Light, Bright and Fun Bathroom Updates
All of the sources we used to renovate our hall bathroom to make it lighter, brighter, and a lot more fun for our kids and guests!
You can’t have a post about a bathroom remodel without including what it looked like before! This is how it looked when we closed on the house.
Then we stripped the wallpaper, changed out the sconces and mirror and switched out the curtains for frosted windows. And she looked a lot more like this.
/ sconce* / mirror* / frosted window film* /
It held us over a few months but I had too many great ideas on how to update this room I couldn’t just leave it at that. The floor screamed ‘dated’ and the blue toilet wasn’t flushing that well (after 65 years…imagine that!). Then after living in it, we realized the position of the door in the center of the hall wall meant you had to shimmy around the vanity in order to open and close the door. Not ideal, especially if a small child is standing in front of the sink. Which we have three, so there’s a good chance one is in the way when you need to get into the room.🤣
Our entire bathroom renovation was featured in an episode of Today’s Homeowner. But if you didn’t catch it, then you don’t know…we didn’t just move the door to the side. Nope. We moved the whole wall!
The space right outside the bathroom was essentially unused hallway. We had about 30 inches we were able to use to build a new wall without disturbing Mary Helen’s bedroom entrance nearby. And that’s all we needed to be able to add a vanity twice the size of the old one in the bathroom.
And if you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know I did not just buy a vanity from the store or order one online…big fat nope again! I built one from scratch and it is glorious!
/ drawer pulls* / cabinet knobs* / hand towel ring* / paint* / wall panels* / door knob* /
Another bonus to moving the wall out was being able to add a little space next to the toilet too. We placed the vanity where the toilet was centered in its own little space. Not a big deal but little details, like an equally-spaced toilet, add up.😆
/ toilet* / toilet paper holder* / tile*(caffe) / grout* / moss ball* /
Speaking of small things…I can totally vouch for an open-ended toilet paper holder. Instead of the spring-loaded ones, it makes it so easy for small children to change the toilet paper roll themselves! I love giving them more responsibilities and autonomy!
Turn around 180 and you’ve got ANOTHER reason extending the room was beneficial…we were able to make the closet a little more legit. Previously it was 4 cabinet doors. It worked but it’s nice to have a real door that matches our other new doors throughout the house. We were able to get slightly deeper shelves in there too. I mean, are you even an adult if you aren’t excited about storage?!
/ interior door* / door knob* / tub* / showerhead and faucet* / wall panels / towel hook / towels* /
For months I had planned on using 3 sconces with a mirror over each sink. Well…when I went to wire and hang the sconces, I realized they were too small and didn’t fill the space between the mirrors enough. The word ‘dinky’ comes to mind. So I rushed and ordered a 4th fixture and fortunately it was delivered in time for the final ‘beauty’ shots for the TV show. It was a little nerve-racking there for a few days wondering if it’d come in time or not.😬
As it always seems to happen, it all came to together in the end!
/ mirror* / sconces* / faucet* / vanity video / wall panel video / outlet cover* / light switch plate* /
It’s only been a few months but gosh it’s hard to picture what the bathroom even looked like before without looking back on pictures. It functions so much better for our family and looks so fresh and modern too!
Thanks for Checking In! ~Chelsea
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It turned out gorgeous!
Just love it, Chelsea!
Chelsea Lipford Wolf says
Thank you! ~Chelsea
I can’t believe you got rid of all that beautiful tile. That’s what made it a 1950s bathroom! Did you keep the tub or get rid of that too?
Tana Nichols says
I totally agree! The tile work WAS amazing 🥲
Patricia Yelyn says
I just have to tell you that I love this program so much!!!
I have been praying for a home of my own since I was 4 years old (just turned 70) and now I am very close to getting it!!! Just have faith and trust in the Lord
You have given so many excellent suggestions, ideas and instructions that I don’t have to worry if I buy an older home.
Would it be possible to get some suggestions on how to install an indoor personal use elevator? I am going to install solar panels and a generator and I would like that to be the power source in case of a power outage or God forbid; fire. Ideally, a master bedroom on the main floor would be my first choice. I am thinking that a house that has a Cat Walkway might make it easier/cheaper to install. Preferably I would like it to open up in my bedroom.
I guess by now you have realized I some mobility issues (and a fear of heights doesn’t help either). So as far as eliminating steps at the front/back doors and decks is a necessity. (I don’t want a wooden deck; rather the new product you used on the show that needs little to no maintenance and is supposed to last for many years.
When I purchase my home, would it be possible to get advice?
Thank you and God bless you and your beautiful family.
Debbie Whitworth says
I just wanted to know what u used for the insert on bathroom cabinet doors & what kind of sprayer you used to paint cabinet.
Chelsea Lipford Wolf says
Hi Debbie! I used caning for the door inserts (more details can be found in this video->https://checkinginwithchelsea.com//staging/video/diy-pottery-barn-inspired-bathroom-vanity/
The paint sprayer is a beloved favorite! Here is an affiliate link->https://bit.ly/2ZU1iWx
Thanks for stopping by! ~Chelsea
Tammie Clark says
I love the floor you put in. Where could I find it?
love the show- binge on LG channels all the time 🙂
what is the name/manf. of that tile used on the floor – I would love to see it in my 1960’s bathroom redo
Chelsea Lipford Wolf says
It might be out of stock, but here is an affiliate link. I used the ‘caffe’ color! https://homedepot.sjv.io/c/1980335/456723/8154?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.homedepot.com%2Fp%2FMerola-Tile-Hudson-Penny-Round-Caffe-12-in-x-12-5-8-in-x-5-mm-Porcelain-Mosaic-Tile-10-74-sq-ft-case-FKOMPR73%2F202538275 ~Chelsea
Sandra Jone says
Have you ever thought of doing a handywoman bootcamp? Give it some thought let me know. Thank you
Congratulations. You took a beautiful tiled bathroom that actually had some character and converted to some contemporary soulless slop that will look dated in 5 years. Bravo.
Barbi K. says
The sconces are very pretty.