We have been living in our house now for just over one month! We are mostly settled in, and the longer we live here, the more it feels like home.
And the more our project list grows 😉
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that we started our first room makeover this weekend! We’ve decided to start with our least expensive room since this is our first real project. We’re taking a page from Young House Love and doing a Phase 1 renovation. (Check out YHL’s great post about Phase 1 projects if you don’t know what I’m talking about.) Since we don’t want to spend a lot of money and gut the entire room, we’ll mostly be making cosmetic changes so we don’t have to live with a really ugly bathroom for 3+ years. Let’s take a look at what we currently have going on, shall we?
Not pretty, right? Like I mentioned in my home tour post, it’s a pretty tiny space, but overall, I like the layout of this bathroom. It’s small, but practical. The vanity is large enough for a guest to put their toiletries on the counter, and there is a shower/tub combo. Since this room won’t be getting daily use, we are going to make mostly cosmetic changes and put more money toward our master bathroom when we renovate it (one day).
Before we’d even moved in, we knew pretty much what we wanted to do with this space. We wanted to paint the vanity and replace the light fixture and the mirror (goodbye, hot-glue-gone-wrong mirror). We wanted to take the shutters off the window and install another privacy solution for the space. We wanted to update all the fixtures.
Nothing too complicated or expensive.
Originally, I wanted to paint the walls or the vanity a warm, dark green, like this:
However, the paint chips I’d picked up from Home Depot didn’t look good with the tan/grey linoleum floors. If we went with a darker green, we would need to paint or replace the floors. We could have made room in our budget to replace the floors, but we didn’t want to if we didn’t have to. Painting the floors was an option too, but we weren’t thrilled about the idea.
Luckily, I saw Jenny Komenda’s Evergreen House Kitchen. She used a beautiful sage green color on the kitchen cabinets, and the floor tiles are–you guessed it–tan and grey. The sage color looks amazing with the mixed tones of her flooring. So, even though her floor was very cute and ours was not, I was able to visualize the sage color in the space with tan/grey flooring.
Sage was also a better choice because it fit into the overall color palette of our house much better. (Post coming soon about how I chose our color palette!) A darker green would have felt disconnected from the color palette I’ve chosen.
Kendall wasn’t hard to convince, so we ran to Home Depot and picked up a quart of Sage Wisdom by Behr. We’ve already got a few coats on the vanity, and I can confidently say it was the right choice for sure! It’s not too pastel and not too green. It’s a beautifully subtle color that will transition well if our tastes change.
The color looked great with all the other elements I had picked out in my head…
I created a quick moodboard to help myself visualize the space. Here’s my final draft. Fun, right? I love the soft, earthy look it has. I also love that we don’t have to replace the floors! Finding ways to work with what you have is such a financially smart decision. I’m so glad we’re saving around $300 and putting it toward our upcoming master bathroom renovation.
I’ve decided to mix my finishes in this bathroom. It’s really trendy right now, and I love the way it looks. However, I think I’ll be too scared to try it in my kitchen or master bathroom, so I wanted to get it out of my system in the hall bathroom. I’m mixing black and brass, and I think the end result is going to be amazing.
As with every project we’ll take on in this house, budget plays a huge role. Most of the money in our budget is going toward new fixtures for the sink and shower. Amazon offers a lot of cute, cheap fixtures, but a lot of the customer reviews are mixed. Lots of good ones, and lots of bad ones. We decided to spend a little extra money and go with Delta fixtures because we know Delta is a trusted brand. We were just too nervous to skimp on something as serious as plumbing. So, we’re scouring places like eBay to make sure we get the best price. (I totally recommend installing a Chrome plugin that will search for the best price for you. We used Wikibuy from Capital One, and it seriously saved us hundreds of dollars and a lot of time!)
We’ve already started painting the vanity and patching the giant hole where the old light fixture was, and I’m really excited to share the final results with you soon!