I’ve spent the past couple of weeks giving our standard “builders grade” guest bathroom a makeover. Since I was working on a pretty limited budget and wanted to maximize style without breaking the bank, I opted for some major cosmetic updates that would give it a more modern look.
Time: 1 Weeks Cost: $250 Difficulty: Moderate
You can see that I started with a pretty standard (read: plain!) palate. The same icky cream walls; the color I (not so) lovingly refer to as “Renter’s Cream” because it’s basically the same wall color of every place I’ve ever rented.
The first thing I did was paint the grout in the tub/shower combo. I used a grout paint in “Delorean Gray” and a tiny paintbrush to add two coats of gray over the dingy “white” grout. It took two coats to really get the darker gray coverage I wanted, but it turned out amazing! Did I mention the grout paint is only $12?!? It takes some time and patience, but you can’t beat a $12 update.
After I got the grout painting out of the way, I painted the walls in Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. This color changes a bit depending on the lighting, and it turned out more of a true gray than the “greige” look it has in our living room, which was a pleasant surprise.
The most involved part of my project was replacing our outdated medicine cabinet with a tiled nook. I’ll be posting a full tutorial on this process later, but here’s the basic idea:
It took several trips multiple stores before I choose a tile, but I ended up going with a white subway tile (with very light gray faux marbling) and a basketweave style marble mosaic tile for the background. I used the same color gray grout that I picked for the shower tile and it really tied the room together.
The next step was to prime and paint the vanity cabinet. Even though I really really really want to replace it, the floor wasn’t done underneath and I knew that replacing the vanity would also mean doing work on the floor, neither of which were in the budget. I opted to paint the cabinet in Sherwin Williams Indigo Batik and changed the hardware for these cute gold tipped feather knobs I found at Target. It adds just the right amount of color to the space, and really brings the room together.
After that, the rest was pretty simple. I switched out our plain, builders grade mirror for a gorgeous wooden one from World Market and changed out the light fixture above the mirror. I also added two floating wood shelves above the toilet, a reclaimed wood towel rack, new shower curtains and rug, and a few knick knacks to compliment the space.