I hope everyone had a Happy Valentine’s Day! We celebrated love day with a first birthday for our sweet friends son!
So, 2 years ago yesterday on February 14, 2014, I posted this post about bathroom demolition tips and how to remove a toilet and lots of over uber exciting bathroom remodeling things. Very romantic. We started a major bathroom remodel, oh about 6 weeks before our first baby was born. Great timing, right?! Well, 2 years later, we are basically doing the same thing! Baby girl is due on Feb. 29th (rooting for a Leap Day arrival!) and bathroom remodel is about half way done. Perfect! We did get a little smarter… we are not trying to DIY the bathroom ourselves! Phew. If you are trying to DIY a bathroom (you can do it!), check out the 6 posts in our original bathroom remodel series:
- Part 1 (Before pictures and original plan)
- Part 2 (Choosing fixtures)
- Part 3 (Demolition tips)
- Part 4 (Embracing change)
- Part 5 (Tiling tips)
- Part 6 (The big reveal!)
A little background, our house has 2 full bathrooms, this is the real master bathroom, but not the one we use. I know, I know… we’re confused over here. But, the way our house is laid out just makes more sense for us to share a big bathroom (with a bathtub) with Maxwell, and have our bedrooms closer together, at least for now. Much like our first bathroom remodel, this bathroom was also given a jolly coat of beige spray paint on every surface and the paint was chipping everywhere. PSA: Please do not ever paint your tile, at least in areas that get a lot of use. It will chip and it’s gross and for the love, mint tile is awesome! Side note: this bathroom did not have mint tile, from what we can tell this bathroom had all white tile, which is way better than yellowy beige, if you ask me. But, we also did not spend copious amounts of time scraping it like we d id the first time around, ha!
Before pictures of our small bathroom:
Note the beautiful beige tile! And the same pedestal sink as our other bathroom had with no storage underneath. We decided to have a custom vanity built in here too. The space we have is too narrow for most regular cabinets. We only have about 17 inches of space to work with and we want to make it as long as possible.
This bathroom is so small it makes taking pictures of it really tricky! So, here I am standing at the back of the shower. What a view! The handle on the bottom right is the shower door.
And here is the opposite view, wow! Its’ so beige and well… tiny! And the weird textured glass. And these pictures were taken basically when we moved in almost 3 years ago, I did not get any beauty shots of what the now chipping paint looks like! I was too exited to have it gone to care about taking pictures.
To solve the storage issues, I had done a few super easy things, like hang up some trusty Command Brand products on the back of the door. You can see more about organizing a small bathroom with no storage here.
Oh and the light fixture, you must see that! The next few pictures are, obviously, from after the start of the remodel! So, before there were no ceiling lights, just this 3 light beaut.
Here’s the current state of the bathroom. The shower pan was poured, the plumbing and electrical work was completed and now we are ready for the tile! FYI: The pouring of the shower pan is toxic and smelly. Open all of your windows and be prepared to sleep somewhere else for at least one night, maybe more if you are in a close vicinity to the shower pan that was poured!
And now for the really exciting part… the tile! I’m petty excited about those 8 inch dark grey hexagons! So, the plan, as of now, is to put the white penny tile on the floor and up the back wall of the shower. The dark hexagons will cover the 2 side walls. Can’t wait to see it all installed! (And not gonna lie, super excited that me and my giant prego belly are not installing it!)
Here’s the small bathroom remodel plan:
- Moving the shower controller to the left wall versus it being directly underneath the shower head on the right wall. I’ve always thought this makes so much more sense! Who wants to be standing directly under the shower head when you first turn on the freezing water?
- Tile from floor to ceiling on 3 walls.
- Adding 2 can lights to the ceiling.
- Adding a vent (with a heater!) to the ceiling.
- Frameless, glass shower, much like our first bathroom remodel! I think this alone will make a huge visual difference with space and light!
- We are using the Moen 90-Degree series for the shower and sink faucet and light fixture.
- Building a custom cabinet to fit in our narrow 17 in. cabinet space.
- Oh and here is my pinterest board with bathroom inspiration from the first remodel and for this one!
What do you think? I’m pretty freakin’ excited! Hopefully, the next post you see about this on the ol’ blog will be after pictures of the beautifully renovated space! If not, well, we’ve got issues!
Comments & Reviews
Good luck on the reno! looks like you have awesome tile picked out!
Jamie Dorobek says
Thank you! I need all of the luck I can get over here 🙂
kate garwood says
get it girl!!! my family told me i was crazy wanting to hike yellowstone, two weeks after having my baby boy. DID IT!!! Don’t let it slow you down!!! Get it girl!! PS for a tiny bathroom re-do, you can use an antique mirror (the kind that you would find on an old dresser) turn it horizontally and put it above the sink for a cool look. You probably have a cache of really good ideas though!!! can’t wait to see wha you come up with.
Jamie Dorobek says
Thank you, Kate! And high five for hiking Yellowstone 2 weeks after baby! I want to go back to Yellowstone so bad!
I think your bathroom is exactly the same size as mine – and I can’t wait for us to do our remodel. We’re still saving up for it, as we also want to add a few solar tubes. I can’t wait to see how yours turns out! I like what i see so far.
Jamie Dorobek says
Solar tubes?! Tell me more?! And good luck 🙂