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How Do You Make a Small Bathroom Seem Big? You Remodel It Yourselves!

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Read all the details on how we remodeled a tiny bathroom, added 3 feet more space and gutted everything but the tub and toilet. Projects include new shower tile, painted bathtub, fence board shelves and cabinet, bead board, new plumbing and fixtures, a repurposed old window and thrifty accessories.
Cost: $2000 Difficulty: Advanced
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Complete homeowner/blogger DIY project (minus the plumbing) in outdated small bathroom.
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Repurposed fence board bathroom cabinet with dollar store baskets with new vessel sink and faucet.
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Cabinet is left open so that plumbing is still accessible. Guest towels available in yard sale baskets.
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Before and After : Bead board paneling, repurposed fence board cabinet and blue dollar store baskets. Also scrapbook paper used on old repurposed bathroom cabinet door fronts.
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Bathroom enlarged by 3 feet and hidden shelving installed by cutting into sheetrock and adding custom built shelves with plastic baskets to store bathroom necessities.
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Closeup of storage carved out from sheetrock. These shelves are so narrow that these are the only organizers that would work in this space.
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$2 CD rack turned on its side for bathroom towels storage and decorative element.
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Old window used as a mirror and medicine cabinet door.
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Before and After of the shower that was gutted down to the tub, plumbing/leakage issues fixed (only professional work done), new floor, beadboard and decor.
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Shower was tiled using Bondera adhesive and tub painted, both by homeowner.

To see more: http://www.martysmusings.net/2013/07/small-bathroom-remodel.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Jessica Eckman
    Jessica Eckman Lancaster, PA

    love it, while im a renter, I cant do all to my bathroom, I could definitely do some of the things.

    • Marty's Musings
      Marty's Musings Greensboro, NC

      @Jessica Eckman Good luck Jessica! I hope some of these ideas work for you!

  • The Golden Sycamore

    I love all the new storage! Beautiful job!

  • Focal Point Hardware

    Well done!

  • Denise
    Denise Marengo, IA

    Some great uses of space, but how are you going to access the toilet tank for repairs with that shelf placed directly over it?

    • Denise
      Denise Marengo, IA

      Ha, ha! Is it sitting on shelf brackets then? It sure beats looking at the top of a toilet tank!

  • Pilarschumaker
    Pilarschumaker Fullerton, CA

    Clever!

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