Hey guys! I missed your (virtual) faces! 😉 I hope you all had a great Christmas and a fantastic start to the New Year! I was sick during most all of the holidays and have had the hardest time kicking whatever I had. After two doctor visits, various over the counter meds, three different prescription cough meds and one antibiotic, I am finally back to normal. I hope you guys fared better the last few weeks!
I wanted to kick off the new year with something good, so I’ve been saving this half-bath remodel in my back pocket for the last couple of months. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen a sneak preview of this space.
This bathroom was the one space that completely grossed me out when we first bought the 70’s Landing Pad.
I still shudder a little when I look at that before photo. This bathroom is just so tiny and everything in it was gross. It gave me the heebie jeebies.
The heebie jeebies have now been banished though.
The Half-Bath Remodel
*You’ll have to excuse the not-so-fantastic photos. There is zero natural light in this area of the house.
Everything needed to come out of this space. The toilet didn’t work, the sink wasn’t great, the laminate flooring was disgusting and 1995 had called to get back their oak cabinet and accessories (which I happily obliged). I really wanted to be able to do this remodel for no more than $1000. Honestly, I would have preferred to be able to do it for $500, but I knew that was unrealistic since we did have to replace the toilet, sink, flooring, etc. Those things took up a huge chunk of the budget. All of the decorative things like the mirror, art, etc. had to be cheap. Luckily for those things, my thrift stores came through for me! We ended up coming in at $906 for the whole shebang and I’m pleased with that, given the complete overhaul the space needed.
I handed over the reigns to Grunt Labor decide for the general style and elements in this bathroom. He picked out the flooring and came up with the idea for the wood wainscoting on the walls (I’ll have a tutorial on those soon) and I think both of those things really just make the space.
We both wanted a pedestal sink for in here and had to find the tiniest one we could so that it would fit in here. I was very excited when I found this one because it was petite, still had great lines and was less than $150! Same thing with the toilet – we had to find the smallest one we could to fit in the space and this one fit the bill at $100. Because of the space issue, I found a toilet paper holder that could be mounted vertically and then also put it farther up and away from the toilet than usual so people’s knees wouldn’t hit it. We already had the framed art.
When we packed up some things at my in-laws before their move, I found these old wrestling figures of Grunt’s. They were headed for the trash, but I just couldn’t let them go. #packrat For his birthday, I made this simple display case for them and surprised him with it. I mean, who wouldn’t want to do their business while Sting is cheering them on?
We went with a black nickel faucet to tie in with the black walls. This was the first time I had even looked at a black nickel finish and I have to say that I really love it!
The mirror was a $7 thrift store find that I painted. The red animal head decor pieces were also thrift store finds – I got both of them for $1 – and then spray painted them a bright red. I’m not 100% sure that the towel holder is actually a towel holder, but that’s what I’m making it. I found it at an antique store for $3. It’s basically two open rings held together by a piece of leather. I just nailed it to the wall and added a bright red hand towel to tie in with those animal heads.
The light fixture was a bit of a splurge. Grunt Labor didn’t know exactly what he wanted, so I gathered some ideas and this fixture was one of them. Like I said earlier, this space has zero natural light, so we needed something that would really light up the space. This fixture is usually around $300, but I found an open box of it at Lamps Plus Open Box store and saved a little over $50 on it that way.
We did all the labor on this space ourselves. Grunt installed the tile, the sink and the wood wainscoting, he and Nicky set the toilet, and I did all the painting and staining, so we saved some money that way too.
I really love how the bathroom turned out and I think it ties in nicely with the Jungle Room, which is just outside of the bathroom.
What do you think?
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