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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Bathroom Remodel

A few weeks ago I shared my tub transformation, but I wanted to share the entire bathroom because I can't get over what $200 (I actually stayed under budget) and a little time can do to a room.  I mean, I went from builder's grade beige bathroom to a styling bathroom I'm excited to walk into each morning.

I have a rather large bathroom off my master so this was a bigger project for my first DIY, but after stalking Pinterest and Instagram and falling in love with some new (to me) bloggers, I decided why not?!  Also, I knew if I messed up I'd be the only one to see the mistakes since I'm the only one who really uses this bathroom anyway.  Ha!

Here's what I did:
  • Paint cabinets
  • Remove builder mirror
  • Replace mirror with 2 mirrors
  • Paint walls
  • Paint tile around tub
  • Wallpaper toilet closet
  • Update light fixture
  • Update bathroom fixtures 
  • Hang shelf
  • Decorate
Wow!  That's a lot when you start to list it out.  It took me about a month to complete the project, but I didn't do it while the kids were home with me and I did it all myself minus some help removing the mirror and starting the tile project.  

Here are a few pictures of the bathroom from Zillow before I purchased the house and a few I took just before starting the project.

You can see there really was nothing wrong with the bathroom.  It was nice and it functioned well, but it was just like every other bathroom in every other house in my neighborhood I would assume.  

I took the light fixture down and spray painted it matte black.  I opted to leave the glass globes off and purchased some fun lightbulbs to give it a more industrial feel.
I actually purchased a new light fixture for $12 at Habitat for Humanity and opted not to use it because whoever installed the original light fixture had screwed into the studs in the drywall AND used wall anchors.  It would have been a lot of patching and sanding.  So I opted to take the builder grade light fixture down, give it a coat of paint, and roll with it.  Spray paint is magic!

I swore up and down I wasn't going to paint because I have a huge love/hate relationship with painting, but as I was walking through the aisles of Walmart I saw a $21 gallon of pre-mixed paint and I just knew it would give me the biggest bang for my buck in terms of transformation so I went for it.  I don't regret it.  
The view from before (this is from Zillow before I purchased the house).

And the view now:
Such a difference!

I haven't tackled the walk-in closet yet and the idea of painting it overwhelms me due to all the shelving and such that is inside.  However, it's a wreck.  The house overall was very unclean when I moved in and the closet looks like it took a beating with black marks on the walls from shoes and such.  So, I'm trying to decide between peel and stick wall paper or paint...

Speaking of peel and stick wallpaper, I decided not to paint the toilet closet and instead created an accent wall behind the toilet using this $6 roll of peel and stick wallpaper.  It made a huge impact and took about 10 minutes to do.  If you've never used this before I would compare it to contact paper, but much easier to work with.  I highly recommend trying it!

Before and after: you see the huge impact it made.  The sign is one I found for $5 at Hobby Lobby.

The first thing I did, but the last thing to show you is the update I made to the cabinets.  This was time consuming, but so simple and has really inspired me to go ahead with my kitchen cabinets!


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