March 11, 2020

Master Bathroom Makeover

Our master bathroom hasn’t really been touched since we did an addition on our home about thirteen years ago.  Needless to say, my style has changed A LOT throughout all those years.  If money grew on trees, I would LOVE to just gut the whole dang space and start over (especially since the giant jacuzzi tub that we NEVER use takes up sooooooooooo much room). However, since our trees aren’t really blooming dollars, I went with the less expensive option of getting new lighting and mirrors and painting the vanity.

Here’s what the space looked like before:

Pretty drab, huh??!

The first thing we did was to remove the large builder grade mirror from the wall.  I wanted something with a little more character, so we opted for two of the Vintage Pivot Mirrors from Pottery Barn.  The tilting feature is super helpful for shorties like me.  I accidentally ordered the smaller size mirrors, so we then had to add two of the Mercer Glass Shelves to balance the distance between the sinks and the mirrors.  This ended up working to our advantage because we now have a place for all of the everyday products that we use (which I naturally hid to take these photos!)

The other big change we made was to replace the light fixtures.  I was so excited to partner with Lights.com on these GORGEOUS Alton Wall Sconces.  They complement our faucets so perfectly, and they provide so much more light in this space.

The biggest challenge with this little bathroom makeover was painting our prefabricated vanity.  I wanted it to match the same dark color that we’d used for the accent wall in our bedroom (Sherwin Williams “Peppercorn“), and luckily, we still had leftover paint.  Many of the tutorials I watched online recommended sanding down the cabinet first, so I used my hand sander to do just that.  I thought I’d sanded it down enough before painting, but I was sorely mistaken.

The first coat of paint peeled off in multiple places.  (And if you’re wondering why I didn’t prime first, the paint I used had primer in it already.)  It was a disaster!  I had to sand it down even further and start over with the paint.  It ended up requiring three more coats of paint, followed by Minwax Polycrylic to seal it.  I absolutely LOVE how it turned out and think the color really pops against the white wall.

I am sooooooo much happier with this bathroom space now!  A few small changes really made a big impact.  Hopefully this gives you some inspiration if you’re struggling with what to do about a bathroom in your home, and if so, I’d love to see it!

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