Bathroom Makeover Without Removing Tile
With all of my potty talk lately, I thought I’d jump ahead of all the planning to inspire you with a finished bathroom we completed recently for Today’s Homeowner.
Beige and Dark Before
The bathroom was in great shape but aesthetically it needed a little improvement. I loved the shape of the tiles, but the color just felt dated and drab.
Then there was a tall, dark cabinet between the vanity and the toilet.
Who doesn’t need more storage? But in this case, there was already a very deep linen closet on the opposite wall.
It reminded me of the small updates I did to my bathroom last year. The medicine cabinet over my toilet was blocking the light and contributed to the room feeling smaller and less open. Much like the cabinet here.
Remove and Cover
Our first step was to remove the tall, dark and handsome cabinet and vanity. It immediately made the room feel 2x bigger.
After removing the cabinetry we realized it was not installed on the tile. They were actually built on a base that was 1.5 inches below the tile. No problem since we were going to install new tiles over the existing tiles anyway. Just a little more prep work.
You can watch everything we did to prep and tile the new floor in this full episode.
Besides the floor, another thing we ‘covered up’ was the wall color and stained wood of the built-in linen closet. A fresh coat of paint always does wonders for a room!
Put It Back Together
Before installing new, larger tiles and a new vanity, we had a plumber run the plumbing for a second sink and Dad easily ran additional electrical for a second light fixture. So when everything went back in, there were 2 sinks with a light over each.
Since we extended the vanity, the homeowners got back some of the storage that was lost from removing the tall cabinet without closing off the room.
The larger-format tiles also helped make the room feel bigger. And the tiling job went fast since they were so large! Bonus!
Even if you don’t remove and replace your vanity like we did here, you can cover up anything in your bathroom to make it look new! Paint those cabinets, tile over ugly tile, or change the wall color and you’ll have a fresh space you’ll love even more! And that’s what home is all about!
I would have loved to have saved those hexagon tiles but we haven’t found a paint-type product that’s suitable for tile floors yet. Have you heard of one? Share your thoughts in the comments please!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
Love the updates. Great job.
We just bought another home to redo. That bathroom has 4” glazed tile on the floor. It looks pretty but not suitable for bathroom. It’s slippery and I need to cover up. Any ideas.