Have you been avoiding taking on a renovation project because you think it's going to be too expensive or too big of an undertaking?? Good news: Impactful updates around your home don't have to be complicated OR expensive! Today I'm going to walk through our small bathroom renovation that we think has made a world of difference. There's nothing I love more than a good before and after!
Impactful updates around your home don't have to be complicated OR expensive!
You'll have to excuse my before pic - I had to use the picture that was on the listing of our home when we first bought it. The staging of our house while it was on the market continues to crack me up.
A color palette to die for: brown, red & yellow. I know it's hard to see, but the tiny peak of shower curtain that is in the bottom right hand corner of the photo just really tops it all off. Okay, okay I'm done poking fun at our 'before' photo. After all, we did buy it!
Our home was originally built in the 1920's. It has since been updated time and time again. With old homes, you get really great character (see photo of ceiling medallion and note the white marble windowsills) and unique, century old detail that, unfortunately, we don't see a lot in new builds. Our home definitely has that character throughout, which is why we fell in love with it. However, there were some seriously ugly additions that had been made over the years as well!
You can tell whoever was last to update our home chose a lot of 'builder grade' materials that we didn't love. Being that this is our first home and we didn't have a huge budget to work with, we were tasked with taking the original elements that made us fall in love with this home and match them with cost efficient yet quality & impactful updates that would cohesively work together.
The full update could have easily been done over a weekend, however, we did it in stages. First things first, we painted not only this room but the entire house and added bamboo blinds throughout. It's crazy how big of a difference just those two changes made! We chose Silver Dust by Valspar for our paint color in the bathroom. I wanted a really light, bright gray to open up this small space and that's exactly what we got!
After painting & adding blinds we had to tackle the vanity and the yellow tiling on the walls. I wasn't sure what we would find behind the tile and could already tell that the walls were uneven. Obviously, I had already pinned a million inspiration pins to Pinterest so I had a good idea of what I wanted to do with the space! I love the timeless look of wainscoting and knew it would give us the update I was looking for and camouflage whatever was hiding behind those uneven tiles with ease. I wish I could claim that I'm cool enough to have done this on my own, but I owe a ton of gratitude to my dad for helping me tackle this project! We were able to get the wainscoting done in a day without having to take down any of the tile!
I opted to paint the wainscoting a bright white that matches the trim throughout our home to make our small bathroom appear bigger & brighter! I then chose a light, creamy grey to paint our vanity and replaced the hardware. I had to do some surface sanding on the vanity and added a primer prior to painting to make sure the paint would stick in a high moisture area!
The final step was accessorizing! Since it's such a small bathroom we wanted to keep it simple. We opted not to replace the floors because they are original to the house and we thought we could make them work! If there's one piece of advice I can share, it's to think outside the box. While accessorizing this room in particular, if I had only looked for "bath mats" I would have never found a bath mat that worked for us in this space quite as well as this vintage inspired rug does! We then replaced the mirror with a framed option that offered more character and a finished look. We chose a bright white shower curtain with some boho macrame detail that is perfect!
We think the transformation speaks for itself! We spent roughly $350 and a weekend's worth of sweat equity on this transformation and we think it's made a world of difference! Check out the full photos of the transformation below as well as sources for all of our pieces!