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Small Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Updated on March 31, 2012

From Country Cowgirl To Art Deco This Bathroom Could Go Either Way

Whether it's a country laid back style your looking for or an all out modern art deco with some wood, paint, sealer, rope, a few remodeling tips and a little elbow grease your all set. This small bathroom can be done for a few hundred dollars or thousands depending on your style, and the size of your wallet. One thing about it is, it will be like no other.

You see using 1x4's and either stain or paint you could make this everything from black and white with a lacquer gloss and some tile, or wood and rock, like my kitchen floor, or "Whatever trips your trigger," as my daddy would say, (love ya and miss ya dad) . The possibilities are endless.

Wood Can Make Anything Possible

With a little wood you can make shelves for nic nacs , extra storage, (one on each side of the vanity is great), floors with unique or edgy designs, walls with unique and edgy design, (working on a diamond shape for one of the walls),

The wood actually makes this small bathroom look larger than what it really is.

You can paint designs on the wood and then seal it, put tiles in between the wood You could put pennies, pictures, etc,etc This could be done in any room you want really. You should see my kitchen cabinets, (well they're not really cabinets) ok shelves, and if you look at the link you can see my floors. Not everything is done yet so I'll publish pictures with more ideas when I get done.What until you see what I'm doing on the bedroom ceiling, (get your head out of the gutter) it's very country with lights.

Just add a comment I got a million of them.

Precautions You Need To Take With Wood

Obviously being this is a bathroom, (and even if it wasn't) you need to take a few precautions:

These tips will make cleaning a lot easier too.

1) The wood needs to be sealed top, bottom, and ends. On the floor especially any gaps need to be filled with either wood putty, or whatever your preference is and then sealed again. I always do at least two thin coats opposed to one thicker. It looks better I think and dries faster.

2) Whatever adhesive your using on the floor make sure there are no gaps between the wood and the floor so water can't get underneath and sit. Just remember it's a bathroom so the floor needs to be sealed well.

3) If your going to use rope, seal it before you attach it. The rope is cheap and easy to replace but sealing it makes it a lot easier to clean and doesn't absorb odors or moisture.  You will also need to trim off the straggly pieces to keep it from fraying.

If you think of anything else just let me know

You Can Do It Yourself or Hire Someone

This is really a pretty easy job to do, the most time consuming is the sealing and painting. Actually for me picking paint and stain colors. So if your game go for it.

If your not going to do it yourself or with a friend (then you could help them do theirs), and going to hire someone PLEASE if you do not know someone who does painting and carpentry work, (I am not great at either but learned from my mistakes and online) check whoever you hire out with either Angie's list or someone. I cannot stress that enough. I have been raked over the coals hiring people when the job was a little or a lot more than I was up for. Unfortunately in this economy some people will take advantage of you in a heartbeat.

Here are a couple of rules I now follow

1 Never pay anyone all the money up front Get in writing the payments at each point they will need more money, until the job is finished when they will receive the final payment.

2 Get a contract in writing with everything they are getting paid to do and a price on the job. Do not settle for "Oh we'll work it out" Everything in writing. Buy the materials yourself or get a receipt.

4 References are why I recommend Angie's List because anyone can have you call one of "their customers", (really his brother) and you have no idea who you are talking too.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you go to Home Depot, (my favorite) and know all the colors schemes and prices ahead of time that way there's no Uh OH's later


The Great Things Are

You will have a bathroom like no other that I assure you will be the talk of every guest you have over.

If sealed properly it is a breeze to clean, and will keep it's shine for a long time.

If you have children please let them help it gives them a sense of accomplishment and lets their creativity run wild. Maybe a little to wild sometimes, but encourage them who knows what they'll think of later on in life.

You too will be proud when you see what your capable of.

Make it an incredible day You deserve it.

PS In case your wondering (someone already asked on a different hub) why I like Home Depot so much it's because their competition always tries, (when I need help) to talk me out of my project and tells me how it will never work. They ALWAYS try to sell me something I don't like or need like carpet (not with my animals) or some blah tile, (I guess my ideas are a little to out there for them I don't know) Well anyway, back at ya guys cause I love it. Home Depot (Lake Wales Fl and Lakeland) always encourage my ideas and want to see pictures when I'm done. I do not know anyone, (other than when I go there) who even works for them.

See Ya

So Please Someone Tell Me What You Think

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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Great hub once more and thanks for sharing.

      Up/useful here. Very interesting indeed.

      Take care


    • Charlu profile image

      Charlu 6 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Peggy I like it As you know I like different styles especially with wood. Thanks for your vote and comment.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow! I love the pictures of your bathroom remodel. You are very creative. The rope trim, as an example, is something that I have never seen. Thanks! Voted up, useful and beautiful.