No lie, I used to be scared to go into our guest bathroom when we first moved in. It was dark and crammed and frozen in time. So, I’m not exaggerating when I say this remodel has a special place in my heart.
Granted, this is coming from the girl who used to rip open the shower curtain to make sure no one was hiding in the bathtub, growing up.
We lived with this bathroom for about 6 months until we could get started renovating it. I always felt like I had to warn friends and family before they used it – like you might actually feel like you’re in a haunted house if you go into our guest bathroom. Don’t be alarmed, we’re aware it’s horrifying. First world problems, right?
Anyway, we took our time updating a few other spaces in our home and saved up until we could get this project completely knocked out. (View our pre-move in priority list here).
We knew this was going to be a total gut job. Everything in this room was a problem:
- Vanity was too big and awkward for the space, and the dark stain no longer matched the rest of our home
- Those matte green square shower tiles resembled an outdated style from the ‘60s, in a non-chic way
- Floor tile was bland and no longer coordinated with the rest of our home
- Those ‘90s Hollywood-style lights with the brass finish were straight from a horror film
- Mirror was way too large for the space (no one wants a mirror behind the toilet)
- Lastly, let’s just say it was time for a new toilet
Really the only thing we salvaged in this room to save money was the window. That’s it.
Step 1: Gut
We took down the mirror, towel racks, and medicine cabinet, and cleared out the vanity, toilet and baseboards, so we could start tearing up tile. Once all the floor and wall tiles were up, we had to clean the walls really well where mold was starting to grow – so gross. We actually ended up taking out most of the walls where the shower tile was. After that, we got the tub out of there, and everything was starting to look so much better already.
Step 2: Lay the Foundation
We replaced the drywall in the shower and got a new tub in, then it was time to choose a new floor tile. I went with a matte white hexagon tile and a light grey grout. It took me weeks to land on this one.
There are so many beautiful trends out there right now. I was wrestling with the idea of a slate herringbone tile or even the patterned cement tiles trending now. But ultimately, I wanted something that wasn’t going to go out of style and that made sense with the rest of the house. White hexagon tile has been around for decades, and still looks beautiful in old homes today. Plus, I loved how it looked next to our wood floor.
Once we got the floors finished, we were able to get the baseboards in, subway tile up, drywall painted.
Step 3: Refurnish
Now that we had fresh new floors and walls, Tommy started working on building a new vanity out of cedar. We ordered a rectangular vessel sink to sit on top of the vanity, and new fixtures to go with it. I loved the idea of mixing natural wood tones, white ceramics and a pop of color.
After we got the vanity, toilet and sink installed, it was all smooth sailing – we just added our finishing touches.
I inherited the painting below from my grandpa when I was in high school, and it’s been the inspiration behind my love for teal ever since. I used it in our last home’s guest bathroom, and I love it for this one as well. It's the perfect size for a small space, and just enough boldness to add character and serenity to a room.