Small Bathroom Makeover
Yields An Impressive Update

A bathroom makeover is typically rather expensive. Kitchens and baths are high ticket items and get costly when updates and improvements are made. But that does not always have to be the case. There are many ways to remodel your existing space without breaking the bank. Choose products smartly while keeping your budget in mind. There are many bathroom options available in all facets of the remodeling process, so do some research beforehand.


A Small Bathroom Gets A Budget-Friendly Makeover

This small bathroom makeover was quite an accomplishment and was achieved by opting for lesser expensive finishes, but ones that still produced a polished look. There is nothing more gratifying than pulling a space together on a budget. The following bathroom before and after images prove what can be achieved if you make some creative decisions to solve design problems.


Like the color used on the wainscoting and trim? It is Pratt and Lambert Winslow Grey (196-2270); a wonderful sage/gray color that is a highly versatile neutral.

A Bathroom Makeover


North High Property


Small Bathroom Before And After

This bathroom is very small and was very dated. Despite the "dated look" of old flooring, embossed wallpaper, an outdated color palette, popcorn textured walls and ceiling and an old lighted vanity, it had great potential. Instead of modernizing the space, the vintage charm was retained and improved. The clawfoot tub naturally provided inspiration and was an essential "keeper". I knew the majority of the project would be cosmetic and going that route helped maintain a set budget.


What Did This Bathroom Makeover Entail?


  • The old sink, cabinet and vanity/light was removed.

  • Wallpaper was removed.

  • Original trimwork was removed, sanded and restained a darker color to match the new sink cabinet.

  • Some new electrical and GFCI outlets were installed.

  • Wainscoting was cut and installed to quickly reduce wall repairs and prep work.

  • Popcorn textured walls and ceilings were slightly smoothed and plastered over with an updated texture effect.

  • New paint was added.

  • Old flooring was removed. A subfloor was set and primed for the economical option of vinyl tile flooring in a travertine finish that picked up the sage/greys of the trim paint color.

  • A new sink and vanity was installed.

  • The clawfoot tub was stripped and resurfaced with a porcelain repair kit.

  • New plumbing was installed to include a proper shower for this vintage tub.

  • New, matching, brushed-nickel finishes were chosen for faucets, new lighting and other bath fixtures such as towel racks and switchplate covers.

  • Old window shutters are repurposed as doors for a built-in medicine cabinet that was formerly a window between two interior rooms.

This bathroom makeover, despite its low cost, was high on time invested. The cosmetics for this space required quite a bit of work; more than that of many of the larger rooms in this house rehab. The hard work was well worth it when I look back at the project. The total cost came in under $1,000.00. A large chunk went to new plumbing and fixtures for the tub which was outsourced. Next was the new sink/vanity combo. The rest was flooring, lighting, paint, wall supplies and finishing accessories.


A Bathroom Makeover Entails Refinishing The Walls With Wainscoting and Texture
Poor walls were quickly masked with the use of wainscoting. This "problem-solver" added an architectural element to the room that seemed fitting for the period detail of the vintage tub. Decorative molding caps it, adding more detail and charm to the space.

Economical Vinyl Tile Flooring Is Used In This Bathroom Makeover

Money and time was saved by utilizing self-adhesive vinyl flooring. This eco-option provides an expensive look due to its textured, travertine appearance, without the associated costs.

Note: To save time, the clawfoot tub was merely disconnected and strategically elevated from front to back as necessary to work beneath it.


I was especially pleased with how perfectly the repurposed wooden shutters worked as cabinet doors and coordinated with the other features in the space. It's amazing how the small, finishing details make the biggest impact. Plenty of storage and room for a mirror beneath the new lighting fixture.

Removing the bulky, old medicine chest/mirror/lighting combo really opened up the space, something you strive to do when remodeling small rooms.


The Completed, Updated Look For This Bathroom
A smaller sink and cabinet provides more width in the entry and a more open feel. Scale your items appropriately for the size of the space you are working with.

This bathroom makeover proves how very different a space can appear by primarily utilizing cosmetic updates. The bathroom before and after pictures speak volumes. If you need more assistance with your bathroom makeover project, visit my page on Bathroom Decorating Ideas. There you will find color ideas as well as styles and options you may want to consider. Best of luck to you during your makeover journey.








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