Happy Tuesday, friends! I actually had this post almost ready to go yesterday, then I got tied up painting outdoor furniture and mowing grass! Then this morning I had a golf lesson. A bit busy, but I am excited to share with you the best part of our bathroom makeover! Well, actually it is the guest bathroom downstairs. Come see how it’s looking so far!
To recap: A few weeks ago I decided to tackle a makeover of the guest bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette in our basement. The bedroom and kitchenette are mostly complete, except for a few finishing touches. The bathroom came last. The adjoining guest bath is hard to photograph because of the tight angles and the fact there are two doors to this room. Plus, it’s small. But, here is where we started. The room had a very masculine feel to me because of the dark walls, brown tile, vanity and vessel sink. My goal was to lighten and brighten the room and make it feel more feminine and spa-like.
The walls were painted a yellowish/gold color. There were lots of holes and boo-boos and we didn’t have any touch up paint, so repainting the bathroom was a must.
Plus, yellow is not a color that sparks joy for me. (Thank you, Marie Kondo.) I knew I wanted a lighter and more neutral color. So, I patched and sanded the entire room. I chose a Benjamin Moore color called Tapestry Beige. It’s very pretty and soft and works well with the browns and tans in the tile.
After painting the bathroom I ordered a custom shower curtain from Ballard Designs. I had to get the extra long version, which is 84 inches long, because of the tall ceilings, and had it monogramed with a “B”.
This is the original light fixture in the guest bath and there was a round silver mirror below. Because everything in this bathroom felt dark and masculine, I wanted the replacement sconce and mirror to be softer and prettier. I plan to sell this one on FB Marketplace.
So, I ordered this 3-light Welsey Glass Ball Vanity Sconce from Ballard Designs. I waited until it was on sale, because I’m thrifty that way. My sweet electrician friend, Bob, installed it for me.
Truth be told, I’m not a fan of vessel sinks and in this case it takes up the majority of real estate on this small vanity. However, since replacing the sink and vanity is not in the budget, it will have to do.
I bought this Venetian mirror for our last master bathroom and wanted to repurpose it in our new home. So, we hung it under the new sconce! It looks so elegant and definitely gives the bathroom a more feminine vibe.
The new sconce and mirror are making me quite happy! I bought a polished nickel towel ring, toilet paper holder and a few hooks which I’ll add soon. That and a bit of artwork and it will be complete! And I even like it with the vessel sink and old vanity. (For now.)
It was a close call for the mirror to fit in this space, but it fits with about 5 inches to spare! Whew!
And a few before and after pictures. Again, this bathroom is hard to photograph without taking selfies of me in the mirror. But, you get the gist of it. (A professional photographer, I am not, but I’m working on it!)
The lighter paint color and less busy shower curtain help calm down the space. Also, the straight shower curtain rod takes up less room.
The new upward facing sconce seems to heighten the room and make it appear brighter too.
The cost of this bathroom makeover was less than $500. The shower curtain was around $100 and the sconce around $200, so those were the big ticket items. I had the mirror on hand, which I bought a few years ago from Wayfair. The towel ring and other fixtures were around $100, then add in paint and supplies. I really am trying to use what I have, and do it all myself so I can tackle more rooms in this house without breaking the bank. (LOAFI)
I am also trying to learn better photography skills, so please bear with me! Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet and steady support! You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram too! Have a great afternoon! xoxo Dell