I purchased my house at the end of April. Luckily for me, the house had been newly redone and was move in ready. I of course wanted to add my own touches and immediately painted every room except my main bathroom. Well the time finally came to redo my bathroom to make it a little more my style. Here is everything I did for my budget friendly bathroom makeover.
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Paint can transform any space and it certainly did in my bathroom. The original color was a blue gray, and while it was nice, it made the already small space feel smaller. I chose to paint my bathroom the same color as the rest of my house, Behr’s Falling Snow. I went with a satin finish in the bathroom versus the eggshell finish I have everywhere else. The white made it feel so much bigger and brighter right away.
Originally I planned on swapping out all of the shower hardware for gold, until I saw the cost. To replace everything in my shower would have cost nearly $800 and I just wasn’t willing to pay that. Instead I opted for a matte black look and spray painted all of the shower fixtures myself.
I started out by sanding all of the existing chrome with 220 grit sandpaper then wiping away any residue. For spray paint, I then chose to use Rust-Oleum Universal Flat Black spray paint. I went with this spray paint because it was a a paint and primer in one so it saved a step in the process.
After everything received 2 coats of spray paint, I went over everything with Rust-Oleum Flat Protective Enamel to lock everything in place. It’s been a couple months since I’ve painted everything and it has held up amazingly. No signs of paint chipping or coming off after using cleaners. Paying $11 for spray paint vs $800 for new fixtures is something I’d choose any day.
Shower Head and Faucet
The original faucet on the sink was terrible. If you weren’t careful it would shoot water out at you. I replaced it with this matte black faucet and love how it looks. The rainfall shower head was the only thing in the shower I chose not to spray paint. I figured it would be more work to spray paint it than to order a new one. This is the rainfall shower head I chose.
The mirror that came with the house was handmade out of barnwood and just not my style. I replaced it with this bronze mirror and think it gives the space a more refined look. I will say hanging this mirror was a little bit of a nightmare. It comes with a guide so you know where to screw into the wall, but the guide was too big compared to the brackets on the back of the mirror. I ended up making my own guide with painters tape and was so happy to get it hung up.
The last thing to go and what I was most excited for were the light fixtures. The bronze of these light fixtures matches the bronze of the mirror perfectly. I love the glass globes and how it gives off a soft light at night. The brass with the surrounding matte black gives me vintage old glam vibes and I love it.
I love how my little budget friendly bathroom makeover turned out. All in total I spent less than $350 to freshen up this space, which is less than half the price of new shower fixtures themselves. It’s amazing what some spray paint can do to help transform a space.