DIY Bathroom Remodel


I am finally finding time to reveal our bathroom remodel photos and process and it is perfect timing because we’re moving out of our Dursteler Abode in exactly one week! We have renters moving in the beginning of August and they will be here for six months. Which means we will move back in at the beginning of February. (We will be staying at my mom’s for the two months that we are not living in China.)

As it gets closer, I am actually sad to temporarily move out of our home. We’ve put so much work and love into it, it is hard to leave it, but knowing that it is temporary helps. So, here’s to the last Dursteler Abode post until next year! (Unless I decide to randomly blog old photos while we’re on the other side of the world.)

When we bought our house, the two bathrooms were so ugly, but they were liveable. We decided to put the bathrooms on hold, and remodel them when we saved enough money. We changed things here and there. And over time, we painted the walls, re-did the floors, updated the lights, re-did our master bathroom shower, and updated our faucets.

Here are some photos from before we moved in, during the process(how they looked for about a year) and after!

Master bath:

Hall Bath:


We were planning on saving money and doing our vanities last, but when we decided to use that saved money for China instead, I decided to just DIY them. Painting the cabinets and updating the hardware was the easiest and cheapest option, so that’s exactly what I did for the time being. It made such a big difference!

Steps to DIY cabinets:

  1. Take off all doors and drawers on vanities by unscrewing hinges (I used an electric drill)
  2. Tape off all walls and floors with painter’s tape and painter’s tarp.20246456_1376404302412655_841606044858428188_n
  3. Lay all drawers and cabinets in a well ventilated area on painter’s tarp.20258127_1376404345745984_2026470531331295816_n
  4. Clean with TSP cleaner (follow directions on bottle.)
  5. Lightly sand- I used our hand held sander that we already had at home.
  6. Paint in preferred color! I used Behr’s semi gloss paint in Superior Blue.
  7. Reattach cabinet doors and drawers with hinges and electric drill. And Attach new hardware.20258244_1376402495746169_393648987814987985_n

I bought new hardware and hinges since our’s were ruined with rust, but if your’s are in good shape, you can save money by updating them with a new color of spray paint.

And wa-la! After our vanities were painted and our decor was updated, Our DIY bathroom remodels were complete. The only thing that we did not do ourself was our shower. We started to do it ourself about a year ago, but realized tiling is for a professional’s job and decided to spend the money and hire someone.

Eventually, we might splurge and update the vanities and re-do the counter tops, but for now I love our bathrooms. And I think they will be perfect for the renters. It’s amazing how far a small budget goes when you update the little things like decor, lights, and faucets. If you want to re model a room in your home, but don’t have the budget for it, start small and change a few of the little things. I promise it will make a huge difference!




Updating our home together and doing DIY projects has become one of our favorite hobbies to do together. We will definetely miss doing it for the next six months, but we are so excited for our upcoming adventures!

In the near future, I am going to figure out how to link my sources for my purchases, but for now here is a list of where I bought everything

  • Rugs: Target
  • Rectangle Mirror: Target
  • Shower curtain: Target
  • Round Mirror: At Home
  • Sunflowers & vase: Ikea
  • Industrial towel holder: TJ MAXX
  • Striped hand towels: TJ MAXX
  • Hand towel metal Shelf: Wayfair
  • Beach Sign: Orange county swap meet
  • Bohemian Towels: Peshtemalart on Etsy
  • Light fixtures: Lowe’s
  • Faucets: Home Depot
  • Hardware: Home Depot

Onto the next adventure, Wren

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