When we bought our house a little over a year ago I couldn’t wait to come in and make it my own and bring it more up to date. Then reality set it and you realize remodels are super expensive and well I value my vacations more than a house renovation, so I wanted to design each of the spaces in the houses with some diy and simple updates that make a big impact. If you have a good base such as no broken tiles on the floor or plumbing leaks or something that would actually require demo and not just a face lift then all of these ideas can work for you.
My first job was to tackle all the bathrooms in the house. Small space but big impact. I started with our master bathroom because I couldn’t take the greyish brown paint and the oddly stained tile floors. I knew I wanted a spa like bathroom with blue/grey paint and so I started on pinterest for inspiration. I found this gorgeous bathroom and knew that was what I wanted. Now I’d love to have high end fixtures but I wanted something for under $1000 for my entire master bathroom and I made it work !Now this isn’t to say I don’t splurge on design at times but you have to pick and choose what is worth the money and what is worth a copycat of that item.
Here is the breakdown:
- Took down the very large builder grade mirror and the light fixtures and painted the bathroom Solitude by Benjamin Moore and had it color matched at Lowes. Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the color and need to find more spaces in my house to put it. $45
- Two round mirrors above sink
- Replaced the light fixtures
- Replace faucets with polished nickel ones
- New towel fixtures in a polished nickel finish
- Add peel and stick tile above countertops
Once this was done I knew I couldn’t stand to see the floors the way they were and that’s when I started researching tile stickers and came across this tutorial by Mysha at Remington Avenue and knew I had to try it on my bathroom floors. The stencil I picked was from cutting edge stencil and I just went with a basic black and white paint color. Honestly, I don’t think they could have turned out any better. I loved it so much I ended up painting our other two bathrooms, as well. Now I will say this is about a week or 2 project to paint your floors. I usually would start working on them about 9pm after the kids went to bed and stopped around midnight or later. So, it can be done quicker but i was okay with 2 weeks without my bathroom.
After repainting the floors is when i decided to add in the peel and stick tile. I had seen it at Home Depot and was worried it’d look cheap but I was completely wrong.
For this being my first room transformation I think I’m off to a good start.
If you love before and after pictures as much as I do then here you go:
Next post: Spray painting the shower frame !