Thursday, March 20, 2014

1/2 Bath- Full Report

I talked about the transformation our half bath went through back HERE. But I would like to break it down because it deserves to be recognized.  When we first walked through the house, it started out like this:


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!


BEFORE:



AFTER:

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.

9 comments:

  1. It looks great! I have no suggestions on avoiding painting aversion though - good luck! :)

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  2. Ah man, the thought of owning a house (some day, maybe....) Is already stressing me out! You guys make it look so easy and nice! I hate decision making of all kinds (bet you didn't know that!) And would want everything done at once! Patience is a virtue of mine, somewhere. The bathroom looks awesome. As for the painting issue, hire my dad for a week. That's what I'm going to do!

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    1. I'm excite for your house one day! I'll help with your decisions if you want! No stress.

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  3. Looks so nice! I love your paint color. It's nice what a few updates can do to a room (even a Harry Potter bathroom!) I can't help you with the paint issue. We have so many paint projects still and I can't bring myself to do them. They are all small things but who wants to paint door jams and baseboards. Not me! Oh and we are planning on updating bathrooms this summer so more painting. I will have to refer to this blog post to learn how to accessorize a bathroom!

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    1. I wish I didn't hate painting so much. I would totally volunteer to help you. You guys are so inspiring! Can't wait to see your updates too.

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  4. Ummmmm...you are awesome. Nuff' said! I can't wait to see all your 'fixes' and ......claim to know the famous DESIGN STAR!

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  5. Your DIY energy exhausts me.

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  6. You are without a doubt a house diy pro!

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