is wide enough even though its a vessel sink and 2) the faucet is not too high and drops water at a comfortable height. I think the problem would be with small round vessel sinks that have tall faucets. This was an all in one unit from Costco http://www.costco.com/Today%27s-Bath-Sine-36%22-Vanity.product.11468947.html

I wouldn't call it the best quality product I've bought from Costco. I bought another vanity that is far superior quality-wise (double sinks) for a great price. But it was not a bad buy considering the thick granite top and the design of the cabinet/sink.
February 12, 2013 at 12:24PM   
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Interiors International, Inc.
Love it!
February 12, 2013 at 12:24PM     
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Kavanya Designs LLC
benel204, Costco has some very good deals on vanities in general. I bought this one for my master bath http://www.costco.com/72%E2%80%9D-Double-Sink-Vanity-with-Backsplash.product.11486938.html

Used this vanity here: http://www.houzz.com/discussions/342651/Recent-master-bathroom-remodel

I was extremely happy with the quality of the vanity (wood fronts,soft close et al). I would highly recommend looking at the vanities Costco carries. For the quality and materials the price can't be beat.
February 12, 2013 at 12:34PM   
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benel204
Oh, wow! I just spent quality time on the Costco site looking at their vanities.
Thanks so much for the tip!
You're master bath is beautiful! What a transformation.
Mine is similar (outdated) and maybe I'll do a similar Costco route for the vanities.
February 12, 2013 at 4:29PM     
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Southern Patina Interiors
Kav - what a nice, simple, yet elegant composition.
Questions for you
1. Did you apply the band of tile over your existing tile around the tub?
2. With the tile around the vanity - it's hard to see, but you did your design, then grouted, and there's no tile finishing off the raw edge? Can you post a close up picture of that. Thanks so much. and again, Great job.
February 13, 2013 at 5:57AM   
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Gabberts Design Studio
Gorgeous! Love the new vanity!
February 13, 2013 at 6:00AM   
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Kavanya Designs LLC
Glad you liked it. You're welcome!
February 13, 2013 at 7:05AM   
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Answers
1- No I removed the existing tile. I was lucky in the sense that they had slapped two layers of wonderboard and one layer came right off with the tile. So I didn't have to worry about waterproofing/hardibacker again.
2- Yes there's no finishing tile around the edge. I caulked and painted the caulk the same color as the wall color. The glass/stone tile mosaic I used didn't have any rough edges that I needed to deal with so it turned out nicely with the caulking/painting.
February 13, 2013 at 8:09AM   
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Kavanya Designs LLC
I'll post another pic when I'm free
February 13, 2013 at 8:12AM   
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Kavanya Designs LLC
Here's a closeup of the backsplash.
February 13, 2013 at 8:19AM   
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Reico Kitchen & Bath
Well done on so many levels! Cheers to you and your fresh new space!
February 13, 2013 at 9:03AM     
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Kavanya Designs LLC
Thank you Reico Kitchen & Bath!
February 13, 2013 at 9:37AM     
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Southern Patina Interiors
Kav - Appreciate the picture of the backs plash. I love this and will probably do the same for my bathroom - sorry I'm copying, LOL. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with us.
February 13, 2013 at 12:28PM     
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stepi
This is awsome! It looks fantastic! Here in good old Switzerland the costs would be ten times!
February 13, 2013 at 1:02PM   
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Kavanya Designs LLC
"Imitation is the best form of flattery" :). Glad you liked it! Go for it!
February 13, 2013 at 1:19PM   
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Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design
You are very talented and very generous - enjoyed your feedback immensely - the makeover extremely successful!
February 13, 2013 at 2:37PM     
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Kavanya Designs LLC
Thank you!
February 13, 2013 at 2:54PM   
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