I finally feel like we have our first ‘complete’ room in our house after a mini-makeover of our downstairs bathroom. Of course this is the one room in our house that I forgot to take ‘before’ pictures of, so you’ll just have to trust me when I say that these small projects made a huge impact on this little space. The bathroom was a dark rust color and had a huge dark wood cabinet on the wall and a beat-up, yellowed laminate vanity. Our first order of business was giving it a fresh coat of paint with a really rich blue color — Hamilton Blue by Benjamin Moore — I love how it looks. Once we started painting, it made the laminate flooring look so dingy and gross, so I made a brave decision to try to tile the bathroom floor myself. I did lots of research online, and got some advice from a friendly sales associate at Home Depot, and managed to do a pretty solid looking job of installing a marbled hexagon penny tile.
Once I completed that project I felt like I could take on pretty much any DIY project you threw at me, so we decided to attempt another big project: refacing the front of the vanity. That project ended up being much more complicated than the tiling, in retrospect we probably should have just looked for a new vanity, but I’m happy with how it came out despite how much time it took to make the new doors and for my husband to install them. With all of those bigger projects done, we just needed to replace the towel ring and other fixtures, hang up some new curtains (I made them out of Nate Berkus fabric) and add finishing touches like monogrammed hand towels (ours are on sale right now!). I also styled up the shelves with some of my favorite pieces from our old apartment like framed artwork, my favorite candle, and a little match-striker. Plus I mixed in few new pieces that I’ve been collecting — fun vases, baskets, and this really cool metallic whale dish (which is a steal!). I’m really happy with how much the space improved with these small upgrades, it looks like an entirely new bathroom. One project down and onto the next one!