Friday, October 1, 2010

A Bathroom Transformation

8 months ago we started repainting our bathroom. FINALLY we are done! I hate painting... love how it turned out, but HATE painting. I still need to find some bath rugs and hang a couple things on the wall but I am very pleased with the results!

My inspiration for this bathroom came from none other than Melissa at 320 Sycamore (not surprising to you I am sure - she is my favorite blogger ever!). You can see her bathroom transformation HERE.

So here is the before: (please excuse the poor lighting - I took these pictures in the evening in January and it was getting dark...)

Lots of brown huh?
And here is the after:
I love how much brighter it is now!
Some of the details:
We used Rustoleum spray paint in Espresso for the cabinets.
Yes we spray painted and it was lovely. I HIGHLY recomend spray paint!
For the paneling and trim we used Behr paint in Cream Puff (Home Depot).
The walls are Smoke Infusion by Valspar (Lowe's).
The fixtures are all a satin nickel color.

We also spray painted the existing mirrors, which were a yucky gold color, with Rustoleum Espresso spray paint. What a difference a can of paint can make!

The new light fixture we found at Walmart for $30. I don't know if you have priced light fixtures lately, but that is a pretty darn good price...

My apothecary jar collection filled with soap, q-tips, cotton balls, bath pearls, etc. I think it makes the bathroom seem very spa-like now. Have I mentioned that I have a fetish for glass jars? Love me some pretty glass jars I can fill with anything and everything!

And there you have it! It took us 8 months to finally decide on paint colors and finish up painting. I am SO very glad it is over!
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? I would love to hear your feedback...:)


  1. Nicole...what are the chances that the layout of your bathroom is just like the one on 320 Sycamore. I love your make-over. Such a nice relaxing spot. That bathroom has been through so much since I have lived there. It looks nice! Way to go!

  2. Gorgeous, Nicole! I'm wondering - have you ever spray painted cabinet handles, knobs, pulls, towel bars, etc.? My house has the original bright, cheapy brass fixtures from the late 1990s when I guess that was popular. Ew ew ew. I think I'd rather spray paint than replace them. Do you think that would work?

    Also, I really like the espresso color in the bathroom. Might want to try that, too... Great ideas!

  3. Wow that is amazing. It looks great.

  4. I love it!! We are doing similar colors in our bedroom for our beachy theme.

  5. Nicole- this is an amazing transformation! Great job! You inspire me!! Allison theodosis

  6. Thanks for all of your sweet comments!

    Kimberly, I would definitely try spray painting your fixtures. Prime them first...and you may have to do a little touch up every now and then for those knobs and handles you use alot...but I think it would be worth it.

  7. i LOVE it!
    so, how did you spray your cabinets and mirrors without getting paint all over things you didn't want paint on?
    i'm pretty brave with spray paint in my garage, but in your bathroom??? AHHHH!

  8. Jen -

    We took the mirrors off the wall and taped newspaper all over the mirror part to keep it from getting paint on it. We set up a spray paint station outside with flattened cardboard boxes covering the cement and sprayed away!

    As for the cabinets, we took the cabinet doors off and spray painted them outside. Then we taped off around the cabinets using butcher paper and painters tape to cover more of the surrounding area. We used ALOT of butcher paper and tape to cover! Then we sprayed! Making sure that the windows were open of course...nothing like a spray paint high ;). You have to be careful, but it worked and I really liked spray painting versus the traditional brush paint method.

    1. Hi I just came across your site via pinterest and LOVE your bathroom redo - it's beautiful! I was wondering, what type of material are your cabinets and did you have to prime them w/anything first? We have very fake wood cabinets in our bathroom - I think maybe particle board covered in laminate, but not sure, just very fake - and I would LOVE to try to spray paint them to see if I could do a quick/inexpensive redo/make-over. I'm wondering if the spray paint will adhere or not?? Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks so much! :)

  9. Looks amazing. Love the cabinets. I was going to ask more details but you answered above thanks.

  10. I love the blue color! It looks really nice with the dark cabinets. Good work!


  11. It looks so classic and fresh. Great job!


  12. I love the color you picked. The bathroom looks awesome. I linked over from censational girl.

  13. Beautiful - I love the new look, especially the cabinets.

  14. wow what a beautiful color scheme and I love all the jars! LOVE

  15. Just saw this on Centsational girl, love it! It is more brighter now. I love how you spray painted the cabinets, way to go! I love the glass jars, such a nice touch. A pretty tray underneath them would look pretty too. Great job!

  16. What a gorgeous make-over! Way to go! :)

  17. Very very pretty!
    The mirrors are perfect!
    You have inspired me!!!
    Hugs and blessings,

  18. I found this post from Centsational Girl!

    This is an amazing change. Exactl same color choices that we planning for our bathroom.

  19. Nicole~it turned out beautifully! You did awesome. High five from Virginia :)

  20. I was just in a friend's house and saw she had glass jars full of coffee beans holding candles. That may look lovely with your other jars!
    Thank you for the tip about spray painting the cabinets. I'll be doing that today :)