You know how sometimes you get a flurry of inspiration and you decide to makeover a room or a piece of furniture in a day and everything just kind of magically comes together? Or you can envision what you want a room to look like before you even pick up a paintbrush? Our “master” bathroom makeover was neither of those. It was one of those “let me piece things together a little bit at a time and see if they’ll play nice” type of makeovers.
The Easy Part
This bathroom was actually the first room in our new house to get a refresh from the “butter-colored” walls we have throughout the house. (Even before the guest bathroom makeover.) When I started this “makeover” I didn’t have a plan, I was just ready for a fresh, clean look in our little bathroom. The cream colored walls and the poor lighting made everything look dingy and I just couldn’t take it anymore!
So I made a quick trip to Home Depot (since it’s right down the street) and grabbed a gallon of Ultra Pure White paint in semigloss. Why that color? Well, because I knew white would certainly brighten up the place! That and I didn’t want to wait for someone to mix another color for me. What can I say? I was ready to kiss those yellow walls goodbye!
So I rushed home and painted the whole bathroom over the course of an evening. I was in a hurry. When it was done, I stepped back and admired the transformation in front of me! It looked like a new room! I quickly put up a new shower rod (the old one was rusty) and hung the clear plastic liner. Now all I had to do was buy a pretty shower curtain and put up some shelves for storage and art to make it look nice and I’d be done!
…Then a couple weeks went by. I found a great shelf solution and got those put up, and I bought a nice towel rack to use. But the rest of the bathroom just kind of sat there unfinished for a couple months while I tried to make up my mind on a shower curtain.
The Hard Part
You see, our bathroom is tiny. Like the size of our closet (both bathrooms are the same exact size and layout, except that the door is in a different place in each room). So the shower curtain is kind of the focal point of the room. I had to find the right one or the whole room would feel off. This was not a problem with the guest bathroom, since the cute flamingo shower curtain inspired the makeover. But our master bathroom was a completely different story. I could not find a pretty shower curtain for this bathroom for the life of me.
Finally after a couple months I got determined to finish this bathroom. I went out and bought a bunch of shower curtains and took them home to try them all. I was leaning toward a bright color or a nice pattern to add some interest to our all white bathroom. But none of them worked. So I tried a plain white one… and we ended up deciding to go with it. (Josh helped me decide!) I was worried about picking a white one since the whole bathroom is white. I was afraid everything would look plain or washed out, but it ended up being the right choice for this room. It keeps everything bright and calming at the same time!
In our guest bathroom you will see lovely, fluffy white towels hanging up. For guests. We don’t actually use white towels though. I’ve kind of collected lots of colorful towels, so we have orange, pink, deep purple, and teal towels, among others. I like using colorful towels because, well, they’re fun! (And I’m terrible at keeping white things white and pretty.) So our lovely colored towels provide the pop of color for the room!
This bathroom is the one we use most, and it’s kind of small with no storage. The only storage is under the vanity. But, being a woman and having multiple different beauty products that I use on a daily basis, I knew this was not going to work.
For a while all my bottles and Josh’s shaving stuff sat on the bathroom counter. As you can imagine, there wasn’t much room! It made me dread cleaning the bathroom because then I would have to move a billion bottles of stuff just to wipe down the counter. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little but that’s what it felt like!
I scoured stores and pinterest for shelf inspiration and there was lots of it. Lots of expensive inspiration. Why does a floating shelf from a store cost 30 dollars? Even just one of those was out of my price range, let alone 2 or 3.
Instead I decided to try a few of Ikea’s wooden spice racks and put them up next to the mirror. I painted them white so they wouldn’t stick out or make the bathroom look too busy and crowded. I have to say, I LOVE these shelves! They’re super affordable and they look really nice! There is just enough room for my candle jar containers to fit too. They are a little bit of a challenge to hang, but for the price they are so worth it.
For towels, we were using an over-the-door towel rack, but I replaced that with a row of towel hooks on the wall. It is so nice not to hear the rack bang every time we close the door! It’s the little things.
For most of our other bathroom stuff we use an antique secretary desk in our bedroom. It’s kind of a family heirloom since we got it from Josh’s parents. I have plans to repaint and buy some cute bins for it, but I haven’t gotten there yet!
And lastly I whipped up a watercolor painting of a waterfall (I’ve always liked waterfalls) for above the towel bar. The painting was free! The frame was not. I like the way it turned out though!
This bathroom cost a little more to freshen up than our guest bathroom, partially because we had to replace the shower rod. But I’ve been working on (or ignoring) this bathroom for a while so the cost was spread out over several months.
- Behr Paint in Ultra Pure White (semigloss) – 28.97
- Painting kit (including paintbrush, 2 rollers, tray) – 9.97
- Shower rod- 34.98
- Shower curtain – 28.49
- Towel hooks – 16.98
- Ikea shelves- 3.99 each = 11.97
- Picture Frame- 21.84
- Bathmat- 7.95
- Anchors – (1.98 for 6 Sharkie anchors + 1.98 for 4 Everbilt toggle bolts) – 3.96
- Waterfall art- free!!!
To be honest, this makeover was a lot harder than the guest bathroom. Part of that is because I didn’t have a “vision” for how I wanted the bathroom to look when I started, and the other part is how darn hard it was to find a shower curtain that I liked. You can’t really move on to the fun details when the focal point of the room isn’t taken care of!
Despite the shower curtain difficulties, we have prevailed and the makeover is finished! I would love to know what you think. Leave a comment below!