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Wait until you see this small bathroom makeover…might just be the biggest transformation we’ve had yet on BSL.

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Two of my best friends bought a condo a few months ago in the perfect location. What wasn’t so perfect is that the condo was just a tad outdated ;). Insert me and a few days and they no longer have an outdated bathroom!

I can’t even believe how much we were able to change the space without spending a lot of money. We also did a ton of renter-friendly bathroom decor and it looks real good but I am even more excited to see how it holds up. Sometimes the renter-friendly decor can be a little janky so I’ll update this post in a few months and see how it’s done.

I’m showing you everything I did to update this small bathroom space and where I bought it all.

Bathroom Before & After…

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BOARD & BATTEN (and paint colors):

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I had Lauren and Korn (the condo owners), but together a Pinterest board on some bathroom pictures that they liked. I saw a constant theme throughout that a lot of them had paneling of some sort. I also noticed that adding paneling to a room makes it look SO much more custom.

At first, I wanted to do wide bead board panels. Switch it up a little from the standard (and debatably overused tongue-and-groove). But, then, I realized I have never used an electric tool in my life and it was way too advanced for me to think I would be able to cut out circles in the wood for the plumbing to fit around.

So, I went back to the tongue-and-groove idea. It looked pretty simple to do and I could specifically place the wood boards to go around plugs, plumbing, and anything else that would need intense cuts.

As I delved into the bathroom renovation project, I couldn’t help but consider the practical aspects, including the presence of a septic tank on the property. Understanding the layout and location of the septic tank became paramount in my planning process.

Properly accounting for its position ensured that any plumbing work related to the bathroom renovation would not interfere with the septic system’s functionality or integrity. It was a reminder of the importance of not only creating a visually appealing space but also maintaining the essential infrastructure that supports the home.

Maintaining a well-functioning septic tank is essential to ensure the proper disposal of wastewater and prevent potential environmental hazards. Homeowners can find valuable guidance on septic tank care and maintenance from reputable sources like the AlligatorSeptic website, which offers insights into best practices for a trouble-free septic system, enhancing the overall functionality and longevity of your home.

When it comes to home renovations and adding a touch of elegance to a bathroom, paneling has emerged as a popular choice among homeowners. Lauren and Korn, the condo owners, have taken inspiration from various Pinterest boards, noticing the timeless charm that paneling brings to a space. Initially considering wide bead board panels, they will soon realized the complexity of the task, especially when dealing with plumbing and electrical components. However, they found an ideal solution in tongue-and-groove paneling. This classic option not only provides a sophisticated look but also allows them to work around plugs, plumbing, and other intricate elements with ease. As they embark on their bathroom transformation, hiring experienced plumbing contractors would undoubtedly ensure seamless integration of the paneling, creating a truly customized and stunning space to unwind and relax. They can deliver a stunning bathroom transformation that truly reflects their style and preferences.

So, if you’re not confident in your DIY skills when it comes to plumbing, it’s always best to call in the professionals. Brisbane’s best plumbers also have the expertise and experience to ensure that your bathroom remodel goes smoothly, without any hiccups or headaches. They can make sure that all plumbing fixtures are properly installed and connected, so you won’t have to worry about any leaks or other issues down the road. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to something as important as your home’s plumbing system. So, consider enlisting the help of best plumbers to make your bathroom renovation a success.

Now that it’s done, I can 100% say that you can do this!! Sarah and I did it together (both power tool virgins) and were able to do this whole wall in about 4 hours (minus painting). 

Here’s the details on this:

White paint color – Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore

Tan Paint Color (same on the vanity) – Natural Cream by Benjamin Moore (75% strength)



1) Look up a Youtube video on how to do this. I watched a ton of them and they really helped me!

2) I wanted the board and batten to go pretty high up the wall. We ended up having it be 70 inches tall and spaced the boards 16 inches apart.

3) When painting, we found we got the smoothest look by using a paint brush in the corners and then a roller to go over the wood boards and the middle parts.


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The floor! Here’s the link to these peel-and-stick tiles.

I found these peel and stick tiles on Amazon and so far, we are really impressed with them. They were extremely affordable (like insanely affordable), were really easy to cut, and completely transformed the room.

Tbh, I am just as curious to you how it holds up. In real life, it doesn’t look perfect. You can spaces in the tile but the tile is so busy that your eye gets kind of distracted. I’ll update this post in a few months once Lauren and Korn update me on how they have done!

We were pretty impressed with these! So far, at least.

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They are replacing their countertops in the next few months so originally, we were not going to touch them. Butttt, after I saw this spray paint that could be used on countertops, I knew I had to try it. I asked Lauren and Korn and they said go for it.

After using it, I’ll say that its definitely not a permanent fix. It will peel eventually but if you’re looking for something to last you a year and be really cheap (like $7 haha), this could be a great solution.

I also took some black spray paint and sprayed the faucet and toilet paper holder. We were working on a major budget so this was another hack to update the space.

I’ll update this too in a few months regarding how well they have held up!


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“Take It Easy” Artwork:

(^okay, side note, this was so affordable and probably one of my favorite things in the bathroom)

Here’s the link for the “Take It Easy” flag. It was on sale so only cost $14!! I then got this frame and some poster board to act as the matte of the board. The flag stuck onto the poster board with some command strips!

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Here’s links for everything else in the bathroom:

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Hope you loved this small bathroom makeover as much as we do!!

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