This simple DIY bathroom remodel offers a big improvement in a small area!
The place we call home is a big, old two-story built in 1895.
As with all older homes, it’s full of endless possibilities with DIY projects, remodels and renovations.
One spot that needed some serious TLC is the bathroom upstairs. It’s needed some new life breathed into for quite some time.
Our upstairs bathroom is a really small area – only 4 feet by 5 feet, not including the tub.
It’s been years and years since any updates were done.
Dated wallpaper covered the walls, the sink was having issues and the vanity didn’t fit the space.
Oh, and let’s not forget the orange shag carpet.
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This bathroom remodel story begins a few weeks ago.
It was a quiet Sunday morning when I heard shouting from upstairs.
Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, the upstairs toilet had overflowed. Onto the lovely orange shag carpeting.
The guilty culprit, who shall remain nameless, didn’t alert the adults that this has occurred… flash forward several hours after the offense and Layne made the discovery by stepping onto the aforementioned orange shag carpeting in her bare feet.
Half asleep, she was quite alarmed to find herself stepping into something cold and wet.
It goes without saying that we spent that Sunday tearing up the carpeting.
Small Bathroom Remodel
Once the carpet was torn up, the rest of the room was begging for some bathroom renovations. Everything needed a little updating!
Instead of being intimidated by bathroom remodeling, we decided to jump in with both feet.
The walls, fixtures, vanity and flooring needed some simple, basic updates to make a big difference in this small space.
Next up were the walls — thankfully the old wallpaper came off easily.
I turned off the water supply and removed the sink and toilet next.
A fresh coat of white paint did wonders for the bathroom renovation! It felt like a fresh, blank space and huge improvement with the new paint.
We also painted the ceiling fan, which started out as yellowed plastic.
We also painted the wall mirror a bright yellow to hide the fake brown “wood” that we started with.
We took down the old hand towel rack as well.
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After all the demo, while we waited for fresh paint to dry, we headed to Menard’s to pick out new flooring and a new vanity.
The old vanity was too large for the area and actually stuck out past the doorway which was unsightly. It also led to a lot of leg bruises as people often bumped into it on their way into the small bathroom.
We picked a beautiful and durable light gray vinyl. Since we were working with any empty room, I knew it would be especially easy to install.
The vinyl comes in a 12 foot width, so we actually have some left over for another project. Our room is 4′ x 5′ but I asked them to cut the vinyl an extra foot long so that we would have plenty to work with as we were getting it laid down.
We found a slim vanity that fit perfectly in our small space. It still has a cupboard underneath the sink, giving us a little extra storage space. We grabbed plumber’s putty and a new faucet as well.
We also selected new baseboards while shopping.
With our new supplies, we headed back home to get to work.
The vinyl was indeed easy to install. We chose to use glue to install the vinyl. A few YouTube videos and a helpful employee ensured we handled the install correctly!
We made sure the floor was clean and free of debris first, then laid down the vinyl. We used a utility knife to cut out spots for the plumbing and toilet.
Once we sure everything was as it should be, we used the floor glue to adhere the vinyl. We cut off the excess from the edges before continuing.
Because it’s an older home, the plumbing was coming from the floor instead of the wall, so we used a jigsaw to cut a whole in the base of the vanity before setting it in the bathroom.
We used a drill, screws and shims to mount the vanity to the wall.
A good amount of caulk and plumber’s putty helped us finish out the vanity and sink project. We caulked the sink onto the vanity base and also added a line of caulk against the wall.
A gob of plumber’s putty helped us get the new drain and faucet installed.
As with any project, there is always a little hiccup. Old pipes were the hiccup with this project.
We ended up replacing a majority of the pipes under the sink during this project as we discovered one was cracked.
A little extra work and some unanticipated bathroom remodel cost however very worth it once complete!
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We re-installed the toilet next. Don’t forget to get a new wax ring to help create a proper seal if you replace a toilet!
Next up were the baseboards. We chose 5-inch wide wood baseboards that were already painted white, which made everything easy! We used 1/4 inch round along the bathtub.
Not only did it create a great finish, it helped hide any uneven spots from when we cut the vinyl. 😉
How to do a Bathroom Remodel
Once the “big” stuff was taken care of, it was time for the little touches that Layne was excited to complete!
From IKEA, we found a soap dispenser, candle holder and picture frame.
From Menard’s, we grabbed an easy to install shelf and small potted plant.
From Walmart, we grabbed white picture frames. You can snag the printable bathroom art here.
The fluffy white towels and dark gray with white polka dot shower curtain were a gift from Layne’s mom.
The IKEA picture frame has a sheet of craft paper, cut to size inside. Using a dry erase marker, we can leave notes to each other as often as we like.
Bathroom Renovation Cost
This entire update and fresh design cost less than $250.
The bathroom remodel took us the course of a weekend to complete.
Everyone loves how it turned out. It really is so fresh and so clean!
Tell us your story: have you done a bathroom remodel?