It has affectionately been called our Harry Potter bathroom because it's under the stairs. The door in the picture is a closet that goes the rest of the way under the stairs and now houses all of my school files, decorations, everything thanks to a massive garage clean out a couple of weekends ago. Who knew 6 years of a life and career could fit in such a small space! (Man, going through those boxes made me nostalgic!)
Anyway...back to our Harry Potter bathroom... the previous owners switched out the vanity. We saw the previous oak and gold vanity out back waiting to be hauled off so we were grateful for the updated vanity and light fixture. The first change came when we took down the wall length mirror.
That was a dramatic change. Unfortunately, because of the glue spots/tears and the fact that the wall was not textured behind the mirror like the rest of the bathroom, we couldn't just paint it and be done. We patched up the tears and sprayed texture on. (When I say we, I mean Michael and his Dad. A lot from his dad! What a lifesaver!) Another problem we encountered was that now that we took down the mirror and were putting up a framed mirror that we already owned, the backsplash didn't match up and it wasn't our first choice for color so Michael took that down and added a tile backsplash of his own. He had some extra from another project he was working on so it wasn't any extra cost.
On one of their short visits, Michael's parents painted the bathroom with the same BM Revere Pewter that we painted the rest of the main floor in a blink. We didn't even know what was happening until the paint was drying. That sure saved us because Michael and I start to develop severe painting aversion. It takes us awhile to tackle painting walls again. It's just not our favorite thing in the world.
When the paint was dry, we added the framed mirror that we owned already. We got it for a few dollars at the model home sale in our last area. It was hanging by our mud room in our last house so I was glad it had a good place to go in this house.
We also hung some shelves from Ikea above the toilet for some added storage.
Across from the vanity, we hung decorative candle holders that we had gotten from that same model home sale as the mirror.
After all that, we had quite a big transformation for such a small space!
What do you think? Does it work? Any suggestions on how to avoid painting aversion? We have a few more rooms that would love a paint job.