Small Bathroom Remodel Update

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This small bathroom remodel update shows the progress we’ve made, and it gives a first look at the flooring and cabinets!

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Our bathroom project is coming right along…so I wanted to show you some progress pictures. Since I have never attempted anything like this before, I have found the process very interesting. And oh so exciting! This small bathroom remodel update includes pictures I took with my iPhone, that show the progression of the different zones in the bathroom. So far, there have been no problems and no delays…which honestly blows my mind. I thought for sure there would be some enormous hidden issue, but so far, so good. 

To see what the original bathroom looked like, click {HERE.}

Small Bathroom Remodel Update

The Vanity Wall

The demolition took a little over a day, and everything was torn out down to the studs. Since everything was staying in its original location, no pipes or drains had to be moved. New wiring was added for the lights, outlets, and light switches. After that, the drywall was hung and painted. The next steps went very quickly. In one day, the vanity and counters were installed, along with the faucets. The next day the lighting went up, along with the mirrors. 

bathroom remodel vanity wall studs

bathroom remodel vanity wall drywall

small bathroom remodel double vanity installed

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The Tub Wall

The bulkhead over the tub was removed, and the added height makes the bathroom seem so much bigger. The new tub went in, and then the exhaust fan was installed. After that, it was time for the waterproofing system, and then the tile. I love the way the border turned out, and I am very happy with the niche. We ordered matching slabs of cultured granite for the niche surround and shelf. Here are the sources for the tile:


bathroom remodel tub corner studs

bathroom remodel tub installed

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I looked and looked for a border for the penny tile. Pencil liner tiles are beautiful, but very pricey. I finally found the perfect solution at my local Lowe’s. I purchased mosaic sheets, that we cut apart to make rows. The rows of tiles are two different heights, so to eliminate waste, we are using one size in this hallway bath, and the other size in the master bath. 

mosaic tile for border

The Linen Shelves

Even though this entire bathroom is a big transformation, the biggest surprise has been the size of these linen shelves. When finished, the four shelves will be 42 inches wide, and 24 inches deep. I’m looking around for baskets & accessories, and am so looking forward to setting up this space. 

small bathroom remodel linen closet

The Floor

The floor tile, in my opinion, makes the biggest statement. I absolutely love the way it looks. Even though it’s neutral in color, the design adds so much interest, and it makes the navy vanity really pop. I chose a MAPEI grout color called Driftwood from Lowe’s. I have seen many bloggers who feature home renovations agonize over the grout color decision. This was probably the easiest decision I had to make. I knew I wanted the darkest color possible, and I was able to match the darker neutral perfectly. We opted for very narrow grout lines, so along with the dark color, I am optimistic that it will wear well. 

Glazzio Tile – Amalfi Coast Collection – Color: Vidal Burano

small bathroom remodel update floor tile navy vanity

We’re waiting on the pieces of granite for the niche, and the shutters for the window. When everything is installed and in place, I will be back to share the reveal, along with a complete list of sources. This leg of the renovation has gone very smoothly…I am hoping the rest of it does as well!

August 2020: We’re finished! See the beautiful reveal HERE.

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  1. Jeanie Nichols says:

    Everything looks beautiful!

  2. What a very pretty transformation! I love your color combinations. I didn’t see the source for the door handle in the first picture. Could you please tell me where you purchased it? Thank you!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hello! That is actually not a door handle. It’s the handle to the sink faucet. Thank you!

  3. SueB of Blondin Blogs says:

    I LOVE the bathroom to date, especially that flooring tile you selected. I also like the shaker style cabinets and navy looks great here. I’ve been thinking of going with a quilt-like floor tile myself, and yours is stunning! I’m looking forward to your final reveal after your final pieces arrive!

  4. The bath is looking great. Love, Love, Love the floor tile! can’t wait to see the finished product! I bet you are so excited!

  5. I completely agree with using a dark grout to hide stains. We used driftwood toned plank type tile in our FL condo, and the darker grout color is so practical. Your new floor is dramatic indeed!

  6. Georgia Bingham says:

    Looking good! Love your color combinations. So excited for you…

  7. Sheila DelCharco says:

    Simply beautiful!!

  8. I love your color combination of tan and navy. We are redo-ing our master bath. It’s name is deceiving as it’s not all that big. We have started with our shower and floor and are working on which tile to use. Thank you for sharing. What is your wall color please?

  9. Linda Sangirardi says:

    Hi Ann,
    Your bathroom redo is looking great! I love the color combo! We have THE world’s smallest bathroom as we live in an I older home. Can’t wait to see the finished room!

  10. Mary Alice Kenley says:

    I love this–great progress! We have our house on the market, and I’ve chosen this same tile for a spot in my bathroom: On the mirror wall! I’ve never put floor tiles on a wall before, but it can’t hurt to try.

  11. 5 stars
    Ann- thank you for sharing your progress. It is so exciting to see a project that you have poured your heart and soul into coming to life. Finally step by step it all comes together and you stop second guessing your selections and decisions. Your selections are beautiful an your guests will have a beautiful bathroom to use. It is so rewarding when a project is done. Kudos to you for all your hard work!

  12. Susan Rand says:

    What a surprise when I saw your bath tub surround tile. I just finished a bathroom redo and it is the same tile that I used. Love your floor tile also. I stuck with the bath tub surround tile on my floor as I’m selling the house soon. I’m excited to see your end result.

  13. Tricia Ann Rieger says:

    5 stars
    Looks terrific- can’t wait to see the final presentation!!!

  14. SUSAN RAPONE says:

    Can’t wait to see your Linen Shelves! Love open shelving in Bathrooms, as supplies are out in the open for guests and no feels as though they are snooping for towels, tissues etc.
    I absolutely love your color scheme, and the tile with the navy vanity looks clean, crisp, and neat!
    Keeping a close eye out for the total reveal!

  15. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    So pretty, Ann! I love your color palette and that floor is gorgeous! I’m sure you love your beautiful new bathroom!

  16. Diane M Wicks says:

    It looks beautiful! I can’t wait to see the final project.

  17. It’s so beautiful!! I’m happy for you!

  18. jane Lund says:

    Absolutely beautiful, thank you for sharing the process. Can’t wait for the reveal!

  19. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Ann, your bathroom is really looking nice! Just love the décor choices you have made. They all go together so beautifully. You are going to be so happy with everything once it’s finished.

    Hang in there!

  20. Thank you for taking us along your remodel journey. So happy to see and hear that things have gone smoothly!

  21. Martha Cluff says:

    It is absolutely beautiful. Enjoy!

  22. Carol Perloff says:

    Love the look you’re creating here. Could you please tell me where you got the navy vanity? It would work well with a tile I’m considering for my bathroom redo. Thanks!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Carol…the vanity is KraftMaid. I ordered it from a local building supply store. The doors are shaker style, and the color is Midnight. I hope this helps!

  23. Oh I love the tile and different patterns. I think the bathroom will be lovely. Congratulations Jean

  24. So exciting! Happy for you!

  25. Jane Yearwood says:

    Love love all your choices! It looks wonderful. Would you mind sharing where your mirror is from?

  26. It looks amazing! Can’t wait to see all the final pictures. Great choices!

  27. Vicki Bray says:

    Oh my gosh – that floor is stunning!! The tile is very nice, as well as the colors – love navy!

    Wonderful job – Thanks for showing us the progress!

  28. Ann…I love the floor tile! I know you can’t wait for it to be done but it will be amazing. You had said you wanted to redo your kitchen….we are in the middle of that right now. My advice is to find some place to stay while it’s being done! It’s 10 times worse than a bathroom!

  29. Robin Carley says:

    We are in the midst of our master bathroom remodel. It’s been 5 weeks so far and I’m hoping only 1-2 more weeks to go! We have a very small crew of mainly 2 guys and sometimes the owner steps in to do some minor work like exhaust fan installation/help place new can lighting through our attic space above this room. We uncovered one issue of a water leak around our old acrylic block window and were grateful there wasn’t more damage. That meant ordering a new window and a little reframing but didn’t really add time to the project. I’ve taken pictures and shared on FB and IG so my friends and family can watch the progress to. It’s been fun to document the changes along the way versus just showing the before and after. It’s taken us 20 years to get to this point and we are making changes to prepare for our next 20 years by building a walk in shower, using slip resistant tile floor and raising the vanity a few inches.
    This week will be fast and full with lots of changes including the grouting of the shower floor/walls, shower glass and marble vanity installation and start painting! I’m ready to use it and quit having to be a nomad making treks to the bathroom off the kitchen (thank goodness we were wise to put a shower in there when we built our house in 1999!) Also ready for my house to be clean and organized! During this pandemic we have painted the laundry room, the bathroom we are currently using and the kitchen! Also had one of our sons move back home into our guest room for 2 months while his job was shut down. Whew! I’m ready to enjoy the fruits of our labor! One nice perk has been that we were able to have 2 smaller vanities cut out of the same marble we chose for our master bathroom so those areas will be getting a little upgrade too!
    Thanks for sharing your project, it’s lovely and very relatable right now❤️

  30. Beautiful transformation. Can’t wait to see the finished product. Clever way to use the mosaic to get your border

  31. Charlotte Farley says:

    I love the colors of your bathroom. It will be beautiful when it’s finished. I look forward to the final reveal.

  32. Lots of progress,I love the floor with the contrast of the blue vanity.I’m sure you can’t wait till it’s finished !!

  33. Shirley Graham says:

    The bathroom looks great! I love the floor & am looking forward to seeing all the rest. Have fun!!

  34. jeannette says:

    Wow gorgeous choices Ann!

  35. Cheryl Tracy says:

    Looks beautiful! Love the navy and neutrals!

  36. Mary from Virginia says:

    It’s really looking good! Love your selections!

  37. I love the floor tile you chose! It looks beautiful. Your idea for cutting up the mosaic tile to create the border was genius! I never would have thought of that but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for the update, I’m looking forward to the reveal.

  38. I can tell this is going to be lovely. I really like your decorating style. Beautiful but warm and welcoming.

  39. Love this…it looks great and I love what you picked out and your style…thanks for sharing!

  40. I love your choices- they are both timely and timeless. Thank you for teaching me that the darkest grout on the floor is what you want.
    Can’t believe I did not think of that. And having it thin is the perfect combination to keep your floor looking clean through the years.
    Can’t wait for the reveal!

  41. 5 stars
    I am in love with everything you chose for your bathroom remodel.

  42. Gorgeous!! I love all of the choices you made! Navy and neutral are some of my favorite combinations and you have showcased them to perfection! Love your blog, too.

  43. Wow!!! Can’t wait to see the finished bathroom!! Gorgeous 👍

  44. Oh it’s lovely. Can’t wait to see the finished bath.
    You must be so excited to finish.
    Much love,

  45. Very nice, I appreciate the update!

  46. 5 stars
    You’re new bathroom is going to be BEAUTIFUL! Can’t wait for the reveal. Hope everything continues to go smoothly.

  47. Wow! That’s quite a transformation. Everything looks great!

  48. Grand Pam says:

    Your lovely taste and talent have combined to make a stunning bath.

  49. It’s coming along beautifully! And you’re so lucky that you haven’t had any problems! Can’t wait to see the reveal!

  50. Ellen Sorce says:

    Your floor is to die for!!! Sophisticated, stylish and a major upgrade! Love it!

  51. Would love to see before and after pics!!

  52. 5 stars
    Always enjoy your posts. Your recipes are easy to follow and I rarely mess them up!

  53. I love this look! Beautiful job! Can you tell me a little about the cabinet-where did you find it and what color navy paint is it?
    Thanks for sharing.

  54. Your bathroom is perfect and I can’t wait to see the finished product. I am sure you are thrilled to have this project nearing the end. Love your blog. It is all so appropriate for everyday living.

  55. I love your choices. Here’s a bit of a hint for anyone contemplating a new bathroom. Our daughter and her husband purchased a 100 year old Craftsman home a couple of years ago. She is a busy professional, but also quite a designer in her own right, and she does all sorts of home projects, including doing her own electrical, plumbing, etc. She decided to redo their main floor powder room. Everything is new, except the floor. The previous owner had installed ceramic tiles that were still in perfect shape – except for the color. Our daughter had a stencil made that is the same size as the tile. She painted the entire floor white, then stenciled it in black. She has put on 3 coats of a protective clear stain. It looks fabulous, is holding up well, and the cost was minimal. It not only saved money, but it saved time going out and shopping for flooring and also removing the old tile. They have 2 young children and time is at a premium. It’s an option that might be worth looking into for anyone wanting to redo a floor without a complete tear out.

  56. Karla Bannerman says:

    Love the redo. I did my downstairs bathroom two years ago. My daughter and son in law helped. He tore out the shower, flooring and wall where needed. He then put in a new shower and replaced the toilet. Daughter took cabinets and medicine cabinet and refinished, spraying them a smoky gray. The floor tile is a wood grain in charcoal gray and lighter grays.. Love it still.

    Enjoy your new space.