Madigan made... a 'before' reveal.
Please cover your eyes if you have weak stomach.
I'm about to show you our master bathroom walls. (cue scary movie music...)
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then you already heard a little bit about this room and I showed you a picture of these walls.
Let me give you a little background: We bought our house 4+ years ago.
We painted and fixed up all the other rooms in the house. Our master bath is the last remaining room to tackle.
The problems in this room go beyond just a crappy faux finish.
Don't get me wrong, the bathroom is functional. I have no complaints about the white tiled shower or the white toilet. The vinyl floor is in OK shape. The vanity is basic, but it works. Most of my complaints are cosmetic. They are not quite "Bad, Bad, Bath" worthy, but I think you will be able to see our problems. (I miss that show on HGTV.)
Aside from the walls, there is the odd medicine cabinet. Am I wrong, but I believe that these cabinets should be mounted flush and 'in' the walls, not stuck on the outside of the wall??
The lighting fixture is functional, but really not our taste.
Then there is the builder grade vanity and sink... note how the sink is already chipped and rusty? (It was like that when we moved in... and the house was not very old at that point!)
How about the towel bar that looks like it fell out and someone attempted to glue it back into the wall??
Note how I tried to "work with" the walls by hanging some photos in a black and tan frame...
...but it did not do much to help!
The window covering AND shower curtain were this tan and black plaid fabric. When we moved in, I immediately pulled down the shower curtain. The pattern was just "too much" and a bit nauseating next to the busy faux finish. I'm not sure why I left the curtain up there for so many years.
I tried using just a simple, tan shower curtain. It visually calmed things down. But this space was still beyond help!
Oh, and check out the cellular shades that are hung outside the window opening. And they don't quite fit in the window sill opening or cover it completely. Classy, right? This drives me crazy.
And don't get me started on the trim. The trim is a yellow-y cream that honestly just looks dirty, no matter how hard I clean. (Especially next to the muddy brown paint... that was occasionally splattered and dripped onto the trim.) I don't have a great pic of the trim, but I assure you it is bad.
I am sure you are wondering, why on earth did we wait to tackle this mess?
Well, to be frank, hubby and I eventually want to redo this room. Aside from the toilet and shower stall, we want to upgrade everything. We want to put tile down on the floor, replace the vanity, update the fixtures etc. That was our excuse... to wait to do it all in one shot. And other more public rooms took priority, like our kitchen and guest bath.
But meanwhile, we've been getting ready...
looking at those walls.
Could you do it?
Last week I could NOT take it anymore.
After writing my monthly quote on my chalkboard for March, I was inspired.
(read more about that quote here)
It sounds corny, but Teddy Roosevelt's words really did hit me:
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
OK, we might not have the time or money right now to fully tackle the bath in the manner we'd like. But do we really have to live with those dun colored walls?
Paint is an easy, cheap and fast way to make a room feel fresh.
So, a week ago I decided to paint. Last Friday night I impulsively ran out and grabbed a soft grey-blue paint (Pelican from Valspar) and got to work.
It took two coats of primer and two coats of paint, but it was soooo worth it!
Paint is truly amazing. I have to tell you, this room feels like a new space!!
I am so happy getting ready in my 'new' bath, now. And it inspired me to work on a few 'art' projects for the walls, too.
I hope to show you the room in the next couple of weeks after I complete those projects.
But here is a sneak peek of the change:
Pretty dramatic difference, right?