Thursday, August 29, 2013

Bathroom Reveal

Are you all ready for this? Because I don't think you are. Am I the only one super excited about a bathroom makeover?! Well, maybe. If you've been following along, you've watched our bathroom go from this... this.
Seriously, I'm kind of in shock. If you had told me one month ago my bathroom would look like this, I wouldn't have believed you. I did that?! No way!
All it took was a quart of free paint, one can of spray paint (actually, less than one can!), some scrap wood and various accessories. Pretty crazy, huh?

You see, I have this problem with finishing projects. My walls are still only half gray, our kitchen still needs some love, and don't even get me started on our bedroom. So seeing this bathroom in all of its splendor is a bit surreal.
I know, I know... it's just a bathroom, but it's easily my new favorite room in our house. There. I said it.

With that now out in open, let's get down to details. When I last updated you, I had just installed the rustic wood shelves. Since then, I've hung the towel rack by attaching standard sawtooth picture hangers to the back of the wood.
I replaced our busy shower curtain with a floor-to-ceiling length white shower curtain, which I love.

I've also added some pretty art, which I printed from Young House Love's watercolor downloads. (Thanks, guys!) I love the bright colors it adds to the room.
And seriously, I'm convinced flowers were meant to be in bathrooms. These ones make me happy.
Now, how about a budget breakdown? That sounds good to me!

Spray paint used for the soap pump and cabinet knob, shelf brackets, and light fixture - $7
Chalkboard paint and Polycrylic - Already owned
New towels - $16 on sale from Target
Wood for the shelves - Already owned
Brackets for the shelves - $18
Picture frame and free art - $5
Paint - Free, thanks to Ace Hardware's free paint promotion
Shower curtain - $16 from Amazon (Now it is even lower at $13)
Hooks for the towel rack - $8 from Lowes

Total - $70

By using what I already had on hand (like the wood, chalkboard paint, and Polycrylic), and updating existing fixtures with spray paint (the light, cabinet knob, and soap pump) instead of buying new I saved a lot of money, which makes me one happy gal.
In the end I decided not to paint the ceiling. Philip urged me not to, since it is a big pain and because we're still not sure this if place is ours, and I eventually agreed. Maybe one day though... but for now, that brings the bathroom to a complete status. Write that down as the first time completing something in this house. Oh yeah!

If you'd like to read more about each project, you can do so by clicking on the following links; bathroom before photos, bathroom mood board, spray painting the hardware, a medicine cabinet makeover, diy towel rack, painting, light fixture redo, and installing the shelves.


  1. Wow wow wow wow wow wow it looks amazing!!!! Well done!! You've really done a great job! It looks so luxurious!

    very impressed :)

    Love Ida (craft and upcycle)

  2. Oh my Gosh. Your redo is a-maz-ing! Great work.
    (saw your post on Apartment Therapy and came by)

  3. Great job, and on a tight budget, too!

    Hooray for "using what you have"!

    Could you please add the following info: color of gray paint on walls? thanks!


    1. Thank you! The color is "medium gray" found at Ace Hardware. It's linked up in the bathroom mood board post (found here:

  4. Wow! I love those shelves; they make the bathroom. The whole transformation is gorgeous. It really feels more sophisticated. Congratulations on finishing the Style Cure! :-)

  5. Love what you did to your bathroom. You achieved a lot on a small budget. Well done!!

  6. You did an amazing job! You ought to be really proud.. some designers have not done as well nor would have!

    1. That's such an awesome compliment, thank you!

  7. Did you paint the wall tiles or is it just the lighting??? Looks great!

    1. I didn't paint the tiles. Painting the walls gray had a huge impact on the look of the tiles. Crazy, right!?

  8. Love those shelves! I saved those for a future project of mine. Do you remember where the gold/brass object on the lowest shelf is from?

    1. Thanks, Brenda! That is from the Nate Berkus line at Target. I think they've discontinued it, though.


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