No more ugly builder-grade bathroom!!

I’m sorry if that sounds snobbish, but I’m so tired of ugly oak and “Hollywood” bulbs. This hall/kids’ bathroom project took about 4 days (part-time) to complete and I’m happy to share the results with you.

Wall color: previously it was a dark gray. I’m not a fan of gray, especially in a room with no natural light. The shower curtain that was in the room had gray in it, but I was more inspired by the beautiful aqua color, so I chose Sherwin-Williams “Watery” for the new wall color.

BEFORE:

This builder-grade bathroom got a quick makeover

AFTER:

Changing the paint color from the gray to Sherwin Williams "Watery" gave this bathroom a spa-like feel. SW 6478
Changing the paint color from the gray to Sherwin Williams “Watery” gave this bathroom a spa-like feel.

 

All homes need a good cleaning (well, except maybe my BFF who has OCD issues). The trim in this bathroom had not been painted in a long time, and the vinyl flooring showed it’s age as well. A new coat of paint on the trim work and new vinyl tiles refresh the space. The toilet was removed to tile the entire floor, and I replaced the ring under it and installed a new toilet seat.

BEFORE:

The vinyl floor and baseboards needed a good cleaning and updating
The vinyl floor and baseboards needed a good cleaning and updating

 

AFTER:

A fresh coat of paint and new vinyl flooring.
A fresh coat of paint and new vinyl flooring.

 

That light fixture was HORRENDOUS. Who puts that in a house???? Cheap guys, that’s who. So we removed that long oak strip and the unflattering bulbs and replaced it with this oil-rubbed bronze. The 3 lights reflect into the mirror, doubling the amount of light.

BEFORE:

Cheap lighting that is unflattering for anyone.
Cheap lighting that is unflattering for anyone.

 

AFTER:

Updating the lighting in the bathroom to an oil-rubbed bronze with 3 lights to reflect in the mirror.
Updating the lighting in the bathroom to an oil-rubbed bronze with 3 lights to reflect in the mirror.

 

The oak cabinet got a coat of paint (well, actually a couple coats of paint) – “Labrador” from Lowe’s because Sherwin-Williams had already closed for the day, and a new set of knobs to update from the brass knobs.

BEFORE:

The basic oak vanity - Before
The basic oak vanity – Before

AFTER:

Same cabinet, painted with "Labrador" from Lowe's and changing the hardware from brass knobs to a new set.
Same cabinet, painted with “Labrador” from Lowe’s and changing the hardware from brass knobs to a new set.

 

I also installed a standard toilet paper holder on the cabinet. The previous Euro style was to the right and almost behind anyone using the commode, and the occupants complained to me that it was often knocked off into the corner where they would have to retrieve it while in an “incapacitated” moment. Ideally, the toilet paper holder should be 8-12″ in front of someone seated on the commode, but in this room that isn’t possible. Problem now solved. In fact, all of the towel rods in the room, while very beautiful, were replaced to oil rubbed bronze. The brown tones used in the cabinet combined with the paint color add to the Coastal, spa-like feel in this room. A decorative wall piece holding a candle and some pebbles (seen reflected in the mirror below) fill in the wall space and add a nice finish to the room.

AFTER:

Changing the paint color from the gray to Sherwin Williams "Watery" gave this bathroom a spa-like feel.
Changing the paint color from the gray to Sherwin Williams “Watery” gave this bathroom a spa-like feel.

I’m happy with the finished results. We did take out all of the old caulking before painting, and one of the last steps was to re-caulk the bathtub, trim, and sink. The whole room feels fresh and new, and with minimal expense and a few days of labor. Not pictured: The ceiling vent had become dirty, yellowed, and loud. We did remove the old one, researching a new model that would fit in the existing housing between the ceiling joists and replaced it with a more efficient brand new ceiling vent with light.

This project was an easy, inexpensive update to a builder-grade bathroom. Is your bath showing signs of wear & tear, or just feel like it was done for the lowest dollar amount possible? You don’t have to spend a fortune to incorporate great style in an easy weekend makeover. I’m more than happy to give you some budget-friendly ideas to update your home for living, or if you’re planning to sell and ready to Stage your home.

Updating a builder-grade bathroom in a weekend with a minimal budget.

Updating a builder-grade bathroom in just a weekend, for just a couple hundred dollars. New paint, light fixtures, vinyl floor and a deep cleaning took this from dated to dazzling.
Changing the light fixture, painting the cabinet and the walls updated this bathroom with minimal cost.

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