When we first moved into this house, every single wall in it was white. And you all know that I love me some color. So I painted, and painted, and painted. But I wasn't very experienced in choosing the right color. And the color I used in our half bath was the worst in the history of my painting career to date. My husband lovingly called it "pukee-green" :) Originally it was this pretty olive color but it didn't look pretty on our walls (I tried really hard to make a good picture but it's impossible with this light):
This bathroom also had an ugly light, way oversized mirror and...well, the fake flowers that my sweet Hubby got for me. He tried :)...
On the other hand, the previous owners (one of them was a realtor) put the new nice vanity, wainscoting along the walls and a new toilet (you should've seen the toilet seat cover there was there originally. It was transparent-blue with sparkles!! Too bad I didn't take a picture back when we were touring this place!)
So we lived like this for 3.5 years, and it would, probably, stay like this for a little longer if it wasn't for this:
This is what kind of put me over the edge. The previous owners, right before they put this house on the market (they were not living in it at the time) replaced an old faucet with a new one. But it was the cheapest one on the market (I later found it in Walmart). It looked good at first but a year or so later it just started to chip.
This bathroom gets the highest traffic in the house. It's between our living room and kitchen, and everybody who comes to our house, uses it. And we all use it throughout the day. To be honest, I didn't know how dangerous it was (especially with the kids), if it was getting rusty or moldy. So we knew, the faucet had to go. We talked about it and decided that it was time for a few changes that we planned for a while.
But because we don't have much money, our budget was no more than $200 for everything. So do you want to see what we did??
Welcome to our new half bath. Let's have a little tour:
First, it was all about choosing the color we both loved:
We wanted this bathroom to be traditional, pretty and serene. We both liked grey. After we narrowed it down to two of our favorites, we got little sample cans (one was free with Lowes Facebook promotion). I've learned my lesson with the "pukee" color! It's so worth it to pay $3 extra for a sample, believe me!
So finally we had a winner- Stone Mason Gray from Valspar in satin. It's such a pretty color! We are both in love!!
Then it was time to add a few other things. First, we hung a corner shelf. It was $7 clearance at Lowes that we bought last year:
Then we got a new light. Well, new to us because in this frugal chez we never pay full price, right? :) We went on KSL (local classifieds) and found this light in perfect condition but for only $15 (so it was $33 savings, not counting taxes). I tried to make a picture but I have no idea how to get a photo of a lit up light. That's the best I could do:
But you might've noticed my biggest score on this picture above. And no, it's not the little "vase" even though it was on clearance for only $2.50 at Lowes (and doesn't it just scream serene to you?). No, I mean the new FAUCET! I love our new faucet:
It's this faucet from Home Depot. But why did I call it my best score?? Well, because I found it at Goodwill for $15, brand spanking new, still in a box. I couldn't believe my luck! That's what to be in the right place at the right time means!
Then we added a few more things like a new mirror ($32 at Lowes, no deals here...) or this white orchid in a perfectly matching pot- $9.99 at Marshalls:
We also added a new chunky candle (from the clearance area at Walmart) and a few other accessories. But I couldn't find the perfect wall art. I wanted something simple but with just a little pop of color. This bathroom is so small, I didn't want anything bulky.
So after some thought I decided to make it myself. Right on the wall. And no, I'm not an artist by any means, and I'm not trying to pretend I am. But I like how it turned out, and it gives this bathroom just the right pop of color:
Then we simply framed it with some molding (and my Hubby had a chance to try his new saw :)
The last thing I added to our bathroom is this fun little rag from IKEA made from recyclable T-shirts. I actually already had it, so no money spent but usually it's only $4:
I love how simple it is and, mostly how easy it is to clean, and that is a must with two (three??) super-messy boys.
And that is the end of our little tour. Thanks for stopping by!
PS- Oh, and if you are wondering if we stayed within a budget, then yes!! Total spent on everything - $153.61!! I'm really happy with the results, and I have a little money left to use towards our laundry area re-do :) And the only reason I shared all these numbers with you is to show that it's possible to make a difference in your home even when you have a very tight budget. All it takes is some planning and looking for "treasures" :)
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