Projects are calling: Bathroom_A_B (© Steven Dewall)

© Steven Dewall

The Olivers have their hands full raising three kids — 8, 6 and 4 months — which doesn’t leave much free time for house projects. Brian Oliver has somehow found the time to update the rest of the home over the years, but the last room on his honey-do list is the guest bathroom, which hasn’t been updated since the 1970s.

All the plumbing and electrical systems were in good shape, so we were able to focus on fixtures, colors and finishing touches. This enabled us to get the job finished in a day — a very long day.

Bing: Get design ideas for small bathrooms

Not only did the new modern fixtures tie in with the rest of the house, they also conserved water, a huge savings in a growing household of five.

Article continues below

Not to mention Brian had the satisfaction of building a custom towel rack with three towel hooks — one for each of his children.

Here’s everything you need to complete this project:

  • Measuring tape
  • Heavy-duty garbage bag
  • Picture hanging kit for hanging mirror
  • Plumbers putty
  • Eye protection
  • Orbital sander
  • Sand paper: 320 grit
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver drill bits
  • No. 10 2 1/2-inch cabinet mounting screws
  • Finish nail gun
  • 18-gauge finish nails
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Tongue and groove pliers
  • Silicone caulk
  • Caulking gun
  • Vanity with pre-installed plumbing fixtures and connections
  • Mirror
  • Faucet
  • Toilet with plumbing fixtures inside the tank
  • Wax toilet ring
  • Prime
  • Paint
  • Blue tape
  • Wall spackle to fill any holes or gouges in the wall
  • 6-inch roller
  • 3/8-inch nap roller covers
  • High-quality paint brush
  • Utility knife
  • Nail ripper
  • Poplar 1-by-4 flat stock for towel rack
  • Stain
  • Brush for stain
  • Towel hooks
  • Plenty of rags for soaking up water
  • Cleaning supplies