Monday, February 25, 2013

Bathroom Reveal!

We last left the upstairs bathroom in a creepy asylum like state of wallpaper paste and gouges- it was quite spooky. I've frankly been ignoring it until this past weekend when I could finish it up.


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!

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When I found the pin again it was like a "you coulda had a v8!" moment. I was like, oh duh! That would totally lighten up the space! Since we had one in storage, but we needed two to get around the clawfoot, I was really, really hoping that Target still had the shower curtain.

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?

24 comments:

  1. That shower curtain is so pretty! paint is funny...it seems, IME, that it always ends up looking darker on walls but lighter on furniture than you expect. Which doesn't make any sense. But, yeah, a productive weekend--looks so much brighter now!

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    1. Paint can't be trusted! Regardless I love it, which is weird because I'm not much on the BLUE BLUE side of the world. I like green blues. Thanks!

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  2. I love that shower curtain, yay for your hoard :) Isn't it awesome to walk past a room that makes your heart sing and doesn't make your wallet cry?? lol - very nice update.

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    1. Thanks Dharma! I love when that happens :)

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  3. It looks worlds different in there, I love it! That blue is really nice

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  4. It looks so cute!!! It should make your heart sing :)

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  5. Great weekend job!!! Amazing what a difference just a little be of effort makes!! LOVE the shower curtain - birds are just so sweet!!

    This past weekend we worked our butts off building and hacking a major tv/curio/shelf/cupboard thing from Ikea for our living room. My husband built a base for this massive beauty to sit on, and it looks AMAZING!!!! We had to completely re-route the heating through a side vent in cabinet because the heat vent that was in the wall, and was one of those massive 1950s style holes, was just too much in the way of where we wanted the cabinet. So with some duct work, wood, lots of measuring and sawing, the heat now comes through the back of the cabinet and out the side --- completely hidden by the cupboard door in the front. So proud of my hubs!! I hope to get it all up on the Ikea Hack page in a few weeks.

    YAY for DIY!!!!

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    1. Damn Girl! That sounds EXHAUSTING. I'd love to see it though! E-mail me some stuff when it's all done so we can get you up for a DIW!

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  6. I super love it. I especially love the new shower curtain. Very classy.

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    1. Thanks! It's so versatile too with all the colors!

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  7. Looks good! The blue definitely tones down the yellow of the wood.

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    1. It's jumped ahead a few decades- that's for sure! Amazing what a lack of butterfly wall paper will do...

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  8. Funny—I got some paint samples from HD over the weekend and Tidal Pool was one of the 2 turquoise samples I brought home!! What’re the odds.  It’s nice to see how it looks when it’s on a whole wall. I was also shocked at how white it looked on the dab on the cover. I thought they had messed up the mix! Everything looks very fresh and I think the wood tones look nice in there.

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    1. That's too funny! I totally thought they'd gotten it wrong too until they blow dried it! It dries totally differently compared to when it's wet.

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  9. Love it! IT'S so bright and fresh now! Sometimes, being a hoarder isn't such a bad thing! I finished up painting bead board with primer this wknd...yeah I am slow and doing it in little bits so I don't get sick of it and frustrated. Haha. GReat JOb on the bathroom!

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait to see yours when it's done!

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  10. I really like the wood beadboard/trim! You were right--it just needed the right wall color to go with it. Looks great!

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  11. Ooo, I like the new shower curtain. Great update!

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    1. Thank you so much! Very cool- I'll be sure to look into it more!

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  13. Yeah, I know this post was like 6 months ago. But I wanted to say:
    1) That medicine cabinet should be totally rocking a clear faceted crystal knob to take it from bland to bam.
    2) Love that you refuse to paint woodwork! (I want to scream looking at YHLs new LR knowing they're going to throw (yawn) white paint all over it and just ruin it like they always do.) I have 2 words for all your woodwork: Liquid Gold. I used it on vintage 50s kitchen cabinets, trim, and solid core wood doors in my old place, and those suckers had an awesome glow to them. This stuff makes wood drink up and return to its natural beauty. Before the initial application of Liquid Gold, wash the woodwork down with Murphy's Oil Soap and let it dry and air a couple of days, then have at it. If you keep re-applying Liquid Gold every 6 months or so (no more Murphying involved), bam. Thought I'd mention it as your woodwork looks dry (if you know what I mean).
    3) Love this part of your description: After reading thousands of blogs promoting "budget" designs of $5000+ per room, we decided it was time to take matters into our own hands - I'm with ya there.

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