This bathroom went from pitiful to pretty in about 1,456 easy steps. When we bought the house, the water damage in the bathroom was one of the first things that we set out to fix. As you notice at first glance, it was seriously ugly. There was a weird mirror / medicine combo above the sinks. The countertop was a yellowy cream color. The vanity was dark and had been chewed up by someone’s dog over the years. The bathtub was literally sinking and the walls around the floor were soft. The last thing you want in your bathroom is soft, water damaged walls. Gross.
We ended up more than gutting the whole thing – putting in new subfloor, studs, and extending the room about 2 feet out into our living room. This turned out to be a great call. I don’t miss the space from the living room and love having the extra space in our only bathroom. We also configured a linen closet for some extra storage.
I’m in love with the end result. It is so clean and fresh – I can hardly believe it’s the same room. The color in this room is my favorite in the whole house- Benjamin Moore’s “Wythe Blue”. It is so calm and clean… I sort of wish I could paint every wall that color! We decided on a hickory vanity that was on the lower end of the budget. Most of the options that I looked at were well over $1000. I love the one we chose because its light and airy without that builder basic honey oak look. Its also real wood, which can be hard to find when you’re shopping on a shoestring. I decided to add hooks below our window for towels instead of a towel bar. I love them – much more storage than just one towel bar and they look cute, too!
Any gut renovation is going to be expensive, but we saved some cash by avoiding tile work. We have a vinyl floor and stock one piece tub/shower. This undoubtedly saved us thousands. The countertop is stock marble, which was way cheaper than a granite double sink, of course. We were also able to install it ourselves! DIY win. For the only bathroom we have, I feel like the space is well utilized. There’s plenty of storage and counterspace. I always said that all a girl really needs is a double sink and a walk in closet – I got both 🙂