You may know that we’re in the middle of a fairly significant remodel of our master bathroom and closet. Well, due to the COVID-19 situation, we have put a pause on everything in that room until we can safely welcome our plumber and electrician into our home. We totally understand the necessity of this pause for the safety of our wider community and we aren’t complaining about it—we’re just redirecting our energy into things we can do ourselves!
Once we realized it would be a few weeks before we could move forward on the master bathroom, I started looking around and realized that we could totally freshen up our upstairs bathroom without any contractors at all.
As you may remember from this post, this bathroom has a lot of quirks—the strange light fixture that would be more at home over a dining table (not to mention the placement of that light), the tiles that don’t go to the ceiling in the shower, two small vanities instead of one larger one, a ton of unused space.
Someday, we might want to take on those larger issues in a bigger renovation project. But, this bathroom is the guest bath so it might be a while before it becomes a priority to take it on.
For now, though, we can make a few inexpensive, easy changes that will make the room feel fresher and much more like us. So we decided that now is the time, and we’re going to take it on.
Plus, since it’s the bathroom we’re actually using right now, it would be such an immediately happy-making project as well.
Over the weekend we put together a plan and placed orders for everything we need to give a major facelift to our bathroom—without any plumbing, tiling, or in-depth electrical work.
Here’s our no-contractors-necessary bathroom facelift to-do list:
- Paint all the walls and trim a fresh white
- Hang hooks near the shower & remove toilet paper holder in favor of a freestanding one
- Hang a new shower curtain
- Install a new light over the vanities
- Install new mirrors
- Swap out the knobs on the vanities
- Bring in a bunch of storage bins and freshen up the linen closet
Depending on shipping times, we’re hoping to get everything done within the stay-at-home order issued by our governor (currently 2 weeks).
We’re going to begin with a clean white slate on the walls. I’m totally open to changing the color later, but for now I just want it to feel a little fresher. Sherwin-Williams is offering phone ordering and curbside pickup, but there are also some good mail order paint companies out there, like Clare.
Then, we’ll mostly bring in black accents to go with the linen closet door and vanity color, with a couple of touches of blue—I can’t wait for you to see the shower curtain we got!
Over all, the room just needs a facelift, so we’re going to start there and hold off on major expensive design decisions.
I’ll provide a budget breakdown at the end, but I expect to come in under $1000 (and a good chunk of that is storage bins for the linen closet).
Let me know what projects you’re taking on while you’re in quarantine!