Small Bathroom renovation from dirty and dated to pretty in pink! - A Life Unfolding

Small Bathroom renovation from dirty and dated to pretty in pink!

Hello from chilly Michigan! Today I am sharing the renovation of the small bathroom renovation we did at the Airbnb. This tiny bathroom was one of the grossest parts of the property when we bought it. See how we took it from dirty and dated to a pretty, pink space that fits the home beautifully.

Small Bathroom after renovation

Small Bathroom after renovation

First a little backstory. We bought a foreclosed/distressed property at an auction sight unseen. You can see the entire renovation here. The day we got the keys to the house this is what the bathroom looked like. Hold on to your hats….this is pretty gross.

Ewwwww…..told you it was dirty.

Ewwwww…..told you it was dirty.

I like to start a new projects with a mood board. It helps keeps me on track- which is a good thing because I can veer off quickly at the sight of sparkly objects. 🙂 I think we changed up a few things but stayed pretty close. I LOVED the shower curtain below but when it arrived it was way too short!

Small bathroom mood board.

Small bathroom mood board.

We did run into some mold so we basically had to gut the space except for the tub. We really wanted to keep the tub as it weighs a TON!

Bathroom demo

Bathroom demo

For the shower, I choose a classic white subway tile with a grey grout. We decided to run the tile to the ceiling to add some visual height.

White subway tile ran to the ceiling.

The house is over 100 years old and I really wanted to keep the look clean and appropriate to the age of the house. I found a small cabinet sink combo in a light grey at a big box store that I love.

Madison Vanity cabinet with top

I choose a penny tile for the floors as it was easy to install and works well with the Subway tile. I also used a grey grout to keep the continuity. I just adore the little flower pattern.

Penny Tile in small bathroom

The best thing about these small bathrooms is that they come together pretty quickly. You can see below I am desperately trying to get that tub clean! All the elbow grease in the world wouldn’t have made it sparkle.

Tiled bathroom

I ended up using Rust-oleum Tub and Tile refinishing kit kit to paint the tub. It turned out great and I’ll give an update in six months to let you know how it holds up!

Rust-oleum Tub and Tile Refinishing Kit

I painted the walls SW 7107 Fancy pink. The cabinet is Iron Ore SW

Fancy Pink by Sherwin Williams

I also added decals to the ceiling for a spot of color. I was worried that they wouldn’t stay in place above the shower but so far so good!!

Floral decals on ceiling

floral decals on ceiling in bathroom

This sign on the back of the door is a favorite of our Airbnb guests!

Sign in Airbnb Bathroom

That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by.

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Until next time,


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  1. Carol Karl says:

    Wow! What a transformation!

  2. Joanne says:

    That is a beautiful transformation. I love the large beautiful flowers.

  3. Melissa Tomlinson says:

    Such a pretty bathroom! I love the colors you used! I will have to keep this one in mind as we are about to start doing some renovations at my house!

  4. Kim says:

    Great bathroom makeover! I have a 70-year-old home and the same tub! Someone painted it I can tell, probably 5 years ago. It has a few little chips and scratches but still looks great. The previous owner had small children so It could have been scratched from kids’ tub toys, who knows. They also painted over the tile with some kind of sealant. I love yours so much, I may need to redo mine now!

  5. Christin says:

    So cute! Great transformation!

  6. Marie says:

    I really like that you chose finishes that pay homage to the age of the home. What a great transformation!

  7. Aletha Oglesby says:

    I need to do this .Thanks for the advice.

  8. Michelle says:

    Eeeeeeeew is right. That old bathroom was scary 😀 Love the new look Libbie and those decals on the ceiling are the bomb. Such a surprising touch of whimsy.

  9. Danielle says:

    It turned out so cute! I love the light fixture and the vanity!

  10. elizabeth@pineconesandacorns says:

    This looks fabulous!

  11. Nina Lewis says:

    The bathroom turned out really pretty. I especially like the decals on the ceiling and the sign on the door! Fun! Thanks so much for sharing this at our Party in Your PJs link party.

  12. Morgan says:

    Love this makeover! I used the same tile in my bathroom!

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