I’m sharing the fun details of our bathroom remodel on a budget!
So, yeah…that picture.
Remodeling is not my favorite. My husband loves it. LOOOOOVES it. He loves spending days, hours analyzing what to buy, hopping from store to store, planning, talking, tearing the old out and putting in the new.
I don’t work that way. It drives him crazy. I am always very specific about what I want and I don’t like to spend days trying to make up my mind. I can go online or walk into a store and within an hour, have everything picked out and be completely satisfied and at ease.
My husband will always suggest, “hey, wanna go to (insert any hardware store here — they are all H E Double Hockey Sticks to me) and see if they have a sink you like better?” And I’m like, “Nope, I’m great, thanks though.”
It’s amazing we get any projects finished without divorcing. Truly.
My husband is a contractor, so between him and his subcontractors, stuff can get finished relatively quickly, but it’s never fast enough for me. I don’t thrive in chaos. And by “don’t thrive,” I mean that I wilt, complain, and drink lots of wine until everything is back to normal.
All the mess, the noise, the people in and out of the house…no, no and NO. Lucy didn’t nap for a week. I almost lost my religion over that one. Toddler naps are pretty much my life right now.
This was our bathroom before.
We moved into our current house 2 1/2 years ago, pretty much because I begged. It’s on the average/smallish side (around 1900 sq ft), in an old part of town. It’s a very average looking house — one you’d drive right past and never even notice. But when I was pregnant, I talked my husband into stopping to look at it and I just fell in love.
We were renting a much larger house at the time after selling our home in a small town an hour away. We were looking for a place to buy and this one was for rent with the option to buy later, which was perfect for me. The boys were less than thrilled about moving into a smaller, much older house, but I knew that if they just tried it for a few months, they’d love it and we could buy it. The neighborhood is wonderful, the nearby school is just the best, and we have a beautiful in ground pool in the backyard, which is strange because this isn’t the type of house to have an in ground pool. But I’m pretty sure that the lady who owned the home was addicted to tanning, so…yeah.
Long story short, we moved in and by then my husband was too exhausted to ever move again, so we bought the house. We have slowly been renovating one room at a time, knowing that the bathrooms were definitely going to be a PROJECT. I’m almost positive that the reason this house stayed on the market for so long before we moved in is the bathrooms — this one (the hall bathroom) is AWFUL and our master bathroom is microscopic. Seriously, the tiniest bathroom I’ve ever seen.
So — what we (and by WE, I mean my husband) decided to do was wall off that weird “toilet hall” and eventually use that to add space on to our master bath that is on the other side of the wall. It’s really not adding anything to the hall bathroom (there used to be a door there — like a weird toilet hall room. What on earth?), and our master bath needs the space in a bad way.
This is how it looks now:
It’s still very small — there really isn’t anything we can do about that. But there is plenty of room to do what you need comfortably. It’s so cozy and homey now which I love — the old bathroom felt so clinical!
We spent around $3,000 including labor. I splurged on a few things like the sink and the tile, because I felt like they added a lot to the room. We kept our old toilet but replaced the tub with a white one.
BTW — have you ever ripped out a zillionty year old cast iron tub and carried it out of your house? It’s super hard.
At least, that’s what I hear. I snagged up Lucy and ran away before all the ruckus happened.
My husband installed beautiful tile in the shower/bath area. I have to say, it’s a huge improvement over the old white tile that was cracked and practically falling off the wall.
Do you notice the crown molding? I’m a sucker for crown molding. It just makes everything better.
This vanity is my absolute favorite part. I found it at an old antique/salvaged furniture store, buried in a back room with a bunch of other junk. They paint furniture there too, so I had them paint the dresser and a mirror I found there with a cream chalk paint. It was $160 for both and worth every penny!
I bought the knobs at Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale — they came to a couple bucks each.
My husband had to remove the top two drawers to make room for sink plumbing. It’s just the drawer faces nailed back on the dresser. The bottom drawer is useable though.
I ordered the sink online at Home Depot — as soon as I saw it I knew it was exactly what I wanted! My husband had the great idea of installing a faucet that connected to the wall instead of the vanity, so I found this one HERE. The handles say “Hot” and “Cold” which I thought was super cute!
Soap dispenser and tray are from Target.
I made a couple of these crate shelves for my living room several months ago and decided I needed one for the bathroom! I ordered unfinished crates HERE, then just stained them and my husband bought brackets at the hardware store. Really easy and very inexpensive! This hangs right over the toilet, perfect for storing toilet paper and hand soap.
Clock was purchased at Hobby Lobby for half price.
This old ladder honestly isn’t super useful, but I thought it would be really cute with towels hung from it! A friend texted me when she spotted it at an antique store for $30. The towels are from Target.
The back wall is painted wood siding. I saw a bathroom on Pinterest that had siding on all of the walls and thought it was the cutest thing ever — I just love the texture and interest it adds. We decided to do it on only one wall because it can get expensive.
Can’t ever go wrong with Target.
The floor tile was a splurge at around $5 a square foot. Since we had such a small area to cover though, we were able to go for it. Isn’t it absolutely beautiful? Probably some of the prettiest tile I’ve ever seen.
The bathroom door was also replaced by a pocket door which was A PROJECT, but added SO much more space. The old door opened up to the bathroom, so the door covered half of the tub when it was open. A pocket door is a much better option for a small room like this! It locks too, so no one will walk in on you doing your business.
Bathroom #1 is complete! Now on to #2.
Bathroom, I mean. Not #2 like you know what.
The second bathroom renovation will probably take place in a few months — we’ve got to start setting aside cash and buying things here and there. Also, I will probably move out until it’s finished. It’s for the sake of my marriage.
Thanks for taking a look! Have a great day!