A dated master bathroom gets a quick and inexpensive modern refresh using paint, wallpaper, sheet vinyl, and hardware.
Refresh, perk up, tweak… whatever you wanna call it, the master bathroom got a teeny tiny little style change-up last week. And we now have a more cohesive master en suite! (That sounds way super fancy for a girl who lives in yoga pants and paint splattered T-shirts 24/7.)
If you’ve been around these parts a while, you might remember our master bathroom that looked like this a couple of years ago.
And then we pulled out a few quick and inexpensive tricks like painted the walls and cabinets, put sheet vinyl over the old tile, took down the worn our mirror and busted light.
We have big plans to fully gut and renovate this master bathroom one day, but what we once thought was only a year or two away, we realize now, it might be much longer than that. But that doesn’t mean you have to live with a space you dislike.
It was a night and day difference!
But theeeeeeeennnn… after we wrapped up the master bedroom makeover a couple of months ago, I kept staring at this bathroom thinking it didn’t really flow with our more modernized bedroom. (If you give a mouse a cookie…)
So we gave it a quick 2-day tweak. (Because that’s what isolation will do to ya after a while. You start ALL the project tweaking, apparently. Haha!)
Wanna play a game of spot the difference?
It looks just slightly less coastal/farmhouse and a little more modern & sleek to flow with our modernized master bedroom right beside it.
With a few panels of peel & stick wallpaper in a contemporary pattern and a hardware swap later, we were officially perked.
Better Homes & Gardens just released 3 new hardware collections at Walmart, and since we hadn’t fully replaced all of the hardware in here from the 80s/90s the first time, this was the perfect quickie project to change it out for more modern pieces from the Chandler line.
So we did this…
Remember this corner?
I had hung up these thrifted frames I spray painted and filled with freebie coastal art printables. But it started to feel a little cluttered to me lately.
Anyone else craving simplicity these days or is it just me?
So I took down the corner gallery wall and put up this DIY leaf silhouette art and large artwork instead to make it feel slightly more modern and pared down.
The old shower door is still hanging in there until the eventual gut job.
But hanging up these curtain panels help soften it.
We replaced the old hooks with these Chandler hooks since there’s really not enough wall space in this bathroom for a towel bar.
Even though we only did minor changes, the vanity feels more sleek now too.
The previous two-light wall sconce wasn’t as bright as we wanted it to be, so this three-light vanity sconce solved that issue for us.
The tilt mirrors are so much better for when I’m putting on makeup or when Robert is shaving too.
The cabinet paint needed a touch-up and we replaced the pulls with these chrome ones to match the other hardware.
And we fiiiiinally replaced the 80s-ish faucets with these chrome faucets that have been a nice upgrade.
For the little cherry on top, I picked up a new set of my favorite towels that stay thick and plush after lots of washes. I’ve been buying these for yeeeaaaars and always buy white for towels and sheets because they’re easy to bleach and just seem more clean than colored towels to me.
It feels like a fancy little spa in here now.
I keep wondering if we should go ahead and paint the countertop and sinks in here like we once did in the girls’ bathroom refresh back in the day too. But with staying home currently, I wasn’t sure we could handle the fumes.
Maybe that’ll be the final tweak, who knows. 😉 Should we?!
You can find the sources we used in this bathroom here:
- Wall color: Benjamin Moore White Dove
- Cabinet color : custom match
- Light Fixture
- Towel Ring
- Towel Hooks
- Toilet Paper Holder
- Drawer Pulls
- Towel Set
- Curtain Panels
- Soap Dispenser
- Soap Dish
- Bamboo Tray
- Small Canister
- Large Canister
So there we go. We’re done now, I hope.
That is until we can take a sledgehammer to the shower and rip out the janky cabinets. I’m still pinning pretty bathrooms to my heart’s content for when that day comes.
This little bathroom is just proof though… you don’t have to spend thousands to create a space you love. Your home should make you feel uplifted and inspired, even if it means working around what you already have… and even if it means not getting it just right the first time. 😉
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