Friday, January 16, 2015

Small Bathroom Renovation

When we purchased our house two years ago I knew the first thing I wanted / we needed to change was the bathroom.We have one tiny bathroom on the main level. It's the one that is used 99% of the time. 
(One more bathroom in the basement but it's far away and in need of work as well.)

The bathtub being the thing I hated the most.
I'm not kidding, I took that picture right after I finished scrubbing it. 
 It was the original cast iron tub from the 1950's. You can see that the bottom of it was flaking, which being a mama of little children very much concerned me that they were going to get lead poisoning or something.
And the mold! There was mold all around the tub and the way the previous owners decided to deal with it was to calk over it. So it was impossible to clean unless I tore out all the calk. It made me sick every time I had to bathe myself or my children.

Then it came down to the rest of the bathroom, if we were going to replace the bathtub we might as well redo the entire bathroom. 
Especially because they put pergo floors... in the bathroom! Not to state the obvious but any flooring that is susceptible to warping isn't a good idea in a tiny bathroom.

Needless to say there was a lot of warping and thus leaking into the basement because of those floors.

The decision was made, we would redo the entire bathroom. 
Here we are, the Before and Afters:

We took a year and slowly bought and acquired supplies. 
-We were gifted the subway tile for the tub surround and the floor tile from Trevor's brother. They were left over from a job he had worked on. 
-We bought the new counter and sink on Craigslist 
-Bathtub from Home Depot
-Mirror from Ross
-Paint from Sherwin Williams
-Painted the existing cabinet with Annie Sloan chalk paint
-Cabinet hardware from Hobby Lobby
-Light fixture we found on Craigslist
-Decor we picked up throughout the summer from garage sales
-The fake plants, rug, and curtains are from Ikea

I have to be honest with you, because we would get things here and there and mostly we were looking for the best price we could find. I was shocked everything came together so well and it looks so wonderful!!!
I am so proud of Trevor, for the hard work and time he put into it. Along with some fabulous family and friends that helped with the electrical, or cut tile, or moved the massive 500 lb. tub, etc. We are lucky to have so many wonderful and generous friends!

Perhaps my next post will be about all the things we learned from this experience, so you can benefit from out mistakes.


  1. Ape this look so good. I seriously want to copy everything.

  2. I'm glad that you've got those creases flattened and dealt with, and the kinks worked out. Bathrooms do need
    attention and steady oversight. Oftentimes, it's easy to miss the point when the drains begin to back up and get clogged, but it isn't something that can't be solved. Just put your emergency numbers on standby, and keep the trusted plumbing services in mind. All the best!

    Roxanne Vaughn @ Total PLBG

  3. Wow! The renovation of your bathroom looks aces. You've taken aesthetics and lighting into account, along with the amenities, such as better sinks and tubs. That's what's so beneficial about a renovation. You get to inspect all the elements of your bathroom, and turn them inside out and see what else can be improved, right down to the drains and pipes. Thanks for sharing that, April! All the best to you!

    Wilfred Andrews @ LB Plumbing & Heating

  4. Wow!! nice post. I am looking for like this type. because i have very small space for birth-room. and i think this is the right image for me. and i am going to suggest "ipcrenocrew (dot) ca" with this image to do like this. thanks for sharing such a nice image. thanks lot