Chelsea’s Hall Bathroom Renovation

In this episode, we’re tackling the hall bathroom of Chelsea’s mid-century home.

We recently wrapped up working on her home’s exterior where we painted the home, covered the gable with cedar shakes and replaced the windows and front door. Be sure to check those projects out here!

Now that the home has curb appeal, Chelsea can start to move inside and make her new family home their own.

We’re giving the hall bathroom a modern facelift with a retro twist!


Chelsea's hall bathroom demolition
Demolition on Chelsea’s hall bathroom is the first step in this retro renovation!

Demolition and Prep Work

We’re taking the blues out of Chelsea’s hall bathroom! These wall and floor tiles are dated and institutional, so we’re replacing them.

The bathroom, while being a decent size, isn’t as functional as Chelsea needs it to be for her three children.

It has a single vanity and a cramped entryway where you have to scoot around the counter to be fully in the room. With the new design for the bathroom, this won’t be an issue anymore!

I called in some help from my construction company to demo the old tile while I got to work on expanding the wall into the hallway.

Danny expanding the bathroom wall into the hallway
Expanding the bathroom into the hallway creates more entryway space.

The way the vanity is situated in the bathroom is awkward. To fully enter the space, you have to scoot around the corner of the vanity into a cubby-like area. The expansion into the hallway will create more space for a vanity and address the awkward door.


Purple drywall for Chelsea's house
Once the demo is complete, we begin to prep by installing Purple XP drywall from National Gypsum.

Installing Mold-Resistant Drywall

Once the old tile, plaster and door are gone, the construction crew adds new Purple XP drywall. Its superior mold and mildew resistance are ideal for a bathroom.


Installing Low-Maintenance Wetwall Panels

Installing wetwall
Installing these panels from Wetwall, a Wilsonart company, brightens up the bathroom instantly!

All of the wall panels in Chelsea’s new hall bathroom are from Wetwall, a Wilsonart Company.

Chelsea chose a natural stone pattern to mimic an upscale hotel bathroom’s appearance. That trend would follow with her choice of flooring.

Instead of isolating these panels to the shower enclosure, Chelsea decided to cover all the walls. Wetwall is durable and easy to clean — all you need is soap and a damp rag.

That’s especially helpful when you have three young children!


Penny tiles in Chelsea's hall bathroom
Chelsea adds a retro pop charm to her hall bathroom with this penny tile!

Laying Retro Penny Tile

Chelsea chose a swanky, retro penny tile to complement the walls and pay tribute to when the house was built.

These tiles are easy to install because they come on squares of mesh backing that you can cut with a utility knife. Trowel some SimpleSet Pre-Mixed Thinset Mortar onto the subfloor, lay the tiles and then grout with Prism Ultimate Permanence Cement Grout.

Because of their linear appearance, you need to carefully lay these tiles. Even the slightest mistake would be noticeable if several rows are crooked.

Fortunately, Chelsea has a great trick to keep everything even. Simply line up the current mat you’re working with and the one just laid and drag it into place!


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Chelsea's bathroom vanity
This new vanity is more functional for this space, but best of all, Chelsea built it herself.

Building and Installing a New Vanity

One of the must-haves on Chelsea’s bathroom renovation list was a new vanity. The single vanity did not function for space or her three children.

Chelsea made this new vanity herself after seeing a similar item — for a high cost — at Pottery Barn. This vanity ties the room together perfectly and it’s quite a conversation piece.

The countertop—which was engineered at Delta Stone LLC, a local business—is made of quartz and complements the walls nicely.

Watch DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Vanity for more information.


Finish product for Chelsea's new hall bathroom
Another successful renovation for Chelsea’s Ranch Revival!

Production Thoughts

Before, Chelsea’s hall bathroom was full of boring blue ceramic tiles and tight spaces.

The single vanity was not functional for her kids and guests and the entryway made it difficult to get into the bathroom.

Now, Chelsea has a beautiful new hall bathroom that her three kids and guests can enjoy. The modern yet retro design makes the space pop with the penny tile she chose and the Wetwall panels.

Chelsea now has another portion of her Ranch Revival complete and it complements the rest of her home perfectly!


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10 COMMENTS

  1. Where are the directions to make the vanity cabinet? Please provide the specs, material, time element, where to purchase the material, etc. Is this a beginner’s project? Thanks.

  2. Loved the bathroom remodel…. always get new ideas. My only question…. why did you use chrome faucets and sconces and gold pulls and towel ring on the vanity?

    • Hi, Cathy!
      To mix metals or not to mix metals…that is the question for homeowners everywhere.
      While using all gold items or all chrome items achieves consistency, mixing metals can prevent one look from overpowering the space.
      Happy home improving. 🙂

  3. Couldn’t wait for Chelsea’s bathroom remodel. I really enjoy watching her ranch revival. Chelsea has great taste. BUT, here in the Milwaukee, WI area there was a paid program on when she should have been. I’m not on instagram or whatever else. Where can I watch the show? Thanks.

    • Hi, Rose!
      Thanks for letting us know about ‘Today’s Homeowner’ TV not airing as scheduled.
      Affiliates occasionally have special events (like breaking news, network broadcasts and sports) that they are obligated to run over regularly scheduled programming.
      When this happens, they usually air our show in an alternative timeslot.
      We recommend checking your TV listings, week to week, for these alternative air dates and times. In the meantime, our affiliates director is looking into this. 

  4. I like your show, and try to schedule it on my “To Do” list when not working. I enjoyed Chelsea’s bathroom remodel. It looked like you did some caulking at the back of the sink vanity back splash. But the scene was so quick, I’m not even sure that’s what you were doing. I did some caulking along my kitchen counter/back splash. Part is perfect, parts should be removed and redone. I hope you have a project one day that will include caulking back splashes. Thank You!

  5. Chelsea I can’t find ms.muffit I live in Michigan. I get a lot of big ugly spiders and I have 2 dogs I worry about

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