That powder room is looking at its last days. I’m gearing up to start the demolition portion, and those old tiles better not give me any trouble. Because I WILL win. Hear that, tiles? Mwaaahaaahaaa.
Before I even take a trip to Home Depot, I need to know what’s under those little Pepto-colored squares. Since I don’t own a chisel, I just wacked the tile with a hammer to see what’s keeping them down. Looks like some crappy glue substance, and not mortar. I hope this means it will be a relatively easy job.
Anyway, there’s no turning back now. Two minutes later, and this:
I called my township to see if I needed a work permit and the rule of thumb around here is that if I am doing anything that needs to be “up to code”, such as rerouting electricity, or changing plumbing lines, then I need a permit. If I’m just doing tiling and changing out sinks and toilets that take the same plumbing, then I don’t. And it takes up to 3 weeks to get one.
I full well know I will need a permit. But I really want to start. The urge to take hammer to tile is too strong to deny. So I pretended I was only doing cosmetic work. They told me I could always apply for one if, in the process, I “discover” that I will need to do more than I thought. Like if there is an, old hidden leak discovered and the walls happen to be damaged.
Here’s a very uneducated estimate for work and materials, and hope this reflects a worst-case-scenario for each line item. Though I have a few tools kicking around, I will need to buy most of the stuff associated with this.
1. Demolition: 1-2 days
pry bar $10
plastic sheet to cover the door $5
work gloves $10
masonry hammer $25
masonry chisel $15
utility knife $5
Total estimate for demolition: $75, not bad considering a crew of guys coming in for a day could cost a few hundred.
2. Electrical routing and plumbing, 2 days
guesses are based on projects described on Angie’s List.
electrician, needs to add GFCI outlet, and maybe reroute electricity for pendant lights/sconce $400
plumber, change plumbing to accommodate pedestal sink, rather than vanity $400
Total estimate for hired work: $850
4. Drywall, 3 days
drywall utility saw $15
drywall saw $20
screw gun $100
drywall hammer $20
corner bead $15
drywall panels (moisture resistant) $70
joint compound $15
joint tape $7
drywall sanding respirator $6
taping knife $10
hand sanders $10
Total estimate for installing drywall: $338
4. Tiles, flooring, paint, 3 days
mosaic tiles, 32 sq. ft needed (with a little extra in case of mistakes): $16/sq. ft. $600
flooring: 20 sq. ft: $104, at $4/sq. ft.
grout float: $7
thin-set mortar: $20
notched trowel: $5
trim paint: $25
rollers, trays, paint brushes, tarp, tape: $40
Total estimate for walls and floor: $908
5. Large and small fixtures, installation, 2 days
pedestal sink $300
overhead light fixture $100
2 pendant lights $150
toilet roll holder: $40
Total estimate for fixtures: $1140
6. Accessories, 1 afternoon
Including window treatment, vase, wall art, shelf, garbage can, and other miscellaneous doo-dads: $250
Anything else I probably didn’t account for, and inevitable mistakes: $300
Total estimate: $3861
Now that I see it totaled, the number gives me a sinking feeling. Seems pretty high, and I’m hoping to ultimately land below $3ooo. Maybe even well below $3000. That may mean giving up on some of my wish list. Also some of the tools I plan to buy will be used in upcoming bathroom projects, so those will be amortized. And those that I don’t end up using, are, of course, going back.
Wish me luck.
By the way, here’s the mood board I put together that gives a rough idea of where I’m going.