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Not only do we have a small half bath, we have yet another small bathroom (the guest bath) upstairs.   I previously posted the details of the changes in this small 5 x 7 foot space over the years but thanks to the water damage fiasco, it now has been remodeled for the second time in the last 10 years.   The pipe that burst was in the wall behind the vanity in this bathroom.

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The water mitigation crew tore out the old vanity as part of their clean up and the water damage  also affected the plywood sub floor underneath the porcelain tile floor.   Here’s a shot of the old flooring, with a glimpse of the new marble tile I chose for the floor. The floor space is only 25 square feet so I thought this was a good area to splurge in.

porcelain tile floor
I originally chose a vanity with an open space at the bottom, I think that would help the room not feel as small as it is.  But, forces were working against me and, after waiting a month for it to be delivered it did not work in the room and so this one is actually my third choice.  It does have much more storage than the old, so there’s that, which is nice in small space.  You win some, you lose some.

Because we installed beadboard during the first bathroom update, right after we moved in, there’s a lot of white trim and molding,  so I went dark with the wall color! Basically the components that went into this bathroom remodel include:

  • New flooring – Carrara white hexagon marble tile from Floor & Decor
  • Fresh coat of paint – Behr Ultra White on all trim and Benjamin Moore Hale Navy on walls
  • 3o inch Gray vanity with Carrara marble top from Home Depot (vs the 24 inch vanity previously there)
  • Subway tile bathtub surround to ceiling (vs beige square tiles that stopped at 6 feet before)
  • Mirror switch out (swapped mirrors with the half bath)

Here are some before and afters:


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bathroom before
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While it was a painful seven weeks, this bathroom marks the wrap up of the construction work resulting from the busted pipe.  So glad that is behind us now!

TDC Before and After

I recently painted the half bath and it really freshened up the space.   It is a very small room, even for a ‘half bathroom’ (meaning it only has a toilet and sink, no shower or tub) but it’s still nice to pay attention to small spaces. Sometimes it’s even easier to make changes in these areas since less space can mean less expenses.

half bathroom

The only picture I found from way-back-when doesn’t show the full bathroom but it does show that it had a solid wood cabinet vanity and wall paper.

Several years ago we replaced the vanity with a pedestal sink and then a few years after that we replaced the pedestal sink with the current wood vanity, which has an open shelf underneath a granite topped sink.  It was a special sale at Lowes and I couldn’t pass up the price.

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A few years back, we added the shelves above the toilet (my mom built them!) but a couple of things are new to the room as a result of the remodeling done during the water damage fiasco.

  • New light fixture (from Shades of Light) thanks to the old one being broken during sheet rock work
  • Crown molding, that encapsulates the shelving too.  LOVE crown molding, if in doubt about it – just go for it!
  • New paint color – Benjamin Moore Gray Wisp (same color used in master bedroom); the previous beige color had a textured finish
  • Tushy bidet attachment for the toilet
  • Rug (with positive affirmation – who doesn’t need more of that?)

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The color face lift is a welcome change and so glad to be wrapping all the work stemming from the busted pipe!

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