Do you have a plain old bathroom that you want to spruce up?
With a little paint and some great finds at Goodwill you can transform your boring bathroom to a serene oasis.
The previous homeowners must have said “Honey, I want a color that is really plain and monotone… I want our whole bathroom to be the color of filing folders!”
And here you have it, our manila bathroom.
My plan was to paint the walls, update the counters, paint the cabinets and add some fun decor.
I started by doing the counters. You can read and see my terrible struggle in this post Bathroom Countertop Reno Without Demo. Long story short, I waned to spray paint the counters with faux stone and it came out absolutely terrible. So, then I decided to make them look like granite, and that looked EVEN WORSE. Maybe I shouldn’t have added the link to the other post because it is actually heinous to look at…I apologize in advance.
So, I ended up painting them by hand and sealing them with polycrylic ($13.47).
Here are the results – glossy and beautiful.
Then, I taped off some of the fixtures we already had in the bathroom in order to help save some money. Previously, they were a rusted metal color. So, I sprayed them with brushed nickel spray paint ($5.39) to match our faucet and hardware.
I then moved onto the cabinets and painted those with BEHR Paint and Primer in Havana Coffee ($27). You can read the full post here Paint your bathroom vanity. The cabinets looked absolutely beautiful. So rich and warm, I just want to snuggle up to them.
Here’s how they came out!
Next, I painted the walls a beautiful color. I LOVE it more than I can describe. The photos don’t do it justice. The color is Morning Zen by BEHR ($27). It is a mix of sea foam green and grey and it is to die for. It gives ME some serious morning zen.
After that I worked on some decor.
I purchased two small white floating shelves at Target for $14.99.
I went to Goodwill and purchased various baskets/vases (photo below) all for $27.
I painted the tall basket with the the same paint that I used for the cabinets and I spray painted the gold wire piece white. (You can read about these more in depth in my post Goodwill Quick Flips) Here is the result! JUST LIKE MAGIC.
I centered those babies and put them behind the toilet.
I could hear the toilet paper crying “Thank you for taking us off the floor!!“.. or maybe that was just the polycrylic fumes getting to me..
I then hung the floating shelves and added a couple of vases filled with sea glass and some of the items I bought from Goodwill. I found a container of sea glass at Target for $4.99. The thrifty person inside me would love to have found my own sea glass over the years but that would be A LOT of effort and were an hour and a half from the beach. So, Target it is…
We purchased a new mirror at Bed Bath & Beyond for $39.99 and hung that over the sink. It matches the faucet and light fixture and adds the perfect amount of sparkle.
Lastly, I made mason jar holders (which I will explain in a post soon) and hung those on the side of the sink.
Here you have it.. Our finished bathroom that doesn’t look like a filing cabinet anymore!
This makes me very excited to paint the walls in some other rooms in our house because let me tell you… there is a lot of beige going on.
TOTAL COST: $159.83