Bathroom Refresh

Say hello to the updated powder room. It's a challenging space and my goal was to brighten it up on a budget. The room is approximately 5' x 7'(and I'm rounding up), has no windows, and contains the washer and dryer.   

The entire project cost me about $35.  Are you ready to see how I did it?  
Let's get started...
Behold the 1980's oak:
Here's a separate shot of the vanity.  It was tough to get the whole area in one photo since the room is so small.
I decided not to paint the walls since the dryer is stacked on top of the washer.  See them right next to the vanity? In order to get them out for painting, I'd have to take the door to the room off it's hinges and move it.  I wanted this to be an easy makeover, so I opted to paint the medicine cabinet and the vanity.  
Off came the hinges, knobs, shelf pegs, and pulls.  The pulls were being replaced, but everything else was spray painted.  
  Did you notice there are only seven shelf pegs?  Someone decided it was a good idea to glue one of the pegs in the hole and there was no way it was coming out, at least not in one piece.  That peg got painted in place.  
Not too pretty, but it got the job done.

You may also notice that the hinges look very clean.  Trust me when I say they didn't come off that way. 
Dirty and rusty!
They were put in a can with some baking soda:
Boiling water was poured over each hinge and they were left to fizz for a few minutes.
Once they were done fizzing, I dumped them out and gave them a good scrubbing with an old toothbrush.
They looked much better:
Fine sandpaper removed any leftover rust and they were ready for paint.  

The interior of the medicine cabinet was lined using contact paper.  I have a complete tutorial on how to do this.  You can read it HERE. The abridged version is measuring the space, cutting the contact paper and rolling off the backing while you smooth it down with your hand.
The sides were done first and the holes for the shelf pegs were poked through with a wooden skewer.  A little extra contact paper covered the back of the cabinet in case I didn't get the paper as even as I'd like.
Then the back piece was added...I DID get it even!
With that done, it was time to clean, sand, prime, and paint.  Everything was washed with Murphy's Oil Soap and all the surfaces were given a 'scuff' with 220 grit sandpaper:
...wiped again, and then they were ready for primer.....all except one cabinet door.  It had a little damage:
Some wood glue, a clamp, and some really big rubber bands took care of that problem:
Some wood dough was used to completely fill-in the crack and to cover the second hole from the pulls.  Remember, the pulls are being replace with knobs.  
Next there was primer.  I used two coats since the wood was so dark.
  
I'm not going to show each piece because, really, how many pictures of primer do you really need??  lol
Finally it was time for color!  My inspiration was a set of hand towels in a pretty shade of green.  I took them to the paint counter and they matched the color for me.  I didn't choose the first color recommended, but another in the same family.  It's called Spring Stream.
Everything got two coats of paint.
The next thing to consider was the backsplash.  I didn't want to get involved in tiling, so I considered peel and stick tiles.  I took a look at them in the store and really liked them........until I  saw the price.  $10 for a 10" x 10" square and the price went up from there.  I was going to need 6 or more and that was too rich for my blood so I considered paint.
I decided to step away from the 'tile look' and found this pretty vine to cut on my Cricut.  I cut a few of them out of cardstock and got to work. 
Using a stencil brush, the design was filled-in.
I went back over it with a small brush so the color was even.  
The last thing was a new soap dispenser. I found this one for $4.99:
The project was done.  Here's a breakdown of the materials:
What I already had:
sandpaper
baking soda
Murphy's Oil Soap
spray paint

What I purchased:
paint                   $15
primer                   10
hand towels           3
contact paper        2
soap dispenser     5
Total:                  $35

I'm so pleased I was able to transform this tiny room on a budget and I still have plenty of paint leftover for future projects!  

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Comments

  1. WOW! what a great job you did, I have got some projects on my to do list for spring! I love the color of paint, thanks for the tip using baking soda to get rust off.
    Sue

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    1. Thank you, Sue. The baking soda and boiling water really get rid of a lot of' gunk'!

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  2. So cheerful and fresh looking! I like the vine stencil you decided to use. I'm visiting from Pink Saturday.

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    1. I'm glad you like the vine. I wanted something a little different.

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  3. Great changes. The vine stencil looks pretty and the color is wonderful.

    Cindy

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. The room is so much brighter now - even without windows!

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  4. It looks amazing! I can't believe that's stencil! It looks like wallpaper. You did an amazing job and for a really low cost, too.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I'm so glad you like it!

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  5. Terrific job! Love your choices. Thanks

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  6. I am gonna paint mine. Thank you for the idea. I love your colors and the fine job you did.

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    1. I'm so glad I gave you some inspiration. Betsy. I'd love to see yours when they're done!

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  7. Beautiful. You have given me an idea or two for my powder room. Thanks.

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    1. I'm so glad you now have an idea for your powder room. Thank you for stopping by.

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  8. Ann, this is beautiful! The colors are amazing...

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    1. Thank, Kim. It really brightened up this space without having to repaint the entire room...my neck and shoulders are thanking me!

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  9. What an amazing transformation! I love the color you chose, and it definitely was an improvement!

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    1. It sure was an improvement - one that was badly needed! Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. That looks beautiful. I love the color you picked.

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    1. I can thank the hand towels for the color. They really turned out to be a nice, soft color. Thank you for stopping by.

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  11. So very pretty!! I love the color!! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. It's always a pleasure 'visiting' with you!

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  12. It really looks great........love the color!!
    Isn't it truly amazing what a lil paint can do...
    Good job.
    Blessings,
    Nellie

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    1. So true! A little paint goes a long way...thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Love the remodel, you did a great job! Especially love the green!

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    1. Thank you, Debbee. I really like the green too!

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  14. Lovely job; sure makes it look springy!

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  15. Love, love this bathroom refresh. Thankk you for sharing with #omhgww.

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  16. You must be so excited -- it's a fabulous transformation! The color is so fresh and bright and the stencil pattern looks great. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. Pinned! xo Kathleen/Our Hopeful Home

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    1. I am thrilled with the result, Kathleen. Thank you so much for the pin!

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  17. What a great job you did! A wonderful refresh. Thank you for sharing all your secrets!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

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    1. Thank you, Richella. I'm honored to be featured.

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  18. What an incredible finish! I love the new soft color and your lovely stencil! Cheers from #OMHGWW

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