House Party: Bathrooms

15 Jan

House Party

Two! We have two bathrooms.  We’re very excited about that, if you can’t tell.  Especially after sharing a 5ft x 7ft bathroom at the apartment for 4 years.  They were both in need of love.  So to cut costs, we pretty much made them identical.

The Master Bath

This room is such a disappointment. It’s huge!  But it has the smallest shower I’ve ever seen. Seriously, I think a cruise ship shower is bigger.  And the layout does not maximize space.  We had a contractor come to give us an estimate about converting the shower to something better, but he never called back.  Maybe he was scared of all the wallpaper?  (Four different patterns in the same room) Then we had a plumber (who was here anyway…) give some advice, and gave us a quote to convert the shower to a full tub (which sounds heavenly to me), but the Hubs wasn’t on-board, so we trudged forward working with what we’ve got…for now.



Things Done:

  • Flooring. The same we used in other spaces of the house.  A happy accident that we happened to have just enough leftover to fit this space.  Since it’s an adult space, we’re not worried about laminate in the bathroom. So far, so good.
  • Painted cabinets
  • Removed weird lip on vanity top
  • Painted vanity
  • New vanity top
  • New hinges and knobs on vanity doors
  • New faucet
  • Removed wallpaper
  • Removed wall tile
  • Installed wainscoting
  • Painted wainscoting
  • New baseboard trim
  • Painted all trim
  • Removed shower door
  • Used Rustoleum Tub and Tile on shower stall
  • New showerhead (which was harder than it seems)
  • Caulked everything
  • New toilet lid (we kept the toilet–it was in good shape)
  • Painted two doors (yes, two.  I don’t like having two entrances, but it’s a point of contention between me and Hubby.)
  • New hinges and doorknobs
  • Painted the walls
  • New light switches, outlets, and covers
  • Removed florescent lighting (fixed completely rigged electrical)
  • Installed new lighting (which we hate, so it’s probably going to get Craigslisted and replaced)
  • Built custom frame around the mirror
  • Painted floor vents


  • Replace vanity light
  • Replace  ceiling light
  • Clean up caulk in a few random places
  • Finish patching and painting wall by light
  • Wall hooks for storage

All-in-all, not too much left!

The Hall Bath

This house must have a been quite the party house in it’s day.  Pink tub. Yellow tile.  Orange wallpaper.  All in the same room.  Lucky for us <–sarcasm! we didn’t know about the orange wallpaper until we lived here a few weeks…it had been painted over.  Fun. Fun. Times.



We weren’t going to work on this room right away…then someone flooded the toilet.  With carpet.  And I didn’t know about it until the next day.  So needless to say I ripped the carpet up immediately.  Nothing like dragging soggy poopy carpet through the house, on your own, during your only 30 minutes of free time during the day. Yay!

We also had a plumbing issue the day we moved in. Thankfully, Hubby tackled it like a champ.

Things Done:

  • Removed carpet (eew)
  • Removed vanity
  • Removed wall tile
  • Removed wall paper
  • Removed florescent light
  • Removed wall mirror
  • Replaced toilet
  • Installed pedestal sink
  • New mirror
  • Installed new vanitylight (lurve it!)
  • Installed new ceiling light and fan
  • Painted walls
  • Installed wainscoting
  • Painted wainscoting
  • New baseboard trim
  • Painted trim
  • New flooring (it’s laminate floor tile. Cheap, easy to install, looks GREAT, and easy to replace after potty training a boy. Ha!)
  • Painted the door
  • New hinges and doorknob

To Do:

  • Mount mirror
  • Finish patching and painting walls by vanity light
  • Make-white the shower. Ha.  We’re still waiting to see how the Rustoleum Tub and Tile holds up before we do it in this bathroom.
  • New shower curtain
  • Wall art (kid-friendly)
  • Paint floor vent

We’re so happy to have both of these spaces “done”.  A few cosmetic things here and there, but nothing too frustrating.  And we did it all ourselves, which is kind of mind-blowing.  Well, if I’m honest, I think Hubs did everything except paint and caulk.  He told me if I’m not careful the neighbors are going to think I’m having an affair with Bob Villa. 🙂

6 Responses to “House Party: Bathrooms”

  1. Megan Sloan July 10, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Thanks for commenting on my blog! I love the bathroom makeovers and especially love the bead board.

  2. Lauren July 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    beautiful job! how has the rustoleum held up? Im planing on doing the same in my stand-up, outdated, yellow tiled shower.

    • Ashley Niehaus July 25, 2013 at 8:00 am #

      Hi, Laurent! It’s holding up well–it’s been a year (or more–I can’t remember now), and it still looks brand new. I don’t use harsh chemicals or rough sponges to clean it, usually just some Mrs Meyers & a brush. We’re thinking about doing the tub in the other bathroom now.

  3. Sis February 13, 2015 at 9:31 pm #

    Great jo

  4. Sis February 13, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

    Great job! 😃 I’m going to do this. The fact that it’s held up is something no one else talked about.


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