Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The other bathroom

Ok, thanks for all the reassurance that my navy painted master bath is not going to ruin the sale of our house!  Now for the main bath.  Again, there is so much more I'd love to do in here.  Add a solar tube for some natural light, redo the entire shower area.   Not to mention the floor tile.  Oh, and a new vanity....but alas, this is all we could afford.  Here are some before and afters:
Wall color is Benjamin Moore OC-14 Natural Cream.   So much brighter than the dark tan.  Shower curtain is the 'Fiji' style from World Market, I can't find it on the website any longer!  I decided against raising the curtain higher because I couldn't find a curtain I liked, and I didn't want it to be dark in the shower.
I love the way the vanity turned out!  The color is Sherwin Williams Anonymous, and I used a $5 sample jug to paint the entire thing.  We knew we were leaving during the makeover, so I chose a neutral color that is still interesting.  The knobs are Saturn knob with star backplate in polished chrome from Rejuvenation.  I'm so in love with these! 
I think for what I had to work with, this vanity is killer.  I even went through the trouble to put matching liner in the drawers to cover the sweet faux wood grain stuff.  I got this roll online at HomeDepot.com because they don't carry it in our stores, and couldn't believe my luck when it was the exact shade of gray as the paint!
Love it when that happens!  I also love it when I find a steal online at expensive websites.  Like this little glass shelf from Rejuvenation.  I got it for $30, which is unheard of for heavy chrome, thick glass, and a beautiful glass towel bar.  It is still that price, so go get it!
The light is one of my favorite things.  I love how pointing the lights up makes the ceiling appear taller, and creates a nice all-over light, rather than harsh light pointing down your face.  Ladies, nobody looks good with light pointing down on our faces....am I right?  This is the Seagull Driscoll vanity light in polished chrome.  I got it at Lighting New York, which is fast becoming my favorite place to buy lighting since they will quote you a lower price than their website if you contact them via chat or email.  I got this light for $175, when most other places were charging $190 - 225. 
The Grohe faucet is gorgeous, but I'm mad because I paid $108 for it on Amazon, and now it's $71 with shipping.  Ugh, bummer for me.  Buy it, it's awesome! 
The mirror is from Homegoods, we ended up having to install it vertically because it just wasn't 'tall' enough when we put it horizontally due to the surface of the mirror being broken up by the chunky edges.  I think it worked out almost perfectly with the light, though!
I also had to address the crappy door and trim in this room.  It was paint-splattered (and you know it was NOT by me!) and the finish was all degraded, almost like a previous owner was standing in front of the door spraying Aqua Net daily.  Yeah, this house was built in 1973 so you know that was happening!  Here is a little sample of the ugly door:
I cleaned the paint off with Goof Off the best I could, scraped a little, then used a most amazing Howard product called Citrus Shield Premium Color Paste Wax, in Walnut.  This stuff is great!
Have I mentioned how much I love Howard products?  Like here, here, and here?  SO much they sent me a huge box of the entire product line?  Yes, I love it. 
It's hard to see in the photo, but this gave some of the color back to the veneer, and certainly improved the appearance!  I bet if I put some Feed N Wax over the top, it would be even better.  Here is a shot of the entire door, half waxed. 
It made such a difference!  In this pic you can see the photo from our honeymoon that I hung in an old frame painted to match the vanity.  So, there you have the bathroom. 
Not a bad makeover, eh?
To revisit the budget of 1k, here is what I actually spent in here:
Replace light ($175)
Replace toilet ($230)
Replace faucet ($110)
Replace fan with new fan+light unit (Estimate $100) I spray painted the existing fan cover
Towel rack for above toilet ($80)  I bought the shelf for $34
Replace mirror ($85)
Replace cabinet hardware ($40)
Paint cabinet (Estimate $25 for samples and final quart)  Used $5 SW sample jar I already had
Chrome curtain rod ($20)
Extra long shower curtain or window panels (Hopefully $60 or less)  Spent $30 on curtain
Wall paint ($35)
New towels, rug and accessories ($50 if I'm lucky)  I only bought a green elephant statue and new glass canisters for $35.  Used the rug and towels we already had. 
Refinish kit for counter ($10)  I already bought the kit, but never did the refinish.  Ooops. 
Total:  $809

Works for me!


  1. Looks really great! Lucky buyer...

  2. I LOVE that you always make something extra awesome with next to nothing budgets!!!

    I never would have thought about drawer liners in the bathroom you are GENIUS, ours needs it. When we moved in there was so much left over, caked on make-up in the drawers I wanted to hurl! I scrubbed, and scrubbed but in my mind it still feels gross. I think the liners will give an extra something, make it feel more OURS, and then I can stop using all the little baskets in the drawers (not for organization but because I didn't want my toothpaste touching the bottom of the drawers. Yeah, I'm that person ;)

    Excellent work girl!

  3. Not bad at all! Think it turned out great.

  4. This looks great! What a huge improvement -

    Such a great idea to line the drawers - it's such an easy way to make it look more modern.


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