Is your bathroom starting to look outdated? Or did you recently purchase a home and are in dire need of a bathroom makeover? A bathroom renovation may be what you need to turn your lavatory into the porcelain palace that dreams are made of.

Okay; that sounds a little silly. But we all know that bathrooms should be one of the most relaxing rooms in your home since you it's where you spend most of your private time. Many people may not consider going through with a remodel project due to a perceived high bathroom renovation cost. Did you know that, instead of paying full price for tools that you may never use again after your DIY bathroom remodel, you may rent tools from us here at Rent-A-Tool and save your hard earned money for other things?

Getting Ready for Your DIY Bathroom Renovation

Before you make a list of materials needed to remodel a bathroom, you'll want to think about bathroom renovation ideas including:

  • Color theme: Choosing a color scheme for your bathroom will dictate the colors you choose for your walls, tiles, fixtures, and decor. Before you start your full bathroom remodel, be sure to nail down a color you think would suit your home the best.
  • Areas of Renovation: Are you thinking about doing a full bathroom renovation, or are you only going to do certain projects such as installing a new shower & tub or a new sink?
  • Pipes & Wiring: Before beginning your project, always know where plumbing and electrical wiring are located.

Creating a Bathroom Remodel Materials List

After considering the above points, now's the time to start creating your bathroom remodel materials list. Of course, this list can vary depending on what you ultimately decide you want to do for your bathroom renovation. However, here's a DIY bathroom remodel checklist featuring standard items that you can find for low prices at any of your neighborhood home improvement stores:

  • Safety goggles & safety mask
  • Gloves
  • Tape measure
  • Spackle & spackle knife
  • Caulk & caulking gun
  • Stud finder
  • Bucket
  • Chisel
  • Screwdriver
  • Extension cord
  • Utility knife

Here are some items you'll want to rent from Rent-A-Tool for your bathroom renovation:

  • Electric hammer: An electric hammer will come in handy when you're doing a full bathroom remodel and need to break up concrete or remove fixtures.
  • Tile saw: If you're cutting your own tiles for your bathtub, backsplash, or floor, then you're going to want to rent a tile saw. 
  • Dehumidifier: If your bathroom is extra damp from bad plumbing, leaks, or poor ventilation, consider renting a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture before completing your bathroom renovation. 
  • Wrenches: Rent-A-Tool is the place to find different types of wrenches for your full bathroom remodel. We offer assorted TorQue wrenches, crescent wrenches, basin wrenches, and different sized pipe wrenches.
  • Reciprocating saw: A reciprocating saw, also known as a Sawzall, is a handy tool for bathroom renovation as it can be used to cut through almost everything. It is usually a go-to tool to rent for demolition and remodeling.
  • Drills: We also have several drills you can rent for your bathroom renovation including hand drills and electric drills that may be used for several different tasks.

…and more depending on the scope of your project.

Step by Step Bathroom Remodel Guide

Get ready to roll up your sleeves because here comes the fun part!

Step 1: Gut Your Bathroom

 If you're doing a full bathroom renovation, then you're going to want to gut your entire bathroom. You'll want to begin by removing your toilet by draining all the water out and taking out the actual porcelain fixture. Note: draining your toilet before removing it will help prevent water from leaking or spilling out onto the floor. Nobody has time for unnecessary cleanup while in the middle of a big DIY project! Of course, if you do end up with extra moisture in your bathroom from the toilet removal process, you can always use a dehumidifier that you rented from Rent-A-Tool.

After successfully taking out your toilet, the next step is to get to work on your bathtub. In order to remove the bathtub, you'll need to remove all of your bath tile down to the studs in the wall. After, use a reciprocating saw to take out insulation. Note: be sure to wear safety gear when removing insulation so you do not breathe it in or get it on your skin or in your eyes.

Once you've removed your toilet and bathtub, then it's time to take your stress out on removing any other fixtures such as cabinets, as well as floor tiles. You can use an electric hammer to help you remove fixtures and break up tiles. 

Step 2: Replacing Your Bathtub

Is your bathroom entirely gutted? Nice. That means it's time to continue your bathroom renovation. 

By now, you should have thought about what type of bath or shower you'd like. Do you want a bathtub/shower combo? A standalone shower? Just a tub? Whichever you choose will determine the layout of the rest of your bathroom, so choose wisely and plan ahead of time. 

Step 3: Moving Electrical Outlets If Necessary 

You may also need to keep things such as outlets in mind. However, if for any reason you need electrical wiring moved, don't try to make that part of your DIY project unless you're a professional electrician. Don't risk getting hurt - instead, call your local electrician. 

Step 4: Tiling

If you're in the extra crafty mood and want to make your bathroom extra DIY, consider renting one of our tile saws to create custom tiling for your floors and backsplashes in your newly renovated bathroom. Before laying out your tiles, be sure to measure perfectly and lay out a grid so that you have straight lines. Then, lay your tiles down with grouting so that they stay in place on your floor.

Step 5: Installing New Drywall

The next step in your bathroom renovation is to hang your drywall. This part can be kind of tricky considering you will have to cut your drywall to fit around any fixtures you have installed. Once you get the hang of it, though, it will go quicker than you know it. 

Step 6: Add Some Color to Your Walls

Once you finish hanging your drywall, then you can do one of the most fun steps in the whole remodeling process: painting! Choose a color that makes you happy and goes well with the other colors in your home. We suggest using a paint that is resistant to mold and mildew such as a paint with a semi-gloss finish.

Step 7: Adding Cabinets

One of the final steps in your DIY bathroom renovation project is adding cabinets, a vanity, and other fixtures that may still need to be added. Our electric drills are a great tool to help you drill fixtures into place to ensure that they're sturdy. 

Be sure to choose fixtures that are in keeping with your style of choice and that will also naturally fit your designed layout. It's always a good idea to install the vanity and sink first and then move on from there. The last thing you want is to run into a problem with the plumbing in the sink and have to dismantle everything!

Step 8: Last but not Least, the Porcelain Throne

The final step in your full bathroom remodel project is to add - you guessed it - the toilet. The reason you want to save this for last is because the porcelain the toilet is made out of can become easily damaged during the installation process of tiles and other fixtures. 

Well, folks, there you have it. This is an overview of how you can work on a bathroom renovation without working with a contractor. Doesn't sound too bad, huh? 

If you decide to take the plunge (heh, see what we did there?) into a DIY bathroom renovation, remember to visit our equipment rental page to help you save yourself some stress and money while keeping the project fulfilling and fun for all involved!