Small Bathroom Renovation How-To Videos

March 14, 2018

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You may recall a few months ago when we helped our friends renovate their bathroom in about a week for $3000. It was a fun project that we did with Lowe’s, and we absolutely love how it turned out. You can read about the project here, but this is what their bathroom looked like after the project:

And, as a reminder, here’s where we started:

The other part of this project, which we’ve finally been given the green light to share, is 4 in-depth, how-to videos showing different parts of the process we went through. You can watch all of the videos below.





This bathroom, though small, came with a lot of challenges. It was in an old home, nothing was standard, and there were some interested things to figure out. But that’s what renovation is, right? In the videos you’ll see how we address those issues, where we turned for answers, and learn a few tips for your own bathroom project.

If you prefer, you can also watch the videos on Youtube using the links below.

How to Replace a Bathroom Mirror & Vanity Light
How to Prep & Tile a Floor
How to Install a Fiberglass Tub & Surround
How to Replace an Old Vanity & Sink

For all product sources, check out the original post right here.





What do you think?

  1. 5 stars
    Excellent work, many thanks for taking the time to write this, ill give it a share on my facebook.

  2. Trent says:

    We ordered the linked faucet. It seems that the included pop up drain is meant for sinks with overflow. Did you buy separate parts?

  3. Amanda says:

    Did you end up going with a different mirror? This one looks longer than the one in your pictures.

  4. Amanda says:

    Did you use quarter inch or half inch hardie board?

  5. If I had a dollar for every time Ross left me hanging while holding a heavy mirror (or ceiling fixture, or piece of molding, or door, or anything!) I’d be rich!

  6. Virginia says:

    I love these videos! You guys make it look so easy! :)

    I will say, the marble lover in me was a bit alarmed when I heard you were using vinegar (albeit diluted) on unsealed marble tile. Were you concerned at all about the etching?

    • Chris says:

      We weren’t, because of how diluted it was and how quickly we worked to wipe it up. But you’re right to be cautious. There weren’t any issues with this tile, but there are natural stone cleaners that can be used, though they do take a bit more work. We always encourage asking the pros you buy your tile from what is best. :)

  7. Christina says:

    I’m so excited about these videos! I went from thinking of just painting my vanity to wanting to replace it with one that suits my needs better. Also read “4 in-depth, how-to” as “4 inch depth, how-to”. :) This spring forward time change is really messing with me!

  8. Holly says:

    I need links to products Julia!

  9. Cathy says:

    I’m so glad I found your site.I love watching how it all comes together. It’s beautiful.. I’m so grateful that you posted steps. We are just starting remodel on a small scale. Thank you for showing all your projects. Now come to my house. Lol. Hugs

  10. Bethany says:

    I’m so excited to watch these videos later! Our guest bath needs some help and I’m loving the idea of a fiberglass surround. I had one at an old apartment and I loved how easy it was to keep clean. I know myself and cleaning bathrooms is not my forte. A tiled shower is probably more beautiful in theory, but not when you never clean it…

  11. Claudine says:

    EEEE! I am so HAPPY and excited to see these videos! I have a small bathroom that will need “doing” in a year or so…if I can stand it that long, and I was hoping to lower some costs by doing as much of the work as I could myself. But, I was scared to try chaning out the light fixture and tiling the floor myself. I feel much more confident now! Thank you!
    PS. Planking bathroom walls seems pretty popular right now, but I was worried about wood in a small bathroom, due to ventilation…no concerns about the effect of moisture on the wood?)

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