Posted by Alicia Sell
I decided to take a break from practicing my Olympic gymnastic routine to work on a project that has been bugging me for a while – the guest bathroom (aka my kid’s bathroom). The kids have been monopolizing the “nice” master bathroom this summer because their bathroom isn’t “cool enough.” I’ve had everything I need to update the guest bathroom for a little while now. Randall only has a little time left before school starts back up so we decided to tackle it this past weekend. I am so glad we did because it turned out great! And, even more exciting, we did everything for under $400. Yep, that’s right. Updates don’t always have to be expensive if you have good bones to work with.
Here is what the bathroom looked like before.
As you can see, the bathroom had that bland beige feeling. It is a decent size but not huge, and it really just needed to be brightened up. Our goal was to keep the renovation costs to a minimum and make the bathroom look sleek and bright. We were able to re-purpose or reuse almost everything.
The bathroom vanity needed a facelift like the vanity in the master bathroom. The countertop, faucets, lighting and towel bar were all keepers.
The white floor tiles were in good shape, but the grout was dirty and broken. Rather than replacing it, we decided to just freshen it up with this magical stuff called Grout Refresh. I didn’t think it would work (and secretly hoped it wouldn’t so I could put in the black and white hexagon tiles I am in love with), but it turns out this stuff works wonders!
The only needed updates were the toilet and the mirror. Luckily, we had an extra toilet that was in great shape from our master bathroom renovation. The mirrors were an IKEA find and were very inexpensive, so they were our big splurge for this project.
Here is how our weekend-long bathroom renovation turned out!
List of projects
I am obsessed with black as an accent color right now and wanted to give it a try in this bathroom. Randall thought this idea was “too risky,” but said we could try it if I agreed to repaint it on my own if we hated it. I agreed. Of course it turned out fantastic! We both love it.
I used the same painting tips that I did for painting my master bathroom vanity and it turned out great. I think the key is good paint, and I am a lover of all things Benjamin Moore. They are, in my opinion, the absolute best!
We found door handles that matched the sink hardware, so it was a great way to tie everything together.
Randall tackled the floor project. As I said earlier, I was a little skeptical that it would really make that much of a difference but it really cleaned up nicely! I will tell you it was a labor of love so I am glad it was only on a small area.
I LOVE the mirrors and how they look in this space. Let me tell you friends, Ikea has some great mirrors. Just sayin’. I debated painting them black to match the cabinet, but I like that they keep the bathroom light and airy since it is a tiny space. Randall and I still debate about painting them black, but we are both really happy with how they look white too.
We had a gallon of paint left over from our master bathroom project so we used it to brighten up the space.
For accents, we added the rag carpet (a favorite find of mine at Marshall’s) and some new towels. And finally the colorful flowers make the space feel a little bit homier.
We stayed on budget and completed it in one weekend! Now that this space is prettied up, I can have my master bathroom all to myself. And I have two really cute bathrooms to show off to unsuspecting friends who happen to visit us. My kids think it is weird that some of the nicest rooms in our house are our bathrooms. Hey, you’ve got to start somewhere!
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