This was officially the worst room in our entire house! It is the tiny master bathroom nightmare complete with maroon toilet, cracked sink and peeling wallpaper. This is the only before photo I could find. I know I took close up photos of how bad the wallpaper was actually peeling but I’m in the process of transferring to a new computer and I can’t seem to find the old photos in my cloud.
What you can’t see in this photo is the that the ceiling, door and door trim are all painted Carolina blue.
This was the last room in the house that still looked like it did when we bought it. Our first impulse was to rip it all down to the studs and start over but we just weren’t ready for a project of that magnitude. So we decided to fix the worst offenders in the room. Say goodbye to the ugliest toilet ever! Say so long to the cracked and filthy looking sink! Say good riddance to the peeling wallpaper and the Carolina blue paint. And while we are at it we might as well get rid of the 1980’s oak cabinets and replace the brassy sink faucet.
Since we were trying to not spend a fortune on this makeover, we decided to use a navy blue paint that we found for $5.00 on clearance at Lowe’s a few months before. Every time I go to Lowe’s, I take a stroll by the clearance paint. I have found some great colors and the discount is huge! (The navy blue paint was also used on the Am I Blue Thrift Store Dresser Makeover.)
It’s a decorating “no-no” to paint such a tiny room a dark color but since when do I follow decorating rules. This dark color really works in this tiny room, especially since there is natural light from the window and the color is broken up a lot by the cabinets, mirror and shower door.
I made the roman shade with fabric that has shades of green, gray and blue to tie in all of my colors.
I found the gray loopy bathmats at Homegoods. We used 2 hooks for our towels instead of a towel rod. We replaced the old door knob to better match the new faucet (and because we would eventually like to replace all of the mismatched door knobs in the house to one cohesive style). And we love our Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale.
We painted the cabinets and medicine cabinet frame gray and replaced the old sink with a one piece sink/counter top from Lowe’s. We replaced the old brassy faucet with 2 separate water knobs with a one piece faucet. We even replaced the hardware on the cabinets.
The maroon toilet is gone. The white square on the other side of the toilet is an access panel to the plumbing for the bath tub in our son’s bathroom. It was once Carolina blue. The floor tiles are still an odd pink color and despite being scrubbed on hands and knees, they still look a bit dirty.
The ceiling, however, is nice and white now. As is the door frame and door. We also installed a new exhaust fan. The old one sounded like a helicopter was about to land on the roof.
It’s not my dream bathroom but it’s no longer a nightmare! I will not miss that maroon toilet! Our total expense for this makeover was under $600. That’s pretty good considering we replaced a toilet, sink and exhaust fan.
Here’s a little side by side, before and after comparison.
Now I just need some artwork to hang on the wall in the bathroom. I want to paint a canvas for that blank wall but I haven’t been inspired with the right idea yet.
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