From Boring to Bright – Guest Bathroom Photo Tour

About two years ago I painted our guest bathroom cabinets green as a quick refresh for the space. Today, I’m sharing how I recently upgraded this “so-so” bathroom from boring, to bright and relaxing!

The use of vertical shiplap, mix of natural and neutral tones, and the functional pegs turned this bathroom into one that’s convenient and stylish. Keep scrolling to check out more of the space to learn about my design and DIY process.

THE WALLS

From the start, I knew I wanted to add some sort of accent and texture to the walls. I originally thought I would use board and batten but eventually settled for vertical shiplap.

I created “do it yourself” shiplap using 1/4″ plywood. I purchased the plywood from Lowes and had them rip the plywood down to 6″ strips. This ended up being much more cost effective than purchasing tongue and groove shiplap.

I painted the walls and the shiplap “Baby Artichoke” by Behr in a satin finish. keeping the walls and the planks the same color gives the room the feeling of having taller ceilings and it keeps from breaking up the space too much.

THE PEG RAIL

I am loving the peg rail trend and wanted to incorporate it into the room as well. I knew I had a very specific look I wanted for the pegs and decided to make them myself. I purchased 3/4″ and 1.5″ dowels and and cut them to the appropriate lengths for the pegs. After a little wood glue, sanding and staining I had the exact look I wanted.

THE MIRROR

We have a very basic builder grade 2000’s home. This means the home is PACKED with cheap builder grade finishes, including oversize unframed mirrors.

I decided to frame the mirror instead of buying a new one and I’m so glad I did! I framed out the mirror with pine common board and stained it with my favorite color stain, Early American, by Varathane. Framing the mirror was definitely worth the effort and really upgraded the entire space.

DECOR

I incorporated additional color and texture with the textiles, rug, and bath tray. This chambray shower curtain by Target’s new Casaluna brand is beautiful (and affordable).

I swapped out a traditional bath mat with this affordable vintage look runner by Unique Loom.

I added in Turkish towels — these towels are super absorbent, stylish, and lint free.

Finally, I found a simple way to incorporate a trendy terrazzo look by using a fun bathroom tray by Target’s Project 62 brand.

Links to all the items used in the bathroom are outlined below.

Wall/Panel Paint: Baby Artichoke by Behr in Satin

Vanity Paint: Fig Tree by Behr in Eggshell

Bathroom Tray: Terrazzo Bathroom Tray – Project 62

Shower Curtain: Chambray Shower Curtain Clay – Casalunaâ„¢

Rug: Bright Tones Vintage Traditional Green Runner Rug

Cabinet Pulls: AmazonBasics Euro Bar Cabinet Handle in Oil Rubbed Bronze

Wood Stain: Early American Classic Wood Interior Stain

Vertical Shiplap: RevolutionPly 5mm Poplar Plywood ripped to 6″ strips

Liquid Nails: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Liquid-Nails-10-oz-Extreme-Heavy-Duty-Adhesive-LN-907/205089262

Caulk: Alex Fast Dry 5.5 oz. White Acrylic Latex Caulk Plus Silicone

Turkish Bath Towel: 77×38 Bath Towel

Turkish Hand Towels: Bazaar Anatolia Set of 4

Finally Finished – Master Bathroom Updates

From the moment we moved into our home, I knew I wanted to make updates to almost every room in the house. Over the course of the last 3 years I’ve worked on little things here and there, but I never really took on too many major projects. I wanted this year to be different — I wanted this year to be the year that I really made some big changes to the house.

I decided that transforming out master bathroom was a good project to start with. The builder grade cabiets were pretty strudy but I absolutely hated the color. I decided to paint the cabinets white and used the bright white as my design inspiration. I’m so happy that this first set of updates for the master bathroom are complete!

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Although this bathroom is not my “dream bathroom” It’s definitely so much better than it was when we moved in! It’s amazing how a little paint and a few hardware changes can make such a difference!

Below are my tips for a quick and easy bathroom update.

1. Paint the Cabinets

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Believe it or not, I’m usually not a big fan of white cabinets. But because I can’t change out the tile, I needed something that could really brighten up the space. My favorite white, Night Blooming Jasmine, did the trick! It’s a bright milky white that’s calming and inviting. It was the perfect color and it helped transform the room.

2. Change the Cabinet Hardware

I knew I wanted some contrast but I was really nervous to do dark hardware on the white cabinets. Thankfully the combination of the bin pulls with the acrylic handles gave me the exact look I was going for. I found both styles on Wayfair and I was excited to find acrylic handles that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.

3. Get Rid of Towel Bars

I strongly dislike towel bars and I just don’t think that they’re the best design decision for my home. I removed one towel bar completely and I replaced the other one with a towel ring. They take up less space and add a little contrast to the walls. Also, these Turkish towels look beautiful hanging on the ring.

4. Embrace Art

I love art. I’ve always loved art. I love creating art, I love looking at art and If I could fill every wall in my house with art, I would.

I decided that the big wall above the tub needed some art but right now I don’t have money in my budget to buy large and oversize art — so I improvised and made my own. I used leftover paint I had from other projects around the house and I love how it turned out. Although this art is temporary it definitely fills the space well and adds a little quirkiness to the bathroom.

5. Decant and Organize your Countertop

2020-06-23-07.46.31-1If you’ve never decanted items I would encourage you to give it a try. In this case I decanted my mouthwash and my daily vitamins. Both were sitting on my counter in distracting and colorful plastic containers. I purchased a cute glass storage container to house my vitamins and I poured my mouthwash into a glass bottle.

The decanted items are so much more aesthetically pleasing AND I can clearly see how much mouthwash I have left before I need to purchase another bottle.

With the exception of the mouthwash and my vitamins almost everything else was organized into the drawers and cabinets. I found a better way to organize the items that I use frequently and I tossed out all the items that I wasn’t using.

6. Upgrade Your Decor

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I know that very few people will see the inside of my master bathroom but that doesn’t stop me from adding in cute details. I love feeling “at home” and happy in my home and sometimes that homey feeling comes from the small details.

The updates I made really transformed my space! In the coming months I’d love to replace the large builder mirror with two seperate mirrors and I’d also love to change out the lighting. But for now, I’m very pleased with the space!

DIY Accent Stool – Repurposed Barstool

I purchased two barstools back in 2011 for $6.00. I’m sure you’re asking me why I still have those stools, but honestly I knew that I would be able to put them to good use at some point. I originally purchased them to move into an apartment my senior year of college, but that ended up falling through and I moved back home… But for some reason, I kept the stools.

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Fast forward to 9 years later, I finally knew what I wanted to do with the barstools, I wanted to repurpose them into accent stools for my bathroom.

I ended up using supplies and tools that I already had at home so this project literally cost me $0.00 out of pocket. I’ll admit that it did take a bit of time to cut down the legs, sand, stain, prime, and paint… but I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Here’s the before and after!

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If you’re interested in completing a project like this at home here’s what you need. I’ve also outlined the steps for you below. CLICK HERE for a visual of my entire process.

Tools/Supplies

Method

  1. If your stool is assembled, use your drill or screwdriver to take it apart.
  2. If required, cut down the stool legs to your desired length.
  3. Using your sander and 80 grit sandpaper, sand the wood pieces you plan on using in your finished stool. You want to make sure there’s no paint or gloss on the wood pieces.
  4. Once all the old paint or gloss is removed, re-sand with the 120 grit sandpaper. This step ensures a smooth finish for the stain, paint, and polyurethane.
  5. Stain the legs of your stool and let dry completely.
  6. While your stain dries, prime the top of your stool.
  7. After the legs of your stool have dried, tape of your legs at the desired height using painters tape.
  8. Once legs are taped off, use a foam roller to paint primer to the top half of the stool, remove painters tape, and let dry.
  9. After the primer is dry, retape the legs and paint the legs and stool top with your desired paint color. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet and let it dry for 2 hours.
  10. After the paint has dried, re-tape the legs and paint the top and legs on final time. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet and then let the paint dry completely.
  11. Once the paint is dry, use a foam roller to coat the stool in an initial layer of polyurethane on the legs and top and let dry for 20 minutes. Recoat two more times.
  12. Let the stool dry overnight to cure.
  13. Once dry, reassemble the stool!