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Ok. We’ve done a complete 180. So goes the life of a DIY home renovation blogger. We’ve flipped and we’ve flopped and we’ve finally landed. You know how I said we were doing a half-bath, THEN said a full-bath. Well guess what, America. We’ve landed flat back on our bellies and we’re staying with the initial game plan by popping in a smaller bathroom.

If you’re all like – wait – but didn’t you already frame out a full bath and tell us all about how you’d be doing a full fledged big ol’ b-room up in the attic, then you’d be right. Here it is, to refresh your memory. Framed and all.

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So before you get your pants all in a bunch about it, let me give you the play-by-play of where we are at today. Turns out a full bath has a full price and the dollars and cents just were not going to fly for what we were hoping to get out of it. Aka – return on investment. Not really there. Since we are pretty young (26) and know that we won’t be in the house until we retire or anything (I mean, we’d be lucky if we last 5 years…), ROI is pretty darn spankin’ important.

For starters, just to get the rough-in’s done, we’d be looking at a $2,000 bump UP in pricing i.e. not including the fixture installs. When it was all said and done, it was going to be almost $4,000 extra (EXTRA!!) to pop in a shower, with us doing like 99% of the work. Um – that is a lot of money, right?! We just couldn’t justify the cost and knowing we won’t be in the house forever and a day – the full shower just wasn’t enough make or break it for us.

Cost of Adding New Bathroom

The other thing that swayed us away from the full bath option was the resale value we’d be able to capture on our house. I’m sure the full-bath would have been a BIG selling point, but I also think some of these improvements might start to price us out of our neighborhood just a bit. Most homes have a bath, or a bath and a half on our block, so adding a full third one just felt a bit out of the stratosphere.

Taking the wall down actually felt kind of liberating, and it definitely felt like the right decision as we moved forward. Look how much more open that side of the room feels, now!

Framing Bathroom in Attic

Another advantage of the half bath option is that we now have an extra window adding lots of sun rays into our bedroom, making everything even more bright upstairs. The new bathroom option will be 5×4, with a sloped ceiling along the back wall. Although it will be cozy, we are very excited about the function it will add to the space!

We had an intsy teensy bath in our last home, but found it was so very nice to have a place to get ready for bed, right next to our bed. Now our new bathroom will be like four times the size of the one below, but you can see that you really don’t need much space to plop down a sink and au toilet.

Small Bathroom Design

Since we are working with a smaller space now, we’re excited about making it a bit more of a statement room. I’m loving this look right now, and thinking about integrating a darker wall color with some wainscoting or subway tile.

Small Black Bathroom

I’m also obsessed with the look of grasscloth wallpaper in a bathroom.

Grasscloth Wallpaper in Bathroom

You smell that? This bathroom is Reek-o-chico. Chicest thing I ever did see. On second thought … perhaps I shouldn’t ask you if you smell something while showing a photo of a bathroom. No scratch and sniff technologies here 😀

As far as materials go, I’m leaning toward a neutral base pallet, which should leave lots of room for getting spicy with fun wall paper or paint. Since the room is so small though, I didn’t want the nuts and bolts of the space to be competing with each other for eyeballs. Look at me. NO, me!!

Bathroom Inspiration Board

The look above is pretty close to what you’ll be seeing come install day. Our plumber will be here on the 6th of January – and we will be right behind ready to install some fixtures. YEEEEHHHHHAAAAHHH buddy!! Whoppdie whoo loopie looo babbadaa booooo ryhmes with poo, which I can do, in my boo(tiful) bathroom soo(n). 😀 Ha! I’m loling over here, y’all.

I. Can’t. Wait!!


Bathroom Beautification

Sometimes I get all gang busters on a room, and I forget to swing back through for some of the finishing details. Guess I’m a bit big picture that way. Plus, I  like being efficient, which often (in my head) means moving on over to the next space. Take the the downstairs bathroom for instance. Last winter, we had lots of fun turning it from this:

How to remove bathroom tile

To this:

Herringbone Subway Tile

Side view:

Traditional Marble Bathroom

But now that we’ve done a lot of the heavy lifting in our house, I’m starting to come back through areas that were feeling a bit incomplete.

Like this area of the bathroom. A wee sparse, ya think.

Art Work in Small Bathroom

And the best part? I’ve actually had this artwork right under my nose the whole stinkin’ time. Geesh.

One night I was shuffling through one of our junk drawers and I came across two dainty little botanical prints. I was all, shiver me timbers, where are these from matey? (I’m writing this post on Halloween – a pirate just came to the door – what can I say). 😀

Antique Botanical Prints

And then it hit me, ah YES. These are remnants from our art collage in the dining room. We made an executive decision at the time that our collage was going to look too rectangular with (8) prints across, so we decided to keep things simple and only put (6) up. Past Mary looking out for Future Mary – I love when that happens.


We also had grabbed a few frames on a prior run to HomeGoods so we were all systems go in that department as well. Sa-wweeettt!.

Gold Frames in Bathroom

Since I’m a HomeGoods addict (seriously, I think I need a support group) I also decided to pick up this purty little number to add to our basket stash. At $4.99, I couldn’t pass it up.

Ah, yes, well on our way to a pretty potty.

  Small Natural Fiber Basket

Here is a shot of the art work (and basket) in action. Smokin’!

Botanical Art Work in Bathroom

Our loo is becoming quite the looker post the art addition 😀 In case you needed some persuading …

Seriously – not sure what took us so long! Especially since these prints have just been chillaxin’ in a basement drawer.

Adding Art to Small Bathroom

Speaking of adding art to our abode, we’ve got another great giveaway lined up for Wednesday! Swing back for a chance to win an awesome print from uplift prints! Feast your eyes, America, on some of the loot you can snag below!

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One Tile at a Time

The good news, this tile was monumentally easier to rip off than the last house. The bad news, it still takes a decent chunk of time! 🙂 Here is the bathroom in all it’s lime green and square tile glory. I think the waterpik finishes off the look, right!?

How to remove bathroom tile
Bathroom Tile Before

One thing we learned the hard way the first time around – protect your tub when removing tile! We had a really nice cast iron tub in our first house that we pretty much ruined during the demo process. Cry. No actually, pretty sure I cried. We were able to find an apoxy product to recover it after, but it was never quite right again. This tub is fiber glass, but we definitely want to avoid any scratches from getting on the surface of this guy. We had some moving blankets left from our first place, and we just used some tape to make sure the blanket was sufficiently covering all the surface area we wanted to protect. Here is Jay, covering the tub with the blanket.

How to protect your tub with tile removal
Protecting the Tub During Reno

But then, Jay came up with an even better idea! He’s been reading these handyman magazines, and one of them said to cover the tub area in plywood. A la the picture below. This option was super great since it not only protected the tub, but gave us a surface to stand on while we removed the tile as well.

How to protect a tub during tile removal
Protecting Tub with Plywood

Here are all the tools we used to remove the tiles in the bathroom. Funny story, on the first house, we used a metal hammer instead of a rubber mallet. I think we still have hearing loss from it! Jay went to work the next day and was lamenting to his friends about it, and they are all like – dude – use a rubber mallet. he he. So note to anyone out there, use a rubber mallet. Metal on metal = bad.

How to remove tile
Tools to Remove Tile

We were pretty happy to find that the first tile just kinda popped off! I can’t even express how awful this demo process was in the first house. We had like 6″ of lathe behind 1940’s tile and there was so. much. dust. This little guy just hopped right off into Jay’s hands with a bit of chiseling. As we went further into the tile, it got progressively more difficult to convince them to come off, but still, mega easy compared with the first place. It’s all relative, right? 🙂

Removing tile from bathroom
First Tile!

Look how happy Jay looks with that first (intact!) tile. So we were just chugging along, chiseling these babies off. And the THIS happened. Three times. Yeah – that’s a big piece of tile. Victory is ours!

Bathroom Tile Removal
Bathroom Tile Removal

Of course, we eventually had a visitor come to check in on the progress. He’s like – don’t look now guys – but there is a big hole in the wall… Couldn’t get that bugger to look at the camera for the life of me – he was so fascinated with the new hole. he he. Makes me chuckle.

Malcolm the Cat
Bathroom Renovation Helper

Here is what the bathroom was looking like sans tile. Very messy – but it looks like progress! 🙂

Tile removal bathroom
Bathroom Sans Tile