Yes. I’m still here alive and well. While I’m all chatter chatter over on Instagram, I’m finding it harder and harder to post here. We’ve been so busy getting the house ready for sale (oh yes, we’re selling our house. more on that later) that, while I’ve shared the progress on IG, the blog has been sorely neglected. But I’m back today to show you our small bathroom makeover! Ready to take a look?
Here’s a little before ‘magic’ for you. The bathroom was, in brutally honest words, depressing. The wood was so overpowering for such a small space and everything was just so busy and cluttered. My main objective was to buy back space with a smaller, wall hung vanity and swap everything for cleaner lines and less visual clutter.
Much better. We opted for a simple grey and white palette with touches of pink. The biggest job was painting the bathtub tile surround. While it was worth the results, I will warn you that this stuff is NASTY. Even though I was wearing a respirator mask and we stayed with my parents for a few nights, I was sick for several days and dizzy for weeks afterward due to the fumes. In addition to a mask and leaving your house, I highly recommend you get a good ventilation system going before doing any tile paint work.
I really wanted to do a geometric tiled floor, but we decided to keep it simple to appeal to a wider market for selling. Our main priority was solving some storage issues. Having kids means needing a stool in the bathroom so they can wash their hands. But with a smaller bathroom, that takes up valuable floor space. So we opted for wall hanging the IKEA Godmorgon / Odensvik 24″ vanity. That way, we could store the step stool underneath when not in use but still have plenty of functional storage with two drawers.
Overall, our bathroom makeover looks very similar to the inspiration post. Other work included paint, custom cabinets (painting the heavily varnished originals was no good), and a few styling items. The biggest cost was the vanity at about $400CAD with the entire makeover costing just over $800. Not bad for such a dramatic impact I say!