This small bathroom remodel reveal is full of inspiration for a farmhouse-inspired, navy & neutral guest bathroom. Includes tips & sources.
I’m so happy to be here today to share our finished small bathroom remodel! I’ve been waiting for all the final pieces to arrive, and when they did, the room came together just like I imagined. There is one thing that I wish I would have done, that I talked myself out of, but I’ll get to that later. First, let’s start with the vanity wall.
Small Bathroom Remodel Reveal
Here is the 1960’s version:
This is what our bathroom looks like now, after a complete tear-out down to the studs:
I am completely in love with the cabinets. I looked and looked at ready-made vanities, but could not find the perfect style and color. Once I decided to go custom, everything else fell into place. They are a lovely shade of navy blue, and the gold hardware matches the lights and shelf brackets. I wanted to mix metals, so the gold is a nice break from the oil rubbed bronze. (All sources are listed at the end.)
I had my heart set on undermount sinks, but due to the narrow depth of the vanity space, there wasn’t enough room. The sinks are small, but they definitely do the job. I like that there is ample countertop space…much more than our previous vanity. I am very happy with the cultured granite as well. It’s super easy to keep clean, and we don’t have to worry about any type of maintenance.
On the other side of this small bathroom is the tub/shower combination. Here is what it looked like before:
And here is what it looks like now:
The new tub area is such a dramatic improvement over the previous version that it’s hard for me to put into words! Everything is such a pleasure to use. My favorite feature of the new tub is the niche on the back wall.
An unexpected perk of using cultured granite is that we were able to have slabs poured, that match the countertops, in any size we needed. I used cultured granite slabs for the niche surround, as well as the shelf. They give the niche a very clean look, and they were easy for my contractors to install.
Schluter Installation System for Tile
One aspect I didn’t know anything about before beginning this project was the necessity of a waterproofing system for the tub surround. My contractors recommended a tubkit by Schluter. This was one of the few things I did not order myself. They purchased it from a local tile business. It’s a complete water-proof and vapor-proof enclosure that provides a base for the tile, including the niche area. You can see it pictured in this post.
When it came to finishing off the space between the shower tile and the ceiling, I wasn’t sure what to do. I knew I did not want a raw edge of tile…so like I always do when I’m stumped, I turned to Pinterest. I found a few different methods that would have solved the problem, but when I saw crown molding, I was instantly sold. I love the way it looks!
The linen closet next to the shower is another feature that blew my expectations out of the water! It now has both form and function, which it definitely did not have before. The louvered doors were awful, and it was nearly impossible to access. Here is what it looked like before:
And here is what it looks like after the remodel:
I used my all-time favorite baskets from Pottery Barn to organize everything. They are the Savannah Seagrass baskets, and some of them are still empty, so there is room to grow. I will be sharing all the linen closet organization ideas in another post very soon.
Last but not least, is the floor. I never had any doubt that I would love it, but I did wonder if it would be too busy. I purposely kept all the other main features plain and void of pattern. The subtle stripe in the shower curtain works well because it has the same color tones as the tile. I initially tried a navy striped shower curtain, and the minute I hung it up, I knew it was wrong!
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Small Bathroom Remodel Sources
Cabinetry: KraftMaid Lyndale in Midnight (Purchased from a local building supply store.)
Countertop: Al-Co cultured granite in Sandstar
Main shower tile: Camila Beige II Polished Porcelain 12 x 24 tile
Shower penny tile & bullnose: Virginia Tile Expression (Gloss)
Shower border mosaic trim: Elida Ceramica Crackled Linear Silk Mosaic Wall Tile
Grout color: MAPEI Driftwood
Paint Color: click HERE
Bathtub: Maax Rubix 6030
Fixtures: All Oil Rubbed Bronze | Moen Dartmoor shower set | Moen Dartmoor sink faucets | Moen Dartmoor tank lever | Moen Dartmoor toilet paper holder | Moen Dartmoor towel ring | Moen Dartmoor robe hook |
Graber Faux Wood Shutters: purchased at Lowe’s
Shelves in closet & over toilet: Custom made by Fogarty Construction
Shelf brackets: Brass Scroll Bracket Set of 2
Accessories: shower curtain | soap & lotion bottles | hand towels | shower curtain rod | small blue pitcher | Savannah Small Seagrass Lidded Basket | plant holder with legs | blue candle | shampoo & conditioner | sea sponge | lavender bar soap | soap saver | basket on toilet | towels on door
I mentioned at the beginning that there was one thing I wish I would have done…and that’s some sort of shiplap or board and batten on the vanity wall. I had the perfect opportunity, but decided against it. Now that it’s finished, I do wish that wall wasn’t so plain. Another option is wallpaper, but I am not sure I can find something that works with the floor. So for now, that wall is staying like it is. I should not have second-guessed myself, and I should have tried to find money in the budget for the wall treatment. At the time, I was spending money right and left, and it seemed simpler to just let the idea go. This is my first whole room remodel ever, so this was a valuable lesson learned. I will know better for the next project, which is hopefully our kitchen!
The thing that surprised me the most about this whole small bathroom remodel is the fact that we didn’t have any unexpected issues or problems. Because the bathroom was so old, I was sure there would be some hidden catastrophe that would be expensive and time-consuming to fix. I feel very relieved and blessed that we didn’t have to deal with something like that.
I would like to thank Fogarty Construction for a job well done. These guys are the best…and it was a complete pleasure to have them in our home. Their work ethic, and attention to detail, is hard to find these days. They always listened to me, and personally, I think we made a good team!
In addition to this bathroom, we also renovated our little master bathroom. You can see the plan for that project HERE. We did this hallway bathroom first, followed by the master bathroom. I included some final thoughts and budget information for both spaces in the master bathroom reveal post.
Thank you so much for taking this journey with me. Until next time…