It is my Master Bathroom.
It's funny to even call it a "master bathroom," since most people's closets are bigger than it, but it's the bathroom off our bedroom, and one of the very first things we wanted to remodel when we moved here 5+ years ago. And yet here we stand today, still living with the yellow. You see, when we moved in, I was 6 months pregnant with our first child, and then she was born, and as all first time parents know, life gets kinda crazy. So we put it on the to-do list, in hopes we'd get to it in the next year, when life calmed down a little.
Then my first born turned 9 months old and we found out we were expecting. Again. So Baby #2 joins the family, and you know the story. Life's even crazier, put the bathroom on the to-do list for the next year. Again.
Then when Baby #2 was 6 months old, we found out we were expecting. Again. (I know what you're thinking, we should probably figure out what's causing all these babies, right?!) ;) Anyhoo, here we are again, with a hideous (putting it mildly) bathroom, but of course, kids are kinda expensive, and eating and paying the mortgage trump gutting our master bathroom, right? We have decided though, in the next year or so, we WILL gut it completely and start fresh and get a kick-you-know-what master bathroom FINALLY.
(And in case you're wondering, we did figure out what was causing all those babies, and unless God has a hilarious sense of humor, we shouldn't be discovering we are expecting Baby #4 anytime soon;)
But in the meantime, until we can afford that major renovation, I wanted to see if I could make do with what we had, on a very small budget - it became like a game to me - just how little I could spend on this room, and make it look, well, pretty. And since I know in the not-too-distant future we will be renovating, I wasn't concerned with how well it will hold up, or how long things will last. I just wanted a quick fix, so that my husband and I don't stand there brushing our teeth every night, laughing at the hideousness that surrounds us. (This is 100% true - we actually do stand there and laugh as we point out certain "beauty marks" of the room, like the yellow toilet with the mismatched tan seat, or the tile that is missing from the floor, or the shower that has been regrouted so many times we can't even count...oh, it's a show in there, let me tell you.
So then it hit me: yellow and grey are everywhere these days and I am completely digging the combo. Well, we have the 1960s yellow tile, shower, toilet, sink, everything in our bathroom, so why not incorporate grey into the mix and try and hide as much of the yellow as I possibly could? Mission accomplished, and I have to say, what was once the biggest eyesore of my home, is now one of my favorite rooms:)
Without further adieu, here is a pic of the before:
1. Bought 2 of those $5 Sherwin Williams samples in Essential Grey. It's such a small space, I probably could have gotten away with just one, but I needed more for the shower sheet - yes, I'll get to that - Total: $10
2. Painted the floor with some white semi-gloss I already had - yep, I painted that tile floor. Will it chip, peel, be a disaster? Highly likely, BUT like I said before, I was looking for a temporary pretty fix, and besides, even if it does peel or chip, it's still a HUGE improvement from the lovely yellow and brown tile, am I right?! And I bought 3 scatter bath rugs to hide most of the floor anyway, so it's all good. Total: free, since I had the paint already
3. Picked up the rugs at Walmart. Total: $33
4. Bought a toilet seat at Home Depot. Now, they don't sell that kickin' yellow anymore, so I figured white was a step-up from the brown one. Total: $5 (I kid you not! I'm looking at the receipt right now - what do I care if it's plastic or wood enamel or whatever the good ones are made of?! I just want a decent looking one that will last me a year or 2.).
5. Bought a tension rod for the shower, a twin bed sheet and some clip rings. Total: $17
6. Bought a soap dispenser from the Dollar Store, you know, because
7. Picked up 2 sheets of scrapbook paper to give my cabinet a prettier look: Total: 60 cents
8. Bought 2 yards of plain white fabric from Walmart to make a sink skirt. Total: $5
Things I had on hand that I did use include: paint rollers, brush, painter's tape, hem tape, velcro tape, white spray paint, a canvas, yellow acrylic paint.
Grand Total: $71.60
Not too shabby, huh?! Now, I still have yet to make some curtains, but the window is always hidden behind the door anyway, but I'm sure I'll get to them soon.
So let me tell you about that shower...I have no idea where the idea came to me, but I wanted to find a way to hide that big yellow eyesore, so I thought maybe I could hang a curtain/fabric in front of it, and simply slide it out of the way when we needed to take a shower. Since this became my mission to find the cheapest ways to decorate this room, I picked up a $5 white twin sheet from Walmart. I cut it to the length I wanted, no-sew hem taped it on the bottom to give it a clean line, placed painter's tape across to give it wide stripes, and used the leftover Essential Grey. I started out measuring the distance between each lines, and seeing if the lines were straight, but I wasn't even finished the first stripe before I gave up on that. I figured, the sheet would always be bunched anyway, so even if the lines were a little droopy or off, it wouldn't be noticeable. Besides, we know patience with stuff like that is NOT my strong suit. That's just how I roll.
After the paint dried, I hung a tension rod up high, and attached it with clip rings.
Another update I did was give my existing mirror a slight facelift. It was an off-white color, so I covered the mirror and gave it a glossy white finish with some spray paint I had. See, it pays to have an enormous collection of spray paint, for times just like these. You never know, am I right?!
I also had a canvas left over from a project, so I stenciled 'you & me' on it in grey, but it needed something else, so I had some yellow acrylic paint and wrote 'always' along the side. After all, it is our bathroom, we're the only two people who even go in there, and the word always is our "thing." We have it engraved on the insides of both our wedding bands, and ever since the dating days, we've signed all our cards, little love notes, etc., with that word. (I'm sure Hubs is thrilled I'm sharing mushy stuff with you, but he'll live...;)
Speaking of...in case you were wondering about the floor...I just cleaned the heck out of it, dried the heck out of it, and started rolling white semi-gloss paint right onto that sucker! Crazy, I know, but I didn't care if I ruined it, you know? I let it dry between coats, and did 3 coats. Slapped a bunch of rugs on top, and it looks wayyyy better.
here in case you missed it. Here's another pic, just because...
Whew! I think I covered it all...if you see something in there I missed, let me know and I'll address it:)
Ok, one more look, since I love it so stinkin' much!...
P.S. I linked this up at Today's Creative Blog , Stuff and Nonsense, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, and