bathroom renovation

When we bought this house, the bathroom on the main level was absolutely terrible. There was no toilet seat, there were dead bugs in the tub, and the whole room felt disgusting. I still remember my youngest daughter teetering on the edge of the toilet, trying to use it, while I hovered and reminded her over and over not to touch anything. And this was our home!!

I loved the vintage pink sink and tub, but the plumbing was in such bad shape that it wasn’t cost-effective to keep those fixtures.

Because there was so much work to do and we had a short timeline, we paid contractors to do most of the work. Their first step was to take the room down to the studs.

After doing some research on moisture-resistant materials for bathrooms, I ended up going with the Schluter-KERDI waterproofing materials (affiliate link). Their system is much more expensive than other options, but it creates an excellent seal that prevents water vapor from seeping into your walls. Schluter-KERDI materials are available at Amazon, Home Depot, and Lowe’s.

For the floor, I chose some relatively inexpensive basketweave tile from Home Depot. I wanted the bathroom to look like an old train station bathroom — weird design inspiration, I know!

The marble tile has some natural color variation, as you can see below. It threw me for a loop at first, but after the fixtures were installed it became much less noticeable.

Because the room is very small, I wanted the same floor to carry into the shower. We planned to have a glass shower door, and I thought using the same flooring material throughout would make the room seem larger.

For the shower walls, I chose a marble subway tile from Home Depot. We used TEC grout from Lowe’s for this product because my mom assured me that this brand is very stain-resistant. And so far it seems like she’s right! We used the Silverado color.

My dear parents installed the glass shower door while I was at work. Apparently it was a tremendous pain in the rear end.

Because the space was so small, I chose a pedestal sink from Signature Hardware. I like it so much that I bought a second one for another project!

The faucet is antique bronze, not black, and I can’t recommend it because the finish hasn’t held up well.

I added a small rug from Target, glass soap bottles from Amazon (affiliate link), a plant, and a few other small items. My dad installed some shelves using brackets from Home Depot (similar ones linked here) and some old wood we had in the garage.

I love the finished result!

I also hung some art from one of my favorite charities and painted the door to the bathroom Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams.


art || rug || sink || glass soap bottles in shower (affiliate link) || mirror || shower tile || floor tile ||

Paint: Light French Gray by Sherwin Williams

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