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My downstairs bathroom makeover is finally complete and I’m so happy with the results. I’ve been excited to share the before and after shots but had to impatiently wait until I completed the last steps, replacing the mirror (I’ve had a bit of drama with multiple versions that haven’t worked out), replacing the sink fixture and lighting. But at long last, it’s done!
I started out with this super plain Jane powder room. We literally have had nothing on the walls and just builder grade lighting, fixtures, etc. I added a small shelf a few months back just to have a place to store diapers and wipes downstairs. So boring and so blah, this room was definitely in need of a makeover.
The bathroom makeover idea began when I found some desert themed pictures at Target a few months ago and decided that I wanted to do an homage to my home state of Arizona. Check out these cool, wood flush-mount photos, the first one is here and the second one can be found here. Luckily, the desert theme continues to be on trend so it was fairly easy to find decor. I’m also now obsessed with succulents. However, this room gets zero natural light so I’m stuck with using fake plants, but hey, at least they won’t die! I bought my succulents in the dollar bins at Target and sadly they are no longer available but you can find some cute, potted succulents like mine on Amazon.
I also knew I wanted to try my hand at a plank wall and wanted a very natural color. I previously posted all the details on my CHEAP and EASY plank wall and how I was able to do it for under $50. It’s funny, a couple of years ago, I was so into dark woods and wanted everything dark. I even did the popular Java gel stain on my kitchen cabinets, but now I’m suddenly loving the light and natural wood colors. So, of course, you know I bought a home with super dark cabinets throughout. Future project!
I worked really hard on this room and actually did the entire plank wall by myself. As I mentioned, I did a very budget friendly wall using cedar fence posts that cost about $2 each! This was the first time I’ve ever measured, cut and used the compressor and nail gun on my own so I was pretty impressed with the end result. Fair warning, after I wrote the post on my plank wall, I still had to add the coat of poly and once I did, it completely changed the color of the wood. I flipped at first because I really loved the light color but the new, somewhat more red toned and true cedar color has grown on me.
I struggled most with the mirror. Ultimately, what I wanted, is insanely expensive from Restoration Hardware so instead, I found one at Gordman’s for $30. It was an oil rubbed bronze color and was O.K. but just seemed too dark in contrast to the rest of the bathroom. I added a little gold rub to antique it and match the sink fixture but still didn’t like it. I removed the gold rub and just spray painted it with Antique Bronze by Rustoleum. I’m much happier with it than my three other renditions but we’ll see. 😉
*Update! I’ve since changed the mirror AGAIN with one that I found at Ross for only $25. The Gordman’s mirror got another coat of paint, brassy gold, and is now the mirror in my DIY Vintage Vanity project! Check it out!
I purchased my antique brass sink fixture on Amazon for $50, which I thought was a steal. This fixture looks so cool and seriously looks way more expensive than it is. I installed that and the matching pop-up drain (you’ll definitely want to grab this for only $12!) with the help of my dad. We had to remove the sink from the wall, which freaked me out, but it ended up being rather easy to do. Just don’t forget to have caulk on hand to re-seal the sink.
I also purchased a new light fixture from Amazon. I am a huge fan of the industrial style so I loved pulling that into the room. You can find great priced light fixtures on Amazon and I seriously think just changing out a builder grade light fixture will give any room a more updated and custom look. Check out the light fixture I snagged for less than $80. The hubby and I were able to do this on our own…he has lots of practice with light fixtures at this point. 🙂
Even with all of the mirror drama, the end result is so much better than the start and has so much more character. I couldn’t be happier with the change to our boring downstairs bathroom. I love how it all came together but I’m also so glad it’s done! Now time for the next big project…potty training!