Like the Guest Bathroom, for instance.
Roughly 3 weeks before the ETA of our guests we began plotting our attack on the bathroom. We told you about how we installed a bi-fold door in the doorway to the furnace room - which immediately improved the bathroom about 10000%.
Then it was time for the fun part: painting!
So far our guest bathroom upgrades had only cost us $37 (which was for the bi-fold door and wood), plus some white paint we had on hand. For this room the name of the game was cheap & chic!
After taping the bathroom I pulled out our extra paint cans and surveyed the colors. Around about the time we bought our house I had discovered the Oops Paint section at Lowes - and became addicted.
We had quite a few paint colors to choose from, to say the least.
I opened up 4 of them and actually did a little testing! You should seriously be proud of me - normally I just pick one (I make sure that it matches the other colors in the house, first) and pray to the paint gods that it looks amazing on the walls (which so far it has! Hallelujah!).
Then I sat back and looked at them. They looked a little different on the wall than I thought they would, and the fact that the bathroom has no natural light from a window also makes a difference.
I also held up some of our leftover vinyl peel-and-stick tiles that will be going in here later, to see which one(s) would work with it...
In the end, the light and airy Desert Fortress (that we have upstairs in our Living Room, Dining Room, Hallway and Kitchen - oh, and the Master Bedroom Closet) won! Lucky for us, we had plenty - 1.5 gallons of it leftover, which was more than enough for the bathroom. It's such a great and versatile color - it's the exact color of a canvas dropcloth, so it goes with everything!
I painted and then we ended up hanging all the decorating items we had stored (until we got around to remodeling the bathroom)...
And this is how the bathroom looked for our houseguests (decked out for Halloween, too)!
We scored the mirror on sale at Lowe's last year marked down tremendously. It was $125, but we scored it on super-clearance for a measly $25! Gotta love a good deal like that.
We did splurge on the towel ring and a new toilet paper dispenser (goodbye nasty paint-splotched blue one!), but they only ran us about $30.
We bought white frames at Walmart for about $20, and filled them with original acrylic paintings I did in college - and a fun design I whipped up to match.
Bottom line: All-in-all, we only spent $112 on the bathroom remodel thus far (and we don't anticipate on spending much more since we have leftover flooring!).
And since everyone loves a good Before & After, here's the Before from way-back-when, & then the After:
Not too shabby, huh?
Yeah, we didn't think so. Of course we still have several projects left in here - a new light fixture (although I might miss the simple and rustic feel of a single lightbulb hanging on a wire from a hole in the ceiling... hah!), new flooring and then tackling that pesky and odd shower-in-a-closet!
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