Half Bath Redo

Now that the sunroom is at a good stopping point (for the time being), we’ve decided to move on to a itty-bitty space that sits right next to it: our half bath.

As you can see in the first floor layout above, it’s the only bathroom on the main floor of our (1728 sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath) house, and since it’s the one that gets “visited” the most, we’d like to make it an extra special little space. #SmallSpacesAreMyFavorite!

Here’s what the room looks like right now…

…and here’s an inspiration board I put together that shows what we’ve got in mind:

(1- Daydream Wallpaper, 2- Sky Chief Barn Light, 3- Dresser (ours), 4- Wainscoting Photo, 5- Hex Tile)

We’re excited to start pulling the whole thing together (on a budget!), and we look forward to sharing each step of our “renoventure” here on our blog!

PS- Speaking of small spaces: the folks at Bedrooms & Baths magazine featured our old reading room in this month’s issue!

I stopped by the old house (to picked up some mail) yesterday and it was so neat to see that the new owner is having just as much fun with the house as we did!

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  1. Kristi Staples says

    Can’t wait to see what your final product looks like. It’s a cute little bathroom, but I know you can squeeze a lot of character into it!

  2. says

    LOVE everything you have planned Layla! We are hoping to build our “dream house” within the next year and I just might have to use that wallpaper (although my husband will probably freak because we’ve stripped our fair share of yucky wallpaper in the past – so he has quite the wallpaper aversion!)

    where do you plan on putting the dresser? curious!! :)

  3. Diane says

    OMG I am so excited to see how you pull this all together! We have a downstairs bath almost identical to yours except our door opens to the other wall, but it has no character. It’s like my very own Pick My Presto!! Yeah!!!

  4. Kathleen says

    Thanks for this! Who knew Overstock had tile? Not me! We’re closing on a 1951 house next month… and it hasn’t been updated much since 1951. We can. not. wait. to get started! Thanks for posting your sources!

  5. Karen says

    This is going to look amazing. And hooray for being feature in Bedrooms & Baths! Yours was the first blog I ever really paid attention to, I think, and I’m super loyal and proud whenever I see your work featured. Way to go!

  6. patty says

    Love love love everything. you have such phenomenal taste Layla… I look for your posts every day.

    where will the dresser go? you got me curious girl :-)

  7. Karie says

    I can not wait to see it! I love the table/chest of drawers! You two are so inspirational and I love all you fun ideas….

  8. says

    Sadly (for us), your half bath looks the size of our two regular baths. lol We live in a 1970s ranch house, and they skimped when it came to bathrooms in those days. Not like older ranch homes.

    I adore that wallpaper! Can’t wait to see how it all comes together for you.

    • Layla says

      I think that might have something to do with my wide angle lens. :-) The longest side of the room measures 4’x 6′ and the shortest measures 4’x 4′-7″!

  9. says

    Love your inspiration board and can’t wait to see it all come together! We have that tile in our bathroom and it’s just simple and perfect…

  10. says

    Great color choice! I’m excited to see the wallpaper installed! I love that you show the thought process behind the renovation. I think it is very helpful.

  11. Becky says

    It is going to be a beautiful bath when you are done, cant wait to see it. I know your not using the sink but the base painted white and distressed would look like and antique french farmhouse wash stand! HMMM, will that sink be on the curb with a “FREE” sign on it??? LOL.

  12. debbie r says

    Layla that looks so calming and pretty. love the colors. Looking forward to seeing what u guys do with it.

  13. says

    Awww.. I must get that magazine soon! I think that small room will always hold a huge part in my heart. I’m sure many of us feel that way. It almost feels as though we lived in that space as well even if it was only in our “sweet dreams”. I look forward to watching you create many more wonderful spaces in your new home. Thank you for taking us along with you (hugs)

    • Layla says

      Susie Bloop! :-D It’s always SO FUN to “see” you, and I’m smiling from ear to ear thinking about our endless yard sale adventure right now. :-) Hope you’re doing well, and hope to see you again SOON!

  14. angela says

    looks good, are you going to do the ceiling like #2 ? I think it would go with the rest of the room. can not what to see it.

  15. erica says

    You should see the latest Country Living magazine cover. The roman shades they made was fabric printed from a postcard, i think. It just reminded me of your sparrows.

  16. says

    At first I thought…How cool is that! They’re featuring your reading room while you’re working on your reading room. And then I looked again and realized that it was your Reading Room. And you’re working on your powder room. :D I’m sure you’re not getting it at all. But, when I was a little girl, when someone couldn’t be found, my dad would say, “I think they’re in the reading room.” Or sometimes he’d refer to the powder room as the library. Haha!! Congrats on your feature. That room was quite lovely.

  17. says

    We like to “rename” some of the rooms in our house. Instead of calling our the “half-bath” we like to call it the “powder room”. Sounds fancier! :-) Also, we switched our living room and dining room. We now call the smaller room that used to be the dining room the “parlor”.
    I am looking forward to the transformation! Those builders baths can be awful. I did a lot to ours to make it ours, but we just can’t afford stuff like new flooring and a new sink/vanity. I don’t know how you do it. :-)

    • Layla says

      Hi Kristi! We tried out “powder room” for a few days, but we just couldn’t get used to saying it- ha! :-D
      We’re keeping this re-do low dough as always: inexpensive second hand finds, discount/free building supplies, and *hopefully* working out a trade or two, too! Coming up with the plan was the fun part- pulling it all together will be the tricky part! :-D

  18. Peggy says

    This is going to be great! (…and I loved your old reading room – cool for you to see in a mag.)

  19. Barbara F says

    I have a thing for birds so that wallpaper is definitely speaking to me! Can’t wait to see what you do with the room, I know it will be gorgeous!!!

  20. jolieAnne says

    Check out Home Depot for the hex tile in white, I used it in a small bathroom. Actually it has a hex and a square by Datile. I used a gray
    grout as I had some gray in the small room. I like your ideas, so fun and just your style. I like what you have done with the house so far.

  21. says

    Love your bathroom ideas. So excited to see it come together. I have my eye on starting on my powder room as well (like you said, its the one EVERYONE sees) How exciting about your room in the magazine. That is awesome!

  22. Melissa says

    I never comment on blogs, but I had to today because I love your vision for the bathroom. I really love how you pull a room together. It’s funny because my style is so different, but I love how beautifully you and your husband put your style and personal touches into your rooms. When you get your little sweet p, he/she will be one lucky kid. Good luck on everything!

  23. says

    Oh gosh, I cannot wait!! I love everything you do, and always look forward to some fresh surprise when you are working on a new space. When I first saw your inspiration board, of course I loved it, but I thought the hexagonal tile was chicken wire, lol! I was like, “Huh…chicken wire…I wonder where she’s going to use that?” I knew it would be great, whatever you did, lol! :)

  24. says

    That light fixture is awesome! I’ve been looking for something industrial like that in our remodel, and the color is an added bonus. Thx guys!

  25. Julie B.[Holland] says

    Happy Valentines Day , Miss Layla and Mr Kev , hoping all your “sweet” dreams come true!

  26. Makenna says

    Oh my good gravy! I am head over heels for that beeeuuuuutiful wallpaper! Must find somewhere to use it immediately!

  27. ashlee c says

    hi layla,

    your bathroom plans look beautiful! i’m a huge fan of anything bird printed. and anything green!

    can i ask a question? how much do you spend on decor per month, would you say? i’m asking because i, too, have a relatively new house and i’m at a total loss as to how much is a reasonable amount to spend. right now my house is a giant empty space, a clean slate. you should see it! it’s truly hilarious. you’d never know anyone lives here. i can’t wait to get the ball rolling but i’m intimidated by so many things! mostly where to start!

    • Layla says

      Hey Ashlee!

      I’m not sure I could ever put a number on how much I spend on decor per month. It totally varies from month-to-month. Sometimes nothing, sometimes something! It all depends what’s going on, and if we can afford to do anything. :-)

  28. says

    i absolutely love what you guys are doing in there…that board is amazing. love the wall paper and the light fixture….
    can’t wait to see what you do with an old dresser in there.

  29. Cathy says

    I love the Hex tile…I have always loved that look but am afraid of grout cleanup :/ Any tricks?

  30. Traci Fuqua says

    Layla, I loooove the wallpaper! Well I love it all, but the wallpaper caught my eye! My husband and I are re-doing our office and we were looking for something whimsical for the ceiling – you know to help us want to go into the office :) !! May I ask where you got the wallpaper? Thanks for your wonderful ideas and your help!


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