We realized we never described the simple makeover we did to our downstairs bathroom.  We posted a before/after photo on our Happy Dreamday (one year anniversary) post – but that was it.  That’s a shame because this is one of the rooms we love the most.  Seems silly, doesn’t it?  But we just love how simple and inexpensive transformations can completely change a room…

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We did just a few simple things in this, our guest bathroom — which is just off of our kitchen/family room and across the hall from our guest bedroom.  We painted the walls and ceiling — “Breezy” by Sherwin Williams.

We painted the cabinets, "Greek Villa" also by Sherwin Williams - same as the kitchen cabinets.

And probably the most dramatic change, we took off the long out-dated mirror and corner medicine cabinet and replaced with a Pottery Barn Style mirror we found on Craig’s List.  We also swapped out ugly lights for an inexpensive new light fixture from Home Depot.

we took a green-ish iron hand-me-down wall hanging and spray painted it brown...

which we think ties together the whole brown/blue theme nicely

We also adorned the walls with more framed photos from our trip to France.

(l) the door on Notre Dame, (r) a door in Beaune

a church in a small village in Burgundy

The whole project was really affordable:

  • Gallon of “Breezy” SW paint = $30 (with coupon)
  • “Greek Villa” paint for cabinets = $0 (used leftover from kitchen makeover)
  • Hardware on cabinets = $0 (had just enough extra from kitchen)
  • Mirror = $40 (Craig’s List)
  • Light fixture = $60 (Home Depot)
  • Iron wall hanging = $0 (hand-me-down)
  • Spray paint for Iron wall hanging = $3 (Home Depot)
  • Towels = $25 (TJ Maxx)
  • Candle sticks = $15 ($5 each at Crate & Barrel sample sale)
  • Candles = $15 ($5 each at Coldwater Creek – random, right? during Christmas sale)
  • Photos = $0 (taken ourselves)
  • Frames = $15 ($5 each – Ikea)
  • Shower Curtain = $5 (Crate & Barrel sample sale)
  • TOTAL = $208

Still on the to-do list:

  • New toilet
  • New tub
  • Knock out vanity top
  • Tile shower and new vanity top

About Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin is a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mom. She's also an award winning broadcast journalist and public relations professional. Michelle spent nearly a decade working in television newsrooms across the country, both behind and in front of the camera. Training future broadcast journalists in her faculty associate roles at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and at Arizona Christian University was a cherished focus of her post-TV career. Today, she maintains a roster of public relations clients focused on empowering fellow “momprenuers.” She also serves as a speaker for various women's and mom's events. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and Master of Mass Communication (MMC) from Arizona State University. She and her husband, two young kids and English bulldog call Scottsdale, Arizona, home.


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