I always love seeing the difference paint can make! A fresh coat of paint and quick color change in the bathroom has made such an impact.
- We removed the carpeting and installed 20 x 20 travertine tile floors.
- We removed the fiberglass shower and installed 4×4 tiles floor to ceiling for the shower instead
- Removed builder’s vanity and mirror and replaced with a DIY dresser-turned-vanity
- Faux finished the walls and painted
Here’s the before.
We have two and half bathrooms in our home. I refer to them as the half bath, guest bath, and master bath. It’s too bad we didn’t take better before pictures of them as they were when we first moved in. This weekend, I found a picture of the upstairs landing that provides a glimpse into what we were first working with many years ago.
It’s a crazy picture, but you can still see the main elements from 1986 when the house was built: original vanity, original tile and dark green patterned wall paper. The flooring was in poor shape. A year after moving in, we replaced the tiny ceramic tiles with a 12 x 12 porcelain tile.
As you can see, during the tiling, we also took out the old vanity. Our budget was VERY small so I picked out a very basic white new vanity, the kind with the molded sink top that comes with it.
The vanity is so tiny because this bathroom is tiny! It’s 5ft from the door to the window on the opposite wall and 7ft wide.
Over time we made the other changes seen above. 1) We put up beadboard right over that dark wallpaper and painted the upper portion of the wall. 2) My mom made the shelving unit to hang above the toilet. Built-ins are such a nice way to create more storage and function in a small space. 3) Replaced the basic molded sink top with a piece of marble and separate sink.
More recently, I’ve hung regular floor to ceiling curtains (Vivan from Ikea) that I had stashed away in a closet to see how they felt in the space. I think I like it. It seems a little more spa like and I want to say, ironically, spacious. The regular plastic shower curtain liner is still behind them.
The walls and vanity will likely get a new paint color soon. I’m waiting for inspiration to strike. I still need to finish painting the trim and frost the window for privacy too.
I do like how there is no gap of space above the shower curtain rod now. Have you tried extra long shower curtains (or just regular curtains) in the bathroom?
Paint Colors We’ve Used