What is that saying? “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”. Except in our case it’s women. And no mice.
We did manage to pick up this modern light fixture on clearance and install it ($65!).
It made us realize how much planning goes into a bathroom remodel. We are trying to refinish the small 3-piece room as a part of the 6-week long One Room Challenge and we’re already at week 3. You can find other posts here:
Week 3 (you are here): Small Bathroom Remodel Tips
Week 4: Installing Plank Vinyl Flooring over the Existing Tile
Week 5: Upcycling the Existing Vanity
Week 6: The Final Reveal!
Here’s an overview of the planning process and decisions to make when planning a small bathroom remodel.
1. Decide on the scope of the project
The scope of a bathroom remodel, as with any home updates can range from simple cosmetic makeovers (e.g. new paint, accessories) to complete remodelling including relocating plumbing and electrical.
In our case, with such a small bathroom (9’ long x 5’ wide) there weren’t too many options for reconfiguring. However, everything within the space is being updated which meant:
- taking out the old shower stall (including base and backing),
- taking tiles off of the walls,
- removing the vanity, mirror and old lighting fixture.
You can catch our quick video of dismantling the shower enclosure which we shared last week:
2. Choose where to spend and save your money
Bathroom remodels can get quite expensive. We’re working with a tight budget (~$2500 CDN) the bulk of which will go towards the new shower enclosure. We’ve chosen to invest in a high-quality system (~$1300) which will last for the next 20 years with minimal maintenance.
To accommodate this expense we’re planning to save money by keeping the existing toilet (have removed it and will give it a thorough cleaning) and by upcycling the existing vanity. This past weekend we were able to paint the base using
We’re also fortunate to be able to work with generous sponsors such as Allure ISOCORE and The Home Depot Canada who have sent us
We’re also so grateful to be sponsored by
3. Create a mood board
If you caught our
Start by Pinning any bathroom images you like to a new board on Pinterest so you can see what elements you’re consistently drawn to.
4. Try to DIY some of the details
Of course one of the biggest costs of a bathroom remodel can be in paying for someone to do everything. If you can do any of the renovation yourself you’ll safe tons of money. Definitely hire someone to help with plumbing and electrical if you have no experience in these areas!
In addition, there are lots of simple DIY projects you can make to save money, repurpose items and add a special handmade touch to your new bathroom. For our bathroom we’ll be making some wine cork bath mats, putting up our own floating shelves and making some storage cases for under the window. We’re also looking for a round mirror at our local thrift stores to upcycle!
5. Give yourself time
As indicated above, even the best laid plans can go awry so be sure to factor extra time into the process and unlike us, try to have all the materials available to you before starting. Not only will this save lots of frustration but also time heading back and forth to the stores. Create a list of items that you might need and keep an eye out for sales in the weeks leading up to your remodel.
We hope these tips were helpful. Let us know in the comments below if we missed anything!