House Progress: Bathroom Makeover


You know, it’s funny. Our bathroom makeover was the first big project we did in this house. Because we only have one bathroom, we wanted to get it out of the way before we moved in so that we could have a functioning shower. So we did this back in the summer, and it’s taken me this long to share photos of it. Shame.

Speaking of the shower, let’s talk about the shower. The shower. Take a look at the beautiful shower.


Don’t get me wrong, I love a good dark brown tile (*sarcasm*) but this had to go. The saddest part was, I’m pretty sure the previous owners had just redone the bathroom in an effort to make the house more appealing, so I think it was relatively new.

But our one bathroom is pretty tiny, and the dark, dark colors throughout made it feel even tinier, not to mention just sad and yucky.

The first thing we did was retiling the shower. As newbies to DIYing we debated having someone else do it for us (although now, I think we’d be totally confident to do it ourselves). We started by tearing into the wall, because that’s always a good idea.


After making some awful holes, we realized that our house, being 77 years old, has plaster walls. Not only that, but there is a huge glass-block window in the shower which just made things way  more complicated than they needed to be. So after some demolition and lots of “oh boy what did we get ourselves into” conversations, we decided to hire someone to redo the shower. We found a guy on Craigslist and it saved us a ton of time and worry.


Next up was the vanity. Again, dark, dark, dark. It’s such a small space that we wanted to just get rid of it to open it up a little, but we also need the storage and counter space. So I decided to paint it with chalk paint, of course. Being in the bathroom, I decided to seal it with polycrylic to protect it from moisture and everything else, and it’s holding up really well so far. It makes a huge difference in this small room!



The next step was painting the walls. We went with Watery by Sherwin Williams. I love this color! It is a bit brighter and more pigmented than I was expecting, but it makes the room feel so much more alive and open and airy.


We plan on redoing the floor eventually and getting rid of that orange-y tile (which is also found in our kitchen). We may retile it, or we may experiment with painting it. We’ll see.

Another day, I’ll share how we (Justin) installed a vent fan above the shower, which came about when we began to remove the carpet in the bedroom directly above the bathroom. But that’s another post for another day.

Dani the bathtub

What do you think? I LOVE how the bathroom turned out. A big part of renovating on a budget is just working with what you have. We have one small bathroom in our house. A second, or bigger, one would be nice, but really, this is all we need. This goes to show what a huge impact color can have on a space, and how far you can go with a little bit of paint!

Until next time!


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