Tiny Bathroom Floors – Starting from the Ground up in this Little Space

Aug 16 2020
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Starting in on our tiny main floor bathroom floors after a thorough cleaning. This is the one and only space in this house that I have not worked on, nor taken pictures of, nor shared at all here on the blog since I moved in in 2015. You can see from the before pic that it looks grungy and neglected because, obviously, I’ve been neglecting it. I’ve mentioned working on this room a couple of times in my to do lists over the past years and I always said that it would be on hold for awhile…

Getting a bathroom plan together... When I started the renovation here the biggest conundrum I had was what to do about the main floor bathroom.

However, this space is SO tiny, I knew Lodi and I could get it literally knocked out and complete in just a few days after work. Besides that, with the new guest bedroom complete, I wanted any over night guests to have a nice bathroom to use too.

Every space design begins with one thing: a total top to bottom cleaning. So that’s what we did one before I started in on the bathroom floors.

Because I put the bathroom in a corner of the living room it shares the same stunning wood floors that I think are the most beautiful in the whole home.

Many of my friends and family (and you guys here on the blog) have asked why I always feel the need to “refinish” my floors in every room I’ve tackled over the past couple of years. Quite frankly the floors got rushed along with the majority of the house so, I figure, with the spaces empty, I might as well do them too.

This space doesn’t get near the traffic (not to mention the dancing) so they didn’t require spot staining or total refinishing. All the bathroom floors needed was a good cleaning and a thick coat of polycrylic that I applied with a brush one night.

The next day, with the bathroom floors dry, I taped along the edge of the trim first and then I taped down plastic over that to protect them.

(I find the double tape layer to work the best so we don’t have to be so careful when we paint the trim.)

My next difficult step was the biggest decision for this tiny space: Paint color!

Starting in on our tiny main floor bathroom floors and a thorough cleaning and assessment of this neglected space so its not so embarrassing!

Starting in on our tiny main floor bathroom floors and a thorough cleaning and assessment of this neglected space so its not so embarrassing!

Starting in on our tiny main floor bathroom floors and a thorough cleaning and assessment of this neglected space so its not so embarrassing!

Starting in on our tiny main floor bathroom floors and a thorough cleaning and assessment of this neglected space so its not so embarrassing!

Starting in on our tiny main floor bathroom floors and a thorough cleaning and assessment of this neglected space so its not so embarrassing!

Comments

  1. August 16, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Indirectly related… the base of the shower is that ceramic or stone? Or fiberglass? We have a couple of tile showers that I am thinking of replacing with a solid base vs time.. just curious of your experience. The small bathroom looks nice!

    • August 18, 2020 at 8:37 am

      Hi Joe, the shower base is fiberglass, it was pretty simple to install actually and we’re happy with it!

      • August 18, 2020 at 3:40 pm

        Ah ok… cool to know. It looks great!

  2. KathyH
    August 16, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Wow the Poly. on the floor really makes al the grain stand out. The floor looks great.

  3. August 18, 2020 at 12:23 am

    I think it’s just great!! Incredible work!!

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