Last year, one of our goals was to revamp our half bath downstairs. There were a few rooms through the house that were a medium avocado green when we moved in and while I like green, I wanted to keep the theme blues and grays so slowly, I made over each room that had the green.
The last up was the bathroom. Here was the before:
And it really isn’t that bad of a before, I just wanted a lighter space since there isn’t a ton of natural light in this part of our downstairs.
- Get rid of the pedestal sink.
- Add some bead board/trim – these are 10 foot ceilings which look really tall in such a small space, thought it would be nice to break up so much wall.
- Replace mirror (didn’t like the frame on it – it was basically a 4 inch wood box with a mirror in the back of it. Given where the light fixture hit it, the inside of the mirror was shaded and dark.
- New light fixture – slowly I’m trying to replace the “builder lights” through our home.
- Get rid of the towel bar we never used and replace the broken, wiggly hook that held our hand towel.
We had some mistakes along the way, so it took about 3 weekends of work to do it, but I think the after turned out great. Outside of finding a fun piece of artwork to hang over the toilet, I’d say it’s complete!
- Not buying a solid wood vanity.
The first vanity I bought was cute online, but it was a bunch of particle board and just pulling it out of the box, we could tell it wasn’t what we wanted to have in there. For a few hundred dollars more, we took it back and got something that is solid wood and much better quality.
- Painting 3 times!
When we bought the first vanity, we went ahead and painted first with a gray beige color before taking it out of the box. (It was the same color we painted our master bedroom last year and loved!)
Unfortunately, since the vanity didn’t work out and we needed a 24″ vanity, which doesn’t have tons of options, we had to completely change our color palette.
We went with a repaint of a (#2) light gray we had from painting our dining and sitting rooms. When it was against the white molding, it didn’t have enough contrast, so next came paint job #3! The final medium/light gray was a winner with just enough contrast.
And here is the final product:
It’s hard to tell with the dark lighting (phone pics) but the vanity is a gray color. We really love it and now we have some in-bath storage for extra TP, soap, tissues, etc.
It always feels good to get a house project completed that makes you feel good each time you walk in there! One last before and after: