How To Remodel Your Bathroom This Weekend

Our outdated 1970's home needs a complete facelift.  Since giving an entire house a facelift is a very long project (when you're living in your home and have a life outside of updating your house) I decided to take this room by room.

I started in our small bathroom and in this post, I'm going to share with you how I was able to complete the entire project in a weekend with minimal help. 

A few weeks ago I shared my over the toilet cabinet for this room.  If you haven't checked out that post, you can see it here.  This helped create much need storage for our very small bathroom. 

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As you can see by the photos below, our small bathroom was dark and not really functional.  We had a weird curtain hanging (came with the house), a single under the sink cabinet, and a thing (I don't even know what to call it) under the mirror.

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As you can see the bathroom was in need of an update.  Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of the flooring before I started removing it.  You can just imagine the lovely linoleum flooring we had.

Once all of the demolishing was complete I started by installing the flooring.  I went with a nice dark (I'm loving dark wood) hardwood.  This was so easy to install the pad was included and the pieces just snap into place.

Since I had never installed flooring before I called on my dad to come and help.  

I wanted to do the whole project myself so I just asked him to teach me how. 

Here's how that turned out.


And don't worry I did replace that icky vent too.  You'll see it in future photos.

Once the floor was replace the toilet went in (as you saw above).

Then it was time to install the pedestal sink.  I ran into height issues so I designed a stand for it.  There were pipes sticking up from the floor so the sink is sitting a few inches higher than it should.

Once the sink was installed I called it a day.  I was completely exhausted.


Small bathroom remodel day 2

Day 2 was kind of a fun day.  

This was the day I was able to install the trim, wainscot, paint the walls, install the shelves, window treatment, and mirror.

Let's get to the process.

The first step was installing the trim.  This was very simple I just used 1x3's all along the bottom and around the door.  I used drywall screws to install so I used a countersink drill bit to add the screw holes.


I originally wanted to install tile but then I realized I would need to buy a tile saw and really didn't want to do that so I went with wainscoting.  

This was so simple to install.  I just added liquid nails to the back and pressed it on the wall.


Once the wainscoting was installed it was time to fill in all of the holes and imperfections with wood filler.  I wanted to get this complete asap so I could paint the same day.

Now it was time to update the window.  

A few years ago we replaced all of the windows in the house but we hadn't gotten around to replacing the trim or window treatment.  

I've decided that I want wood blinds through out the house so I installed new wood blinds and window trim.

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I will be sharing the window trim tutorial in a different post very soon.

The mirror was just a plain mirror without any trim.  It was also an odd ball size so I decided to replace it.  Since I couldn't find what I was looking for I decided to spray paint the mirror the color I wanted.

I made sure that the entire mirror was protected so I used a paper grocery bag and some paint tape to save the mirror.

I grabbed some cardboard and went out to the back deck and transformed the mirror.


I allowed the mirror to dry for a few hours while I hung the over the toilet wall cabinet and the sink shelf that I build from scrap lumber a few days prior (I'll post a tutorial on that soon too).


Installing a new light really helped brighten up the entire room.  I couldn't be happier!

Once everything was installed I just needed to paint everything.  I went with pure white throughout the whole room.  

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All in all this project came along rather quickly.  I'm not going to lie, it was a lot of work.  I think that day 1 was harder than day 2.

I couldn't be happier with how our small bathroom remodel came out.  By doing everything myself I was able to save a lot of money.  This bathroom remodel came in under $500 with purchasing a new pedestal sink, flooring, window treatment, and all of the lumber.

Are you thinking of remodeling your bathroom?  I'd love to know all about your upcoming project.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Have an amazing day!