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Old 03-10-2006, 04:05 PM
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Bathroom Makeover

Hey there, everyone. My husband and I are planning to redo our really hideous bathroom: new tub, new tile, new taps, new light fixtures and new flooring. The real problem is that we don't know what we're doing! We need to do this on our own as hiring someone to do it for us is completely out of the question (for money reasons!). Does anyone have any tips or advice for us? Any information would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-11-2006, 02:57 AM
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My best tips would be to either make friends with some REALLY handy people, and take advantage of those classes they offer at the big chain hardware stores.
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Old 03-11-2006, 04:15 PM
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Make sure you know your clolours for tiles, bath, walls etc before you start. Maybe put a patch of the colour you're thinking of on your walls now so you can see how the light effects it, and is it a livable colour for you. See if you're able to get different samples from harware or tile place to see if you can put different colour combinations together, do you like one better than the other?
Me personally I like neutral and I put all my colour in by towels, bath mats ornaments etc.
Better homes and garden (BHG)has a web site check out their rooms. Gather your info, do what you can but if you need help ask for it ... otherwise as Barbzy says, make handy friends.
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Old 03-19-2006, 07:44 AM
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Another good source is HGTV and DIY's Tv show and internet sites. They give you a set-by-step guideline of directions.

My husband and with the help of my family we have re-done our entire fist floor of our house.

Good luck to you!!
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Old 03-19-2006, 07:46 AM
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Another good source is HGTV and DIY's TV show and internet sites. They give you a set-by-step guideline of directions.

My husband and with the help of my family (brother electrician and Dad helped moving plumbing) we have re-done our entire first floor of our house.

Good luck to you!!
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Old 03-19-2006, 08:09 AM
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This is a really easy tip...before you select your faucets, taps, whatever...make sure your hands are wet..and try to turn them off..

I bought some really nice art deco taps and turning them off with "wet hands" is a challenge.

I cant wait till I can replace them!

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Old 03-19-2006, 08:33 AM
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Thanks for your tips. We live in a small town that doesn't have Home Depot or Rona or any other large home improvement centres, so I can't take advantage of any of those type of classes. We also have "peasant tv" (meaning we have only two channels - no satellite or cable (we could, I suppose, but that's just another bill to pay every month, isn't it?) so I don't get any of the home improvement shows. We are planning to replace our tub, tub surround, taps and probably the toilet and the flooring. Any tips on how not to mess it up?
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Old 03-19-2006, 08:19 PM
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We are planning to replace our tub, tub surround, taps and probably the toilet and the flooring. Any tips on how not to mess it up?
Make sure you have the water turned off before starting work! the tub sounds like a major job. My dh has replaced our toilets, sinks and bathroom floor tile, not all at the same time. The floor was the most expensive, even with doing it ourselves. We wanted ceramic tile, which is more expensive than linoleum.

If you can't take a class you might want to at least find a book on remodeling bathrooms, either at a bookstore or your library. There are a lot of different things to consider like what type of tile, sinks, etc. that you already have and how they are attached.
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Old 03-25-2006, 05:32 PM
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we redid our bathroom almost a year ago tore evrything out moved plumbing and reset everythimng put in a new jacuzzzi tub whih i adore if there is a lowes in a nearby town it is worht the trip take time ahead and plan well get extra plumbing supplies keep al recieptes you can always return but it is very dificult to have to go find plumbing supplies in middle of a job. i planned for months and bought everythiogn before we takled it we a re fixin to start the kitchen in a month or so i bought gotit planned and we are purchasign things a bit at a time so as to not have to finance. good luck
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The tub will be the biggest challenge. You might want to put in the newer water resistant drywall behind the surround instead of the existing drywall. Check to see what you have.

We tiled and it is best to do it before putting any sinks or toilets back. Leave room for the increase in floor depth. When you buy your tile get at least 10% more than you think you need for blems and cutting mistakes. The tile cutter that looks like one of those paper cutters that score the tile are easy to use and usually can be rented from where you buy the tile.

Keep your receipts with a picture of the item.

If you do not have GFCI outlets, put them in for safety.

Consider door clearances when you plan where to put towel bars etc.

A video is better than a book for how to's. A workshop is also good. Books are good too though. I guess we did a bit of them all to figure out how to tile. TV has good home shows.
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