Our hall bath needed a little help. It was the poster child for bland and boring. Plate glass mirror? Check. Builder grade vanity light? Yup. Boring and plain vanity? Yep.
My pipe shelves helped a little but ultimately we knew those lights and that mirror had to go. So a shopping we went. My brother-in-law put up the new light fixture and Michael and I put up the new mirror.
We are far from done with this bathroom. We still need to put down new flooring, get a new vanity and put in a new tub. But doesn’t it look so much better already?
We are on a constant mission around here to add some character to our builder grade, blank slate house. We want to do some major remodeling to our bathroom, but like most people, we have other expenses and have to do a little at a time.
Our bathrooms were very drab and builder grade. Here is a look at our bathroom before we started.
You can’t see it that well, but behind our toilet is the standard towel rack.
We’ve had these Allen + Roth mirrors sitting in our garage floor since Christmas.
We had a friend from church over to help us move a piano, and he graciously agreed to help take down the plate glass mirror we used to have. While the mirror was down, I patched holes in the wall, sanded, and painted the wall. We then put up these two mirrors we purchased with a gift card at Christmas time.
Next, my brother in law took down our cheap, builder grade vanity lights and installed these Allen + Roth barn lights.
Here’s a picture with the lights off so you can see them a bit better. Don’t you just love that detail?
We then changed out the standard nickel drawer pulls and cabinet knobs in favor of rubbed oil bronze hardware that would match the lights. We also changed out the toilet paper rack and towel racks so they would match as well.
I then recreated my pipe and board shelves from the other bathroom. I’m not 100% satisfied with how they’re decorated, and am currently looking for the perfect typographical art to complete them. Big surprise, right?
Let’s take a look at that before and after again.
Ignore my tiny photo bomber.
We are not yet finished. Our to-do list looks a little like this:
Replace large mirror with two smaller framed ones
Replace builder grade vanity lights with barn style lights
Replace cabinet and drawer pulls
Replace towel bars and toilet paper rack with bronze hardware
Install pipe shelves behind toilet
Replace faucets with bronze faucets
Replace flooring with hex tile or ceramic “wood-look” flooring
Replace bath tub
Install tile tub surround
As you can see, we still have quite a few bathroom projects left before we are finished, and most of them are expensive! That is why we are doing this a little at a time.
Have you ever remodeled a room a little at a time? How did you do it? How did you prioritize your projects?
It all started when I visited my aunt a few weeks ago. I casually mentioned wanting to make something from stove eye covers, but having a ceramic topped stove, I have not had stove eye covers for quite some time.
As luck would have it, my aunt had some stove eye covers she wanted to get rid of.
I gave those bad boys a coat of silver paint, got some cheap wooden candlesticks, and some all-purpose adhesive.
I then decided exactly where I wanted those candlesticks to be positioned, and I made it happen. You literally just glue the candlesticks to the eye covers- it’s that easy. Although, you may want to use some screws to secure the candlesticks and make the tray a little more stable.
After the glue dried, I popped this little tiered tray into our hall bath and put it to good use!
I’m not done with this yet, but I love how it’s helping curb the clutter in our hall bath. A versatile, cute tiered tray for very little money.