Small Bathroom Makeover

Small bathroom makeover - before and after sources

Last year, my husband and I moved to San Diego and purchased a new home. During our search, my top priorities were good light, privacy, and a backyard of some kind so we could garden (and of course have a safe place for future kiddos to play).

When I first saw our (now) home, I came close to removing it from our list of considerations because it felt really dark! There was terrible mismatched flooring and a muddy wall color that was not doing the space any favors. Let’s just say, things didn’t look very “clean.”

Luckily, I ended up changing my mind – our offer was accepted and we got a great deal on the home. Because we got a good deal, we were able to afford some simple renovations before moving in!

The first project was our small bathroom makeover. 

Small bathroom makeover - countertop and faucet upgrades

First, we painted the walls, cabinets, and trim a fresh coat of white (walls: Droplets (DEW381) by Dunn Edwards, trim and cabinets: White (DEW380) by Dunn Edwards).

We also replaced the countertops with a clean slab of quartz (Calcatta Vicneza Quartz via MSI Stone) and installed a new faucet (Banbury 4 in. Centerset 2-Handle Low-Arc Bathroom Faucet in Chrome via Home Depot).

Small bathroom makeover - flooring and hardware

Additionally, we replaced the old grungy tile with new white herringbone tile (Festival White Herringbone Porcelain Mosaic via Floor & Decor) and updated the hardware as well (Celeste Bar Pull Cabinet Handle Oil-Rubbed Bronze Solid Steel, 3″x4″). As you can see, the old hardware was installed poorly, so we had to drill a few new holes and still need to patch the old ones!

Small bathroom makeover - clean and white

While it certainly isn’t “perfect” or “finished” (saving up for accessories like a mirror, towel bar/hook, nicer hand towels, etc.), we’re pretty happy with the results!

If you’re curious, I linked all sources clearly below, and I also included a few links to some bathroom accessories I’m contemplating. If you have more suggestions, let me know!

How to Maintain a Clean Bathroom

Now that we have white tile floors and white grout, as well as pretty new quartz countertops, I want to make sure I properly take care of them so that they last a long time! Linked below are a few chemical-free solutions I have on hand in my portable cleaning supplies kit and use regularly to clean this room.

Grout Cleaner

Countertop Cleaner

Sink Cleaner

Mirror and Glass Cleaner

And just in case you live in a rental or an older home where plumbing might be a little backed up… here’s how to un-clog your sink.

Lastly, decorate with an air purifying plant and you’re good to go!

Bathroom Renovation Sources

There are so many decisions to be made when choosing finishes for a new home! This is a lot of pressure, especially because many of those decisions feel very “permanent” like flooring or countertops. On top of that, once demo begins these decisions have to be made quickly! Below are a few of the finishes we landed on, hopefully these small bathroom makeover resources are helpful.

Wall Paint Color: Droplets (DEW381) by Dunn Edwards

Trim & Cabinet Paint Color: White (DEW380) by Dunn Edwards

Faucet: Banbury 4 in. Centerset 2-Handle Low-Arc Bathroom Faucet in Chrome via Home Depot

Countertop: Calcatta Vicneza Quartz via MSI Stone

Cabinet Hardware: Celeste Bar Pull Cabinet Handle Oil-Rubbed Bronze Solid Steel, 3″x4″

Floor Tile: Festival White Herringbone Porcelain Mosaic via Floor & Decor

Bathroom Accessories Wish-List

There are a few accessories still on the wish-list (it’s expensive to fully furnish a home, and it’s just as expensive to prepare for a baby so we’re taking this part one step at a time!), linked below are a few items I am still considering.

Wall Mirror: Black Framed Wall Mirror by Darby Home Co via Wayfair

Towel Hook: Romilly Hook via Anthropologie (in silver and glass)

Hand Towel: Mediterranean Organic Guest Towel by Coyuchi (in alpine white)

Hanging Planter: Iron Hanging Pot via Anthropologie (also into this woven rattan hanging basket via Terrain)

Other Room Makeovers:

Living Room

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