Our half-bath makeover is complete! Well, basically. We may add a glass shelf on the right-hand side of the vanity to hold scented candles, but until then this project is done! I’m extremely happy with the results. It’s a total transformation!
Before, we had a tiny, builder-basic beige box with commercial-grade faucet and giant, glued-on mirror:
We started by adding a new faucet and painting the room Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen Blue, swapping out all the chrome hardware for satin nickel, buying a new hand towel, and making a pretty valance to coordinate with the adjacent dining room’s window treatments.
Lastly, we hung framed photos from our vacations and framed the existing mirror.
Framing the mirror was an inexpensive and easy project. After measuring the mirror, we purchased two pieces of decorative wood trim from Home Depot, for $18 per piece. After cutting the trim into four pieces that would fit together, I sanded and then primed the trim with about two coats of spray primer and about two coats of satin nickel spray paint that I had leftover from a previous project. Then, I topped it off with two very thin coats of spray polyurethane.
After the frame was thoroughly dry, we pre-assembled it to ensure that the pieces would join correctly and be level, using a small nail in each corner to hold them together. Then, we slicked some Liquid Nails glue onto the mirror and mounted the frame. To keep the frame in place while the glue dried, strips of cardboard were put over the trim (one strip per side) and taped to the wall, mirror, and vanity. The cardboard prevented the tape from peeling off the trim’s fresh paint. Apart from a few barely noticeable nicks in the wood, this really looks like a metal frame!
Note: Because this is a low-humidity room (no shower), I did not bother to prime, paint, and seal the back side of the trim. Definitely do this, as well as caulk the inside edges, if you plan a similar project for a high-humidity bathroom.
Inexpensive $8.99 frames from Michael’s plus $2.99 white mats were used to frame 8″x10″ prints from our past vacations: (clockwise from top left) Nice, Tulum, San Juan, and Bahamas. I intentionally chose photos that included the ocean and the bathroom’s blue and green colors. This photo of the bathroom is at an odd angle; you’ll have to trust me that frames larger than these would look weird in such a small room.
I’m not very good at keeping track of receipts, but here’s the approximate cost breakdown of this project:
- Paint: Van Deusen Blue by Benjamin Moore, $34
- Faucet: American Standard at Home Depot, $88
- Drawer knobs: Home Depot, $11.88 for four
- Towel ring: HomeGoods, $7.99
- Toilet paper holder: HomeGoods, $7.99
- Towel: Target ($7.99, I think. I first spotted it on Young House Love.)
- Faux flower arrangement: Free, already own (HomeGoods)
- Ceramic soap dish: Free, already own (HomeGoods)
- Wood trim: Home Depot, $36
- Frames + mats: Michael’s, $48
- Photos: Shutterfly, $16
- Valance fabric, lining and rod: JoAnn, $20
Grand Total: $276.85. More than my expected cost of $200, but still not too shabby for a total transformation.
So there you have it! One more project tackled before JourneyChic Junior arrives in less than three months.