Budget Friendly Builder Bathroom Makeover

{While I am away on Christmas vacation, please enjoy this 2011 post re-run}

Recently, we gave our builder-grade powder room a budget friendly face lift.  
The room was pretty boring originally.  To give it an upgrade without spending a lot, I started with paint.  "Lobster Red" by American Signature @ Lowes and "Tailors Chalk" by Martha Stewart.

The paint color was Hubby's choice.
He doesn't ask for much so, when he requested red, he received.

 I sanded, primed and painted the vanity, taking it from medium oak wood grain to clean crisp white.  Hubby installed 1x4 baseboards and quarter round trim to "beef up" the moldings.

The formica counter top was replaced with "Absolute Black" Granite.  The basic builder faucet was upgraded to polished chrome. 

The towels are from the PotteryBarn Outlet.  
The other chrome fixtures were a housewarming gift from my parents when we purchased our home 7 years ago.  They set the tone for the new faucet and vanity hardware.

I took the frameless mirror and transformed it into a custom feature by attaching a thick frame directly onto the glass with liquid nails.  I have shared this link before, it is a great tutorial on this project, Janell Beals How to frame a Mirror.

Our tiny little powder room has a 20 foot vaulted ceiling.  To keep the room feeling intimate, my husband installed floating crown moulding at 9 feet to create a break in the wall color.  It's a simple solution if you have high ceilings and don't know where to stop and start the wall/ceiling paint colors.

It's also great for people like me who like to change the paint color often.  It eliminates the need for scaffolding.  

For accessories, I kept it pretty simple.  I placed a fresh Orchid in a white pot on the vanity and hung french plaques from Hobby Lobby from black ribbons.  

Here is a shot of the room before...

(I'm hoping the folks @ poison control don't see this.)

And After...

This little room makeover was featured in Romantic Homes Bedrooms and Baths Magazine.  
You can click here to see the article.

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  1. Simple, Bright, Fun and Classy! Great Job!

  2. amazing & beautiful! love the contrast of white on red...& the the little one is cute & amusing! :) hope your christmas is blessed!Esther from fleurcottage

  3. I think everything looks gorgeous and your music is fun!!

  4. What a great transformation!
    I love it! And I love the big round window, so cool!

    Have a great Christmas vacation!

  5. Hello! I featured your bathroom makeover in my monthly blog series, Get Your Color On!. Each month I select a color, provide tips on how to decorate with it, and feature other bloggers with their projects that relate to this color.

    This month's post is all about red, so I featured your bathroom because I love the powerful and warm red paint you chose and how your coordinated the rest of the room. Feel free to grab a Get Your Color On! featured button and check out my post at
    Get Your Color On! Red . Thanks for sharing your amazing creativity!


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