Bathroom Renovation

When we moved into our house just a little less than four years ago we started making some updates to it even though it's a rental. It was a win/win with our landlord, he would pay for the updates and we David would provide the labor. For the most part the updates have been cosmetic. Paint here, new fixture there. Nothing too crazy.

But then I had a baby and started to look at everything differently - especially the bathroom. So I thought I would ask our landlord if we could replace the bathroom flooring (VCT tile - yuck!) and the vanity with something a bit nicer. I totally thought he was going to say no, but I always ask....just in case. To my surprise he came back with a yes!

What was supposed to be a small project turned into a complete renovation. I am talking total gut  job. Turns out when David took out the tub and the shower surround he discovered we had a nasty case of dry rot. Luckily he knows how to replace it but that added on some time to our renovation schedule.
And while a lot of the updates we made we wouldn't necessarily choose in our own home one day (we did not tile the shower, instead kept with an adhesive backer. Choosing lower end finishes and such) it was a great learning experience for the both of us.

This bathroom is TINY so making it all fit and looking pretty (and staying within budget) were our main objectives! (Okay well making it look pretty was mine, everything else was David)
David again showed me how handy he is and I showed myself that doing a bathroom renovation when you only have ONE bathroom is a true test of patience and your marriage! Remember that surprise sprinkle I threw? Yes, the toilet was in my front yard about two hours prior to my guests arriving. What can I say we work well under pressure.

Like a total rookie - I have no before photos. But it was bad. Think formica counter tops, chipped tub, VCT tile and rubber baseboard.

Here is our after:

(before I changed everything on these Restoration Hardware inspired shelves)
I love the way it turned out and I am pretty sure our landlord will love the increased revenue it brings him when we move out! Plus there is something so satisfying about knowing your bare butt is the first one in a new tub! ;)

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18 comments

  1. Wow!! Looks amazing - can David come do our master bathroom please?? ;) It's been sitting roughed-in for like 2 years now haha I absolutely love all of your decor details! xx

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  2. Everything looks so great! I love the curtain and colour scheme that you chose - very light and airy!

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  3. You guys did an awesome job!! It doesn't even look like the same room! I'm checking out that shower curtain asap!

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  4. looks great! i love the flooring. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  5. It turned out great! Love all the little touches too :)

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  6. It looks so good! Isn't it wonderful being married to such a handy man? We are lucky women!

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  7. It looks awesome! I love how light and airy it looks and I'm digging those shelves. David is so handy! We will be headed for a bathroom reno within the next month. Our tiny master bath needs a face lift and we will be hiring a professional since my husband is not that handy. Lol.

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  8. Wonderful! I love it all, especially the shelves and the tile floor!!! I know what hard work it took!!!! Nona

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  9. You two did a great job!! Steven and I only have one (very tiny) bathroom too, so I totally understand the struggle!! We did a mini-renovation on it last year. What a pain!

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  10. It came out so pretty! Love the soft colors

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  11. Wow, how awesome that you get to remodel your rental! I just love the soft tones; it turned out perfectly!

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  12. You did such a good job!!! I love how light and airy it looks!

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  13. I love it! You have to post a DIY about those shelves, they are so awesome!

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  14. Great job, love those shelves.

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  15. Wow! It looks beautiful! So nice having a handy husband isn't it?! I'd love to see how you did the shelves as well! Great job!

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  16. Oh how lovely! We're getting ready to remodel our master bath so I've been on the lookout for inspiration! Love this!

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  17. Those shelves are amazing. More details please!

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