It’s finally happening, folks- changes in the guest bathroom! This bathroom is a builder-grade blank slate. There’s nothing wrong with anything in here, but it’s a whole lot of bland. Here’s what we inherited from the previous owners:
There was a lot of effort put in here. Note that the soap dispenser matches the retro station wagon on the shower curtain. And the faux flowers perfectly coordinate the colors together. The theme of this bathroom is surprising considering the previous owners didn’t have children and we live 3 hours from the beach. Do you see that large brown smudge near the fish above the toilet? That’s not a shadow. Click here to read about what that was from because I can’t type it twice without vomiting a little. Especially since we scrubbed it off the wall but haven’t painted over it yet. Cue gag reflex…
This vanity and shower curtain also come with a really gross backstory- let’s just say we encountered some very nasty remnants of the previous owners. Remnants that upon discovery made my husband declare, “We’re ripping that thing out immediately!” in reference to our vanity.
Well, he came down from his disgust-inspired demolition mode after a good scrubbing, and the vanity remains. As do the dingy, yellowed walls. And the vinyl floors. And the Hollywood vanity light that, despite it’s name, doesn’t make me feel all that glamorous. Here’s the deal with the light fixture- it has room for 5 bare bulbs- no shades. We only screwed in 3 light bulbs because I didn’t feel like wearing sunglasses every time I used the bathroom. And they are those terrible looking energy efficient coil light bulbs. And 2/3 have since burnt out. To recap, we have 2 empty sockets, 2 burnt out light bulbs, and 1 lone working coil bulb by which to put on my makeup. I would complain more, but I don’t need the harsh light of 5 bulbs illuminating my limited makeup skills every day. And by every day, of course I mean once a week when I actually bother putting my face on.
I’ve finally come to my senses and realized that DIYing a fixer upper with a 1 & 2 year old means that a full bathroom remodel is way, way down the road. And after realizing and accepting this, I decided that making some cosmetic changes in the meantime would be worth the time and money. It might even inspire me to put makeup on two times a week!
We’re doing a Phase 1 makeover, meaning we’re making cosmetic changes that don’t require construction or plumbing. We’re basically just switching out things that can be hung up, but heck, even just painting this room will be a huge improvement.
My goal for this space is to incorporate some charm. (If you missed it, you can read more about how I plan to do that here.) I love vintage bathrooms. I know they give some people the heebie-jeebies, but I love the nostalgia of them. I’m hoping that incorporating some charming items will counter-balance the builder grade vanity, shower, and floors that we’re leaving.
Ok, enough blathering! Here’s the basic game plan:
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The first two things that I settled on were the wall cabinet and the wall mounted soap holder. I thought the curtains in the cabinet were so charming! The wall mounted soap holder took me down a more traditional path, and I picked the rest of the hardware to match this feeling. The wall cabinet was a little more frilly. I loved this light fixture and thought it matched the vibe of the cabinet. I’ve got traditional meets feminine farmhouse elements going on- a look I’m calling French Country Farmhouse. Is that really redundant? I’m thinking French country already implies farmhouse, but I’m rolling with it because it’s how I’m making sense of this mashing of styles that I’m drawn to for this space.
I was originally going to do mixed finishes in here- half bronze and half antique brass. I ordered the towel bar, towel ring, etc. in brass. Pinterest made it look so good!
Lies! Once I got them in, I really disliked them. This sounds ridiculous to say because, duh, I ordered brass fixtures, but they were so gold in person! And they had a green undertone that I just wasn’t loving. It was probably just in the context of my dated, dingy beige bathroom that they looked bad, but I just couldn’t get over it. Once I started thinking, “Maybe this brand new hardware would look better if I spray painted it…”, I knew I had to send them back. Turns out, if you are trying to counteract the datedness of existing 1999 finishes, bringing brass into the equation is not the way to go. I guess it’s just another lesson in the power of Pinterest’s persuasion. But dang if I still don’t love that look online!
Here’s some other swoon-worthy inspiration pictures I keep staring at:
It’ll take Phases 2-12 of my bathroom remodel to reach those results, but dream to dream! Stay tuned for updates- items have been ordered and are on their way!
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