DIY First Place: Jamalyn Davis

ASHLEY SMITH • Times-News Jamayln Davis poses for a photo with her one-year-old daughter,Breanne, in their renovated bathroom in her Wendell home. Davis and her husband,Tyrel, spent about two weeks working on their bathroom, painting, replacing the floor and sink.

ASHLEY SMITH • Times-News

The motivation: When Jamalyn and Tyrel Davis bought their Wendell home in September 2007, they knew they wanted to make some changes. This year, their major project was tackling the ’70s-style bathroom, which had warped flooring, a bulky vanity, a poorly installed toilet and patches on the walls.

The bill: Between $400 and $500, Jamalyn estimated.

The timeline: The couple invested two weeks in the project, logging at least three hours per day. It took longer than Jamalyn thought it would. “It was a huge project for the both of us to complete,” she said.

Bang for the buck: The couple turned the outdated bathroom into a mellow green oasis.

New hardware and a pedestal sink update the look. To get rid of the patches, they retextured the wall twice, then painted. They tore up the warped Pergo flooring and replaced it with tiles. Tyrel built a cabinet to provide storage.

The Davises reused their bathtub and toilet (though they had to reinstall the wobbly commode), along with an over-the-toilet cabinet. The decorations are also reused — distressed window frames came from Tyrel’s mother, and they got the hurricane vases as a wedding gift. Seashells, collected during their honeymoon, mix with the light green walls for a beach theme.

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Biggest challenge: When they pulled up the old tile, Jamalyn and Tyrel found the subfloor was rotted out. They couldn’t touch it without it crumbling apart, Jamalyn said; replacing most of it added more time to the project.

Skills learned: Patience,Jamalyn said. She also learned that paint samples don’t always look the same when they go on the wall. The first color they chose for the bathroom was way too bright, Jamalyn said.It lasted a day before she repainted it.

What’s next: Other improvements on the house, like replacing windows.

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