Decor · Frugal Living

Small Bathroom Remodel: We Are Done!

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Our main bathroom renovation is finished! Ready for all the details?

We bought our home 10 years ago from a company that flipped it. They did a pretty good job, but the bathrooms were the places they took their short cuts. Five years ago we did phase one of the bathroom renovations with new flooring and fixtures.

Phase two was a complete replacement of the 1970’s tub and shower and a paint job from ceiling to floor.

I’m so glad we hired a painter and that he painted before the installation, because he ended up having to scrape the popcorn ceiling and refinish it in the process. It was a messy job!

The tub and shower were done by Bath Fitter: Read my Bath Fitter installation review here.

I chose to go with the same paint colors I’m using throughout our house. We had plenty of leftover paint from the previous painting project (which saves money) and consistent color palettes give our smaller home a more cohesive look.

The top half of the walls are Sherwin Williams Ice Cube, and we used Sherwin Williams Pure White on the beadboard and trim. We also had the painter freshen up the sink cabinet with Pure White so that it matched the rest of the room.

I’m glad we had the painting done before the tub/shower installation for several reasons, but mostly because the end result is a very finished look.

Because those projects (especially the new tub/shower) were very expensive ones, I tried to keep any other upgrades as inexpensive as possible.

My decor inspiration came from Rhoda’s guest bathroom. I wanted to keep the bones of the room very neutral so that I can easily make it more feminine if needed (depending on who uses this bathroom after we adopt). Here’s my inspiration pin:

I try to put a clock in every room and you can’t beat the prices of Dollar General’s wall clocks. I looked at Hobby Lobby and other home decor stores for a cute bathroom sign, but I couldn’t find what I really wanted.

One day I realized that some note cards I had on hand were the perfect colors and style for the bathroom decor, so I found a frame on Amazon and popped those in there!

I needed a new hand towel ring and was tempted to replace the fixtures with something more modern like a polished bronze finish. However, that would have meant also changing the mirror, faucet, and light fixture so I found a silver towel ring for under $10 and chose contentment! ๐Ÿ™‚

The bathroom needed a little more storage, so I hung this $5 organizer from Five Below on the back of the door. The towel bar I used to have in here was rarely used, so I added a simple towel hook that’s working well.

The box on the back of the toilet isn’t new, but I love it! A package of pop-up wet wipes fits in there, and they are easily accessible for little spot cleaning jobs as needed. It’s only $10 on Amazon!

The final touch for this room was to update the contact paper in the cabinet. I used a black and white pattern from Dollar Tree that I had in my stash, and I love how it coordinates with the room.

I shopped my house and kept things minimal in the new decor department for this project. How much did I spend?

  • Shower Curtain: $18 from Marshalls / similar options from Amazon: one, two
  • Towel Ring: $8 (the price fluctuates, so watch it for a few days and grab it when it’s cheapest)
  • Distressed Black Picture Frame: $15
  • Note Cards – from this set I had on hand
  • Rug: $10 at Dollar General
  • Clock: $8 at Dollar General (similar)

Total spent for decor: $59!

I smile every time I walk in this room. It’s perfect!

(sign is from Dollar General a couple years ago)

One final note about this project – it’s taken us almost 10 years to get this bathroom the way we wanted it. Over those 10 years I did the best with what I had, kept the bathroom clean and organized, and chose contentment.

If you can’t afford to bring a room up to the image you have in your head, just remember my 10 year bathroom project! ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€œIn any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.โ€ Philippians 4

Everything we have is made possible because of Jesus โ€“ and He is always enough!

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10 thoughts on “Small Bathroom Remodel: We Are Done!

  1. Your new and improved bathroom looks great! You were smart to select neutral/classic colors on the expensive things and then you can swap out the accessories when you get tired of the decor.


  2. I love your bathroom! I’m a real fan of black and white (I find myself drawn to that combination in tote bags and clothes especially). Great job!


  3. Doesnโ€™t it feel so good to finish a project! Through our married years my husband and I have had 2 fixer upper ranch homes and spent many years working on each. I love that feeling of accomplishment and renewed excitement when entering and using an updated room, even if itโ€™s just small updates. Congratulations, Whitney! It looks great!


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