Finally! I am ready to show off my handy work in our guest bathroom. This one definitely felt like it took longer than it really did. Unfortunately any time you work with stain you have to add in a lot of extra days just for drying time. Anywhoo, the walls are no longer wrapped in striped paper, the cream door, trim and cabinet color have been obliterated and the hardware is donning a new coat of “chrome”. Oh yeah, I removed the shower door, added a rod and curtain, and painted the lights too! Whew!
The space has gone from this:
And now to this:
So we now have a pretty generic box, but it does feel a lot better in this bath to us now. It will take some time to add more personality, as in some cool art for several walls, but I like to take my time with that sort of thing. The water damaged cabinetry has a new lease on life and the faux marble vanity top looks less reddish brown than it did with the previous color combination. This bath ties in better now too with the guest bedroom it is attached to. I left a sliver of the light blue wall color showing in the first before and after shots above so you could see the odd original transition from the bedroom to the bath. Now, with modern colors the rooms don’t look like they are from such vastly different time periods. I think (and hope!) our guests will feel more comfortable using this lighter and brighter bath.
Below is a recap of my initial concerns, wants, needs, dreams of what needed to happen in that space. It was so fulfilling to check so many things off the list. I added pictures of the updates along the way. Enjoy!
From original post on February 28th
Here are some of my Concerns:
-No Natural Light
Sconces and ceiling fan light give off nothing more than a candle flame
When removing the lights for painting I discovered that what I thought was frosted glass turned out to be dust encrusted clear fluted glass! Insert communal eeeeewwwww! A thorough cleaning and we now have a good bit more light coming through. Although it’s not the best fix for the long run, it works for now.
-Extra large, overpowering mirror
Gold mixed with chrome and white porcelain
In an attempt to make a positive change on a small budget I spray painted all the gold knobs and even traded out the porcelain cabinet hardware for some of the old brass from the kitchen. A coat of chrome spray paint later and they look like a million bucks! I’m still on the fence about the actual door and closet knobs, though. I’m not in love with the finish and I’m also unsure it will hold up to regular use.
(The gold hinges will be replaced soon. I decided not to attempt to spray paint anything else in this space.)
-Cream and white fixtures (vanity top, toilet, tub and tile surround are all different)
-No budget for new tile
No budget for new vanitycabinet
Doesn’t matter now. Gel stain made it look completely different. Thank you, Minwax, Red Elm!
Here are some of my Ideas:
Paint the vanity cabinet a fun bright color (light, beachy green maybe?)
We nixed this idea in favor of something more neutral. Not only is this a space for guests with varying tastes, but it’s one less space to have to worry about come sales time.
Gel stain the vanity to make it look like dark wood
As Dave on Storage Wars would say, “YUUUUUPPPP!” The dark color helps hide the years of water damage and chipping areas, making the cabinet look completely new. Yeah!
See all the chipping paint and swollen wood above? Not the best presentation for our guests, wouldn’t ya’ say?
Remove the wallpaper and paint the walls a light color (pale taupe to help neutralize the vanity top?)
If we had just removed the wallpaper and done nothing else in this space it would have been a much happier place than it was prior to the changes. Although my Home Depot, “Oops” color ended up being a bit darker than I envisioned for this room, it was actually exactly what was needed. Between the new wall color and the darker cabinet, the vanity looks much more beige with brown streaks than cream with red streaks, as it did before.
-Frame the large mirror (it does help to reflect what little light is in there)
Framing the mirror is still on the list for the future.
Replace or paint the sconces and switch out the shades for something more stylish
In the future we may opt to replace them completely, especially since what we have gives off so little light. For now, a couple of coats of chrome spray paint and the really good shade scrubbing has given them an almost free new life.
Maybe I’m just too cheap, but the simple changes we made makes these sort of charming to me now. Where before they seemed brash and old fashioned.???
Paint all woodwork, and doors bright white
Remove glass shelf behind toilet and replace with artwork or a more substantial shelf unit
I removed the shelf, but decided to paint it, put it back and add some different artwork to the wall above.
I have yet to find any art for any part of the bath, so I just put back some of my ceramic pieces on the shelf for now.
-Add art work or large mirror to the end wall of the room
Still on the search for something I like.
Change cabinet hardware, door knobs and hinges
I removed the old porcelain knobs and replaced them with leftover brass knobs from the kitchen. Since the style was identical and I did not have the heart to paint the porcelain knobs, I opted to spray the gold ones chrome, along with the hinges, so everything looks new now.
If I had a bigger budget, or one day…..
-Would love to chip out the row of pink tiles in the tub surround and replace with something more modern in a neutral color combo
-Would love to switch out the cream colored powder room toilet with the white one in here
Would love to remove the sliding tub door and replace with an extra high bar and long custom curtain
Done! This ended up being so much easier than I thought. Although, adding a extra high bar did not look as nice as I thought it would. I decided to keep a regular height rod instead, which in the end meant I could avoid the higher cost of making (or buying) a custom sized curtain and liner.
I found the shower curtain at World Market and at $29.99 I believe it was the most expensive purchase for the whole mini-remodel. I also added the towel bar after removing the shower doors, which included nice long handles for draping wet towels. Now we have this new chrome version, plus an additional towel bar set in the tile at the back of the shower surround. The new bar is part of a set that I scored during one of my thrifting adventures last year. I thought I would use it in the hall bath upstairs, but found a more immediate need in this room. The set includes a more modern style toilet paper holder, which was relocated to the end of the vanity cabinet and out of view when looking into the space, a hand towel ring and a door hook. All this chrome for about $3.50 at 50% off Wednesday at the Salvation Army. Yeah budget!
-Would love to remove the large mirror and replace with smaller, individual oval mirrors
-Would love to get all new lighting
-Would love to remove vanity completely and replace with a higher cabinet (this one hits below my mid-thigh) and a Carrera marble top. Oooooohhhh….
So, this is where we have arrived over the last month with this room mini-remodel. I say mini because nothing structural changed aside from removing the shower doors, which was shockingly easy to accomplish. Even though we have simply neutralized the space and did not do anything extraordinary in here, we are quite thrilled with how this room looks now compared to the circus tent of early ‘90’s Waverly wallpaper that it was before. I think our guests will be much happier bathing in this space as well.
Here is a breakdown of our costs for the mini-remodel:
-Wall paint – Home Depot “Oops” color $7.00
-Cabinet Color – Minwax Gel Stain- Red Elm Already owned $0.00
-Trim Paint – Valspar Semi-Gloss –White Already owned $0.00
-Ceiling Paint – Glidden Purple Tint Already owned $0.00
-Dry Wall Compound for repairs Already owned $0.00
-Primer for walls Already owned $0.00
-Chrome Spray Paint – Rustoleum $5.49
-Rustoleum Auto Body Primer $5.49
-Rustoleum Clear Protective Coat $5.49
-Chrome Accessories- Sal. Army 50% off purchase $3.50
-Tension Shower Rod- World Market $10.99
-Shower Curtain Hooks-Chrome Ball – World Market $10.99
-Shower Curtain- World Market $29.99
-Towels and mats – on sale at Target $30.00
That’s a grand total of: $97.95
Considering I have two kid’s rooms to complete on no budget in the next month, I am pretty psyched about how low priced this mini-makeover ended up. It’s amazing what you can accomplish by hitting up sales, keeping a lookout for those oddball, but useful things at the Salvation Army and, of course lots of elbow grease.
Did you guys make any big or little changes to your bathrooms over the last month? I love to see what other people come up with in their own spaces!