Save the Pink Tile – 1970s Small Bathroom Makeover Complete!

Our downstairs bathroom makeover is complete! Goodbye split-pea green paint and weird old sink; hello new fixtures, paint, and a brand new feel!

Blush and Navy Bathroom Makeover | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Sometimes it’s really tough having a 90-year-old house. Don’t get me wrong, I love the charm of our home, but it takes a lot of work to keep it updated and modernized. Also, once you start updating certain rooms, everything else looks really old in comparison…I smell a kitchen upgrade next. As stupid as it sounds, installing a shiny, white, brand-new toilet almost gave me a meltdown. For a week, I walked around lamenting how darn old and gross everything else in our house was. We ended up doing some hardcore cleaning and I got over it, ha.

I am pumped about the way our bathroom turned out though. Installing a new toilet and sink has provided extra inches of space, which we desperately needed in the small room; changing the paint and decorations made the bathroom less of an eyesore; and adding shelves and hooks for storage helped with functionality. We are going to be using this bathroom full-time while our main upstairs bath is gutted and redone this winter. The downstairs bath had to work for the two of us, but it doesn’t hurt if it looks nicer, too! 

Small bathroom Makeover – the “After” Pictures:

Navy Blue Bathroom with White Pedestal Sink | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Don’t mind my topknot, haha. This space is pretty small and it’s nearly impossible to take pictures in!

Blush and Navy Bathroom Makeover | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

I framed gift wrap to hang because I loved the colors – it’s what inspired the bathroom makeover to begin with.

Shelves and Baskets Above Toilet in Bathroom | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

I hoped to complement the tan tile of the shower, and the mauve tile that’s on the floor (not pictured) with the blush paint. It ended up matching the floor perfectly…the shower stall, not so much. But I figure it’s hidden most of the time so I can live with it.

Spray Painted Light Fixture Makeover | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

This light fixture is a 1980s brass gem hiding under silver spray paint. It hung in my dad’s house when I was growing up. The lamp shades came from an old ceiling fan. When you can, upcycle! This light didn’t cost us more than $5 – and that was for the paint.

Small White Pedestal Sink in Bathroom | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

This is the smallest pedestal sink we could find. It’s a tiny, tiny sink – but now you can actually get into the bathroom without running into it! I’m more than happy with how this turned out.

Bathroom Makeover Time and Cost

This makeover took us about three months to work through; we just didn’t commit enough time to it like we should have, especially with the holidays right around the corner. Removing the old sink and replacing with the new one required plumbing we didn’t expect, and reframing and drywalling the wall took more time than we thought. We also ran out of paint once and couldn’t find sink valves that went from 3/8 to 1/2 inch because no one in the world does things that way. Go us.

We spent almost $900 to redo the bathroom. A good portion of that money went to the fixtures themselves: the toilet, the sink/faucet, the towel hooks/bars, and the new medicine cabinet. We bought everything on sale, but still, these items are pricey! We didn’t expect the rough time we had with the plumbing, so at least a hundred bucks was sunk there. I bought the white shelves above the toilet at Target, and the two frames I bought on clearance at Hobby Lobby ($15 for both!). The toilet paper basket came from our kitchen, and was a wedding gift from our registry all those years ago. It’s kind of crazy how quickly the costs added up, considering we did absolutely everything ourselves and didn’t touch the shower. The materials alone were a lot.(This is where I whine about how expensive everything is these days)…

Although we spent more than we hoped, we are both really happy with how it turned out. I think sometimes that having a fresh look can really make a difference, but I’m excited to have a toilet that doesn’t clog and back up into the shower every time you use it, too.

And lest we forget…

Small Bathroom Makeover – the “Before” Pictures:

Small Bathroom Makeover - Before Pictures | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

Pinky-brown sink, just hanging out on the wall and blocking the doorway. A medicine cabinet hung so high I could only see a little bit of my face in it. A towel bar made for a giant. I couldn’t even reach it.

Small Bathroom Makeover - Before Pictures | Life Is Sweet As A Peach

And here I’ve saved the best for last…that green paint. Like the Exorcist was filmed in my bathroom.

Ahhhh. Sigh of relief to have this bathroom crossed off. Now, on to the upstairs bath! Excuse this blog for the next several months while it becomes a DIY-focused place and occasionally goes MIA for weeks at a time with no new posts. I will most likely be tucked into a corner planning the next project and/or crying. 🙂

Bathroom Makeover Before & After | Life Is Sweet As A Peach


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