Tiny Bathroom Makeover on a Budget

There's nothing like a deadline to make you stop procrastinating, eh? When we bought our house more than 6 years ago, a really ugly cabinet that goes over the toilet came with the house. I vowed to get rid of it. And then one year passed. And two years. And three years. And, well, you get the picture. Cabinet was still there. Then last month, we decided we were really serious about selling our house so we needed to get serious about de-uglifying the bathroom!

The bathroom is a really small space - about 5 feet by 5 feet. No storage other than the ugly cabinet. And no decor that we've loved.


This is the only before picture I've got. But really, this little half bath is so tiny, that's pretty much the gist of the whole thing. You can see part of the pedestal sink there. And part of the mirror. Both of these were fine but the walls needed some love and there wasn't much decor - other than that ugly cabinet



The first thing I did after disassembling and removing the cabinet was paint. I used paint from Colorhouse. Colorhouse is hands down my favorite brand of interior paint. It is zero-VOC (even when colored!) and non-toxic. It has no smell. It does not off gas. And the coverage is brilliant! I painted the trim and door with Bisque .02 - an off-white with the slightest hint of grey. Then I made a custom mix paint with the Colorhouse paint and some leftover grey primer I had from painting my dining room to paint the walls. This created a pretty, light grey-blue shade that I painted the walls with.

Wall Art
The GROW and LOVE signs above the toilet and then on the wall opposite the toilet are from Fat Dog Farms, a small family farm in Oregon. They are made with old barn boards, stenciled with letters and rocks added for the O. I've had several people ask me about purchasing these signs. Right now, they only sell signs locally, but if you send them a message via Facebook and offering to pay for shipping, you might be able to work something out with them. 

Sink Accessories 
 Next to the sink, we have a few necessities.  From left to right:
  • Small bud vase with a hydrangea from our yard. To keep this from falling or getting knocked down by a clumsy five year old, it's secured with Museum Putty (amazing stuff!). The bottle is an empty Sweet Drops bottle.
  • Candle. Also secured with Museum Putty. I put this candle in here because it is the right color but we don't burn it. My favorite non-toxic candles are from Vineyard Hill Naturals and if I weren't in a hurry to get this bathroom finished, I would have purchased one from them. Love them. Check them out.
  • Mason jar soap pump. Click here for the tutorial. It is very easy. It looks a little green because the soap looks a little yellow. 
  • Bee towel. I made this towel last year and it is still holding up really well! Click here to see the tutorial.

Overall, I'm really happy with how everything turned out!

This photo courtesy of Travis Stanley with Travisstanley.com. Used with Permission.

Plus it was super affordable. I spent no money on this project because I shopped my home, used leftovers from other projects or bartered (I bartered for the GROW sign). But even if you were to do something similar without the ability to shop your home, the total cost would only come to about $100. For a bathroom makeover, that's pretty good!

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  1. i love how you opened up your tiny bathroom by removing that cabinet over the toilet. the soap dispenser is my favorite! i love blues and greens together, the yellow soap was perfect! great job, it's clean and serene...:)


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