So this new house of mine was built in 2003. Not super new, but not old either. It was built in a time when even builder-grade cheap-o materials were pretty nice. Well, when it comes to the primary bathroom, I have a bit of a conspiracy theory. I’m pretty sure the builder planned to put some really nice cabinets in the bathroom. He probably had a custom design with inset beadboard surrounded by a gorgeous frame. It probably had cute little vintage-style feet and two miniature farmhouse sinks. It also probably had some really nice knobs and a fancy light fixture above two antique framed mirrors. But when he saw how great all the materials were he decided to keep them for himself, so he swapped out the stuff in his old 1970’s bathroom with what would have one day been mine. Okay, so maybe that’s not a logical explanation, but I don’t have any other. I have no idea how such an ugly bathroom ended up in such a pretty house.
Aside from the obvious dated cabinetry and plain-jane mirror, let’s talk about the fact that only two of 6 light bulbs work and there is a bottle of Bath and Body Works Christmas soap on the counter. When you have a bathroom that looks like this, you really don’t try too hard to deck it out with nice accessories. But after having all I could take of this little blast to the past, I finally gave it a little facelift. Problem was, my reno budget was already maxed from the rest of the house so this project had to be done on the cheap. But you’d never know it! It turned out so amazing and looks really expensive.
Black paint with a shiny coat of polycrylic made the cabinets look brand new and very luxurious. Paired with glass knobs I found at an antique store, I think the vanity looks like it’s made for a movie star.
I framed out the mirror (tutorial coming soon!) and spray painted the light fixture with Rustoleum Hammered Effect Paint. Oh, and I replaced the burnt-out bulbs. I switched from opaque white to clear bulbs and that instantly modernized the builder-grade strip light.
I took out that metal shelf and built these awesome industrial farmhouse shelves. They are my absolute favorite project I’ve ever done. And I’m loving the vintage striped towels I snagged on eBay for $7.
This awesome rustic drawer is actually from my great-grandmother’s old sewing machine. It’s the perfect size for lotion and candles. To keep it from slipping I stuck some grip pads onto the toilet lid. I didn’t want to stick anything to the antique wood.
A few accessories (no more Christmas soap!) from The Market really added some much-needed character to the room. *Links at the bottom.
This is Anakin’s favorite place in the house and he loves to spend time here. I guess he shares my love for vintage industrial farmhouse design. I knew this cat and I would get along.
So what do you think? Not bad for a budget remodel, huh?
Love the accessories? You can get them at the In The New House Market!