Happy Wednesday to you guys!! I hope that everyone has come out of their Holiday Coma and transitioned back into the “real” world ok. I myself have been trying to embrace the change of having a schedule-kids back at school, sports, getting back to work and trying to update my blog!!
If you follow me on Instagram you know that it has been 5 months! Since I posted this teaser pic of my basement bathroom re-d0. I wanted to go bold. This is a tiny and very dark bathroom in the basement. What better room to take a big risk in???
Man, as usual I wish I had better before pictures. Like I said, it is so dark in the basement. No natural light, so pictures were hard to take, especially for an amateur like me. But Dear Gawd, I could have at least cleared the toilet paper off of the counter. Sorry about that Thankfully I had my talented sister Lindsey Lyons, who is a professional photog take the after pics.
Nice. I now also notice the plunger and toilet brush in the shower. Classy.
This big beast of a medicine cabinet started it all with this bathroom re-do. As every project in our house begins, I decided late one night to just “take down” the medicine cabinet. I thought I could hang a cute mirror and update the light fixture. Well once I unscrewed this puppy, I realized it was literally cut into the drywall. Which meant me patching the drywall, etc, etc. blah blah—we are redoing the entire bathroom.
As you can see, she is a beauty. Cream colored walls, dated and gross floors, shower and vanity dated. Gross. Gross. Gross. No natural light. Not good. Also, my one criteria for this bathroom was to re-do it for less than $150. The only people that really use this bathroom are my two dirty boys and all of their friends. I did not want to spend any money here.
And for the AFTERS:
I started by painting the walls a deep, deep Navy Blue. It is Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy for any of you wondering. Then I sanded and painted the vanity a bright Kelly Green. That is actually the name of the color as well. I replaced the hardware with ones I found on clearance for less than a dollar each and spray painted them a bright gold. I could not afford to replace the floor right now, as the entire basement is this connected horrible cream crap, but I found two fun rugs at Ikea and an inexpensive curtain panel that I used to cover up the terrible shower (which unfortunately is one big unit and cannot be painted ( As you can see I still need to finish the baseboards :))
To contrast with the deep, dark walls I did a funky gallery wall above the toilet. I picked all different fun things to hang in all different colored and shaped frames. An article about my dad. A painting my son did in school. Favorite cards or pictures. And my son wanted his dads best football cards on display as well.
I scored this awesome mirror at Ikea for only $100. I LOVE the curve of the wood and the shape of the frame. I could hang this in a million spots in my house.
The countertop had to stay and after trying and trying to pry the faucet off, I realized it was stuck on with the countertop. So, I spray painted the faucet a bright gold along with the toilet paper holder and towel bar. New fixtures for less than $5 total.
The back wall holds another Ikea purchase. A black glass shelf, that I painted gold. Here are fun books you can read while doing your business and different funny odds and ends that I let the boys help pick out. My oldest son especially likes the bobble heads.
So one more quick reminder of the before:
And for not much money and a lot of elbow grease the after: