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

Main Floor Updates

This post should really be called "BYE BYE BEIGE- see ya NEVER!" I am super excited about the updates my main floor has received. Over the past few weeks I have spent almost all of my time outside of work (and sleeping) updating my dining room, living room, entryway and downstairs hallway. My house was dominated by beige so I was very happy to see just about the last of it go, replaced with a neutral grey.

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I chose Behr Silver Drop for the walls and the trim and crown moulding are looking fresh and shiny with a coat of Behr Ultra White. My kitchen, bathroom and one spare room are Behr Dolphin Fin and Silver Drop is the next colour on the swatch so I knew it would coordinate well.  I have never painted this much in my life and although there were a few times I cursed it, I am so glad I finally did it! Paint is such an awesome way to update a space and the most inexpensive way to do so. 

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We also updated the lighting, replacing our dated wall sconces. I am in love with the outdoor barn inspired lights I chose from Lowe's.

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Before

After

After

Before- bad quality photo

Before- bad quality photo

I am thrilled with the orb chandelier from Home Depot that replaced this sad semi flush mount that was our dining room light.

Dining Room Light; Before

Dining Room Light; Before

Dining Room Light: After

Dining Room Light: After

TK hung the wall sconces so I figured I could hang the chandelier. I installed my bathroom light fixture so how hard could this be?  WRONG!! This was the most frustrating process EVER! I recruited his help when I realized I wasn't so sure what I was doing. After reading the instructions wrong, we started over. Again, and again. I couldn't believe how many times it took us to get this right. Sweat and tears definitely went into this and this light is NEVER coming down! I don't know if it was my impatience that exaggerated my frustration or what. We were so close to finishing the room without any major bumps in the road until this.  The electrical box isn't centered above the table so we used a swag hook to hang it. Thankfully, this was the easy part. Now the light is installed and looks awesome! I have been drooling over this fixture for awhile so I am so happy it is finally in my home :) It is extremely bright but thankfully we have a dimmer.

We also replaced all of the electrical outlets, light switches and face plates. The originals were cream and looked dirty in comparison to the bright white trim and the lighter walls. Now everything it bright white!

My makeover isn't quite complete, I still have a shiplap accent wall to add to the entryway but this requires a creative ladder setup/ DIY scaffolding. We got rid of our awesome 80's mirrors and TK hung the new light fixture for this space.

I guess the last owners didn't want to take down the mirrors to paint so we uncovered this beauty. Should we keep it?

I guess the last owners didn't want to take down the mirrors to paint so we uncovered this beauty. Should we keep it?

I was super excited to finally pull this light fixture out of my closet since I bought it months ago on sale at Canadian Tire! I hope to complete the shiplap soon and will post the rest of the entryway details once it is hung.

This was a huge project for me and I figured it would be so sick of painting but now all I can think about is painting the rest of my house. Three more rooms and I will have painted every single roomin the last 2 years. I really never feel "done" with a space even after a big transformation. One thing always leads to another and I am constantly day dreaming about what project to tackle next. I would love to update the flooring throughout the main floor and replace the living room furniture but these are much bigger investments than we are prepared to handle. For now, I will continue to DIY, paint and decorate my house to give it the update I am craving without breaking the bank. Stay tuned!!

P.S- Feeling a bit bummed that October is over but thankfully it is a beautiful & sunny fall day. Also, I am getting excited to decorate my freshly painted & updated main floor for Christmas! I will hold off a few weeks still as I am not quite sick of my pumpkins :)

Jess xx