First-Floor Bathroom Renovation

Our contractor finished his portion of this bathroom renovation nearly a year ago—with it being one of the first major projects in this home. Our portion—which included texturing the walls, adding decorative details, and painting—didn’t happen until a few weeks ago. Let’s just say that having another baby is motivating us to tackle our list of not-quite-but-almost-done projects!

We also hired SB Home Improvement for this project, and they far exceeded our expectations. They worked to incorporate the design elements that were important to us while also making the bathroom functional and practical.

Here are some of the before, during, and after pictures of our first-floor bathroom renovation:


When we moved in, there wasn’t a working bathroom so it was definitely one of our top priorities. There was a blue tub with a leaky shower, a very old toilet, and a vanity that had been half-eaten by mice. Because this bathroom is pretty small and doesn’t get a lot of natural light, we opted for a walk-in shower with glass doors. We kept the bathroom light and bright and added in some vintage elements like my great-aunt’s cabinet to store towels and toiletries, a second-hand pedestal sink, an antique mirror we bought for $10, and beautiful milk-glass lights that we found on Facebook Marketplace.


We wanted a walk in shower without a base. We liked the look from an aesthetic standpoint, but more importantly—we thought it would be easier for our young son to walk in and out of. Our contractor sloped the floor so that it would drain and not pool water.


We painted the bead board Snowbound by Benjamin Moore, and we color matched Farrow and Ball’s Mizzle–a gorgeous dusty green–for the top portion of the walls. The walls were in pretty rough shape, so we decided to use a pool trowel and drywall mud to layer on a heavy texture. It was our first time texturing walls and not perfect by any means; however, we had fun learning and were happy with the results!

Want to see our second floor bedroom-to-bathroom renovation? Find that post here.

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