Tiny Bathroom Reno on a Tiny Budget
Our tiny half bath had seen better days. The wallpaper was peeling off, the yellow linoleum floor was looking drab-tastic and the oak and shiny brass were dating the space. We needed to bring it into this century and we needed to do so on a dime.
This bathroom is TINY- like some body part will be touching a wall while you do your business tiny. There's also no natural light, so we wanted to go with a lighter neutral that will appeal to future buyers.
This was definitely not one of our priority projects. We have two full bathrooms that get the most use while this one is pretty much reserved for when we have a lot of people over.
Before we got to work on the wallpaper, Andrew, his uncle Matt, his dad Bob and good friend Josh took everything out while they put the floors through the rest of the common areas in December of 2015. They laid Pergo XP in Coffee Handscraped Hickory in the hallway to the bedrooms and living/dining room area and MARAZZI's Travisano Trevi 12 in. x 12 in. porcelain floor and wall tile in the kitchen, entryway and tiny bathroom. It will also go in our full guest bathroom once we get around to fully renovating that.
I am IN LOVE with this tile! It hides dirt, works outstandingly with the neutrals we have throughout our home and it looks WAY more expensive than $1.89 a square foot (at least in my opinion).
After the tile was installed, we got to work on taking down the dated and dark wallpaper. Man, oh man did this wallpaper give me nightmares! It really didn't want to come off.
I wish I were lying when I say our tiny bathroom was in the wallpaper removal stage for months, but I'm not. Finally, one of us got so sick of looking at the patchy wallpaper job that we both went to work, getting the rest removed in about two days. This was the seventh or eighth wallpaper we removed in the house, so we had tried and tested several methods by this time. For this wallpaper, scoring, A LOT of water (in a spray bottle) and scraping worked best.
Shortly after removing the wallpaper, I couldn't wait any more, so we installed our bargain sink- scored it brand new from a couple who's also renovating for $30 on Craigslist. Hint- look in the "materials" section for unwanted or gently used building materials. I've seen anything from granite-topped vanities to beautiful doors. You can always use the search bar, too!
Of course, we had quite a bit of patching to do once we were done, but, hey, anything is better than removing wallpaper!
Then, it was time to paint. We used one of our go-to neutrals, Cream in My Coffee by Valspar (eggshell finish). We had some left over from our full guest bathroom, so it made it an easy and budget-friendly decision. We also used Cream in My Coffee in the guest bedroom. *Tip: to keep costs down, use one color you really love in several rooms. That way, you're wasting far less paint!*
Just like the rest of the house, we used a pure white semi-gloss from True Value's EasyCare line for the trim.
We spraypainted the toilet paper holder using Rust-Oleum's oil rubbed bronze. We've used it for several projects, so we have quite a few cans laying around.
We also bought a new Glacier Bay toilet that we almost gave up on- I've never hugged a toilet so much in my life! After going through three wax rings and countless flush tests, we were finally able to get it to sit snugly. To be clear, this was likely user error. It was the first toilet we've installed.
To top it off, we added a hand-me-down mirror from my grandmother and a Fresh Lavender Breeze candle from Candle-Lite Company (I find them at Kroger and Meijer, our grocery stores, often on sale, here in mid-Michigan).
All in all, we redid this bathroom for less than $250 thanks to using leftover paint, a cost-conscious toilet and sink, some budget-friendly and beautiful tile, a hand-me-down mirror and doing it all ourselves.
We're keeping an eye out for some thrifty accessories to kick it up another notch.