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How to Remodel a Bathroom Yourself?

You may need to remodel your interior space a couple of times or at least once to keep it attractive and in vogue.

You may also need to remodel some of your interior spaces if you plan to resell your property.

Remodeling a bathroom however, is one of the hardest things to do and if you are planning to do it yourself, you should have a clear understanding on how to go about it.

In reality, it is advisable that you get a professional to help you out with the remodeling, however, if you can’t afford getting a professional or if you just want the experience, here are some guidelines you can follow.

Prepare your design

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You need to have a clear understanding of what you want before you take any step.

There are many remodeling ideas that can inspire you online, all you have to do is carry out the research.

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  • The first thing you need to choose is the color scheme you want. This is necessary if you want to achieve unity in terms of color.
  • Decide if you are changing fixtures like the bathtub, shower tray, cabinets, and sink. If you are changing these things, establish the types of fixtures you are replacing them with.
  • Another thing you need to decide as you make your design is the position of all bathroom fixtures. Decide which fixtures you are going to be moving around and which ones you will be keeping in their present space.
  • When making your design, be sure to use accurate measurements; this will help you manage space and avoid waste of materials.

Get your supplies

After you have carefully planned out your design and you have determined to go on with the remodeling by yourself, you can go ahead to purchase the things you will need.

Materials and tools needed for bathroom remodeling vary from project to project, so there is not particular guide for the tools and supplies you will need; it all depends on your design.

Some of the tools you may need include:

  • Drill
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Safety mask
  • Goggles
  • Tape measure
  • Pry bar

These are just some of the common tools used in bathroom renovations.

The tools you will need depends on the activities will be carrying out in your bathroom. If you ever get confused about the tool to use for a particular task, you can always get answers on the internet.


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This is the next step to take after getting all the supplies and tools you need.

You need to have everything or most of the things you need on ground because bathroom remodeling is something that should be done urgency, especially if you don’t have another bathroom available.

Since you have identified the things you are replacing, all you have to do is start removing them.

  • If you are replacing your toilet, drain all the water first, to avoid creating a mess.
  • If you are replacing your bathtub, start by removing the tiles down to the studs. This is the easiest way to do it so you can easily fix the plumbing when you bring your new bath in.
  • If you have panels on your walls and you planned to remove or replace them, do so with appropriate tools and protection.
  • Get an electrician to disconnect electrical features you have in your bathroom
  • Finally, you can remove the cabinets, mirrors, vanities and other fixtures. You should then go ahead to remove the tiles, if it is part of your plan.
  • Clean out the space before you start installing the new utilities.

Install shower or tub and toilet

When picking your new tub, shower tray, and toilet, it is important to consider the space you have.

Choose a tub or shower with a similar size so that it will fit right into the space.

Once again, you need to sure that you can handle the plumbing works before you embark on the remodeling yourself.

If you ever get stuck and can’t continue, contact a professional. If your tub or toilet will hinder you from painting after installation, you can paint the walls around them first. After that cover up the wall before you start with the installation process.


After you have installed the shower and toilet, you should call then engineer to come fix the wiring.

It has to be in line with your design, so that after the remodeling process, you can easily connect your things from whichever position they are.

Lay the new tiles

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If you have removed the tiles that used to be in your bathroom, you will need to replace them with new ones and this will be the perfect time to do so.

Tile fixing is relatively easy and you should be able to get the hang of it on your first try, if you haven’t tried it before. However, make sure that the pattern of the tiles is consistent.

Paint the walls

If you have taken down any walls, obviously, you will need to put them up at this point.

On the other hand, if you haven’t taken down any wall, this is the time to repaint. The best paint to use for bathroom walls is one with a semi-gloss finish; they are usually resistant to mold and mildew that are common to wet places.

You can also paint the walls before installing the shower and toilet if you won’t be able to paint effectively after.

However if you paint before installing those fixtures, you will need to cover the wall so it doesn’t get stained during the installation process.

Install lights, cabinets and vanities

By now, you should have the essential utilities installed. All that you need to do now is to install the cabinets, lights and vanity.

Also, fix your mirror and other important stuff.


Remodeling a bathroom is not easy in anyway, particularly when you are doing it yourself.

A lot of the people who choose to remodel their bathrooms by themselves do so because of the cost of getting a professional to do it.

It is a task that becomes necessary with time.

If you follow the steps discussed, you will find the process so much easier.

You will need to carry out additional research on some things and you may need to involve some professionals in the process.

Do-it-yourself bathroom remodeling may be hard but it is not impossible.