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Small Bathroom Shower-to-Bathtub Renovation

This project was produced in partnership with The Home Depot.
The West Midtown Project guest bathroom recently got a fabulous upgrade with the help of The Home Depot. This full bath is by the second bedroom and desperately needed some personality, plus some functional updates to bring it up to the level of the rest of the house. The main priorities included replacing the plastic shower kit and pedestal sink and adding in a small bathtub and vanity with storage. I enjoyed using a couple of key tools from The Home Depot’s website and mobile app to get all the help I needed completing this small bathroom renovation! Read on to see how the new design came together.
Bathroom Before
The original guest bathroom design was definitely lacking in both style and functionality. The shower kit was molded plastic and the plain white was definitely lacking. The pedestal sink left no storage in the space so my little sister’s toiletries had to be stored in secondary storage pieces! I knew that a proper vanity and some real tiles on the shower walls would go a long way in making this bathroom look and work better.
When planning a renovation, it can be hard to know how to start your budget! The Home Depot website has a super helpful project calculator that helps price out project expenses like this. I was able to get an estimate on the number of tiles needed for the shower walls which helped me narrow down my selections. I ended up with these square slate tiles which create a slightly rustic statement at the end of the bathroom. The dark color helps the shower area recede, which actually makes the space feel bigger!
It was super easy to pull the other products for the bathroom together with The Home Depot’s website – and especially the features in the mobile app like image search. You can search by snapping a photo or by voice and the search will let you know what’s in stock near you and the product locator shows you exactly where it is in the store. I searched on the go and added pieces to my project list to keep track of the overall design.
The first decision I made was the tile, which helped set the overall color palette for the bathroom. I chose a medium grey called Pencil Sketch by Behr paint which softened the contrast between the walls and tile. The new small sink vanity, which was the perfect shallow depth for this small bathroom came with a perfect white cabinet, and all the fixtures I specified in a chrome finish to add a silvery shine to the space.
The clean lines of the shower and tub faucet looked especially great against the organic lines of the slate tiles. The hardest piece to find for this space was the tiny bathtub, which had to fit in the space of the shower alcove. This small bathtub (just 48 inches long) fit perfectly in the space and I had the contractor install it around four inches above the floor to make it more of a foundation for the alcove.
I ordered all of our project materials online, and with all the fulfillment options from The Home Depot, it was easy to get our supplies quickly to get the project going quickly. Many pieces were in stock at our local store, so they were available for curbside pickup by our contractor.
For the shower curtain, I wanted to frame the new bath/shower combination with a pair of panels that pulled together from either side. I found a great trellis-patterned fabric in a bright green and white to add a pop of color to the space, and I took an extra-long clear shower curtain and cut it in half to go on the inside of the fabric curtains. I used two tension rods to hang the curtains, and I really love what the custom pattern added to the room.
To add a custom detail to the sink vanity, I found some really fun black-and-chrome cabinet pulls. This small change made all the difference in personalizing the simple cabinet!
The new bathroom design makes me so happy, and I love how the green curtains tie in the new mural in the guest bedroom. The beautiful slate tiles, grey walls, and sleek chrome fixtures make the space feel so much more luxe and up-to-date. The Home Depot had all the tools and solutions to tackle this small bathroom renovation. Check out the features in their mobile app to get started on your next project, and check out the thousands of videos online for more inspiration and how-tos on projects and home repairs.

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