Monday, August 9, 2010

Bathroom Brighten Up



Alright, as promised in last week's post, today I'm SO excited to share with you my bathroom makeover!  This project was my "test run" for painting trim, cabinet and doors a bright, beautiful white.  I thought this smaller bathroom would be a good place to try out the white-trim look without having to do the whole house.  And I must tell you, it was a success!

So let's have a little refresher as to how the bathroom looked pre-makeover:



Well, actually, right before we moved in it looked more like this:



 I'm still kicking myself for never taking a picture of the outdated bathroom before we redid it the first time.  Although, it was a little scary looking, so maybe it's better I don't have a picture to show you.

So as you can see our bathroom was just beige-tastic.....and I'm SO over beige right now.  I'm ready to paint every surface of beigey beige wall in our house -- so I'm sure you'll read of my distaste for this color again.  I used to LOVE beige -- so warm and inviting, but now I'm just ready for a change.   And with our lovely oak trim and doors, it just makes our whole house look brown and blah. Ewww.

I had been toying with the idea of updating some trim for a while, but when I read Gail at My Repurposed Life's post about painting trim it sealed the deal.  I decided to take the plunge and try out her trim painting techniques.  It was much easier than I thought it would be (plus Gail's great advice and tutorials definitely helped!!).  I removed all the trim and door frames (which made the process SO much easier):





I took the trim and door frames and numbered the back of each piece so I could figure out where it went in the room when I put them back on (HIGHLY recommend this step!).  Then I took them all out to the garage and primed each piece and then painted three coats of white trim paint on each.  It was a tedious process, but there's lots of drying time involved, so I had plenty of time to get the wall painting and shelf building done too.

I also took that little nook and decided to go the built in route.  I will go into detail on that more in a later post.  I'm SO happy with the end result....are you ready to get a peak?

Do you see those Snapple Vases above the cabinet!?!




Do you LOVE it??  Isn't it like 100 times brighter and cleaner looking?  Out with that beige and in with the white!  I love our little built in bench and shelves -- and I can't wait to show you how I did it.  The best part is that bench opens up and I have towels and soaps and lotions stored in it.  I'm all for more storage!

Here's the cost breakdown on my little redo:

Wall Paint:  $12.00
Trim Paint:  $9.30
Trim for Shelves:  $4.00
Wood for Bench and Shelves:  $14.60
Foam for Bench:  $5.50
Fabric for Bench:  $3.80
Shower Curtain:  $6.00 (new in package at GoodWill!!)
Black Lantern Candle Holders:  $8.00
Apothecary Jar:  $8.00
Beachy Jar:  $7.00 (HomeGoods)
Baskets:  $12.00 (HomeGoods)
White Tray:  $3.00 (GoodWill + Spray paint)
New Rugs:  $14.50
TOTAL:  $107.40

Well I say, "NOT BAD!" for $107ish.  Over half of that was for all the new goodies I had to get to decorate my new bathroom. :)  You know how it goes...

Here's some before and after side-by-sides:





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Vanessa said...

LOVE it! Love the color!! It looks awesome!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Oh yes, Amanda, that turned out amazing. So much brighter and more current! Love the shelves. You did a wonderful job!

Decorchick! said...

SO perfect Amanda!! That storage idea is genius! Loving that turquoise and white. AWESOME job!!

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

Oh my gosh. I have that EXACT same cupboard above my toilet! And I LOVE the lighter paint you did on it! Please dish! How did you go about painting it (sanding? priming? painting???) because I desporately need to redo mine!

Also, love the wall color, so happy :)

Jenglamgirl said...

WOW!!! ADORE THE BLUE, IT LOOKS SO FRESH AND AMAZING! WELL DONE!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi Amanda! I'm visiting from Susan's and Met Monday, and I must say....you did a FANTASTIC job on your bathroom! I can't believe the difference, girl! It looks like a totally different room! Bright and airy and very beachy. Cute idea with the Snapple bottles, too! lol!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

LOVE THIS REDO! The color just knocks me out, and your work came out so well. I bet this room just makes you smile.

Tawna said...

Had to laugh when I read this post- I too was obsessed with beige! (It matches everything...) Anyway, then we got into chocolate brown (so sophisticated AND matches everything...) and then one day I woke up and thought "Blah!" Also my totally creative friend- who showed me your blog- was painting everything in her house at the time and it just looked so happy! So I jumped in and we now have ONE apple green wall- but its a start!
Oh and I love turquoise and had picked it for our bathroom, too- even bought the paint, but chickened out! now I am totally inspired to go get that paint out of the garage!

Jennifer said...

Oh my!!! I love it!!!! Awesome job!

Jenn said...

This looks great! I did trim in my half bath too. However, I didn't research enough and used latex instead of oil based paint. It's now peeling :(

Tina said...

I do love it. Smiles!
T

Stephanie@cre8tive said...

Oh wow Amanda what a difference that makes! I love the way the beige tile goes with it as well. That bathroom is so refreshing now. Great job.

Siggy Spice said...

Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!! Absolute perfection! Way to go!

Amy said...

It looks so great! Very up to date.

Erika said...

Love the new look. It's amazing and so bright! Good job.

brandi @ tales of a domestic goddess said...

i L.O.V.E. that color!! amanda you are amazing!!! come do MY bathroom, pllllease? =)

Sue at Beach Bungalow said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous; love the blue!

Sue

Elizabeth said...

It's beautiful!!! What a difference paint makes - congratulations!!

Val said...

GORGEOUS!!!

Staci at Craftify It ! said...

It is AMAZING what paint can do! I LOVE it!!

Momma to Bug n' Bear said...

Wow, great job! I love your bathroom makeover. The colors are perfect and the storage is brilliant. Way to save money and do it yourself too!

-Desiree

Kristin said...

It's beautiful! Makes me want to paint my bathroom cabinets!!!

Melissa said...

That is totally bright and happy. Great work!!

Julia said...

Awesome! I've been wanting to paint my bathroom that color for awhile now. Love it!

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Looks fabulous, love the wall color and with the white trim, perfect!

Lisa said...

Pretty! LOVE the blue color! The little bench is the perfect touch!

Becca at One Girl said...

I love the built in shelf above the bench! And that fabric on that bench, darling! The wall color makes your silver mirror "pop" even more and stand out and look stunning. Great job!

Country Mouse said...

What a wonderful transformation!!! I love it!

Brandy said...

This looks amazing, I love the blue. It makes the bathroom look like a totally new space.
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Cindy said...

Amanda,
I am loving all of the turquoise and white gorgeousness!!! It's really SO perfect! You guys did an amazing job.
Hugs, Cindy S

KasiaJ said...

Fantastic! The blue is gorgeous and I love how crisp the white looks next to everything. It really makes me look forward to redoing my bathroom...someday.
PS- I missed your posts last week; I love your blog. Glad you had a good vacation!

JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party this week!

Ashley said...

White trim makes such a huge difference! We did our house last year. Your bathroom looks great!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

wow! I love the new look! I'm so glad I inspired you to paint your trim. BUT, you went so much further than just painting trim! Your bathroom looks soooo good!
Can't wait to see how you did the bench! Thanks for giving me a shout out!
gail

Higgs Happenin's said...

Fantastic!! you're making me need a house one room at a time... I can't wait to see how you did the bench. yay for white and teal, so fun. I love white too def. the new & improved beige.

Ginger said...

Big change! Great work! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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The Nifty Nest said...

WOW! I am amazed at how incredible that looks! I want THAT color in mine!

Nice work!
Liz
The Nifty Nest

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

The walls look great!!! I love that color! And you painted the door too =) good job!

Jeralee said...

Love the white and love the aqua color. Much better and more refreshing. It turned out beautiful Amanda!

Leigh said...

Look at that adorable bathroom, I'm in LOVE! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment!
--Leigh

Shel at Dreamy Nest said...

Pretty! I love the storage and new shelving. It looks so much better!!!
GREAT JOB!

Julie said...

Great job! Love the little seating nook!

Christine said...

It's an impressive transformation...don't you just love fresh paint? Excellent job, Amanda!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

whoa! that does not even look like the same room!! and i'm SO excited that you put before and after pictures next to one another - so helpful to see what an amazing transformation took place. your new bathroom rocks. :)

superh2ogirl said...

Oh my goodness! It's absolutely gorgeous! Great job! I hope when I have my own home one day I get the courage to get as creative and daring as you! Great job

-Nicole
www.craftmysoul.blogspot.com

Tina@HickoryDickoryHome said...

Okay....loooooveee the color! I am dying to know about your shelves and bench! My daughter's bathroom has a small cut out area just like that and we have nooo storage for stuff. I really want to build shelves like that.

Cait @ Hernando House said...

Looks awesome, I love a blue bathroom!

Jenna Scott said...

Your bathroom make over is amazing! Thanks for visiting my blog!

patchworkdelights said...

Oh man will you come and fix my bathroom, this looks great and I love the way you used what you had and added to it!

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Love the color! It's so much more fresh and young. Awesome job! : )

cassie @ hi sugarplum! said...

I love that blue!!! So clean and fresh! thanks for stopping by my blog too...I love finding new ones!

Erin @ Where Beauty Meets Function said...

I love it! Love the addition of the built in shelves!

That color is similar to the color in my daughters room. Love it! :)

Can I say LOVE one more time? LOL

Jen said...

This bathroom makes me happy:)

Amber said...

It looks great and wonderful job with the shopping!

The Nest on the Hill said...

Wow, wow, wow! What a great transformation. I love the color, it's very similar to what we used in our bathroom. And that fabric cushion is adorable!

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Wow! what a transformation! I love everything about it! Great job!

Curried Cupcakes said...

Absolutely beautiful. I LOVE the color. I am a big fan of all white trim throughout the whole house. It helps keep everything unified.

Mrs. Chic said...

Such a cute update, loving everything! The built in area is such a good idea!! :)

Kristi said...

WoW!!! This looks sooo good! Great job!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

I'm always amazed at the difference paint makes! It turned out fabulous!!

Nestled In Rosenberg said...

LOVE your redo!! That blue sure does brighten things up. So pretty! Great job!

Alison said...

Wow! The color is amazing!! I LOVE this!!

Jensamom23 said...

What a beautiful job!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I love the torquise against the crisp white.
btw, i also like how you displayed the before and after right next to eacho other. Good job.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Stopping by from the Pumpkin Patch! Your bathroom turned out just awesome for such a small budget! I love it!

Chris said...

What an amazing update. I love the color you chose (and the white), I've done a similar change in my laundry room that I'm just finishing up.

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

How did you paint your cabinets? Sand, prime, paint?

Whimsical Creations said...

Turned out beautiful! It is amazing what paint will do.

... said...

Love it! who wouldn't want to take a shower in there?!

brittany-theyoungjunker.blogspot.com

Christina said...

The difference is amazing! You did an awesome job!

Nikki said...

LOVE that color!!!! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

Anonymous said...

THAT IS SO FREAKING COOL!

Melissa G. said...

Oh my word! That's an amazing switch! Nice job! I love the beach theme.

Real Housewife in MN said...

oh my goodness; I am LOVING this!! We were clearly on the same page recently with our love for turquoise! The built-in is so fantastic. Seems like a great way to open up a bathroom rather than your standard linen closet. Looks fantastic!

Sassy Sites! said...

great job!! I love the blue! :) I'm your newest follower... come by and visit me at Sassy Sites! :)

Terrell said...

I'm loving your transformation!! It looks so inviting and cheery! I would like to invite you to my link party/giveaway every Friday at FrouFrouDecor! Hope to see you there!
~Terrell @ FFD~

Crystal said...

wow! The paint changed it so much. I love how it turned out and I love that little bench.

La said...

BRAVO! Wow, what a transformation. Great color. La

Ashley @ The Hillside Home said...

Amanda, Thank for visiting over at The Hillside Home! Your bathroom looks BEAUTIFUL!!! What a transformation. We used to be all about the beige too in our last 2 places... and now it's all about white and turquoise for us too! Great job on this remodel. And the built-in looks awesome! I am feeling inspired. :)

Amanda said...

I was wondering what type of paint you used to paint the cabinets? and did you paint the backsides as well, and what about the inside of the cabinets? just curious, I am hoping to re-do our bathrooms now!!

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

I LOVE your new bathroom! The turquoise is so fun!

Thanks for linking up at www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

artisticblend said...

That looks amazing! What a transformation. Love the blue! Great job!

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

Supper makeover!!! You did a fantastic job!!
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Paula said...

Awesome redo! You must have really done a happy dance when you finished with this project. The white and turquoise combo is so modern. Love it!

Roo @ NiceGirlNotes said...

Reminds me of the Caribbean! Or... a Tiffany's box. Either way, both are great. ;)

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

BEAUTIFUL! simply BEAUTIFUL!

I featured you here:
http://firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com/2009/02/blog-post.html

Life in Rehab said...

Oh yeah, you know you're cool. This was fantastic.

AUDRA said...

What fun color!
Love the redo... Good job! :)

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

It looks just beautiful!! Love the blue color you used, it makes the white just pop. Gorgeous!

Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch said...

Holy Smokes!!! It looks amazing! Sorry I wasn't able to admire your work last week. I was out of town. Thanks for linking to Transform Tuesday!!

Debbie said...

Oh my gosh that is an awesome color for a bathroom! What a great makeover...it truly does not even look like the same bath!

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Very beachy clean! Love it!

Room to Inspire said...

Definitely a brighter look! Those shelves are great - thank for linking this up too!

Chelsea

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, that went went from a bathroom to a spa!! Fabulous! I am visiting from Debbiedoos.

Carol

RJ @ A Life Designed said...

Looks great! Our main bath is a similar colour and I just love it! :)

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

Wow wow WOW! It's amazing what a change paint can make! It's so AWAKE and bright now! Lovely! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

Cheryl said...

Hi Amanda!
thanks for stopping by my blog. Love your bathroom redo. The colors you chose make it look fresh. I think your built in was a great use of space.

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Oh, I love this! I wish I had an extra bathroom that I could paint this color. Your makeover is fantastic!

Virginia said...

Makes a big difference! Great job!

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