Before Manfriend asked me to move in, I tested the waters on what he’d be willing to let me change by offering to do a room redo while I was in between contract work. I decided the guest bathroom would be a good place to start since it’s relatively small and that is where I spent my mornings getting ready when I shacked up over at his place. I had great visions of creating a design board like I’ve seen on TV and on many of the designer DIY blogs I follow. It was going to look awesome and super-professional. So when I finally mustered up the courage to see how he felt about my little pet project, imagine my relief when he was on board. His first question was “So what needs to change?”. I mentioned that I wanted to create a design vision board to illustrate the changes, but he was too impatient to wait for this so he took me by the hand and walked me to the bathroom so I could point out what needed to change.
Let me back up a bit…when I pitched the project, I guesstimated a budget of $100. This would be enough for paint, two cabinet pulls, changing some of the fixtures so they all matched, and a new shower curtain. That budget quickly got blown away once he made some decisions of his own. In the end, I think we spent around $150.
Since my dreams of creating an actual design board were mowed over, I did the next best thing – put it on Pinterest, of course! You can find my inspiration board here –> http://pinterest.com/grossgirl/guest-bathroom-makeover/.
The thing I had that hardest time convincing him on was that the fixtures and hardware should match. Prior to the makeover, the bathroom was a mishmash of chrome and brushed nickel. We decided to get rid of the chrome light fixture and shower curtain bar.
I wasn’t thinking. I was so excited to start the project, I forgot to take pictures of the true “before state”. Please pardon the fact that I had already taped off the room and removed the mirror. Notice the heinous lime green shower curtain? Yeah, that is now in Goodwill or in a new home.
I painted the ceiling with some leftover white ceiling paint my dad had given to me. The vanity was in pretty good shape, but had lots of scratches. For the vanity and mirror frame, I used some (different) leftover paint that I used for one of the vanities in my old house.
For the walls we finally landed on: Valspar Olive White 6005 3A (available at Lowes). This little sample swatch looks more gray onscreen, but in real life it’s more a cool, minty green.
I replaced the old chrome light fixture with a new and more modern brushed nickel one, also purchased at Lowes (noticing a theme here?). We also got a new shower curtain rod and rings (both brushed nickel). Lastly, I replaced the knobs on the vanity – they were wooden and I changed them out to – you guessed it – brushed nickel!
I found the Cynthia Rowley shower curtain on clearance at TJ Maxx. The framed sea turtles are postcards I got a few years ago at Foley Beach, SC. And the handsome Boston Terrier is my sweet Frank – my first rescue Boston – may he rest in peace.
Project #1 was such a success I couldn’t wait to start on Project #2!!!!