A friend asked me about help with updating her bathroom, but was worried that their small budget wouldn't be enough to make a difference. I assured her that you don't have to have a huge budget to make a huge impact. Sometimes a simple can of paint will do the trick! We didn't change anything structurally in this bathroom, just paint, new mirrors and accessories and updated lighting.
The first thing we did was empty the room and prepped and cleaned the walls for painting. Next was removed the cabinet doors and hardware. The cabinets were sanded down to get the majority of the finish off and then they were primed. The cabinets ended up getting 3 coats of paint. I wanted to ensure that they were going to hold up to the wear and tear of being used. Between each layer we did a light sanding to help the paint adhere. This is an important step that often gets skipped because it does take extra time, and lets face it sanding sucks. But, it results in a much more durable finish.
We used Sherwin-Williams paint. The wall color is Extra White and the cabinet color is Pewter Cast.
Another thing that often gets skipped is removing the hardware. People attempt to paint around it, but we all know how that goes. This hardware was in excellent shape and had thankfully never been "painted around". If you're metal hardware does have paint on it, you can easily remove it by letting it soak in hot water. A great way to do this is to use an old slow cooker, fill it with water, set the temp to high and let your hardware soak overnight. The heat and moisture softens up the paint and it typically comes right off. If the paint is still sticking, just give it a light scrub with a stiff plastic brush and viola!. . . Like new hardware!
Before, there was nothing above the toilet, but in a small space like this every inch matters! So, we made these shelves above the toilet to add storage and a place to display cute decor. The mirror was swapped out for 2 new black metal framed mirrors with shelves (thanks Target!). Not only do they look super stylish, but I love that they add functional storage to help keep the counter-top uncluttered.
I love how bright and fresh the room feels. And somehow even with the exact same footprint this bathroom feels bigger. That is the magic of paint!!!