Updates to the Master Bathroom

I’ve never been satisfied with our master bedroom.  When we first moved in (6+ years ago), I liked how the previous owner painted using 2 different colors.  I thought it gave the room some depth and a nice accent wall was the “in” thing.  Well, I guess I’ve grown up and my taste has changed.  I am no longer a fan of all the brown in this room.  The bathroom walls were a deep, chocolate brown and every time I went into that room it felt like the walls were closing in on me.  It was just too dark for that closed in space with only a tiny window in the shower area.  I’m also over the deep red color in the shower curtain.

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This is the right side of the vanity near the linen closet.  (Apologies for the dark photo.)

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I have dreaded the oak-grade cabinets since day 1.  I also think it’s time to get rid of the 2-tone faucets and unframed mirror.

I present to you, the AFTER:

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This picture is reversed because the only way to get the entire vanity with mirror in the pic was to take a picture in the walk-in closet mirror.  You get the idea though.

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I found several tutorials online on how to build a frame for a giant mirror and had my handsome husband built it.  I’m lucky :)

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The vanity was super easy to tackle.  I was, of course, nervous at first because I’d never painted cabinets before, so I didn’t want to screw it up.  Seriously, easier than painting walls.  Nothing to it really.  I took the doors off of the vanity and sanded those, along with the vanity.  Then I put a coat of latex primer (tinted to match the paint) on.  After recommended drying time, I used a foam roller to put 2 coats of latex paint on.  After each coat of paint (and primer), I sanded gently to get rid of any flaws.  I am really impressed by the coverage and how well the paint went on.

*NOTE:  Always hold your paint swatch up to where you plan to paint because that is the lighting you will see it in.  I chose to paint the cabinet doors in the garage and boy did I not like the paint color at all.  I was extremely nervous and thought I had screwed up, but it was just a difference in lighting.

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I’m loving the dark vanity against the white walls.  It really opens up the space in this room and makes it more serene.

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I thought I’d include this fun pic.  After I’d painted the walls and vanity, I noticed a couple of bugs down in the corner by the bathtub.  I mentioned it to my husband and after further investigating, we had water damage to the floor right by the bathtub.  Not.Impressed.At.All.  Luckily, we only had to rip up one row of tiles and take care of the bugs, and then put in new floor boards.  I’m so glad I have a handy husband to fix this because hiring it out would have been spendy.

All in all, when you don’t have a lot of $$$ to spend, but want to update a room, paint and wood are some cheap ways to revamp.  The most expensive part of this update was the faucets.  I ordered them online from a cheaper source though, so I highly recommend checking that out before heading to the local hardware store because they can be costly.

Here’s to a Happy Monday!

2 Replies to “Updates to the Master Bathroom”

  1. Nice job posting with the pictures! Yes, to hire all this to be redone can be costly so you are very fortunate to have an eye and someone to help you! Thanks!

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