Downstairs Bathroom Makeover

It's been a few weeks since completing our downstairs bathroom makeover and I am finally sharing the details. While I was on my painting kick, this bathroom was next on my list. Big surprise, it was beige and it had to go!! It also had some awesome glass wall attachments that I was so happy to say bye-bye to!

I forgot to take my BEFORE pictures before I taped things off and started painting trim but at least I remembered to do these pics at all because I usually don't :S Also, no cleaning or prepping the space for pictures + terrible lighting--enjoy :)

I forgot to take my BEFORE pictures before I taped things off and started painting trim but at least I remembered to do these pics at all because I usually don't :S Also, no cleaning or prepping the space for pictures + terrible lighting--enjoy :)

I started by removing all of the above mentioned wall attachments and the old hollywood light above the mirror. I patched the holes and painted the ceiling and all of the trim while the patches dried. I sanded down the patched holes and wiped the walls with a damp cloth to get rid of the drywall dust. I taped off my freshly painted trim and was finally ready to paint!!

 I chose Behr Dark Ash which is a navy/grey colour. I decided to go dark for this bathroom despite it being in the basement as it gets a good amount of natural light and felt open enough to handle the dark wall colour. It also tied in well with the floor accent colour and the grey toilet and sink. I applied my first coat and then went back and did touch ups in the areas that needed it. My application of painters tape must not have been very good because I did encounter some bleeding onto my freshly painted trim in some spots. I went back with a small craft paint brush to touch things up.

My favourite part of this entire makeover are the DIY floating shelves. I was a bit intimidated by this project but decided to bite the bullet and completed them 100% on my own! I followed this tutorial but decided to make my shelves smaller for the space so they are 24" instead of 36". I was able to build these for only $12 all together! Home Depot had 1x6 boards that were pre-cut and on sale for only $0.90 each. I stained my shelves using Minwax Espresso. TK helped me hang the shelves and he loves the look of them. They are both functional and great for decorating!

The gold frame is from Homesense and I printed the "I love the shit out of you" from Pinterest. Very fitting for a bathroom, no? :). I had the mason jars on hand.

The gold frame is from Homesense and I printed the "I love the shit out of you" from Pinterest. Very fitting for a bathroom, no? :). I had the mason jars on hand.

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I bought our new faucet on sale at Lowe's and had TK install it. I love the old school feel of it!

I also replaced the knobs on the linen closet with these awesome vintage styled onces I got from Homesense. They have packages of 4 for only $6 so I grabbed two of them and plan to use the remaining ones for a dresser makeover. Usually for this style of knob they are like $6 a piece or more so I was pumped to find them for $1.50 each.

I plan to paint the light fixture oil rubbed bronze as I am not loving the brushed nickel.

I plan to paint the light fixture oil rubbed bronze as I am not loving the brushed nickel.

I also made a frame for the builder's mirror using 1x2s we had in the garage. You can check out my tutorial for framing a builder's mirror here. The only difference for this frame is that I didn't do 45 degree angle cuts. I kept things simple and just butted the straight edges up to the other piece of wood. I used a combo of wood glue on the ends and staples on the back. For added support I added the L braces and I liked the gold accent so I put them on the front. I tried a white washed look for the wood completed by staining the wood first using Minwax Espresso then applying some white chalk paint over top with a practically dry paint brush. I sanded the entire frame once the paint was dry.  I struggled to hang this mirror using command strips like I did for my upstairs bathroom. I then tried liquid nails and tape but this also didn't work and I was left scraping glue off the mirror for an hour. Ultimately, I used two small picture hanging nails at the bottom of the frame to provide support and applied a bit of hot glue to the mirror and pressed the frame against it. Fingers crossed it doesn't comes crashing down at some point.

I picked up a few accessories to complete the look of the bathroom including the rustic hook used as a towel holder from James Street Home Décor. I also grabbed a new hand towel, apothecary soap and small gold picture frame from Homesense. The rest are items I had on hand.

Gold mirrors I already had from Walmart.

Gold mirrors I already had from Walmart.

I painted the existing toilet paper holder using Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint and added a clear coat to avoid getting chipped from it's frequent use :) I made the window valence awhile back and never documented how I made it but here is a tutorial for a similar window treatment.

 I bought a new wall light from Ikea for above the sink which I installed myself again :) I haven't been loving the look of the brushed nickel so I have decided I am going to take it down and give it a coat of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint to match the toilet paper holder. I also replaced the 80's ceiling light with a simple (cheap) flush mount from Home Depot. At some point I will get around to giving the doors a fresh coat of white paint, change the door knob and maybe add some decorative trim to the hollow door to give it a little life. I also need to build a frame for my full length mirror but SOMEONE threw it away. I had taken the frame off and left it in the garage in preparation to build a new frame but TK thought that it was meant for the dump. He also threw away my perfectly good bath mats that I had removed when Poppy was itty bitty as she was chewing on them. I was planning to return them to their home on the bathroom floor now that she has grown out of the nibbling stage. Guess I will buy new ones :)

Despite the trash donations, I spent only $150 on this entire makeover. This included the paint, wood, new lighting, faucet and accessories! Not bad if I do say so myself !! This along with my main floor updates have totally satisfied my need for home improvements I was craving all summer. Things are getting hella busy with Christmas right around the corner and my sister's winter wedding. I plan to hold off on any further painting and projects until the new year so that I can relax and enjoy Christmas vacation!!

'Tis the Season!

Jess xx

Bathroom Update + How to Paint Laminate Cabinets

Well, it has been a few weeks since I completed my shiplap bathroom project and I have been loving the new look of my bathroom!  With one exception--the vanity.  I thought I could live with the laminate cabinets and countertop BUT I was wrong. The bathroom did not seem complete with the dated looking vanity and since we aren't ready to replace it, I decided to paint it. Shocker, right :)

Rather than use chalk paint like I usually do, I looked into how to paint laminate. Essentially all it requires is that the surface is primed first and then you can use any paint of your choice. Some tutorials will suggest oil-based paint but I went with Behr Marquee that is typically used for walls. This provides endless colour options and is much cheaper than chalk paint!

I started by removing all of the cabinet doors and priming. I had Zinsser Bullseye primer on hand which is the BEST primer. It adheres to anything and everything.

I applied two coats using a foam roller and a bristle brush on the wood handles.

I purchased a sample of Behr Marquee in Liquid Mercury from Home Depot for $5 which is enough to cover the entire vanity!! Can't beat that! 

I again used a combination of a foam roller and a bristle brush to apply the paint.

I finished the cabinets by applying clear polyurethane with a bristle brush which I did to seal my kitchen cabinets as well. 

I also added hardware to the cabinets. I went with a classic metal pull for the drawers similar to what I used in the kitchen and a simple brushed nickel knob, both from Home Depot.

New bath mats from Homesense.

New bath mats from Homesense.

I also added some pretty drawer liner to the inside of the cabinets to freshen up the insides

As you can see, my basket of toiletries is super organized :)

As you can see, my basket of toiletries is super organized :)

Since my original bathroom post, I also added a towel bar and toilet paper roll holder, painted the door and replaced the door knob.

 It may seem like a lot of updates therefore a lot of money spent, but I assure you that everything has been completed in the most cost efficient way. I love hunting for a good deal when I do decide to replace items and I love completing the work myself. That being said, what usually starts out as a simple project/update often snowballs into a bigger one. Now that the vanity has gotten a facelift, I decided to replace the sink and faucet. The bone coloured sink and old faucet had to go!!

(Below is an update since my original post)

 I purchased a new sink from Home Depot and the faucet was 50% off at Lowes. I am so in love with my new sink and faucet. It is slightly ridiculous how happy this has made me!

Huge shout out to my boyfriend for his time, energy and patience installing it. It became a much more complicated process than what we expected but it's finished and looks great! I had considered replacing the countertop as well but that will have to wait. The bright white sink makes a world of difference with the current countertop. Who knows, I might even try painting it since I paint EVERYTHING :)

Since I originally completed this bathroom makeover in 2016, I have also added a DIY industrial style shelf, stenciled the laminate floors and made some DIY wall art. I even painted the tub and tile surround. Check them out in the links provided or head to the project gallery for more of these updates :)

DIY Wash Sign

DIY Wash Sign

DIY "X O" print

DIY "X O" print

DIY stenciled laminate flooring

DIY stenciled laminate flooring

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Jess xx

Shiplap Bathroom Makeover

I am so excited to finally share my bathroom makeover with you!!

This project began a few weeks ago when we painted our kitchen and spare room. I had leftover paint from this and decided to use it to freshen up our upstairs bath. I figured this would be an easy afternoon project. HA!

Here is what it looked like before;

I went to work prepping the walls and filling numerous holes. I thought I had done a good job patching, sanding and painting BUT I was sadly mistaken. Some of the holes were still visible and some of the paint did not adhere properly despite having a built in primer. At this point, I was frustrated that my simple paint job had not worked out.  Rather than continuing to patch, sand, prime, paint, etc, I decided to try something I had been dying to do--SHIPLAP!!

It is everywhere these days thanks to Joanna Gaines & 'Fixer Upper'. I love the modern farmhouse look and decided to try it. I read a ton of tutorials on DIY faux shiplap as real shiplap using tongue and groove boards is much more expensive so I decided to go the cheaper route.

You can find my full shiplap tutorial here.

I replaced the wood toilet lid with a white one.

I replaced the wood toilet lid with a white one.

This space is still in need of something so I have some plans for an industrial style shelf

This space is still in need of something so I have some plans for an industrial style shelf

 I decided to remove the frame from the builder's mirror as well as the Hollywood light fixture. I made plans to reframe the mirror and purchased a new light on sale at Lowe's which I installed myself!!!!! Impressive, right :)

You can find my tutorial on how to frame a builder's mirror here

Once the shiplap, new light fixture and frame for the mirror were all hung, I completed some paint touch ups to the walls and trim and hung some art. I still have some finishing touches to complete- I want to add a shelf above the toilet and need to hang a towel bar.

I am so happy with how it all turned out! Eventually we plan on replacing the vanity, flooring, tub and tile surround but this was not in the budget. Actually none of this was as it started out as a simple paint job using leftovers :)

This was my first shiplap project and it won't be my last!! Stay tuned.

Jess xx