Hall Bathroom Plans + Design

We have been living in our house now for just over one month!  We are mostly settled in, and the longer we live here, the more it feels like home.  

And the more our project list grows 😉

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that we started our first room makeover this weekend!  We’ve decided to start with our least expensive room since this is our first real project. We’re taking a page from Young House Love and doing a Phase 1 renovation.  (Check out YHL’s great post about Phase 1 projects if you don’t know what I’m talking about.)  Since we don’t want to spend a lot of money and gut the entire room, we’ll mostly be making cosmetic changes so we don’t have to live with a really ugly bathroom for 3+ years.  Let’s take a look at what we currently have going on, shall we?

The Situation

Not pretty, right?  Like I mentioned in my home tour post, it’s a pretty tiny space, but overall, I like the layout of this bathroom.  It’s small, but practical. The vanity is large enough for a guest to put their toiletries on the counter, and there is a shower/tub combo.  Since this room won’t be getting daily use, we are going to make mostly cosmetic changes and put more money toward our master bathroom when we renovate it (one day).  

The Plan

Before we’d even moved in, we knew pretty much what we wanted to do with this space.  We wanted to paint the vanity and replace the light fixture and the mirror (goodbye, hot-glue-gone-wrong mirror).  We wanted to take the shutters off the window and install another privacy solution for the space. We wanted to update all the fixtures.  

Nothing too complicated or expensive.  

Originally, I wanted to paint the walls or the vanity a warm, dark green, like this:



However, the paint chips I’d picked up from Home Depot didn’t look good with the tan/grey linoleum floors.  If we went with a darker green, we would need to paint or replace the floors. We could have made room in our budget to replace the floors, but we didn’t want to if we didn’t have to.  Painting the floors was an option too, but we weren’t thrilled about the idea.  

Luckily, I saw Jenny Komenda’s Evergreen House Kitchen.  She used a beautiful sage green color on the kitchen cabinets, and the floor tiles are–you guessed it–tan and grey.  The sage color looks amazing with the mixed tones of her flooring. So, even though her floor was very cute and ours was not, I was able to visualize the sage color in the space with tan/grey flooring.  


Sage was also a better choice because it fit into the overall color palette of our house much better.  (Post coming soon about how I chose our color palette!) A darker green would have felt disconnected from the color palette I’ve chosen.  

Kendall wasn’t hard to convince, so we ran to Home Depot and picked up a quart of Sage Wisdom by Behr.  We’ve already got a few coats on the vanity, and I can confidently say it was the right choice for sure!  It’s not too pastel and not too green. It’s a beautifully subtle color that will transition well if our tastes change.  

Sage Wisdom by Behr

The color looked great with all the other elements I had picked out in my head…

The Design

I created a quick moodboard to help myself visualize the space. Here’s my final draft. Fun, right?  I love the soft, earthy look it has.  I also love that we don’t have to replace the floors!  Finding ways to work with what you have is such a financially smart decision.  I’m so glad we’re saving around $300 and putting it toward our upcoming master bathroom renovation.

I’ve decided to mix my finishes in this bathroom.  It’s really trendy right now, and I love the way it looks.  However, I think I’ll be too scared to try it in my kitchen or master bathroom, so I wanted to get it out of my system in the hall bathroom.  I’m mixing black and brass, and I think the end result is going to be amazing.

As with every project we’ll take on in this house, budget plays a huge role.  Most of the money in our budget is going toward new fixtures for the sink and shower.  Amazon offers a lot of cute, cheap fixtures, but a lot of the customer reviews are mixed.  Lots of good ones, and lots of bad ones. We decided to spend a little extra money and go with Delta fixtures because we know Delta is a trusted brand.  We were just too nervous to skimp on something as serious as plumbing. So, we’re scouring places like eBay to make sure we get the best price. (I totally recommend installing a Chrome plugin that will search for the best price for you.  We used Wikibuy from Capital One, and it seriously saved us hundreds of dollars and a lot of time!)

We’ve already started painting the vanity and patching the giant hole where the old light fixture was, and I’m really excited to share the final results with you soon!  

Welcome to Our Home!

I can’t believe I’m writing these words, but we closed on our first house and moved in last Saturday!  The past two weeks have been a blur, and I’m just now getting time to sit down and write about it. 

The house is actually in our current subdivision (which we love) just two streets over.  We toured it the day it came on the market, loved it, and put in an offer. Since we knew there were already several other offers on the home, we offered a little over asking price and wrote a the sellers a cover letter saying how much we loved the home and how we could see ourselves making a life there together, etc.  In the end, there were six (!!!) offers on the house, and the sellers picked us because they liked our letter!  We had a few bumps along the way with the inspection, but it all worked out in the end.

Even though the home is newer, there is still some charm, and the exterior siding gives the house a cottage look.  And, there are plenty of projects 🙂 (That was on my house wish list, haha). The kitchen and bathrooms need updated, and the entire living space has parquet floors, so there is a lot for us to improve!  We already have so many ideas for how to update the space to fit our style.

For me, owning a home is pretty much my dream come true.  I’ve had a home renovation board on Pinterest for at least five or six years, so that tells you just how long I’ve been mentally preparing for this.  But the biggest reason we’re excited?  We will finally be able to experience the newlywed excitement of moving into our first place together.  Because Kendall moved into my apartment after we got married, we kind of missed out on the fun of starting our marriage in a new place together.  Even though Kendall’s stuff got mixed in with mine, the place still felt like my apartment.  We didn’t get to brainstorm where to put the couch or how to organize the kitchen cabinets–I’d done that already when I moved in three years ago.  We’re really looking forward to starting from scratch. 

Due to the variety of bright paint colors throughout the house that were not to our tastes, we decided to paint as much as we could before we moved in.  After closing, we took a week to paint paint paint. We had so much help from friends and family, and (amazingly) we got every room painted except the bathrooms.  We even got most of the trim painted. It was a lot of hard work, but the end results were so much better. I’m excited to share photos of what the house looks like painted, but I wanted to share the “before” photos first!  

So, here we go…

Welcome to our home!  It’s a 1,400 square feet single-level home built in 1990 with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a garage, and a screened-in porch.  It’s a tan/beige color, but the siding needs replaced eventually, so we might go with navy or grey siding down the road.  The front yard has some nice landscaping that just needs a little TLC and lots of trimming. Eventually, I’d like to move the little Japanese maple that’s blocking the front porch so you can see the front door.

We have already replaced the doorknob, lock, and door mat at the front door, and it looks much better!  The porch needs pressure washed badly, and the space would greatly benefit from a potted plant and a porch light.  

There is no defined entryway, so you walk straight into the living room when you come through the front door.  

It’s definitely an impressive space with high ceilings and a fireplace.  As you can see, there are a lot of colors going on in this space, haha. The yellow, red, and green walls really make the floor look orange, but it’s much more brown in person.

The built-ins and trim on the fireplace are surprisingly nice features for a builder-grade house from the 90s.  Also, the hearth is marble, which was a pleasant surprise. The fireplace is gas, but it needs some repairs before it’s fully functioning.

The back corner of the living room is the entryway.  It’s definitely nothing special, so I would really like to make some built-ins in the nook, or maybe just add a nice set of wall hooks.

We have already updated the door knobs, door mat, and the light fixture, and it’s so much nicer.  Fun fact: the old light fixture barely cleared the door. There was about 1/8 in. between the tip of the light and the door when it opened.  It definitely made us nervous, haha.

To the right of the living room is the dining room.  It’s a surprisingly huge space, and the French doors in the alcove really bring some character to the room.  We plan on replacing the light fixture soon and adding some shades to the windows and doors.  

The French doors lead directly out to the screened-in porch, which might be one of my favorite spaces in the whole house.

I know it doesn’t look like much yet, but it’s a great space.  The peaked roof is so cute, and there’s a ceiling fan already installed.  We’re thinking about painting the walls black for some contrast, and I already have string lights to drape across the room.  I’m going to take the curtains down since they don’t fit the windows. We don’t need them for privacy since there is a fence and plenty of trees to block the view.

When you come back inside, the kitchen is to the left.

I know.  There is a lot going on in this space, haha.  Lots of orange wood and dated paint colors. But, the space is huge and fits our needs perfectly.  We definitely plan on painting the cabinets soon, and we’re hoping we can find a fridge to match the other stainless steel appliances on Facebook Marketplace or an outlet store.  And, of course, we cannot wait to replace those pink (yes, PINK) laminate countertops.    

One day, if the budget allows, we might tear down the silly pony wall between the living room and the kitchen, then use the space to make an island.  Since the wall doesn’t go up to the ceiling, it feels very disjointed and dated. This will be quite a ways down the road if it ever happens, but it would greatly improve the flow of the house.  I also really want to move the sink to be under the window instead of in a corner. There is so much wasted space back there!!  

To the left of the kitchen is a small hallway that leads to the master bedroom, the pantry, and the garage.

The master bedroom is huge.  We could easily fit a king-sized bed in here one day.  There’s also a really convenient walk-in closet, which was near the top of our house-hunting wish list.  The walls were even darker in person, and if you look closely, you can see that it’s splotchy, haha. It definitely needed another coat, but I’m glad they didn’t give it one because it took four coats of white paint to cover it all up.  

There is a fairly spacious master bathroom off the bedroom.

The master bathroom has a double sink vanity and a separate tub and shower.  The space feels large, but there is no linen closet, and overall, there is a lack of storage space.  Also, the shower is really tight (in my opinion). We’ve discussed eventually combining the tub and shower so we can turn the shower stall into a linen closet.  I think it would greatly improve the storage and functionality of the bathroom. (Side note: Please ignore the dirty shower. It has since been scrubbed clean.)  We plan to paint the vanity and replace the counter top. Also, as you can see, someone hot glued rocks to the edge of the mirror, ruining it entirely. We plan to pry the whole thing off the wall and replace it with two smaller mirrors.

On the other side of the house is another hallway where the other bathroom and bedrooms are.  

The second bedroom is what we will use as an office.  This room will be mostly Kendall’s space, so I wash my hands of whatever decor gets put in here, haha.  There is a huge closet though, which will be great for storing all his board games.  

Next is the hall bath, which will be our guest bathroom.  

It’s a pretty small bathroom, and it needs a lot of work, but I can see this becoming such a cute space.  We’ll definitely paint the vanity and update the light fixture and the mirror (another hot glue DIY gone wrong).  I already took the shutters off the window, so now I’m looking for another privacy solution for the space. Currently, there’s just a piece of Kraft paper taped in the window, haha.

The third bedroom is at the end of the hallway.

We plan to use this room as a guest room.  As you can see, the dark chocolate brown walls make the room feel really gloomy, despite the beautiful, big window.  It took three coats of white paint to cover it all up. On the bright (ha!) side, there’s a fairly spacious closet that will be great for storing my craft supplies.  

The laundry room is located right outside the guest room.  

There you have it!  I hope you enjoyed this short “before” tour of our new house.  I was so excited to share the photos with you, and I’m even more excited to start sharing our plans and progress.  Thanks for reading!

Xo Lizzie

What did you love most about buying your first house?  Or, what are some things on your future home wish list?  Let me know in the comments!