As I look outside at the 4 inches of snow and ice that has pretty much shut down our neck of the woods, I am so very thankful to be safe and sound in our warm home. Craig drove me to my 38 week prenatal appointment yesterday morning and I’m super glad that he did. He was that psycho driving the big 4×4 truck that was weaving in and out of the standstill traffic. After I realized that my yelling at his psycho-ness wasn’t being very productive…I just closed my eyes and prayed…and you know what? He got us home safe and sound. He dropped me off at the house and then went back out to help the many people who were left stranded on the side of the road. They were so very thankful for him and he found so much joy out of helping others. I love him for that.
Since I’m stuck indoors and not allowed to go out to play in all of this fluffiness, I thought that I would share some of the easy ways that we spruced up our outdated mini guest bathroom. I completed this project…ohhh…about 6 months ago.
I say mini, because I didn’t do any massive reconstruction…although I would have liked too! You know how it goes though…same song, different tune…not in the budget. This project was also totally DIY…meaning…if little ‘ol me can do it…then so can you.
Welcome to our super tiny and dark guest (soon to be babies) bathroom!
Pretty perfect as is right? I mean…who would ever want to change a thing??? :-/
Since I couldn’t gut the whole thing and totally start from scratch, I decided to start with the one major thing that annoyed the heck out of me…
…the dingy shower glass doors!!! Those doors were so difficult to keep clean. From the glass doors to the disgusting mildew that constantly got trapped at the bottom. Does anyone else have this problem? They had to go!
Months ago, I shared how I got rid of them! Click How to Remove Shower Glass Doors to see.
Once the doors were removed (hooray!), I gave the shower/tub surround a good deep cleaning. Then, I hung an extra long shower curtain along with some regular sheer curtains hoping that it might help make the space feel a little larger.
I made the curtain tie backs with some burlap and ribbon that I already had on hand.
Next up was the color change. I ended up lightening the walls with Sherwin Williams Mint Condition. It’s a very calming color. I’m a fan.
With the new paint on the walls, I decided it was time to update some fixtures. Wouldn’t you agree?
I found the new light fixture at Lamps Plus.
Next up, I replaced the faucet. This task was a little more difficult. It’s just very awkward trying to maneuver yourself under the sink. After some research and a couple of hours of using a few choice words…the faucet was replaced.
Old faucet…which is also in every single one of our bathrooms…
It isn’t bad really…just not my style. I found this lovely on Overstock.
Pretty adorable right? It’s got the whole farmhouse faucet vibe…and those knobs…
With the new faucet and light fixture, I decided that the rest of the hardware needed to be replaced too.
…turned into this…
*Totally just noticed that you can see my reflection in the chrome. Thank goodness I was fully clothed! Not that I ever walk around the house not fully clothed…
…turned into this…
I love the double towel rack, but I cannot tell you how many times that I have nailed my head on it! Ouch!
I also replaced the boring brass knobs with some fun ones that I found at Hobby Lobby.
Next up…the fancy mirror! Again…I know it’s hard to believe that I would want to change this thing out…I’m just crazy like that.
I decided that the easiest way for me to update this mirror was to frame it. If I tried to remove it, then I knew that I would be chancing damaging the walls. Aintnobodygottimefordat.
Over used phrase?
Anyway, I found and followed these great tutorials to stain and make my frame…
I stained the wood American Walnut to give it a bit of a rustic feel. If you scroll back up to look at the new towel rack, then you will also notice that I added a piece of stained wood to the wall to tie in with the frame.
I was skeptical about using the command strips (per tutorial) to stick the wood to the mirror, but it’s been 6 months and is still holding on strong.
Another easy update that I did was replace the light switches.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make the big differences.
We’re not finished yet!
I reorganized the linen closet with some random baskets that I already had.
I thought about removing the closet door to open up the space a bit and maybe do some fun paint inside, but my motivation for this room was dwindling and I was just ready to be finished with it. Does that happen to you guys? You are all excited and gung-ho about starting a new project…then…some time later…you are STILL trying to finish it…and by the end you’re just like…”I just want to be done!”
That was me.
Easy organizational tags that I made using PicMonkey.
Lastly, I gave the disgusting tile grout (after scrubbing them like crazy) a facelift with this guy…
The mini bathroom reno is complete! As you can see, there are many ways that you can refresh your bathroom without a complete demo and hard labor. I am pretty happy with the end results.
New rugs came from Kohl’s.
Hopefully, you will find a little inspiration in this post! Do you have any other ideas for some easy, inexpensive, DIY ways to spruce up the bathroom?
My hunny just got home with some Golden Oreos…that’s my cue to go now! Oh…he also got me a “surprise”.
…because I’m “half Mexican”.
Sometimes I wonder about that man…
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