This project was a basic lipstick job. We will eventually rip the walls down, redrywall and put down new flooring (while keeping a clawfoot in there- that'll be fun...) So we wanted to work with what we had.
Originally we were going to paint the bead board to...ya know, obvious white, but I refuse to paint my wood work and we thought it'd look silly having painted bead board and then wood trim. We decided that the stained bead board wasn't the problem, but that we needed to just embrace it. With the right accessories it could be quite charming, and by removing the peachy wallpaper it would bring down the yellow factor a lot!
May I present a before and after for you :)
I am completely in love with how cool and open it is. The light colors make it seem much bigger than it is. The best thing about this makeover is from start to finish, we spent less than $50.
What made this so affordable? Well, partly because we used what we had!
I was sorting through my pinterest boards to break up my "home ideas" board into seperate boards "living room", "dining room"...etc.
I came across this pin that I had loved from our first apartment. I'd already bought the shower curtain before I pinned it, so I thought it would be an easy design to replicate- but it was in a bucket that hadn't been opened in over a year. I'd completely forgotten about it!
Luckily they did! Though, in true sneaky Target fashion, what was once a generic Target curtain that I scored for $10 is now a "Threshold" curtain for $20. Boo! But, being the hoarder that I am, I had some curtains to return and got it for $10.
We color matched the light blue in the birds for the paint colors, but it ended up being a color that already existed. It's Tidal Pool by Behr.
It certainly dried more blue than the online color splotch, but I still love how cool and light it is. It almost looked white on the can. We spent $18 for the quart of paint and primer and a quart of Kilz (hint! Get your Kilz at Wal-Mart! Way cheaper)
We also already had the over the toilet thing and boxes from our first apartment. Again, a benefit of hoarding, it hasn't been hung up for about 3 years but it's back! I think I originally got that at Target as well though. I liked it because it wasn't as wide as a lot of over the toilet things. We also already had the brown towels from when we used this shower curtain the first time. We stole the fluffy white bathmat from the downstairs bath too since we had two mats down there and this one was getting too dirty being on the main floor (guys wearing boots to go to the bathroom and whatnot)
Wanna look at it again?
Here is a closer look at what is over the toilet: this has solved the "where do I put my tampons and hair dryer" crisis as this bathroom had ZERO storage.
And here's the sink area. My wonderful Nate hung it three inches lower so I can actually see my whole face in it now.
We already bought a new light fixture on clearance for $10 at World Market, but it's black and it's way too cold to spray paint right now. When the budget allows we will also buy a new bigger medicine cabinet with more mirror to bounce around light and we'll replace all the basic pine hardware (towel racks and things like that).
I think the biggest difference made was painting the ceiling white instead of having the wall paper on it! This mini makeover served all of our immediate "WHY IS THIS SO UGLY" needs. I keep smiling when I walk by.
What did you guys do this weekend?