Ahh, Wednesday night. You are the most comfortable cocoon, now that I am three days back into my daily routine after being away from work for three weeks. Of course, I wasn’t away from blog work, which brings me back to to kickstarting this bathroom renovation!
A good renovation always starts with a budget, and of course, a great renovation ends within that budget. Dan and I spent quite a bit of time discussing whether or not this Phase 1 renovation would be financially possible for us. Since we just signed on to officially renovate our kitchen with a contractor, we need to save our pennies in any way that we can. Instead of going with a full bathroom makeover at the same time, we’ll be keeping the existing tile, toilet, and vanity to save on costs. We’re looking at a maximum budget of $500 for this redo, with the hopes of not having to update this bathroom for the foreseeable future. Here’s a peek at what we’re working with. Let’s call this the pre-transformation. Like when the Property Brothers show you a house with popcorn ceilings, chipped wood floors, and floor-to-ceiling wallpaper of your nightmares.
Behold the early 90’s glory of our downstairs bathroom. When we first moved in, we kept the original lavender paint on the walls and generally left the decor alone. I put in a small glass vase from Crate and Barrel (it was a free gift when we registered with them!) and filled it with some faux Ikea grass (on the left) as well as an Ikea basket (on the right). Those polka dotted Pottery Barn towels are featured on our Bathroom Mood Board and were definitely a major inspiration for the proposed color scheme! What you should definitely note here is my least favorite piece of all: the full wall mirror. Nothing says 90’s like a wall-to-wall bathroom mirror. Yuck, except for the cute guy in it, of course.
Here’s another view of that wall-to-wall mirror look. The art on the left is actually one of my favorite Roald Dahl quotes, which I featured in this blog post over the summer. It reads, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” I’m all about having an inspirational bathroom.
Ahem. Did I declare the wall-to-wall mirror as my least favorite feature of this bathroom? I can’t say that I am a huge fan of the Hollywood bar light fixture that hangs above it either. Another component of this Phase 1 renovation includes removing this old-school beast and bringing in a brand new light fixture.
As you can see from the picture above, our accents have both chrome and nickel finishes, including the towel ring holder, faucet, and (in the bottom right corner of this picture), the vanity hardware. I’ve recently developed a DIY crush on oil rubbed bronze finishes, so we’ll be switching out the vanity hardware as well as the towel ring. I’m also on the hunt for a new faucet to completely spice up this vanity for good.
We’ll be keeping the adorable Help Ink cherry shake print, as you saw in Sunday’s post about the bathroom mood board. What can I say? Something about giraffes in love just says bathroom art to me. Even with the colorful cuteness that hangs above the toilet, the wall is looking mighty lonely. It might be time for a few prints, or maybe even a shelf to put up on that wall to display some of our bathroom accents. As for the toilet decor, if you can even call it that? The bottle was actually one of our wedding centerpieces from the Christmas Tree Store (it was netted with shells on it, which I cut off), and I just stuck a fake flower in there to create some interest. Our poor toilet won’t be getting a full makeover, but it could definitely use a little more love (and decorating!). Even something like this pin would add so much more fun to the space.
For the entire space, I’m talking about displaying soaps in a jar (like these) or adding a cute bathroom rug (seen here) and even putting up a shelf to hold extra toilet paper (here). So many ideas! I’m open to more suggestions/thoughts/comments on how we can spruce up this space! Until then, we’ll be painting…