Guest Picks: Beautify a Toilet on a Budget

Living in a 1,500-square-foot house is no easy feat when you are a household of four. Three bedrooms, two full baths — it seemed really spacious when we were just a family. But living with two growing kids (one of whom is a tween, oh boy) who share a little bathroom which also functions as our guest bathroom is tough. Never mind our lack of cupboard space or the fact that our formal dining room has turned into a house office, the little hall bathroom requires a update! After years of talking about it, my spouse and I’ve decided to pull the trigger and perform the renovation ourselves using a budget that is as small as our residence. — Michelle from Stuttering Shell


Lillången Sink Cabinet With 2 Doors and 2 End Parts, Aluminum – $249

After spending hours searching online and taking countless mobile phone pictures at the local home improvement store, I finally discovered the perfect dressing table for the hall bathroom remodel. The distance is small, and this sink will fit straight in. It is going to also look great too.

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Ebb & Flow Sand and Surf Porcelain Tile

This mosaic is perfection. I adore the beachy colors, the soft expression of the sea glass and the fact that it will perfectly fit the toilet’s new flooring.

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Pegasus Exhibit Single-Handle Tub and Shower Faucet, Brushed Nickel – $69.03

Brushed nickel tub and shower fixtures for under $100? Sold! Plus, I really like their straight lines. The only problem now is finding a sink which matches.

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Pfister Vega 4-Inc Single-Handle Mid-Arc Bathroom Faucet, Brushed Nickel – $134.82

The hunt for a new sink faucet has ended! I don’t like that I am spending more on this piece than I am on the bathtub and shower fixtures, but that is a good match and undoubtedly what I am searching for.

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ASB Firenze 5-Foot Left-Drain Soaking Tub, White – $198

Shopping for a new bathtub insert can provide you sticker shock. Fortunately, there are a few quite affordable options out there. This is important when you’re renovating a bathroom on a little budget.


Tropical Nautical Starfish Single Wall Towel Hook – $13.99

Sure there are a couple of hooks on the back of the bathroom door, but the new hall bathroom will require some additional towel hanging area. This starfish hook screams beachy chic, and it’ll look great in a group of three on the freshly painted walls.


Lillången Mirror Cabinet With 2 doors and 1 End Unit, White – $90

The bathroom currently has another mirror and medicine cabinet, and it appears quite obsolete. Because the new vanity does not offer much counter space, I wish to maximize storage. This bathroom cabinet matches the dressing table and offers just a little more room with the shelves.


Sea Coral Trinket Dish – $18

The bathroom cabinet has three little shelves on one side which are yelling for accessories. I adore these nautical-inspired trinket dishes from Anthropologie. I am having trouble choosing which ones to get.

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Stratos Avorio Tile

The current bathroom floor tile isn’t my favourite, and after 10 decades of living with it, I am ready for a change. Sure, the former owner upgraded the floor from linoleum, but still. This porcelain tile appears exactly like wooden white marble. I chose 6-by-24-inch planks to the new bathroom floor.


American Olean 3-by-6-Inch Bright Ice White Ceramic Wall Tile – $4.82

My existing tub/shower is old and dated, and the fiberglass insert has seen better days. Plus, its almond colour isn’t very attractive. My husband plans on laying 3-by-6-inch bright white ceramic subway tiles in the shower. We plan on dividing the white using a waterfall of the Sand and Surf mosaic tiles and an accent band around the top of the shower.

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Behr Premium Plus Silver Screen Interior/Exterior Paint

1 wall of my own foyer is painted in this colour. The hall bathroom is currently a mild sea glass blue colour, but I feel a fresh coat of paint will be essential when the bathroom renovations are complete. My conscience and I think that this light grey will be perfect.


Sonoma Life + Style Tiburon Shower Curtain – $59.99

This shower curtain is currently at the hall bathroom. I proposed on reusing it after the renovation, but I don’t think it will work with the light grey walls. My fingers are crossed, though, since I would really like to not have to purchase a new shower curtain.

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Stripe Shower Curtain, 72″x74″, Feather Gray – $29.99

Here’s a second shower curtain alternative. I really like the bold horizontal stripes, and it mimics the appearance of the glass mosaic tile. It is very grey, but I think it could do the job.

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Hampton Bay 4-Light Bath Bar – $14.98

I know, I know, you are probably thinking, “Is this really the light you picked out to the bathroom?” Yes it is. The bathroom is small, and the added cabinet/mirror unit above the sink will not be recessed into the wall socket. Therefore, this type of lighting is perfect. I realize that it screams “Hollywood movie star dressing room, ” but it works. In any case, the cost (less than $15) will allow me to splurge in different areas of the bathroom remodel.


Threshold Oil Can Beach Tall Soap Pump – $9.99

A new bathroom requires a new soap dispenser. As much as I adore Method hand soaps, I believe that this beach-inspired pump is perfect for the little space. The colour reminds me of sea glass also.


Threshold Chunky Bath Rug, Elephant Gray – $19.99

This dark grey bathroom rug will contrast well with the flooring while complementing the wall colour and enhancing the tile accents. It is going to also fill the floor area in front of the toilet and shower well.


Ogie Bath Rug, White/Aqua – $24.99

Here’s another bathroom rug alternative. I like the plan and appreciate that it isn’t 1 colour, so it is going to add a bit of interest to the floor. Decisions, decisions…

Easy-Install Adjustable Curved Metal 1-Inch Space-Saver Shower Rod – $32.99

One of the greatest things you can do to help a little shower/tub combo is replacing the straight, tension-mounted shower pole with a curved shower rod. It opens up so much space in the shower. My current shower pole, which is curved, is now chrome. I would prefer a brushed nickel finish to match the other fixtures in the bathroom, however when it’s not in the budget, then the chrome pole will need to do.


Åfjärden Bath Sheet, Green-Blue – $14.99

I am embarrassed to admit this, but my bathroom towels don’t fit the bathroom’s recent decor. Over time, a hodgepodge mixture of towels has collected, and they are used by us. So what should the bathroom is blue and the towels are orange? The new bathroom cupboard will have frosted glass panels, meaning that you’ll be able to see within the cupboard. I guess it’s time to replace the towels with fresh ones at a coordinating shade.


Sonoma Life + Style Matted 8-by-8 Frame – $34.99

It appears absurd to hang pictures in the restroom, but I am not a fan of sterile walls. I plan to print a few pictures from family time in the shore and hang them in the bathroom for display. I adore the appearance of this framework.

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