Bathroom Remodeling for the Do-It-Yourselfer
By Matt Weber
Careful planning, labor-saving products and elbow grease are the keys to success for a DIY bathroom remodel.
Bathroom upgrades rank among the top three home remodeling projects, favored because they add “livability” to one of the most often used rooms of the house.
The upstairs bathroom of our project house had seen a few recent touch-ups, such as a new mirror frame, faucet and light fixture, and a tiled shower surround that was painted with epoxy. However, the ‘70s-era floor tile was still mustard yellow with stained grout joints and paint splotches from previous projects. The homeowners had painted the bathroom walls with a silver-toned reflective paint, but later decided that the color was too drab and kept the room dim. The toilet was old and wasted water, and the faux-granite laminate countertop wasn’t fooling anyone. A lot of work needed to be done, and here’s how we did it.
When planning a remodel of any sort, familiarize yourself with the latest building products available, which often boast features that can save considerable labor on the job. Three of the major phases of this job relied on work-saving products.
First, we selected interlocking SnapStone tile for the flooring. This floating floor system consists of genuine porcelain tile bonded to a rubberized grid. As a floating floor, this tile system requires no mortar application, which saves significant labor and materials by eliminating that messy and time-consuming phase of a typical tile job. Plus, the interlocking edges of the tile maintain consisting spacing and straight grout joints, eliminating the need for spacers and reducing layout mistakes.
Second, I used a new countertop coating system from Rust-Oleum. Rather than removing and replacing the countertop, I used the new Countertop Transformations kit to create a striking new look while the countertop remained in place. The system requires sanding, rolling an adhesive base coat, spreading decorative plastic chips, and then sanding the chips to a smooth continuous surface. Finish up with a protective top coat, and you have a glossy new countertop with a contemporary stone-like appearance.