I can’t believe that it has taken more than a year for me to finish the updates to my bathroom. While I admittedly took time off from house projects last summer and fall while we pursued our sailing dreams, I’m embarrassed that so much time has passed while I worked on these simple updates.
Overall, this bathroom wasn’t too bad – the tile floors and shower were new when we bought the house five years ago, the sink and toilet are in perfect condition, and the lighting and fixtures are chrome and modern looking. The best way to describe this bathroom is that it looks good from afar…but far from good close up. 🙂 Up close, the old built-in medicine cabinet was covered in dozens of layers of paint and its hinges were rusted, the slatted cabinet doors were outdated, and while the room is small and light filled, too much white was making it feel overly neutral.
Since this project feels like its been going on since the beginning of time, here is a reminder of my list of to-dos:
Update the slatted cabinet door for a more modern look(Read about that project) Update the cruddy old vanity(Read about that project) Organize and add more storage to the cabinet(Read about that project)
- Add some additional color to the room
As you can see, the last thing on my to-do list was to add some color to the room, which I tackled recently with a few simple changes. Here’s a picture of the before…so much white!And the after, below! The wall color is the same (Barely Jade by Glidden), but I framed a much more colorful print, brought in some greenery with a potted succulent, and some warmth with a wood tissue box holder. Finally, I replaced those boring white hand towels with some grey medallion jacquard ones from West Elm.
As an aside, the art print came from this great book of prints, called The Custom Art Collection, which features prints from up-and-coming artists. Nick purchased the Contemporary Home book for my birthday last year; the Collection is a really cute series of four books that each include 40 prints that easily tear out for framing. It’s such a fun and affordable option for decorating your walls; I have prints from the book framed all over our home!
After a little internal back and forth, I also decided to paint my under sink vanity cabinet. I originally wanted to paint the cabinet black to match the tile flooring, but eventually settled on a shade of grey (which we actually had color matched to the hand towels!) Here is the very white (and boring) before:
The last change I made was to replace my previous bath mat (which was the same shade as my light jade wall color) with a nautical themed grey and white whale mat. The rug matches the other grey elements in the bathroom and also adds a bit of whimsy and fun!
So there you have it! I’m finally ready to call my bathroom update DONE!
While none of the changes I made were drastic, I’m really pleased with the difference that the few simple, inexpensive updates made to the room. And to save you from having to scroll or or re-read old posts, here are a couple more before-and-after pictures:
So what do you think, were the updates worth the wait?