Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bathroom Makeover On The Cheap!

I knew when we bought our house that the bathroom simply had to go!! I hated it, but I need inspiration. I learned my lesson about just painting something without any idea where I am going with it. Picking a color just because "it's pretty".... umm.kay. Never worked in my favor.
I lived with this ugly gold bathroom for two years, and I just threw up the purple shower curtain I already had.
And it is IMPOSSIBLE to take a decent picture of this bathroom! Geeze! There's no good angle, it's just not big enough.
So I can't give you the full experience of the gold bathroom in all it's glory.
Ignore the towel on the floor, it's one of the few "Before" pictures I could find. So cut a girl a break!
So on a very tight budget of less than $150 I finally set out to tackle this bathroom with a little inspiration from Target, love me some Target.
First painting the walls a bright green, which I was very unsure of once I got it on the walls. But hey, by that point I'm stuck. Because I am too lazy to start over. I know I'm just gonna have to learn to love it for a while before I get up the energy to paint it again.
But who knew??? Once everything came together I became quite smitten with it.

Most of my budget was spent on replacing the faucet and the light fixture. I am in love, serious love with this shower curtain and towel from Target!!! And I used scrap wood to frame out the mirror, and paint the frame and the cabinets black.
I was so nervous about painting these cabinets black. Serious, weak in the knee jitters!!! But we'd already painted the kitchen cabinets. They were kind of worn anyway. So I just kept telling myself that if I totally screwed them up, those same cabinets are just stock cabinets at any home improvement store. So if this was a total disaster they could be replaced.
But!! I think I like it!!
Ultimately I would have loved to replace the countertop and pull out that towel rack over the toilet. New countertops were NOT in this gal's budget. And some enormous goober cemented that freakin' towel rack to the wall!!
So.... when face with the idea of having to cut holes in the wall, patch, sand, etc., etc. I decided that I could live with it for now.
Last picture is fuzzy for some reason, but I wanted to show off the hardware. Which was inexpensive, but I think they totally "pop" on the black cabinets.

Let me tell you how I hate. I mean HATE! Painting cabinets. I waited long enough between doing the kitchen and bathroom that I was able to sort of block out the trauma. It's. A. Pain.
But that's probably because I'm pretty impatient. Coats and coats of paint and having to wait for the doors to dry so you can turn them and start all over again on the other side!!! Yowza!
But I must be crazy, cause now I'm batting around ideas for the master bath.
I may have an addiction to this pattern of black and white though. I'm looking around..... someone may need to stage an intervention. And see that nasty brass door knob just sticking out in the upper right corner of the picture???? HATE IT!! I've already got my ORB and will be tackling door knobs any day now.

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Country Dreaming said...

Great transformation--love the new color scheme!
Super job!


Debbie said...

Thanks Brandi...looking forward to seeing more of eachother....sorry you spent too much time though...that sort of thing happens out here from time to's so fun though!

Brandy said...

Not too much time!! Believe me, I get so absorbed. I'm sitting her making lists of projects I want to try and things I need to find. WONDERFUL inspiration. I was so bogged down with paperwork for my real/ paying job that missed the Link Party! Boo Me!! But I added you blog to my site so I can check easily check in every day!

Marianne@Songbird said...

I like it! You did a great job. I love the black and white and it looks really cool with the green.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

A total major updated look! Very nice! Now aren't you glad you just went for it?!?

The green and black look awesome together! Nice choices.


Carol said...

Love the new bathroom look!

By the way, tomorrow is Favorite Things Friday at my blog, so please visit and link up one of your favorite things(bathrooms totally count)!

Anonymous said...

This post caught my attention right away -- my kind of project, "on the cheap" :). I'm your newest follower. I appreciate your creativity and look forward to getting inspired from you. I invite you to visit my blog and follow me as well.

Jen @ Just for Rachel said...

Okay, serious? That looks soooo good! I love the curtain, and the matching towl! Green in my fav. color, so it would win over my heart regardless with that awesome shade!

I just had to let you know how good it looks!


Brandy said...

Thanks everyone for all the great feed back, it really means a lot!!!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

I totally agree.. cabinets are such a PAIN to paint... but SO WORTH IT. You did a great job!

Paula said...

Love, love, love your color combo! I am so afraid of color...even though I like it! My house is beige, although I have been experimenting with color in my kids' rooms. My oldest daughter's room accidentally turned out hot pink! Oops! Seriously, you did a great job!

Ellie said...

I like it! The green and black is so pretty! Love the new hardware too.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Wow Brandy, it looks fantastic! You did a great job and I love the green. I had a similar bath color in my old house. I think it was called guacamole. It's great to have a fun color in the bath. It looks great with the black too.

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Robyn said...

I love your bathroom! In my last house I had a green that was more lime...painted harlequins on the wall..and had a black and white polkadot shower curtain. I really love the color green you used better! Do you mind sharing the name of it?

Thanks!! :)