Get rid of anything that you will be replacing. This includes faucets, towel rods, and toilets. The less clutter you have in your bathroom, the easier your renovation will be. You can either donate the items you won’t be using anymore, sell them online, or dispose of them according to your city’s requirements. Some places will ask you to leave the item outside your home so that it can be picked up and disposed of, while others will require you to take it to a facility.
Start by painting your bathroom. Use a paint roller, and be sure to let each layer dry completely before adding another. Most paints will dry between two to four hours, but you might want to refer to the label on your can of paint for more specific drying times. If you don’t do this, the paint may not cure properly and become sticky or bumpy. Leave the last coat of paint until after you have installed all cabinets, shelves, sinks, and tubs.
Add tile or new flooring once the paint has dried. This also includes the backsplash tile behind the sink. If you are not changing the floors, then you can remove any protective coverings off the floor at this time.
Install any toilets, sinks, tubs, and showers. You will most likely need to hire a plumber to do this step for you, especially if you are going to move a toilet, sink, tub, or shower from one side of the bathroom to the other. After you have installed the toilet, sink, tub, or shower, be sure to caulk around the edges so that moisture doesn’t seep through. If you don’t caulk, water will get into the floor and cause mildew.
Install any new cabinets, shelves, cabinets, and towel rods. You can place these wherever you want in your bathroom, but keep in mind that you will need to reach these items easily. Towel rods should be placed about 4 feet (1.22 meters) above the floor. The top of a cabinet should be about 6 feet (1.83 meters) above the floor. Place the toilet paper roll holder 6 inches (15.24 centimeters) in front of the toilet.
Install new lights and faucets. Be sure to properly caulk around the faucets after you install them. When buying caulk, try to get an acrylic or hybrid formula. They don’t need chemicals to remove. This will make any future re-caulking easier.
Clean any dust, paint, or debris. When you are done renovating your bathroom, peel off any leftover painter’s tape and discard any sheets of plastic or paper. Be sure to wipe down the counters and sinks, and to vacuum or mop the floors. This will make your bathroom look better and give it that nice, finishing touch.