After my kitchen was updated, it was time to work on renovating my master bathroom. My main objectives were to have a whirlpool tub and more counterspace around my sink. I think we ended up achieving all of that and more! Many thanks to Trevor who was 99% of the “we”. I would've loved a walk-in shower, but there wasn't enough room.
The only home improvement store in our area is Menards, so a majority of the items were purchased there. Here are some of the tips I learned to save quite a bit of money at Menards (be sure to save all of your receipts):
- If an item goes on sale after you buy it, you can take in the receipt for up to two weeks later for a price adjustment. I had originally bought the whirlpool tub on sale, but I figured out that I would save more by paying regular price and getting back an 11% rebate (read next bullet), so I took in the receipt and basically returned the sale tub, and re-bought it at regular price to get the rebate.
- Take advantage of the rebate offers, especially the 11% off rebates. When the 11% rebate offer starts, ask at the desk for an 11% price adjustment rebate form (they do not put these out, and they are not available online). You can then send in your receipts from the week before for 11% back on regularly priced items (they must be original receipts, not receipts that you can print off at the kiosks).
- Watch for clearance items. These are usually on end racks within the departments. I was able get the big 13″x13″ ceramic tiles for 57¢ each, and the decorative tiles (which we cut in half) for $1.77 each. If you've bought tile before, you'll know I got a great deal!
- In the back of the paint department, they have a mis-tint section where you can get gallons of paint for only $5 each! These are colors that the department either screwed up on or the customer decided they didn't want. I repainted my bathroom (and my office, and my bedroom…) with $5 paint.
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Master Bathroom Upgrades:
Since we took out the 36″ vanity and tall storage cabinet to make room for a longer 55″ vanity base, I opted for hanging cabinets for more storage. I especially love the crown molding.
I was able to get an Onyx sink with the store credits I had from my wrong kitchen sink. I really like the color I picked out when looking at the little 1″ x 2″ samples. I don't like it as well expanded into a big area, but I can live with it. I pick the an oval bowl over a the other rectangle options to give me more counterspace. I also pick a non-recessed bowl as I think that makes the sink look more like granite.
I updated the bathroom faucets with Pfister models. Since the new lighting and bath accessories were all polished chrome, I stayed with that finish. Plus polished chrome is usually less expensive than brushed nickel, and I don't think brushed nickel keeps off the water spots any better like it claims.
I got the Pfister Avalon Tub-Shower faucet as I wanted a hand-held shower head. I got this also at Menards with a rebate. I like the spray setting on the shower head (good water pressure), but the handle that turns the water on sticks out a tad too far and is jiggly. My plumber says it's the faucet, not him. 🙂
I received the Pfister Bronson Centerset Bath Faucet for being a “Friends of Pfister” blogger. Pfister offers a Pforever Warranty that covers finish and function for life and a never leak guarantee, so I do recommend them highly over the Tuscany brand that Menards carries (from previous bad experiences).
I got my shower curtain from Walmart.com along with matching rugs and towels (the color is Red Sedona). I found the prices online cheaper than in-store! So I simply ordered online and chose Site-to-Store to pick up the order at the store. Plus I didn't have to hassle with the check-out lanes.
Now, I need to add my Squatty Potty!
Look at the before and after photos below, and let me know what you think of my bathroom renovation!