I finally finished a room in my house! Granted, this wasn’t a huge renovation, but this bathroom has been almost done for over a year. I was a little slacky (so not a word) and just didn’t feel like finishing the trim and touch ups. But, that is my life renovation story…never completing a room. Without any further rambling, let’s look at some pictures!!
The original bathroom was covered in wallpaper…and a border too! I loathe wallpaper. Ever have to remove wallpaper? If so, you know what I’m talking about. As ugly as this bathroom was, it wasn’t a gut job.
We had to keep the cost down on some project, so this was it. We left the walls and tub. As a side note, I hate the tub. Anthony has a zero tolerance policy for replacing tubs. I can win most renovation battles, but not the tub war – – I’ve tried – – and lost.
The wall paper, toilet, sink, faucet, mirror, light and ceramic floor were all removed. Can you see the writing on the floor? It says “have fun getting this floor up.” As we worked on our house we found all kinds of names and dates as to when the housework had been done, dating back 3 decades. It was cute at first, but after the 5th one, we were both so tired of fixing ugly remodels that the “time capsules” left by the previous owners weren’t so “cute” anymore. They were more along the lines of a slap in the face. So, in a state of semi-anger/frustration, Anthony wrote this message to the next homeowners knowing they’d be cursing his name trying to get up that cement board (he screwed it in so much that a hurricane couldn’t move it).
After all of the ugly wallpaper came off, I striped the walls in two shades of white. I wanted a very calm and natural wall color. I definitely got that…it’s so natural you can hardly see it! That wasn’t my plan, by the way, but I surely wasn’t repainting. Oh well.
We struggled to reach an agreement on floor tile. I wanted a ceramic faux wood tile that looked like old wine crates. Anthony absolutely didn’t! There is another battle I lost – – and he says I always get my way! Because I was secretly worried I would hate my wine crate stamped ceramic wood floors a month after installation (don’t tell Anthony) we decided on a blue porcelain 2×2 tile and grout in white. Technically it’s a backsplash, but who really follows those rules?
And my favorite part, the craftsman door! Don’t you love how I left the bucket and paint stick in this picture? I really couldn’t have moved it half a second? I must have been having a bad renovation day. After the work was done…
…here it is all finished!
I used a white rectangular vessel sink on top of the DIY Vanity.
The faucet is a single lever in brushed nickel and the perfect addition to the simple, rustic sink base.
I also whipped up this simple DIY Craftsman mirror. I loved that this bathroom had a medicine cabinet built in, but the original mirror was hideous. So instead of ripping it all out, I made a wood framed mirror that I was able to attach to the built in medicine cabinet. I bought a $10 mirror from Michael’s and used 1×4’s as the mirror frame. I ran the 1×4’s through a table saw to create a groove and slid the mirror into the groove. I attached the boards together with pocket holes via a Kreg Jig. I love that I was able to coordinate all of the wood in the bathroom with a few simple DIY projects. Like I said, this bathroom was done on a tight budget.
Being that we live in a small house, this bathroom isn’t exactly palatial. Anyone with a small home knows how valuable storage is to a clutter free home. There is no closet (or room for a closet) in this bathroom and the space for a sink is no more than 24″ wide. Obviously bathroom storage is necessary, so we had to get creative. One way was with keeping the original medicine cabinet and adding a new mirror…style and function. Score!
I also had to squeeze the maximum storage space I could out of this vanity. The drawer does open and holds toothbrushes and toothpaste, and so on. The shelf holds toilet paper (in the back) and extra towels in the front. I found some cute baskets with chalkboard labels at Home Goods that hold extra toothpaste, razors, soap, brushes…really anything that can fit.
I also made these simple DIY “swing” shelves (tutorial to follow). These shelves look great because they are light and airy and don’t weigh down the look and feel of a small bathroom.
Most of the time I like to hide bathroom items like toothbrushes and Q-tips. But, when you find adorable tiny apothecary jars to store bathroom items, you display! I found these ridiculously cute apothecary jars at TJ Maxx for just a few dollars each. They hold Q-tips and pads (those circular things in the picture…I can’t think of their real name!) and look perfect on the rustic shelf.
This little basket is the counter part for the basket under the vanity. I love that the basket’s weave is the same tone as the rope on the shelf. And, for me, anything chalkboard is always a welcome addition!
Keeping costs down on any remodel projects isn’t always easy. Have you ever priced towel bars? They are a bit expensive and the cost adds up quickly. In this bathroom I decided to keep the original towel bar and toilet paper holder. I spray painted them blue to coordinate with the floors. I was quite surprised how much I liked the result. It helps to add some color to my very neutral wall color.
And because a side by side is always a great way to see improvement…
That wraps up my first completed room. It’s a little sad it took a year and a half, but, I slacked at the end. I really need to improve my finishing skills. Or maybe just force myself to hunker down and actually finish these rooms. Eh, we’ll see! I hope you enjoyed this little bathroom update. If you have a small bathroom, feel free to share your storage and space ideas with me. I’m always open to new ideas!
I’ll be sharing at these link parties: Making it in the Mountains // Nifty Thrifty Things // The Crafting Nook // Pocketful of Posies // Ginger Snap Crafts // The DIY Dreamer // The Turquoise Home // The Shabby Nest