Powder Room Revamp

I haven’t shared much of our downstairs bathroom, and for good reason. We painted it when we moved in, but other than that, we pretty much left it alone. For some reason over the past couple months, though, I’ve suddenly had the urge to spruce ‘er up.

Here’s how it looked before:
Glitter and Goat Cheese - Downstairs half bath

And here’s how it looks now:
Glitter and Goat Cheese - Bathroom with white vanity and cobalt walls

It’s certainly not completely done, but now, I don’t shudder when I walk past it!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Bathroom with cobalt walls and white vanity

The walls are Benjamin Moore’s Champion Cobalt. It’s a gorgeous color. I also painted the vanity in white semi-gloss. It clashes with the off-white countertop, which is unfortunate, but with the darkness of the walls, I really felt like the vanity just had to be white.

I spray-painted the existing towel ring and toilet paper holder with Rust-oleum Specialty Metallic in gold, and got new knobs for the vanity from Lowe’s. They were originally chrome, but I spray-painted them gold, too.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - DIY gold spray-painted cabinet hardware

The top “drawer” isn’t actually a drawer, but I felt like putting a knob on it made the whole vanity look more finished and less builder-grade. At some point in the future, I want to paint some gray trim around the doors and “drawer” front. I guess the cabinet doors will stay crooked until then, because I’m lazy.

The shelf and prints over the toilet are all DIY.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Bathroom with cobalt walls and DIY gold wood shelf

I got the two frames from Michael’s. I couldn’t find white ones in a thickness I liked, so I just bought silver and spray-painted them. I made the two prints in Adobe Illustrator. If you like them, you can download them and print them yourself! I just used a decent quality laser printer.
Right-click and Save As for the 5×7 ampersand print.
Right-click and Save As for the 5×7 “We’re All Mad Here” print.

Brad and I made the shelf using Ikea’s 7 1/2″ Ekby Bjarnum brackets (spray-painted gold) and a piece of red oak that we bought from Peach State Lumber. It looked like this before we stained it with Minwax Dark Walnut:
Glitter and Goat Cheese - Red oak for Ikea shelf hack

We used three coats of stain and two coats of Polycrylic, and I love how it came out!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - DIY gold and wood Ikea shelf
The little box is from Home Goods. I think it’s real purty.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Gold and wood Ikea hack shelf

I continued the black, white and gold on the opposite wall with two DIY abstract paintings in spray-painted Michael’s frames.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Cobalt walls with DIY abstract art

As you may recall, the watercolor was painted by Brad and hung by me back in January. I painted my two abstracts on 9″x11″ canvas boards from Michael’s, and removed the glass from the frames before I clipped them in.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Abstract black and white art

They’re my favorite paintings that I’ve done so far! I painted the canvases completely white first, then went over them with a few thick stripes. To finish ’em off, I dipped my brush in water and splattered some paint drops on top.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Abstract black white and gold art

Whew, that was a lot of photos! So, that’s our bathroom. I may still want to frame out the mirror and spray-paint the light fixture, but I’m trying to control myself. See, when we redo our floors downstairs, we’ll probably take the opportunity to actually replace the vanity and toilet, and then we’ll need to re-paint the walls, so we might as well replace the mirror and light fixture … So it’s a little silly to keep putting work into temporary items.

Have you made any just-gotta-do-it-to-keep-yourself-happy changes to a room you plan on completely re-doing later?

  • LOOOOVE that blue wall color!

  • Izzyy

    Your paintings are so great. Very simple and modern yet they look amazing! I’m definitely going to do some paintings like these! So glad I cam across this on Pinterest:)

  • Leah

    I found this while searching for a revamp of my bathrooms. How did you paint the cabinets? Did you sand/prime them?

    • Hi Leah! The vanity was wood with a sort of glossy finish on top, so I sanded it enough to dull the finish. I wouldn’t recommend sanding down to bare wood – it’ll just make the surface more porous, which means you’ll need more coats of paint for good coverage. I just roughed it up a bit. I did use a primer – I think it was probably a water-based like Kilz 2 Latex – but I just painted a vanity in my upstairs bathroom using Behr Premium Plus Ultra (primer + paint in one) and it came out great!

  • Karissa

    I love your paintings! Would love to mimic them. What kind of brush did you you use for them? This is a great remodeling of a bathroom by the way!

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