DIY Bathroom Remodel

LAST UPDATED: Jan 12, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Aug 23, 2012 | By:

When we purchased out home, we decided that the first project we were going to tackle ourselves was the half bath.  It’s the only bath on the main level, and, well, we were excited and full of energy!  Here’s a little of our diy bathroom remodel. It was relatively simple!

A bathroom with wooden floors and white walls.

As you can see, it was a dark, small space.   We knew we wanted to open it up, so we immediately removed the oversized “luxury” toilet and full vanity with the wall to wall countertop.  To make the space feel even larger, we removed the cabinet doors.  After all, you don’t need to store much in a half bath.

A bathroom with wood walls and wood windows

My original intent was to save the paneling and paint it bright white, but it was damaged heavily due to the countertop removal and there was a large hole that would have been exposed with the new sink.  We removed the paneling, sanded and painted the walls in Rhinestone from Sherwin Williams and then had new hardwoods put in.

Blue flowers with a white wall behind it

We added a chair rail where the paneling was.  I love fresh flowers anywhere in my home, but if I have just one place to put them, it’s in the bath.  It’s a little unexpected surprise.

Silver sink hardware

When I do any project, I’ll budget most of my pieces and splurge on one item.  Above is the Pegasus faucet I couldn’t live without and I’m glad I splurged on.

A white sink and small oval mirror
I found the mirror above at a fraction of the price from the same one {including same dimensions} at  Pottery Barn.  I quickly returned it to save $60.  I selected a pedestal sink to open the space and make it feel significantly larger.  I also chose a much smaller toilet.  Chris installed both!
A bathroom with white appliances and white walls, as well as wooden floors.
A sink with silver hardware and handsoap to the side.
If there is one place in your home you splurge on hand soap, I recommend that bath that guests will use most.  Again, it’s the little things that are memorable.  I love Herbs of Provence from Caldrea and Lavender Mrs. Myers.
A white picture frame with a picture of a pink flower inside.
I created the artwork above for $5 – frame {Michael’s} and all!  The hydrangea prints are free printables from Graphics Fairy.
A white picture frame with a picture of a white flower inside.
Nestled on the open shelving, which we painted bright white, is the hydrangea “art” framed, baskets to store hand towels and toilet paper for convenience and my mint julep cup collection, for lack of a better place to store them.  Not shown?  The princess potty fits snuggly below.
A metal basket with a white towel inside.
I purchased the baskets with a Crate and Barrel gift card, but I believe they were just $13!
A bathroom with white appliances and white walls, as well as wooden floors.
Faucet $139
Mirror $40
Pedestal Sink $350
Toilet $130
Paint $60
Towel Hook $7
Toilet Paper Holder $10
$736 Bathroom Remodel!  I love coming in under budget {$1,000}.  I might just spend a little of that on making a roman shade for the window, but I love all the light and we have complete privacy.  I couldn’t be happier with the room! {See the latest update here.}