I love to paint! Okay, maybe I don’t completely love the process, but I always love the transformation. It’s amazing what a difference a little bit of paint can make.
I decided to do a quick bathroom refresh on our downstairs half-bath right after the holidays. We hadn’t really done anything to the bathroom since the day we moved in, and it was pretty bad. It was very beige/yellow and very outdated. The curtain, light fixture, and mirror were all there when we moved in. The walls were kind of a cream color, and the tile is a terribly outdated yellowish color. Even the toilet seat and lid were beige. Seriously. I’m pretty sure the vanity is probably original to the house (1968), and it looked it.
The truth is, the bathroom really needs to be completely gutted. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time for that, but I was desperate to at least freshen it up. I was concerned while we were painting that the yellow tile was just going to ruin the makeover no matter what we did. But…I’m pleasantly surprised at what a difference some paint and new decorations can make.
(Please forgive the photography…I know I desperately need some good camera equipment. And the ‘before’ pictures were taken during the holidays.)
Here’s the before:
And here’s the after:
Even though the tile and vanity are still outdated, the space looks so much brighter and more modern. Painting the cabinets and the door made such a big difference in how light this space appears. (If you missed it last week, you can check out my post on How To Paint Cabinets Without Sanding here.) We also got rid of that terrible toilet seat and bought a white one. So. Much. Better.
As you can tell, this is really an unusually large half-bath. I knew that there was space for a piece of furniture, and fortunately, I had the perfect piece in my house already. I have two of the Billy Bookcases from Ikea in my house. One of them was in an upstairs bedroom that we have plans to makeover in the next couple of months. So, this bookcase was needing a new home to begin with, and I think it goes perfectly in this space!
Quite possibly my favorite thing in the bathroom, though, is the little stitched flower picture in this photo.
I found this little gem tucked away in a closet and discovered this on the back of it.
On the back is written, “To Leslie & Steve, With love and best wishes for a happy marriage. Love, Mother.” My grandmother made this as a gift for my parents before their wedding. It’s dated October 6, 1974. My parents got married on October 25, 1974 and are still married today. I have no idea why this was tucked away in a closet, but I’m so glad that I found it!
After finding that picture, I decided I needed to rehang a picture that had originally been in the bathroom.
This was not a wedding gift, but my mom gave it to me shortly after I got married. It says,
“but how will I know, she asked
…you’ll know, her mother replied
because, her mother smiled
your heart will sing new songs
…your spirit will dance
and your life…she whispered
will never be the same…”
It has been one of my favorite decorations ever since my mom gave it to me. And I love having the two pieces together in the same room now.
So, there you have it. An easy, and quick, bathroom makeover. It’s amazing what a little paint can do. 🙂