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Bathroom Facelift

We, or rather, I love doing projects around the house.  In fact, it’s one of my favorite things about homeownership,the freedom to paint the walls whatever color I want, and other fun things like that.  They can be quite a headache sometimes, of course.  That’s why DH doesn’t love these projects quite as much as I do.  But we both agree that the projects are always worth it when we’re done.

One room we hadn’t gotten to was the guest/future-kid’s bathroom.  But, I have been wanting to give it a facelift for a while, and DH is on summer break, so we decided to get it done.

As you can see here in the picture, it’s a decent bathroom.  Nothing special, but not unusable either.  It got the job done, but we really wanted a bathroom that would be an oasis, a relaxing place to refresh and rejuvenate.  I know, that’s quite a lot to ask from a little space!

Turns out I only have one before shot. Sorry! I thought I had some on file, so I didn’t take any before we started the project. But this still gives you an idea of what we were working with.

Our plans started with repainting.  I used left over paints from other rooms in the house, so we ended up with white, cream, and green.  I also planned to have molding put around the mirror, and near the ceiling.

When the handyman came over to put in the molding, he strongly discouraged us from framing out the mirror as I had wanted to.  He pointed out that the molding would have to be glued to the mirror and with time, if the bathroom was used regularly, the steam would erode the glue and ruin the molding.  So, we decided to have the builders grade mirror just removed, and we went with a framed mirror instead.

Of course that meant we had to go back and repaint the wall where the mirror was pulled off, but it was so worth it in the end!

Luckily, the mirror came down nice a clean. The wall still had to be cleaned up and textured before being repainted. But in the end, it looks so much better with a framed mirror.

I found this mirror at Ross for only $35! What a steal, huh! I had expected to pay closer to $100 for a mirror the right size and look.

I wish I had a before picture of this light fixture to show what a huge transformation a can of spray paint can make! Before, it was a crusty old chrome finish, it looked so out-dated. We didn’t want to pay to replace it altogether, so we took a can of hammered bronze spray paint to it instead. I can’t tell you how happy I am with the result.

This angle here shows how we painted the bathroom. We decided to paint the walls white and the ceiling green. The cream we used for the molding was also used on the cabinets down below.

Here is a finish shot of the bathroom. The framed mirror looks so great and the shelf set I found at Target is a great way to add in some additional decorations and color.

I was so excited when I found this curved curtain rod at Ross for pretty cheap. It makes me feel like this is a posh hotel bathroom! The curtain itself was a Target find also, and is what I used as inspiration for the rest of the bathroom.

I found a couple prints on Pintrest and created a few myself. Everything in the frames I simply printed off from a colored printer. I am really happy with the finished product. A great combo of guest friendly and kids friendly.

Here’s a better angle of the artwork in the frames. I love the “Suspicious Owl Suspects Something” and also the picture of the soap saying, “Rub me on your butt!” Very fun and silly.

At the end of the project, we are both so thrilled with the way everything turned out.  Our future kids are going to have the best bathroom in the house!  In fact, DH has said a few times that he wishes this was our bathroom.  But I supposed we will just have to do something similar to ours in the future.

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