Home Project Summary

Decorate Bathroom

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Bathroom Decorating project

January 2014

Homeowners have many important questions about their Bathroom Decorating Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Bathroom Decorating investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Bathroom Decorating project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Bathroom Decorating - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Bathroom Decorating project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionPaint cabinet doors, cabinet frames and moldings. Update cabinet hardware. Paint walls.Update plumbing and lighting fixtures. Use renovation grade materials and above average finishing detail.
Project size75 square feet
Material and labor cost$2,021 - $2,357
Material cost$410 - $478
Do-it-yourself assessmentMost of the Bathroom Decorating project can be completed by a moderately experienced do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Bathroom Decorating requires attention to detail and careful planning.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Bathroom Decorating project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Long term Return on Investment - ROIReturns will be impacted by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Bathroom Decorating project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green ratingBathroom Decorating projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Bathroom Decorating - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Bathroom Decorating project plan.

Bathroom Decorating - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Bathroom Decorating. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Bathroom Decorating project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Bathroom Decorating project cost and quality.

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Develop Project BudgetGeneral Contractor2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$140 - $234
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 dLevel 2 - Challenging$190 - $317
Create Bathroom Decorating IdeasBath Designer5 to 15 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$560 - $935
Remove Bath FixturesDemolition Laborer1 dLevel 1 - Basic$5.50 - $9.19
Remove Lighting FixturesLighting Contractor1 dLevel 1 - Basic$17.50 - $29.23 per item
Install Cabinet HandlesFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$13.50 - $22.77 per cabinet
Install Trim MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$2.18 - $3.72 per linear foot
Install Door KnobFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$63 - $112 per door
Install Towel BarFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 1 - Basic$70 - $123
Install Bathroom Medicine CabinetFinish Carpenter1 dLevel 1 - Basic$160 - $290
Refinish Bathroom CabinetsPainting Contractor2 to 4 dLevel 2 - Challenging$7.45 - $12.52 per square foot
Paint BathroomPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.71 - $1.22 per square foot
Paint CeilingPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$0.46 - $0.76 per square foot
Regrout TileTile Contractor1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$13.20 - $22.40 per square foot
Replace ReceptacleElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$53 - $93
Replace Electric SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$43 - $75
Replace Switch PlatesElectrician1 dLevel 1 - Basic$15.50 - $26.79
Replace Bathroom FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$230 - $407


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