Small Bath Makeover

By: Danny Lipford
Bathroom with graffiti writing on walls.

Bathroom before remodeling with graffiti art project walls.

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Paul and Jessica Golden are new homeowners and recently married who would like to remodel the guest bathroom in their home which had been used as an art project by the previous owners.

Wallpaper and Popcorn Ceiling Removal

The first step in our small bathroom remodel is removing the art covered wallpaper backing and textured popcorn ceiling. Put three gallons of hot water in a five-gallon bucket and add:

Removing wallpaper with a putty knife.

Removing wallpaper.

  • 22 oz. concentrate wallpaper stripper, such as DIF.
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1/4 cup fabric softener

Fill a pump up sprayer with the solution, and saturate both the walls and ceiling with it. After the solution has soaked in and softened the wallpaper and ceiling texture, use a putty knife to scrape it off.

Use drywall joint compound to fill any gouges or low spots in the drywall. Allow the compound to dry, then sand the drywall smooth. A second coat of joint compound, followed by a second sanding, may be needed.

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Brown painted bathroom vanity with frame and panel doors and brass cleat hardware.

Repainted bathroom vanity with new doors and brass cleat door handles.

Vanity and Mirror

The walls in the bathroom were repainted (Behr, Irish Mist), and a new vanity top (Danby Mont Clair marble) installed.

New frame and panel doors were installed on the vanity with bronze cleat door pulls from Anthropologie (style# 26731836) and brass drawer knobs (style# 28842276). To make installation of the hardware easy, Glue Dots were used to hold the handles in place when attaching them to the doors.

A Moen brushed nickel Darcy faucet (model# 84551SRN) was installed in the vanity top to compliment the brushed nickel curved Moen shower rod (model# CSR2160BN), and the antique brass toilet paper holder (Amazon ASIN: B00LA3LYAQ).

A new mirror was attached to the wall using construction adhesive, and a molded wood frame constructed around it. Antique brass wall sconces from Restoration Hardware (item# 68470007ABR) were mounted on the wall through holes cut in the mirror.

Small bathroom after remodeling.

Small bathroom after remodeling with new mirror, lights, and vanity top.

Watch Selecting a Bathroom Vanity and How to Install a Bathroom Vanity to find out more.

cutting rosin paper.

Simple Solutions with Joe Truini:
Cutting Sheet Goods Without Tearing

When cutting sheet goods, like rosin paper or felt paper, use a utility knife and start the cut an inch or two down from the top of the roll so the cut piece will be supported and won’t tear. Once the cut is complete, cut or tear the top section off. (Watch Video)

Delta Brevard FlushIQ Toilet

Best New Products with Jodi Marks:
Delta Brevard FlushIQ Toilet

The Delta Brevard FlushIQ toilet uses a motion sensor for touch free flushing with the wave of a hand. Additional sensors help prevent overflows and alert you to possible leaks. The Delta Brevard FlushIQ toilet is available at The Home Depot. (Watch Video)

Applying waterproofing sealer to cement backer board.

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Tiling a Tub or Shower Surround

While tile for a kitchen backsplash can be applied directly over drywall, tiling a tub or shower surround requires a substrate of cement backer board first. The joints are then taped and a waterproofing sealer is applied before installing the tile. (Watch Video)

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