Bathroom reno, final round-up and costs

The bathroom is done, readers. It’s been a functional bathroom space for two weeks now, and it looks pretty and like everything I was hoping it would be. The last two weeks here have been about tidying up and putting things back to normal. As I write this, Simon has just left after sanding down the walls in the office and installing our privacy lock. Let’s back this train up and take you through our last two weeks.

First, we have a door! Door day was a great day. Simon had the track and door up in one afternoon, with the handle on and everything.


My lovely Etsy handle looks right at home on the door on the outside…

And her matching partner on the inside looks just as fabulous:

We chose a 30″ wide door for our 24″ wide door opening, so there would be a decent overlap at the door frame for privacy. In order to install the flush pull handle on the inside, we weren’t able to centre the door in the frame (the depth of the panel sections of the door weren’t enough to support digging out a chunk of it for the handle). I’m totally fine with how it sits.

Back on the outside, the track looks simple and pretty on the wall. We temporarily took down our artwork on the walls until we knew how far along the wall the door would slide. We only lost the space for one picture in the end, and most things went back on the wall where they were before.

We ran into a minor catch with the sliding door – it kept bumping into the baseboard trim when you closed the door. The trim at all of our door openings sticks out a few millimeters and it was enough to catch the edge of the door each time.


But of course, Simon has a solution for that:


Shave off the very corner of the trim so the door has a smooth surface to glide over. Done. All I need to do it prime and paint the trim white to cover the small change.

With the issue of how the door slides taken care of, Simon installed the door guide, which just keeps the door sliding where it’s supposed to, and prevents anyone from pulling it away from the wall from the outside.


The view from inside the bathroom, with its newly installed door and handles. Still no privacy lock at this point. And Simon loves touching up the wall after I’ve painted it, so this picture shows a big ol’ patch of drywall mud evening out the wall edge.


Remember how the plastic was still covering my nice new tub in our last post?


Well, no more! Plastic be gone!



Dan even broke it in properly and had the first bath in our new tub:

It doesn’t even look like our bathroom! It seriously feels like showering in a stranger’s house, or a swanky hotel.

Oscar has recognized the bathroom as a finished thing now, by taking his first swigs of refreshing toilet water:


And on Friday, the privacy lock arrived from Windsor Plywood (and my best buddy Tim!), and it was installed today.




See? The top teardrop neatly slides to the right to meet the notch in the door. You might be amazed to know that NO ONE (except Windsor Plywood) carries these in Canada. I paid a grand total of $33.89 to get this lock here. That’s a far cry from $58 USD plus shipping and duty that other sites were charging.

And the bathroom, she is complete!


The final round-up of costs:

Toilet – $128.82
Shower/Tub Faucet – $213.57
Sink Faucet – $162.72
Shower Wall Tile – $197.75 + 7.91 = $205.66
Accent Tile – $31.72
Grout (not all that we needed, the first bag) – $20.33
Vanity Top – $311.88 + $36.16 = $348.04
Floor Tile – $171.81
Bathtub – $487.03
Shower Shelf – $193.83
UPS duty fee on shower shelf – $65.76
Lowe’s gift cards – $400 + $250 = $650.00
Simon and materials week 1 – $377.25
Simon and materials week 2 – $340.00
Simon week 3 – $400.00
Materials week 3 – $255.60
Door and track hardware – $260.35
Door handle and flush pull – $52.04
Simon week 4 – $473.02
Baseboard Trim – $27.09
Shower Curtain Rod and Liner – $45.18
Paint and painting supplies – $57.02
Privacy Lock – $33.89
Simon week 5-6 – $400.00

Grand Total – $5,400.73

Come on a short journey with me to see how far we’ve come in 6 weeks.





We’re still working on getting the office back to normal. The final coat of drywall mud has been sanded, and I think we’re in the clear to prime and paint the wall back to normal. Simon needs another foot of baseboard trim to cover the new wall, and then our office needs to be rearranged to suit the new, ever so slightly smaller, space. More on that soon.


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10 Responses to Bathroom reno, final round-up and costs

  1. Amy says:

    I enjoyed your posts on your bathroom reno. Could you tell me how you like the bathtub? I had a bathroom reno two years ago and am finding myself having to rip out the two-year-old tub (from Rona) because the undercoat started to peel away from the clear coat. I am getting the tub that you also bought. I’m hoping I’m making the right choice. Your tub is the same exact style (clean, flat skirt) as my original one, but I think my original one was either fibreglass or acrylic on top of fibreglass…..another $500 on top of my reno budget after two years 😦

    • Ouch, that’s a bit of a headache. We’ve been enjoying the tub, it’s standing up to our use and still looks great 6 months after it was installed. I’ll be sure to keep an eye on it, and post an update in the future on how the tub is doing.

  2. Corinne Smith says:

    Awesome bathroom reno! I’m about to do mine, and stumbled across your blog while looking for reviews on this bathtub. Do you still like it? Is it still holding up? And most importantly, is it comfortable for a long, deep soak?

    • Yes, yes, and yes! We’ve been incredibly happy with the tub. No wear or tear after almost two years, it still looks great, and my husband with his 6′ frame enjoys leisurely soaks on a regular basis.

      • Corinne Smith says:

        I hope I haven’t messed up… wasn’t sure if you were still checking comments here and when I didn’t hear back I got desperate and went tub shopping in person. I got one that looks exactly like yours but cost a little more. I hope I’m as happy with mine in two years as you are with yours. Gorgeous bathroom, by the way!

  3. Shayna says:

    Hi I’m renovating my bathroom and when I searched the Rona bathtub I saw your blog . Have there been any issues with the tub like creaking, moving or drainage issues since you installed your tub. Btw we almost picked the exact same tiles.
    We’re older, do you find the bathtub a bit high to get into or out of ?

    • Hi Shayna, we’ve had absolutely no issues in coming up on two years with the tub. No leaking, or weird noises, and no issues with drainage. It still looks as good as the day we installed it. We don’t find it too high for getting in and out, although it certainly is deeper than our last tub. I would say it’s deeper than a standard tub, but that makes for a nice soak when you’re in the mood for a bath.

      • Shayna says:

        Thank you so much for your quick reply. I think I’ll buy the same tub. Too tired to look anymore and I’m tired of showering at the gym 🙂

  4. Shayna says:

    Forgot to ask one question . Did you put mortar under the tub?

  5. Hi Shayna, I’m not exactly certain what’s under the tub, my uncle did the work for us and I wasn’t involved with the installation of the tub. I do remember him showing me a heck of a lot of spray foam material that hardened under the tub for added support…and insulation? Not entirely sure of the function of that layer. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

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