When it comes to renovating your home, one of the best places to start is the bathroom. If you’ve thought about hiring a professional to tackle your bathroom renovation, we’ve got the scoop on how you can DIY your “at home oasis” in just a matter of three days, yourself! DIY Network Mega Dens and Blog Cabin host Anitra Mecadon joined me for an interview this week to discuss how you can create a gorgeous bathroom that not you will love, but will add value to your home.This is the perfect project to complete this fall, especially with out of town guests staying for the holidays.
Candace Rose: Home improvement projects have had the perception of being daunting over the years, but that’s changed quite a bit! What are some of the areas in the home that people seem to be tackling the most these days?
Anitra Mecadon: “You’re right. I think it was daunting in the past because where I would only see a homeowner daring to change a light fixture out or maybe painting the kitchen, now I’m watching them take on bathroom renovations, themselves without general contractors. It’s not just the guys doing this, the girls are getting their hands dirty too. Why wouldn’t you? You’re increasing the value of your home, right? And in the end, you get to shower in something that’s beautiful.”
Candace Rose: For a lot of people, the bathroom is an at home oasis. Do you have any advice for those of us who want to update the looks of our bathroom?
Anitra Mecadon: “Absolutely! It’s funny, the bathroom is the place to get away from the kids and the dogs, and you let the day go, so it should be pretty. I would say, start with the tile. That’s where you’re going to get the most bang for your buck. Tile’s come a long way, it’s like artwork now. It’s incredible, there’s something for every budget and any level of test. My only concern – and this is the thing you need to keep in mind – it’s going to be no good to you picking out that gorgeous paint color and that gorgeous tile if it falls off the wall, or worse – you have to rip it all out because you’ve had a moisture issue.
If you’re going to take on a bathroom renovation yourself, you’re going to need to start with Permabase cement board. This is going to go behind the tile in your wet areas: the tub, the shower, the sauna. All the other areas you’re going to want to use Purple drywall. The reason I’m saying to use these – check this out (please see video above for details) we’re in the bathroom where there’s tons of moisture – these are moisture, mold and mildew resistant products. That’s huge, right?”
Candace Rose: Is there anything else that we need to consider in our bathroom renovations?
Anitra Mecadon: “The biggest thing to keep in mind when you’re doing a bathroom is the fact that there’s moisture. You’ve got the steamy shower, you’ve got the pipes everywhere, and moisture can wreak havoc on your walls. Not all walls are the same, so my advice would be whether you’re doing this yourself or you’re going to hire a general contractor (but you can totally do it yourself) – I would say start at the studs and get the good stuff from the start, that way you’re protecting your investment.”
Candace Rose: On your show you make renovations look so easy. Do you have any advice for those of us who aren’t DIY divas, but so desperately would like to be?
Anitra Mecadon: “It’s easy now, but I started out just like you guys! I had the desire to make things pretty and I didn’t have the pocketbook to back it up. That’s how I learned how to DIY, one step at a time picking up the paintbrush, handling some funky wall finish, and oh my God, daring to taking on a bathroom renovation. You can totally do this, we’ve got you covered. Go to the website, AskForPurple.com, it totally has you covered. Maybe in three days, you can have a bathroom that looks like this, all the tips and tricks you need to do it like a pro.”