Thursday, July 17, 2008

Our Favorite DIY Home Improvement

This is a post about our favorite DIY project for the ``Look What I Did!" contest.

So far, our favorite DIY project is the bathroom renovation we did in our condo. When we moved into our condo the full bathroom was pretty depressing. It was painted a dark purple, had a plastic tub surround, and a previous owner had decided to paint the tub to stretch its lifespan a bit.

After about a year of watching the paint chip off the tub, we figured it was time to redo the bathroom.

We didn't really intend for this project to be DIY. We had saved up some cash and were ready to pay someone to do the work. Granted this was 2006 in Calgary. The city was going real estate/renovation crazy and contractors were few and far between. After a few dismal quotes we decided to go it on our own. We did the math and figured we could mess it up about 3 times before it would cost as much as paying someone to do it anyways.

After many trips to the home improvement store, and long hours pouring over plumbing and tiling how-to books (as well as the Internet) we decided we were ready. Since this was the only full bathroom in our condo we had set a tight timeline on the project (~3 days).

Amazingly all the research and planning paid off. We didn't mess up (*yay*) and we managed to get the bulk of the project done just in time for a Monday morning bath before work.

This project gave us confidence in our home improvement skills and made us realize that home improvement isn't as scary as we had thought. Below is a video documenting our process.


**This post was written for as part of a sweepstakes sponsored by True Value.**

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