Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Master Bath Lipstick Fixes

One thing I like about living in an outdated space and just doing a lipstick fix is that there is no commitment.  If I don’t like it, no biggie.  I’m not out thousands of dollars and I can just change it again.  The hubby and I have have been thinking about taking the plunge on a master bath reno this year.  A real one.  I have to say, it kind of scares me.  I have a hard enough time making decisions on my lipstick fixes, let alone ones that will cost me some big bucks.

The choices we make have to be timeless, yet timely.  I don’t want to spend a pile of money for a trend that will pass in minutes, but I do want to add a little personality in there.  Anyhow, until I figure that balancing act out, I’ll share some of the lipstick fixes we’ve done in there…

…starting with my favorite, taking down the bifold doors on this closet!  Ahhhh!  So much better.  So easy and basically free.





My vanity took a couple tries before I was satisfied with the results.  It all happened by accident really.  First I painted it espresso and it just wasn’t working for me.  So I gathered up paint samples of greys and taupes and just started layering it ending up with sort of an aged wood effect.  I’m telling you, keep your eyes open in the sample or returned paint section…for a couple bucks or even cents, you can do a little project.  Love sample sizes, they take you a long way sometimes.



I bought glass knobs to dress it up, but that required drilling holes.  So guess what…it never happened.  Using those knobs on another project because if we actually go through with the master bath reno this year, why bother?  Right?  Right.


Updated the light fixture with a cheapo from Lowes that you could mix and match shades and light bars.



Actually bought a new mirror that’s been living in my closet for I don’t know how long now.  Don’t think it will find a home in the updated bathroom because I want a double sink next time around, but I’m sure I can figure something to do with it.  Have an idea or two.


My DIY sea fan art.  Go here, to see how I made it – too easy.



Accidental update number 57…a shower curtain to replace the glass door.  Mysteriously there was a crack in the glass door one day.  Actually glad to be rid of it.  It was kind of gross.


Some chrome hardware and pretty towels.




Threw in some beach inspired items including rocks from our vacations and a jar from my mom’s basement…one of the many treasures from her basement.


Didn’t do anything with the fabulous faux marble countertop with the awesome seashell sink.  Couldn’t bring myself to spend money on a short term counter.  Although, looking at these photos, I can’t believe I stuck with them this long.



Wish List for the Real Reno

  • Pretty much the reason behind the reno – a BIGGER shower.  The current one is about the size of a phone booth and we’ve recaulked the base about three times and it never seals correctly.  Let’s just say It’s gross.
  • A shower seat – my husband’s dream
  • Frameless glass doors
  • Rectangular undermount sinks (really want REAL marble counter, but scared of staining)
  • Enlarging the space by walling up the hallway linen closet and making it a part of the bathroom.
  • Enlarging the space by using what was once a vanity area outside the bathroom between the bathroom and closet as a part of the bathroom.


Just look at this wasted space where the shower could be extended!  To the left is the bathroom and to the right is the closet. (there was a vanity and mirror there, but we already took it out and replaced it with this armoire)


  • That would cause a change in door placement …speaking of doors…mini frosted glass French doors with glass knobs.
  • Oh, and wouldn’t it be nice to update the closet system while we’re at it? Smile

So really the guts of our bathroom aren’t that horrible with the white tile and all, but if we are changing vanities and enlarging the space, there won’t be any tile to match for those spots, thus making this a total gut job.  There’s that domino effect again.  It always comes into play doesn’t it?  If we pull the trigger on the whole reno thing, you know I’ll be sharing the adventure.  And if any of you have gone through the process, please pass along any advice you might have.


Linking up here and of course at Thrifty Décor Chick’s show us your bathroom…which is what prompted this post.  I think I’ll continue to follow Sarah’s schedule for highlighting the rooms in my house.  It keeps me on track and focused.  Thanks, Sarah! Smile


  1. This looks great! I love the open shelving and you have it styled so nicely. Well done!

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  2. Love it! I especially like the idea of taking off the closet doors. We have the same set up in our bathroom with the closet being right behind the bathroom door. Going to think about doing this.... My husband is going to end up hating you I think...


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