Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One

11 January

Today I have some updates at the rental cottage to share.


We've taken a break from the kitchen projects and are working in the bathroom and laundry room. I'm sharing what we've done so far in the bathroom in this post.


I would call most of these updates renter-friendly... if you've got a pretty lenient landlord πŸ˜‰


Since I'm the landlord and my daughter is the tenant, we have been working together to update the little cottage she rents from me to be something she loves AND something that will easily transition to a new renter or can be easily undone if she moves out. 


If you are new, you can read the story of how this came to be and see the empty house tour here: New Rental House Tour.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One

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Let me remind you what this bathroom looked like when I bought the house.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One

It doesn't look too bad it's just pretty boring right?


When I had the new floor put in the kitchen, dining, and laundry rooms, I opted not to have it installed in the bathroom because I knew we wanted to do something different in the bathroom.


We did some basic updates first and took care of things that needed replacement. We painted the walls with white from the Habitat Restore for $17 for a gallon and I installed some new shower fixtures and recaulked the tub and shower.


Here is what the old shower fixtures looked like. I don't know why the previous renter removed the old overflow cover and thought duct tape was an appropriate replacement. I mean, why wouldn't you just call your landlord to fix it? πŸ€”


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One

And here are the new fixtures I chose. This is Pfister Rancho in Matte Black and the overflow cover is Westbrass. Since I took this picture, my daughter has worked really hard to get that hard water stain out of the bottom of the tub and it looks even better now!


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


There is no way to access the part that is inside the wall to be able to install the new handle so I did have to reuse the old one. I changed the backplate though and purchased a new centerpiece that indicates the hot/cold direction.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


I also had to leave the old white gasket thing... #oldhouseproblems, *sigh* πŸ˜’


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One

I replaced the toilet because the tank on the old one cracked while I was trying to figure out why the flusher wasn't working correctly. My boyfriend and I replaced it and found that it wasn't installed correctly (even before my parents owned it).


I replaced the old shower curtain rod with a new curved rod. I swear by a curved shower curtain rod, it makes the shower feel so much larger!


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


I added some hooks for towels or robes (I don't like bars) since there wasn't any place to hang up towels except over the rod.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One

Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


Next, we tackled the door situation. There was no door in the bathroom. I was standing in the dining room, looking through the laundry room when I took this picture of my daughter... you can see the problem here right?!


There is also a window behind me that looks right over to the neighbor's yard.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


A regular swinging door would not be ideal because it would open right up against the tub which would be awkward and clumsy... most likely why it was removed in the first place.


So, I used the old hollow core door which was in the garage, and made it into a sliding door! I used the Skysen 6 ft. Barn Door Hardware Kit.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


I want to add some pieces on both sides to widen it a little bit and I need to get a handle. We will also be sprucing it up in a future post.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


Now that we have done the necessary things, the fun part can start!


Remember the wallpaper accent wall we did in the kitchen? Check it out here if you missed it: Kitchen Updates at the Cottage. Well, I ordered a second wallpaper design at the same time for the bathroom.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


It's the Bits of Stars design from Love vs. Design. If you haven't seen their wallpapers yet, they are so cool, you can make them any color you want! You can read more about them in the kitchen post that I shared above.


We chose to only do the end wall as an accent wall.


We also painted all the trim in the bathroom the same color as most of the walls in the house, Studio Clay by Behr.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


The vanity that is in this bathroom is kind of large for the space but I didn't want to replace it because my daughter desperately needs lots of bathroom storage space! This girl is a hair and makeup fanatic! But it was an old oak vanity and very worn with knobs that were gold with oak inserts, very dated. So we chose to paint it, knobs and all!


First, we wiped it all down and removed the drawers.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


You can see from this drawer that there were a lot of scratches and worn finish.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


The color is not the same as the bathroom trim but dang close!


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


Two coats later and with "new" knobs and hinges spray painted black, we have what feels like a brand-new vanity!


The rug is a Goodwill find (still new with the tags) for $6.99.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


It even helped the ugly sink fit in a little better. I am on the lookout for one at the Habitat store though because the sink bowl is pretty chipped up.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


Once that was finished, we moved on to the floor. My daughter wanted Saltillo tiles but I wasn't willing to go with actual tiles. It would have been a lot more expensive and labor-intensive, we would have had to rent a tile saw too.


So we hunted for peel-and-stick Saltillo tiles but we had a really hard time finding any. We finally found some she liked on the Shien website and while I really didn't want to order from them considering all the bad stuff I've heard about them, we did it anyway and crossed our fingers. It's their Hexagon Floor Stickers if you are looking for something like this.


As you can see, they come in packages of several different shades of pink. Here we were just laying them out to see how best to install them.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


Here's a shot of that shiny new toilet with the wallpaper accent wall and new floor 😁


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


The peel-and-stick floor tiles were surprisingly nice and easy to install, no tile saw required.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


When we received the tiles in the mail, my daughter was a little hesitant about them but once we got them installed, she loved them.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


Now we are focusing on extra storage. There isn't any in this bathroom except the vanity which has four small drawers and the medicine cabinet. There also isn't a linen closet anywhere in the house.


We stopped in a local antique shop one day and saw this tall, skinny shelf they were using for a salt and pepper display and discovered that it was the perfect size for the small area next to the vanity.


Luckily they agreed to sell it to us for $40! It makes perfect use of an otherwise wasted space.


Once we got it in there though, it was such a tight fit that now I can't get it back out without removing the window trim (you can see where we still have to touch up the paint on the window trim that got scuffed up) so this it where it permanently lives now πŸ˜‚


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


Then, I found an old kitchen cupboard out in the garage and thought if we removed the door, it would be a great place to store even more towels at the other end of the vanity.


I filled the holes where the hinges were and now we just need to paint it.


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


That's where we are leaving off for part one of this inexpensive bathroom update.


This update was under $600 and it would be much less if you don't need new shower fixtures and a new toilet.


We have to finish up that cabinet and figure out what we want to do to the new sliding door, and we have some more extra storage ideas, decor, and a DIY tile backsplash coming soon!


Inexpensive Bathroom Updates - Part One


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  1. You have done an amazing job (as usual) in turning this into something unique and beautiful. I'm really impressed with those floor tiles and will be checking into them more. Great job!!

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  2. Wow, great job, Tania, a lot of issues solved. I can't wait to see what else you do with it!

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  3. It's SO cute! I love all the updates, especially the floor!

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  4. It's looking amazing! Painting the cabinet really brightened it up and made it look bigger.

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  5. I love how the bathroom is looking so far, and those floor tiles are fabulous. It's amazing what a little paint will do... the vanity unit looks amazing. Looking forward to seeing the rest of it.

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