So this is an ugly bathroom…I am not ashamed to admit it. This is what it was like when we moved in three years ago and the time has come for some TLC. While I do have some grand plans for a full renovation, our budget is not allowing for that right now. So to make this a happy space to enter I am doing a mini makeover! My budget for this makeover is $300 and not a penny over (but hopefully a lot less!). The bathroom currently measures at 7’6″ x 4′, plus a tub/shower combo and a small linen closet.
Major Problem Areas
Not being able to do a major renovation right now, I needed to prioritize some of the major problems, which are the following:
- The painted wall paper – That’s right, the painted wall paper. Hopefully it comes off easily.
- Drip marks on the walls and trim
- Old, yellow, dirty flooring
- The grout line around the counter top – There is this weird stick edging strip around the counter top. I am not sure what it is or why it exists, I just know it needs to go.
- Dated handles on the vanity
- Hard to clean louvered closet door
- Disorganized closet
Make Over Plan
Now that I have identified what I need to fix with this bathroom, it is time to make a plan! The first task is to get the walls ready for painting. This means removing the wall paper, sanding the walls, and filling any holes with joint compound, as well as removing that sticky stuff around the counter. Once all that is done, it is time for paint! I plan on painting the walls a nice soft sea glass color, as well as painting the floor a light gray. I have seen examples out there of people painting their linoleum flooring so I thought I would give it a try. The trim, door, and closet will also be painted.
I’ll then remove and replace the closet door with a new one. I will also replace the handles on the vanity and add shelving above the toilet. Lastly, I will be organizing the closet and getting rid of anything I don’t need.
We’ve lived in this house for a little over three years. Upon moving in, we made a couple changes in this bathroom and then concentrated on other rooms in the house. The first thing we did was replace the shower head. Among the two bathrooms, one of the heads had a very low flow and the other one had so much pressure that it hurt to be under it. The next thing to go was the toilet. We replaced it with a more eco friendly low flow toilet. The old one ran all the time and used a lot of water. After the toilet we replaced the faucet. It was constantly dripping and so low that it was hard to wash our hands under it. For these reasons, we decided to get a higher faucet.
Thanks for joining us for small bathroom makeover part 1. To see the start of our renovation, check out Part 2. We will be removing wallpaper and painting…say goodbye to this boring ugly bathroom!