We have big ideas for the master bath, the kitchen…and the list goes on. Our big ideas usually require some sort of demolition and re-building, so they also have a big price tag attached. I noticed that I wasn’t updating anything in the house because we weren’t quite ready for “the big idea”. After 10 years, I had grown tired of my yellow bathroom. There wasn’t anything wrong with the paint, except I wanted a change. A change that would not cost too much. Updating master bathrooms could be as simple as buying some paint. And that is what I did.
Here is the before picture. Here it was a little messy because I had already started to patch things up and move things around. I always forget to take a decent before picture, but this gives you an idea on the “before” color and look.
After looking at quite a few paint colors, I decided on one called Comfort Gray from Sherwin Williams. It was a “comforting” gray-blue. I also purchased a paint kit from there. I have textured walls and sometimes I prefer painting with a brush and small roller to get into all the crevices. I did use a large roller (not pictured) for the first coat.
Here is the “after” picture. I kept most of the accessories that matched. I changed the curtain rod, that was previously black, to this one from Target. It was under 5.oo at the time! I kept the little curtain.
The paint looks a little more green in this picture, but it was just the lighting. These vintage-looking enamel pitchers are from IKEA and the little bird canisters are from World Market.
I had these towels already, but they looked so much nicer now. These monogrammed towels are from Frontgate.
In the sink area, I added these green coral prints that I purchased on Etsy.
I added a shelf unit to go over the toilet which added a lot of storage. I found this print at Homegoods and I instantly loved it. It had a warm khaki background which could help to tie-in the remaining ivory items and tile, but was still airy enough to match the current look.
At the very top, I added a manzanita branch that used to reside in the family room. I am not certain that I will leave it here (hence the pushpins…look closely). It is right above the cabinet and print. I don’t know if I love it or hate it. What do you think?
Here is a picture from the opposite direction, where the shower and my husbands sink is. I promise that I cleaned the shower door (cuz I knew you were comin’) but I think the glare made it look streaky. On the very edge of the picture, you will see a dark piece which is my ironing board. I keep it in the bathroom.
This is what you see when you step into the bathroom from our bedroom. I also had to paint those columns because they were ivory and majorly clashing with everything. They got a coat of white as well. When I have a brush in my hand, no one and nothing is safe. mwahahaha!!!
Did I scare ya?
My maniacal laugh never works.
I gotta tell you, I did all this while my husband was out-of-town and he was impressed when he finally saw it. I didn’t even tell him that I was doing it and then when I went to pick him up at the airport, I told him. I couldn’t wait any longer. He laughed in disbelief. He knows that I will take on a paint project, but a whole bathroom? And paint cabinets? I stared at him with my best serious face and then he said, “Oh wow, that’s great. Can’t wait to see it.” I have had a good batting ratio as of late but my DIY record has some tarnishes. Then I went on to tell him that I used the same paint to paint over the ivory tile. This time he wasn’t sure if I was serious, so he said “You wouldn’t have done that because you know that you can’t just paint over tile”. Still, it was more of a question than a statement. Then I laughed because the man had been working non-stop for days and doesn’t deserve to think that I painted our bathroom tile with water-based paint. It wasn’t right.
So that’s all! Tell me, do you have big dreams for your master bathroom, but your budget doesn’t allow to start breaking walls? How about just a coat of paint, maybe some new towels and an accessory or two. It made a huge difference in my bathroom and now I am not in a hurry to make further changes.
Hope you enjoyed this before-and-after!