With Spring, comes new beginnings – and new home updates! After having to postpone a larger renovation for the hall bathroom, I planned to do a DIY update to help lighten the space and update as much as possible, without ripping out any tile. Longing for warmer weather when I was planning, I wanted to space to feel light and bright as possible – not an easy task given that it’s a very small hall bathroom and there are no windows in this room. Below is my to-do list, along with before and after photos of the space. After you’ve taken a look at the below, make sure to visit all the great blogs below that are part of HomeTalk’s DIY My Spring Blog Hop.
What I did:
- Repaint the vanity: I started out planning to paint the vanity Paris Gray by Annie Sloan. After two coats of chalk paint, I realized it was way lighter than the color I was originally going for and was clashing with the darker gray in the new shower curtain, and appearing really blue, likely because of the blue walls. Luckily, I had some darker gray paint leftover from the man cave and figured I might as well give it a shot. If I hated it, I could always go back to square one and find a new color. Happily, this color worked perfectly. I ended up doing two coats of polycrylic for protection.
- New Hardware: The only hardware that needed replacing was the knobs and then two hooks for towels. I picked up the new hardware at Lowes – the knobs are a little bigger than the old ones and the hooks play nicely off the existing fixtures.
- New towels & rugs: I swapped out the brown towels and bathmat for bright white. I purchased these towels from Target (great reviews online!) and found a larger bathmat at Homegoods and the smaller one came from Ikea. I had to have a super thin bathmat because this door is very low and the Ikea one was the only one I had that worked (this is a new one, but I used the same one a few years ago in a rental that had the same issue).
- Bead board: Having never hung wallpaper or bead board, this one was a new experience for me. It wasn’t too hard to hang, but I definitely should’ve been more careful when cutting. Luckily, paint and caulk can hide a lot of mistakes! I hung it horizontal to help make the space look longer and my husband helped me hang a small piece of trim to finish it off. I have to say – I’m impressed – you’d never know this wasn’t real bead board and the white really makes the space feel larger and less cramped.
- Update outlets: I had an electrician replace the outlet and switches to white – the outlet in here wasn’t GFI so we fixed that while we were at it. It’s amazing what a difference such a small update makes!
- Touch up walls/paint: I patched the wall where I took off the old toothbrush holder and painted over it. I also ended up ripping out and replacing all the old caulk around the sink and vanity. It was looking pretty bad and really stood out once the outlets were changed and I gave the vanity a good scrub.
- Update shelving/refresh styling: For the shelves, I gave them a fresh coat of white spray paint and then restyled them using what I had around the house. The bathroom ended up the perfect place to add a few milk glass pieces that were on hand, but hadn’t found a good home yet.
- Update art & New Shower Curtain: I shared one picture for the new bath in the last update, and then also added the Lather, Rinse, Repeat artwork. I never would’ve thought art could have an impact in such a small room, but it really finishes the space. I’m still loving the West Elm striped shower curtain too.
- Hang medicine cabinet: So … this was the one thing I didn’t get to. I’ll still go back and add it, but truth is, life happened and I never made it up to the attic to get the old medicine cabinet and repaint it. But it will happen!
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