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12 Hour Half Bath Reno…

July 25, 2016

Okay here it is… our 12 hour half bath reno!  As mentioned in the Half Bath Inspiration post we fell into a bit of luck… we found the vanity that we’d been eyeballing previously on clearance!… and the store had just one left… we took that as a sign and scooped it up and headed home with the intention to swap out the sink and mirror… We had only headed to the store to pickup some screws I believe… and we left with a project!

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12 Hour Half Bath Reno Before

Here is the half bath before… When we moved into the house the bathroom was a mossy green, then we painted it a light sky blue, and most recently I tried it in white… but because our trims are off white I just didn’t like the look of the space with white walls and off white trims… the baseboards just looked like dirty white baseboards… so we decided that we would also paint the bathroom… as you can see its a teeny tiny space and it would only take me an hour to cut it in and give it a good coat of paint.

Removing the Mirror

We got to work and pried the mirror off of the wall… it had two bottom bracket pieces but we suspected it was also glued which meant drywall damage but we were up for the challenge… nothing bit of filler couldn’t fix.  Using a small nail bar we worked gently around the mirror prying it away from the wall a little at a time all the way around.

Drywall Damage from Mirror

It came off without too much fuss though we were prepared for it potentially breaking.  After that photo above we stopped and put on safety glasses and gloves in case the mirror decided to break… it came off in one piece… and as you can see left quite a bit of wall damage behind… 7 big blobs of construction adhesive… you can also see the oringinal builder paint colour of the mossy green.

Sink Removed

Then it was the sinks turn… the water was shut off to the sink and things disconnected.  The sink itself was screwed and bracketed to the wall but it came away easily.

And that was our full intention for the half bath… new paint, once we fix the old sink and mirror damage… but once the sink and mirror were off we kept going…

Towel Bar and TP Holder

The towel bar and tp holder for the half bath were attached to planks of painted wood that were then attached to the wall… I wasn’t a fan… so we removed the metal hardware and then pried those planks off of the wall..

Towel Bar and TP Holder Removed

Again the builders were sure to use lots of construction adhesive…

Removing Excess Filler and Paint

And as the pieces were painted after being attached to the walls there was a lot of paint buildup at the edges… we scraped the extra paint and filler flat and filled over the damage with a good drywall filler.

Patching Drywall Damage

In the same afternoon that we purchased the Vanity on we went home and pulled out mirror, sink, and towel and tp bars… then the patchwork began… I gave everything a hearty filling and then let it dry…

Sanding Drywall Filler

I was able to get the wall damage patched and sanded that same day… its so dry in Calgary that the wall filler dries pretty quickly… I was able to apply and sand a second layer of filler that evening…


Here’s my more serious I’m sanding face after that squish face up above…

More Filler Required

Once the filler was sanded the second time I cut in and painted the half bath in Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter – I love this colour… our whole house is currently this beautiful grey… as you can see once I had the first coat of paint on the walls I found some damage that was hard to see when everything was bright white… so the next morning I gave anything that needed filling a quick fill, and sanding, and applied the second coat of paint to the half bath.

Benjamine Moore Revere Pewter


Trim Paint

Using semi gloss paint that was matched to our existing baseboard colour I taped the floor and gave the baseboards a fresh coat of paint… the half bath is tiny so this took me under 30 minutes to tape and paint… the match was perfect in sheen and colour.

Home Depot Vanity

Now with the room itself ready it was vanity time… Pickle and a plumber friend took over here as they had to lower the hot and cold water connections… sounds difficult but it only took them an hour and they’d lowered the two connections and had the sink attached!

Old Fixture vs New Fixture

Old fixture meet new light fixture! This new fixture was an Amazon find! It was less expensive online than at any shop locally and it arrived in two days!… it didn’t go in on the Sunday after the vanity went in… we ordered it Sunday evening and it arrived on Tuesday and was installed so quickly that it can be easily counted in the 12 hour half bath reno time!

12 Hour Half Bath Reno After

TADA!… In the original sneak peek photo that was share on Instagram I had real peonies from the garden on the sink… but by the time the turkish towels and whale tail hook had arrived a week or so later the peonies were done… I was never a fan of faux flowers but I did a little hunting and found these great faux peonies at Michaels!

The wicker basket I had picked up years ago not knowing where I was going to use it but knowing that I would use it somewhere!… it finally came in handy in our half bath… it fits perfectly in the new vanity and holds the extra Turkish Towels

Turkish Towel Detail

I enjoy the combined patterns and tassel ends on turkish towels… they’re just a little more fun and luxurious feeling than your regular terry towel… These towels come in a variety of patterns and colours but I kept with the muted greys and cream for this room…

Whale Tail Hook

Something about turkish towels also feels very nautical to me.  Being from Newfoundland our home is full of little nautical touches… nothing incredibly overt… well I guess the whale tail hook is a little in your face nautical… but not obnoxiously so 😉

Basket for Spare Towels 2

The wicker basket even has a weathered washed look which fits nicely in with the greyed space…

Half Bath After From Outside 1

This space is a bear to photograph… being that it is so tiny… here’s an after shot from the same angle as the before shot… Its not a giant overhaul… just a quick 12 hour half bath reno. We are so happy with the results – the space feels so much more personal now…

Half Bath After From Outside 2

Looking into the other side we’ve added an IKEA hacked shelf!… stay tuned for that IKEA hack coming to the blog! Due to the size of the half bath the shelf needed to be cut down and so that it would fit in the awkwardly angled space…

New TP Holder

Regarding the TP… I opted for a stand rather than a wall mounted holder… there was an awkward space on one side of the toilet… this holder sits there and fills that space like that is where it has always belonged…

White Wire Basket

Then extra TP… though it could go in the vanity some extra is sitting on top of the shelf in a white wire basket… I think about looking for TP when you’re at someones house… I don’t like to rummage through vanities so with a couple rolls stored on the shelf and no one has to worry about running out…

IKEA Hacked Shelf

The other items on the shelf are a few more nautical bits… a cork float from Newfoundland and and old glass doorknob that I found on a beach back home!… the little cream coral I crocheted years ago from a pattern that I purchased from Etsy. The barnacles I picked up at a local home decor shop a couple years back, and the roped bell jar I had picked up at Ross in the US this past Spring…. you can pretty much find bell jars in one form or another at any Winners/Homesense or even over old clocks at second hand stores! Keep those peepers open!

So there you have it!… there she be!… Our quickie 12 hour half bath reno! What do you think!? Leave a comment below!





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