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7 Ideas for Renovating a Small Bathroom

7 Ideas for Renovating a Small Bathroom

Our 1929 home has two bathrooms. Two small bathrooms. After renovating both, I assembled 7 ideas for renovating a small bathroom?

1. Break on through to the other side.

Bathroom renovation before

Do you get the reference? As a teen I was obsessed with the band The Doors. How does this relate to bathrooms?

Our downstairs bath is on the small side. However, when we first bought the house it was even smaller (see crappy photo above).

I saw that the closet in the adjacent bedroom shared a wall with the small bathroom and thought “why not break on through and install a tub in the closet space?”

Small bathroom renovation in process
Adjacent room with closet removed and framing to close the wall under way.

I hated to see the closet disappear. It even had a teensy window.

Luckily the bedroom is big enough to fit a closet in another part of the bedroom. And that sweet window now looks perfect in the tub/shower!

Small bathroom renovation after. 1929 home with vintage charm.
The small window sits just behind the shower curtain.

I understand this won’t work for every house, but an unused porch, awkward closet, or space stealing soffits could be just enough to expand your bathroom.

2. Hang shelves.

7 Ideas for Renovating a Small Bathroom

The walls behind our bathroom sinks have wiring and pipes. To avoid moving these utilities for inset medicine cabinets, we opted to hang shelves.

3. Splurge on fine finishes.

Small vintage Bathroom tile

Our biggest splurge in the bathrooms is the tile. We chose one inch hexagon tiles made from marble.

Since the space is small, not much tile is required!

4. Use furniture for storage.

7 Ideas for Renovating a Small Bathroom

I love the look of an antique armoire in a bathroom. Or what about when people use antique dressers for a vanity? Gorgeous!

Unfortunately, neither of my bathrooms are big enough for either! Maybe I could squeeze a super slim dresser in the downstairs bathroom…

But I digress, what really fits best in my bathrooms are small tables. I found the inlay table above at Marshall’s years ago. It is no longer available, but I linked some great looking options. Just click the small images below to shop.

5. Create vignettes.

7 Ideas for Renovating a Small Bathroom

I love adding small touches that dress up the space.

We play with the idea of adding wallpaper in here, but for now art prevents the sterile feeling of so much tile.

On a side note, the photo of this window made me think of this post about replacing window sash cords. It is super popular and I’m not exactly sure why ha ha, but I hope it has helped others with old vintage windows.

6. Install shower niches.

7 Ideas for Renovating a Small Bathroom

If you are re-doing or adding a shower, consider adding niche insets for storing your products.

There are so many ways to incorporate them. Three shelves, one long horizontal shelf, using glass for the shelves.

7. Store rarely used items and spares elsewhere.

1929 tudor revival home hallway built-in cabinets

Thank goodness for hall closets. That is where the extra toiletries, towels, and paper products live.

A hall closet sits just outside the restroom, which works well.

Notice I don’t show the inside. The inside is just a mess lol.

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7 Ideas for Renovating a Small Bathroom

Decor ideas for small bathrooms.

As I was looking for small table options I came across some lovely fixtures and accessories that I would love in either of our bathrooms.

I do have the larger shelf shown and a similar soap dispenser. The other items might be future purchases hee hee.

Small bathroom decor ideas

Thanks so much for reading! Hope you enjoyed your visit to my casa. To see more of the house projects we have done, take a look at these posts:

Breakfast nook bench top tutorial.

Our DIY wood mantle.

And some projects from friends:

These painted kitchen cabinets turned out so stunning.

A back porch makeover that makes me want to buy all new furniture and fixings for our patio.

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38 thoughts on “7 Ideas for Renovating a Small Bathroom”

  1. These are fantastic tips! I love that you have a small bathroom to share with us. So many people encounter these same challenges – particularly if they have an older home. The tile you selected for the floor is gorgeous!! Pinned!

  2. I LOVE THIS!!! You did such a beautiful job…we’re in the process right now of re-doing some things in the master bathroom which is, like yours, not large. All of your tips are super helpful!!!

  3. YES to everything you said, Marie! I love all the extra special touches you’ve added to make your bathroom both beautiful and functional. My childhood home also has 2 tiny bathrooms and when we all visit they are too tiny for the 12 of us! I’ll definitely be using your suggestions. Loving and pinning, CoCo

    1. Thanks for visiting CoCo! The family who lived here before us had 8 children. We of ten wonder how 10 people shared these 2 small bathrooms especially with just 1 tub! Have a great weekend 🌸

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  5. You had me at ‘1929’ !! Omgoodness to have a home from that era would be my dream Marie! And I totally remember the post about the window sash repair! Pinned 🥰

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  7. Beautifully and carefully designed! I love every details you put together, gorgeous! I would love to see you share your wonderful ideas at Home Matters Link Party, Happiness Is Homemade Link Party and You’re The Star Blog Hop. Happy Easter!
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  8. I love your bath, and I loved The Doors reference, I was a huge fan once upon a time too! There is something so classic about marble and subway tile. You really enhanced the small bath you were working with! Thank you for sharing on Whimsy Home Wednesday!

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