Sunday, July 31, 2011

Elrie's Bathroom Makeover

My friend Elrie asked me to help her fix up her guest bathroom a little. It only had this one basin with a cabinet underneath, a toilet, shower, and, of course, the huge builder grade mirror.

 The cabinet looked old and worn from too many hot showers and steam.
 The huge mirror and generic towel rail did nothing to make this space look special.
The first thing I did was to remove the mirror. Luckily she still had some of the same paint left that they used on the walls, and we could fill in the unpainted space behind the mirror, as well as other nicks and holes.
I liked the color...something between a taupe and a moss green. Very subtle.

We replaced the mirror with a smaller one in a dark brown frame.
Looks much, much better, don't you think?

I also added a little shelf that I had bought at Ikea a long time ago above the toilet.
It still needs a frame, picture , or something above, but we are still looking for that. I don't believe in just rushing out to buy something when it comes to accessories. I will be keeping an eye out for the right item...I'm thinking something metal, in a rusted look, maybe.
I had been wanting to try the "Cabinet Transformations" kit by Rustoleum, and this was my chance...
I chose the Espresso Brown, to go with the other dark brown wood pieces in her home.
Teh kit has everything needed for the transformation: deglosser (no sanding, yeah!), scrubby sponge to apply it with, color, glaze, and sealant. I just had to buy the brush to apply the paint.
 Now this looks a 100% better than the old cabinet, don't you think?
I did put the glaze on, even though the effect is subtle, it just makes the color come alive..
I also added door knobs.  I think it makes it look more classy.
New toilet roll holder...
..and towel hooks in place of the bar, and it looks like a brand new bathroom!

Sorry , I tried getting the whole bathroom in the picture to give you a better idea, but the place is too small, or my camera too cheap, to achieve that.
O, and guess what? All of the accessories, eg towel hooks, toilet roll holder, door knobs and mirror, were bought at...Wal-Mart!

This is what I'm working on now....

Come back to see the end result!

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  1. The bathroom looks wonderful. Love the vanity color and it turned out beautiful. The hooks are a great idea also. Hugs, Marty

  2. Wow Suzanne! You do fabulous work!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog! I love how much a little "facelift" can brighten even a small bathroom--great job!

  4. so much better! I love the darker cabinet!

  5. We just used that same kit on own of our "builder's best". I wish that I had take before photos to post on BNOTP! That stuff is amazing. Can't wait to tackle the guest bath next.

  6. It looks great! I've been wondering how the Cabinet Kit works. Thanks for sharing.

  7. what a great redo! love the darker cabinet, and glad you got a chance to use the rustoleum kit!

  8. Your changes have completely transformed this bathroom! The expresso cabinet and dark hardware looks so much more sophisticated. Did you replace the light fixture above the sink?

  9. You have been busy and yes it looks fantastic. I like the pops of black and that mirror is such better proportion. Well done dear. Thanks for linking this up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful


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