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Today on Modern Builds I’m renovating / updating my old, ugly, small bathroom; all for under $500! This was my first remodel – type project and I’m really happy with how it came out. I was pretty heavily influenced by the modern, contemporary farmhouse style of Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper.
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Pine 1×6’s (For Wall and Shelfs)
Countertops: (Discontinued From Ikea)
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hi there my name is Mike Montgomery and today I'd like to bring you along on my first ever bathroom remodel project on modern build so the whole goal here was to remodel this bathroom on the cheap under $500 now while I talk I'm going to throw up some video of the old bathroom and as you can tell it was not in great shape the colors on the wall were really ugly the cabinets were in really bad shape there really wasn't any good storage and the lighting was well ugly so obviously this was a pretty big project but I think it came out pretty nice I'm gonna have links to most all the products I used in the written article on my website so be sure and check out that link in the description otherwise let's get started so before I could make anything better I had to well make things worse so I disconnected all the plumbing turned off all the water valves and pulled out that old ugly countertop then I removed the old backsplash too now I didn't have a wonder bar or a crowbar with me bust a big flat head screwdriver worked out fine then once I had everything I needed removed removed I could get prepped for paint first by spackling any holes in the cabinets or walls then by spackling this patch of drywall so when that tile backsplash came out it took a little bit of the drywall with it but not so much that I needed per se to put on a whole new piece of drywall instead I tried my hand at texturing that section to match the rest and it actually worked out pretty well I put on three cosa spackle sanding between coats with 220 grit and eventually that seam and that edge just sort of faded away especially once I got paint on it and like I mentioned earlier the whole goal was to do this all on the cheap which is why I'm using the same paint that I had left over from painting the walls in the new shop not only is it leftover paint but it's paint that I bought from my local Habitat for Humanity resale center for about 10 or 20 bucks so at this point the paint's all dry and I need to start cutting my countertop I got this one for a really great deal at IKEA 20 bucks I know it's upside down but just in case you don't believe you remember that kitchen cabinet upgrade I made a long time ago with my buddy Caleb well when we're at IKEA getting the countertops for his kitchen they had these on the discontinued aisle for 20 bucks a piece for that price I picked up five of them I didn't really have a need for him at the time but I figured for that price I couldn't pass up on him and just like in that old countertop video I used some really simple metal L brackets to attach it to the cabinet that way if it ever needs remove it's really quick and easy and won't damage the cabinets instead of doing a tile backsplash or anything like that I am doing a wood paneled wall made out of 1 by sixes so I'm just here cutting them all to length and then stacking and taping them up now I'm going to have a really big mirror in front of this counter so I don't want to waste a ton of 1 by sixes since we're trying to do this remodel really really cheap so I just cut the parts that are going to be showing and left the gap in the middle what's going on here is the countertop is not parallel to the ceiling there's about a half inch gap from the left side to the right side so I undid my countertop put a couple spaces on the left side to raise it up a little bit that way everything's nice and even once that was fixed and I knew all of my boards fit I went and put on a couple coats of provincial stained by Minwax and then a coat of Dennis oil to sort of seal it a little bit so I'm going to be using finish nails to attach the boards to the walls but for a bunch of extra strength I added some liquid nails construction adhesive to make sure this panel wall is really really strong so I just kept on putting board after board and eventually got to the last one and I didn't even have to cut it to width somehow 6 or 8 however many one by sixes was exactly the right length so plumbing is definitely not my forte but we got these really cool glass pedestal sinks online and unlike with a drop-in sink all I had to do was drill a couple holes for the drain and the faucet with Forstner bits in a good quick tip anytime you're drilling Forstner bits or any kind of hole in a laminate countertop be sure and use masking tape to prevent it from chipping out over all this install was not terrible but it definitely it definitely wasn't easy one utility late to him we got late we got it only took four hours so that was way seven hours expecting I think this is the perfect opportunity to hear about this week's sponsor some tech makes it easy to find in hire local skilled professionals for just about anything on your list for free from home improvement professionals to event planners personal trainers thumbtack has got it all getting started is super simple just tell thumbtacks about the service you're looking for answer a few questions and thumbtack will pair you with skilled pros 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straight as my reference so long as I had the top of the cabinet door lined up with that I knew it was going on straight and parallel with the rest of the doors so going into this project I had really big plans for the vanity mirror and I still do I want to do an LED framed mirror and I'm going to do it I just ran into some problems along the way stay tuned to next week's though because that will be the project video so storage was one of the big problems with the old bathroom there was really nowhere to put linens or extra toilet paper rolls and stuff like that so I wanted to make a really simple shelf solution for above the toilet essentially all it is are some scrap 1×6 is left over from the panel wall then I attached some shelf brackets to the shelf brackets are super cheap and once you consider that the wood is free this was a super quick super cheap solution and it looks good too so I don't know about you all but I hate a low showerhead I guess it's not really an issue if you're short but it's an issue for me now I didn't want to go making a new outlet because one I was scared I was going to make a mess or some kind of leak behind the wall and I also just didn't have tile to replace where that hole was so I came across this pipe called an S pipe and I'll have links to it down in the written article but all it does is just raise your showerhead it takes about 15 minutes to install it's super super easy and while I was in the process of turning every other finish into Chrome I figured I might as well replace that old ugly brass shower rod and get a new shower curtain duh so there you have it this was my first real renovation project that I tackled 100% on my own it was pretty intimidating going into it and there was a lot of moments where I was a little bit lost getting frustrated but it was definitely definitely worth it I'm so proud of how this came out and I hope you guys enjoyed – how cool is that little drain obviously this wasn't one of my traditional furniture type builds but it was fun getting to break out of the normal schedule and try something new so I hope you guys really enjoyed this project I was kind of going out on a limb doing something outside of what I normally do I would love to hear your feedback did you enjoy this type of video should I just stick to the furniture project let me know because obviously I want to take your opinions into consideration because I want to do this type of video again and I want to know what might be able to make it better I want to give one more huge thanks to thumbtack comm for sponsoring this video and allowing me to try something new like this if you're looking for a professional just about anything go check out some tag finally I want to plug my podcast the modern maker podcast links in the description finally if you enjoyed this project I would love a thumbs up and don't forget to subscribe if you're not already and if you want to hit that little build notification feel free to do that as well to stay notified when I upload thanks a lot guys I hope you enjoyed this project I really do it was a pretty big undertaking and I'm glad it came out well have a great week and we'll see you next week on modern build
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this is autumn flora and she is an amazing designer here in Nashville and an old friends actually I know each other for a while yes I know so I'm so happy to have her on because I want you to give us some tips on when it comes to our house how we can create really a home that we love thank you so much for having me here yes this is really a treat to be on the show with you and to be able to give some good tips and advice to people who aren't working with a designer so one thing is find out what room you want to remodel do you want to do remodel do you want to do a redesign what's gonna make the biggest impact for your family in your life okay so to create a home that you love you can either go do a remodel would you hire a contractor and like rip stuff out you can hire a designer and just do a redesign but put that awesome so expensive like I hear that I'm like so what do you do it can get really expensive and you can do it on your own too that's completely fine as long as you know what your budget is and if you're working with professional make sure you give them your budget they need to know what it is they're working with how much money you're comfortable with spending so they can stay within that so really you need to focus on one or two areas start there a lot of times for people it's their main living space so it's their kitchen and their great room it's the two areas that as a family they spend time in or they entertain in it's amazing where I've heard that whatever room is connected to the kitchen is where most people congregate I can't tell you how many times I've had friends over a party everyone is around the island where the food is where the beverages are and then people will trickle off into somewhere else then everyone ends up you have 20 people in one in a kitchen yeah no matter how big or small it is so if people don't have a huge budget and they're not able to go and hire a slow guy or a wonderful designer right to come in what do you suggest people do there are so many ways that you can find inspiration that's not from a designer instructing you we have such great resources now online or even still print I still love all my magazines so they love magazines out there you're okay so go through a design magazine rip out a photo that you love go on house find some photos create a mood board on Pinterest you know find things that will help you inspire yourself yes and also give you a visual on what you're trying to achieve that's so good so how do you find someone that you trust like who's a professional in your area that you know okay this person's gonna be legit good question obviously if you're in the Nashville area I can tell a couple of great things to you but if you're not in the Nashville area which not everybody watching your show is going to be sure there are some great websites to go to Angie's List has been around for years yeah I know people who have found great painters even contractors on that website so I highly recommend that another is house a lot of people think that it's just something where you go and find photos on there and you can pull them in and you have a kitchen inspiration or livingroom inspiration but there are professionals listed on there I'm listed on there as well and another is tackle there are some wonderful services on there from painters to you know somebody to you know go pressure wash something if that's if you're looking at doing an outdoor areas yes okay you mentioned a budget yes and I love a budget thing so for you all I created a cheat sheets so that you can visualize your numbers and it's broken down per room so you can figure out the money you've saved how much you've spent track it all so make sure to click the link in the description below after the show okay when I think about clothes I think about having like the investment pieces where you spend more money than you normally would on certain items it's funny that is true yes I yes sure it's funny you say that because that's how I reference something for my clients if they're saying well I don't know how much just then I don't know what my budget is I think about when you're going to a store and you're going to an event how much do you have to spend in your kitchen you want to invest in your cabinetry in your countertops so those are gonna be your two big-ticket items in there a backsplash even faucets even lighting those are things you can find online and be able to save some money or go to a home depot or lowes upholstery your sofas can take up most of your living room or chairs so for different people they're gonna have different wants different needs if you have pets you're gonna want to have something that's going to stand up to the test of time with them if you have children and you're thinking about markers and crayons you're gonna want to get a krypton fabric you're going to want to get something that has some its credibility some washability some it's not gonna have to be dry-cleaned okay so what are the best places for me to buy the more expensive things like what are those expensive thing that it's worth fine let's talk about just a redesign because if you're not wanting to get into all the structural changes and all that most people are wanting you just refresh with fabrics in furniture yet so when I'm thinking about investment pieces one thing that I highly recommend is always investing in your main upholstered pieces but you want to not spend money that you're just gonna end up throwing away the later on that's so good okay so those are like the pieces okay we're gonna invest heavily and so what are the things that say just like accessories like more inexpensive things were your favorite places to get those hands down home goods if you have a home goods in your town go to homes I love them they're very well isn't always changing so no matter if you need something that seasonal they have it if you want something that is you know with your own color scheme its color-coordinated it's not hard to do by yourself you go go there and look through you know the blues if you have blue in your house and you can find things that are going to be inexpensive enough I like to change things out with the seasons too so good I love it thank you you're seriously so helpful I mean to create a home because the home this place that you're gonna be it is all the time right when you before you leave work after work yeah kids your family I mean it's a home you really want to create something that you love okay I'm gonna take your tips use them in my kitchen a beautiful wife a beautiful wife thank you so much for you're so welcome