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The Power of Paint

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  It was very beige/yellow and very outdated.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  The walls were kind of a cream color, and the tile is a terribly outdated yellowish color.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:

Look at what a difference a little bit of paint can make! Look at what a difference a little bit of paint can make!

Look at what a difference a little bit of paint can make! Look at what a difference a little bit of paint can make!

 

And here’s the after:

Look at what a difference a little bit of paint can make! Look at what a difference a little bit of paint can make!

Even though the tile and vanity are still outdated, the space looks so much brighter and more modern.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!

Look at what a difference a little bit of paint can make!

Look at what a difference a little bit of paint can make!
I love my little ‘happy’ sign. 🙂

Quite possibly my favorite thing in the bathroom, though, is the little stitched flower picture in this photo.

Look at what a difference a little bit of paint can make!

I found this little gem tucked away in a closet and discovered this on the back of it.

Look at what a difference a little bit of paint can make!

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.

Look at what a difference a little bit of paint can make!

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…”

Look at what a difference a little bit of paint can make!

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.  🙂

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14 Comments

  1. What a wonderful transformation! I’m always amazed at what a difference a little bit of paint can make. I especially love the framed mirror and how you decorated the bookcase 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks so much! Painting is the best, isn’t it? Such an easy thing to do, but such big results. 🙂 Thanks for taking a look!

    1. Haha! If I didn’t already have a looong list of paint projects, I would totally come help. I’m actually in the middle of another painting project right now. Stay tuned for that reveal later this month. 🙂 Good luck with your home office! And thanks for taking a look!

    1. Thanks so much! It really is amazing how much a coat of paint can change things. I have to admit, I’m a bit of a paint addict. I love how easy it is to completely transform a room. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thanks so much for the share! I love being able to completely change the look of a room with just a coat of paint. So much fun! Thanks for taking a look!

  2. It looks great. Brighter and more simplified. Also really enjoyed the personal touches you put around the room. It is things like that which make a house into a home. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    1. Thank you! I love having personal touches around the house. It’s such a great reminder of what’s really important. Thanks for taking a look!

  3. It looks great, I totally love that you gave it a new look without breaking the bank. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing this at the Dishing it & Digging ot Link Party. We loved reading it. Have a great night Amy.

    1. Thanks so much! And you’re right – I love being able to transform a room without spending too much money. 🙂 Thank you for reading!

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