This bathroom. Woah. Let me tell you – it’s come a LONG way. Let’s start from the beginning.
Small bathroom makeover:
When we bought our 1902 Victorian, it had a very small and very ugly second bathroom. When I say very small, I mean VERY small. You could sit on the toilet and wash your hands in the sink at the same time. It had some nasty carpeting on the floor and peeling wallpaper. When we removed the wallpaper, we found something even worse: salmon pink laminate walls. Seriously GROSS. I posted lots of these lovely pictures on my Instagram – follow along with all of the remodeling progress by looking through #FixingUp1902!
We weren’t planning on actually attacking this bathroom. It was small, but it was functional, and we were just going to cosmetically change it and then attack it in a few years. UNTIL a pipe froze in the middle of the winter. Apparently, there was no heat going to the bathroom. It was a poor construction job that was added on decades after the house was built, and when we went to explore the frozen pipe (that ended up becoming a burst pipe), we saw just how bad the supports were under the bathroom. You probably could have kicked a hole through the rotting floor! It was time to gut the bathroom, and we had no choice – it was time to start our small bathroom makeover!
While we were gutting it, we made the decision to add on a few extra feet for our sink area. Best decision ever! It’s still a tiny bathroom, but this little bit of extra room truly makes it work.
We lived with the bathroom having just bare drywall on the walls (we used the same flooring as we did in our kitchen remodel, so that was done already) for the past 6 months.
I have a thing for classic white subway tile. I kind of LOVE it. It gives this bathroom such a clean look, and I love how timeless it is!
My husband & I did the tiling/grouting ourselves, and were remarking on how it was pretty different than the last time we tiled/grouted in our kitchen. When we did our kitchen, I was 9 months pregnant, and now we were quietly doing it at night with our 2 year old and our 5 month old sleeping upstairs.
The other side of this small bathroom just looks so clean & classic now:
This IKEA vanity is perfect for our small bathroom. It’s got space on the sides of the sink, and the drawers are nice and deep for storage. And the porthole mirror just ties everything together so well! I love the heaviness and weight of it in this space.
I had fun going BOLD with our wall color on top. I knew it would be such a small amount of wall space, and I am just in love with this moody color! It’s “Hale Navy” by Benjamin Moore – and you’re going to see it making another appearance in a big way next month!
I finished this trio off with a plain dinner plate. My son was the first one to point that out – ha! He says, “Mommy! A plate! On the wall! So funny!”
I just can’t get over this transformation. I mean, we’ve lived through the past 10 months, but it really helps to take a step back and realize just how far we’ve come!
We finally have a beautiful little bathroom for guests to use when they come over, and I couldn’t be happier with it!
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Full Source List:
- Wall color: Benjamin Moore “Hale Navy”
- See all of our home’s paint colors here
- Toilet paper holder: Amazon
- Vanity/sink: IKEA
- Decorations on the sink: Ross
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