You know early last month when I started my home tour ‘mini series‘?? Then I gave you a tour of two spaces (our kitchen, and living/dining room) and then mysteriously never mentioned the rest of the house for weeks??
Yeah? Well … I’m back today with another part of our home … the bathroom. How exciting right?!? A bathroom!!
Actually … I am probably most excited about this room than any other in our house because it’s finished. Well, as finished as anything can be in our home. Finished for now. I’m sure I’ll want to change something about it soon, but for the moment nothing about it is screaming at me to fix, change, update … which is more than I can say for any other room in the house!
So … without further introduction, welcome to our downstairs bathroom:
We’ll start by walking in the door:
Then a turn to the left ….
A closer look at those shelves …
And looking back at the sink and door …
Now … to fully appreciate these updates, you first have to see the blah before pictures …
I’ve always loved this bathroom since we moved in, but about two months ago I realized it could be SO much better than it currently was. The before was a little drab and desperately in need of some color. With several EASY updates, the bathroom seems much more cheerful to me know.
Here are the before shots:
So … what specifically did we do in here?
#1 Replaced lighting!
Those black with white frosted glass pendants were a bit 80’s (maybe 90’s?) for our taste. Plus the glass collected dirt like crazy, and were SO not easy to clean. Once we pulled out these lights, we discovered that the actual light sockets were recessed can lighting. To replace these with different pendant lights, we were going to need a recessed to pendant light kit (we used this one from Lowe’s). It was SUPER easy … absolutely no wiring required. We simply screwed the kit into the bulb socket in the can just like you would a light bulb. Then we added simple off white drum shades and our pendant lighting came into this decade!
You may have noticed, we also replaced the regular old bulbs in the fixture above the sink with fancier looking filament bulbs. While this light ‘fixture’ is not my favorite … it is fine for now. These bulbs give it a bit more interest and give off better ‘looking in the mirror’ (flattering) light.
#2 Added some color to the shelves with spray painted letters and accessories
I was trying to figure out what I could add to all these shelves to bring in some color and fill them up. Accessories can be expensive, so I was also looking to find something on the thrifty side to style these. I ended up going with these four words (which I’ve come to find out are very popular in bathrooms). I purchased all those letters from JoAnn (had to hit up two different stores because they ran out of H’s and S’s at the first). They are paper mache and are normally $2.99 each. I timed it right, and happened to hit them up when they were having a $1 off sale on their letters. The total for all 19 letters was $38. It sounds like a lot to spend on letters, but trying to find accessories for four shelves would much likely have been much more expensive. After a little spray paint … they became the perfect edition to our shelves. For now. Added bonus: I can use the letters as teaching points for the boys during trips to the potty. “What letter is this??” “How many S’s do you see?”
I also added a couple other items to the top shelf … that coral color milk jug type thing (??no clue what to call it) with yellow flowers and that minty lantern … all three from Ikea (and for less than $20 total).
I also purchased that bike picture from Emma Kisstina on Etsy. I just love it! It caught my eye because it happened to be the exact colors I was looking for! I’m still deciding whether or not to hang the picture on the wall or leave it on the shelf. Hmmm … decisions, decisions!!
And … as a last touch, I added a fun stick-on flower from Michael’s (dollar bins) to a galvanized bin. Looks much more Anthropologie-like now, agree?
#3. Replaced those old drab grey towels with some fresh mint colored towels and colorful hexagon hand towels.
Towels all from my favorite store … Target!
#4 Added some storage bins to the shelf under the sink.
This shelf was previously empty. On rare occasions, it served as Molly’s ‘safe place’ during fireworks or thunderstorms or when remote control cars or balloons were out, or …. (she is easily scared).
Now … because nothing is easy, these baskets came wood/wicker color and I spray painted them the minty blue color they are currently. Much improved!
#5 Covered the textured glass of the medicine cabinet
In that before and after picture above, you may have noticed the medicine cabinet also got a makeover. I wasn’t a huge fan of being able to see into the cabinet (even through the frosting). I fixed this with a removable striped decal (this one from SpoonFlower) and a plus sign made of cardstock and mod podged to the front of the decal. Now … you can’t see inside (guests will actually have to open it to see what we keep in there … :)).
Now, I need to do that to the three cabinets on the wall!
#6 Replaced the knobs with something more modern
#7 And finally … I finished the bathroom off with my Upcycled ‘Press For Champagne’ art.
For more details on that project … check out this post from last week.
Well … there you have it … our downstairs bathroom! It’s a good thing I like this space, because our only other bathroom upstairs currently has 2 rugs in the shower and a BUNCH of random
crap stuff from the bedrooms we’re really trying to finish off before #3 arrives!! This really is our only usable bathroom right now!
Stay tuned, because I’ll be back soon with more details on one of my favorite parts of this bathroom … the Built In Industrial Pipe Shelving.
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