Thursday, July 31, 2014

Master Bath Mini Makeover

Hello everyone! I'm here today to share my mini bath makeover with you. I mentioned before that this makeover didn't cost me a penny! Yep, didn't cost me a thing. I sold back some of my son's old college textbooks and used the money for this makeover. And just in case you're wondering...WE pay for his books to begin with, so WE get the buy back money. ;) I'll share what websites I used to sell his books back along with a couple of other "college savings tips" in a post coming soon...

Okay, you know the drill...first I show you a sneak peek of a pretty "after" pic, then all the "before" pics to refresh your memory, then we end it with lots of pretty "afters." So, let's get started!

First, a pretty "after"

bathroom redo

We didn't do much...just replaced the rug, bath mat, and towels. Then painted a couple of things grey and recovered the vanity stool.

Here's what it looked like before. It's funny because that rug never did match in here. We had the same valance in here that was in our bedroom (which was kind of orange and green and matched our old bedding) and this rug always kind of clashed. You can see before and after pics of our bedroom HERE. I guess I just decided to live with it for the 14 years we had it. Lol! After we redid our master bedroom to include more whites with bits of light blue, the rug REALLY stood out as an eyesore. 

I liked the rug on its own, but not with the new color palette we had going on in the bedroom. The material on the vanity stool never really matched either. You'll see how I recovered it in a minute. 

Here's a closer look at the old green material on the stool. See that white smudge? That was the only painting mishap we had while painting the kitchen cabinets white. I was standing on this stool to paint the cabinet frames and spilled a little. :) You can see the newly painted kitchen cabinets HERE if you're interested.

I bought this metal piece at Michael's years ago. The top part is kind of orange colored glass and went well with our old bedding in the master. You'll see a little farther down, how I just painted right over the entire thing with some grey paint. 

I still liked this print, so I kept it and just painted the frame grey. 

And here are more "afters."

You can see the new rug and grey towels in the background. The rug is a lot lighter in real life. You can see below that we have pretty tall ceilings throughout the house, which I love. 

Here's the metal piece I painted over. 

Here's a closer look. I even painted the picture hangers grey so they wouldn't show as much. I was a little worried about painting over the glass part, but after Painting And Staining Our Kitchen Table, I'm not afraid to paint anything. :)

quatrefoil grey rug

Here's the grey rug. It's so soft and comfy! 

You can get a glimpse of the new grey bath mat here too. The rug, towels, and bath mat were all purchased at Target, so all the greys match pretty well. Since our bedroom and bathroom are connected, I wanted to be sure they flowed together. Our bedroom is mostly white with a touch of light blue, so I think the grey and white bathroom goes nicely with it. Once again, you can click HERE to see the bedroom makeover. 

Here's the stool I recovered. 

And here's a closer look at the frame I painted grey. I actually like this print a lot better with the grey frame. 

I love this material I found at Joann's for the stool. 

grey and white fabric for vanity stool

target rug

So, here's a cost break down and how I got everything for free:

I ordered the rug and towels (four of them) online at Target. The book buy back money covered all of that and I got free shipping. 

Target had a special going where if you ordered $75 or more online, they gave you a free $15 gift card. Our rug and towels qualified for this, so we used the gift card to purchase the bath mat. 

The cost of the material for the vanity stool was only about $4, and the book money also covered that. 

I used my free sample of grey paint from Lowes to paint the metal piece and frame. 

 So, that's it! I love when I can make changes like this, especially when it's free! :)



  1. Beautiful!!!! I love the touches of grey you added....everything looks so fresh! The rug looks great too, I love the pattern! Great makeover....

  2. It looks great!!! I am swooning over that rug! Such a pretty and modern print! Those few painted pieces make a big difference :) Oh, and I love what you said about you paying for the books so you keeping the money once they were sold!! I agree!!

  3. Your bathroom looks great! Everything looks wonderful together. I like the gray frame and metal piece you painted. You did a great job with both pieces and with upholstering the stool They look so nice and coordinate so well together. I love the pattern in the rug you picked out. I hope you have a good day!

    1. Thank you, Kim! That was my first time reupholstering anything totally by myself. :) It was such a small project, so the fabric was only a few dollars. I'm really loving adding grey to several rooms in my house. Thanks so much for always taking the time to leave such sweet comments, I really appreciate it! Hope you have a good day too!

  4. Oh everything looks so pretty! I really like your new rug. It sets the colorscheme for the whole room.

  5. The new Grey accents look really nice against your warm wall color. Love the way you used paint to give your dark metal art an entirely new look! You did good!!!

    1. Thank you, Carolyn! I wasn't sure how that metal art would turn out, but I'm pretty happy with it. :) Just don't look too close. Lol! Happy Weekend!!

  6. So pretty, Lisa! What a beautiful bathroom! I love the rug! I just bought a stencil with that design... hoping to use it soon on a project :) Happy weekend!
    Kendra @

    1. Thanks, Kendra! I love the design on that rug too. Can't wait to see what you do with your stencil! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

  7. I think I lost my comment. Thank goodness Comcast is coming today.

    I love what you've done, the details are great. I love the rug, I may have seen that at Target the other day. I did a little bathrooms shopping, too! The stool looks fantastic. I love the fabric!

    Jane xx

  8. I live everything you did! I like how byou "recycled" some of the decode and just updated by painting them. Funny how they look so different and new. Great job!!!

    Have a blessed weekend...

    1. Thanks, Sherri! I love the power of paint. It can transform almost anything. :) Hope you had a great weekend!

  9. Your bathroom looks so nice, Lisa! I love the touches of gray you added. Way to save by selling your son's textbooks. I'll be on the lookout for your post since my daughter is a senior and college is in our very near future.

  10. I was going to ask if the rug was grey...then you mentioned it. :) Guess my monitor is weird. You did a great job with the stool and the bathroom looks awesome! I love to paint items for a new look. Certainly saves $$$ doesn't it?


  11. Your mini-makeover looks fantastic, Lisa! I really like all of the gray accents. Gray is supposed to be quickly out-pacing white in everything -- accent pieces as well as walls, cabinets, and woodwork. I really do love it!

  12. Oh my gosh, so cute. I love your sense of style. I'm definitely going to use this color palette for inspiration when I'm decorating my place!

    1. Thank you! I have to let you know that I JUST got your comment! I've been having trouble with Blogger lately and had hundreds of comments that somehow went into my spam folder. Ugh. Hopefully it's fixed now. :)

  13. Thanks for these outstanding pictures . These are really beautiful. thanks for sharing with us

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  14. I absolutely LOVE what you did with your bathroom! you are amazing.

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