This is a before and after renovation project we did to our lake house master bathroom. We like to do our own labor which saves tons of money! We did this project for under $500! It was a weekend project. It went really well until the very end… you’ll see.
This was before…It was dated and dreary looking. The color on the walls was a bubblegum pink. The wainscoting around the tub was worn and dark. The tile on the tub ledge was ok but the grout was crumbling. The square tiles on the wall, dated. I want a spa like atmosphere. Bright and clean! My theme for the whole Master Suite is “Retreat.” A place where we can relax.
This was the view when you walked into the bathroom. There is no windows and it was so dark.
We painted the walls a light linen color. That in itself made a huge difference! We also changed the hardware on the cabinets. They are a modern looking brushed chrome finish. I also have a gorgeous giant painting on the wall of sailboats, I can’t believe I don’t have a picture of it, I’ll update later.
My hubby removed the wall tiles and installed a neural stacked tile. We are on a lake so I wanted lake related colors. Sand, water, stone, that sort of color scheme.
We decided the tile on the ledge of the tub went good with the wall tile so we kept it. He chiseled out the old grout and replaced it with new. I painted the wainscoting the same as the walls. I think it flows better.
Saphira approves as well. She’s my sweetie Wheaten Terrier, love her!
And this is where it went bad! We decided to keep the faucet because it would be too much work to take it out and put a new one in. The faucet is very classic and great quality, it just had brass trim. I wanted all chrome. So…..I bought a bottle of chrome paint, like the model car paints, and painted the brass to chrome. Well…I am a klutz by nature and I knocked it right into the tub! It immediately flowed everywhere! How could such a tiny bottle of pain make such a big mess? My reflex reaction was to wipe it…well it got worse. My hubby was installing the new light fixture and calmly said “Don’t move, I’ll be back” He ran to the local hardware to buy mineral spirits. I stayed in the tub lol. I had paint on my hands and feet and couldn’t get out or the situation would have been way worse! Long story short, he was able to get it all cleaned out and it was like it never happened. We were so relieved! By the way, the chrome paint over the brass came out really well. It saved us a couple hundred dollars and the hard work of replacing the faucet.
This was after the cleanup.
We also added a LED light fixture. Here’s a picture from Home Depot. It’s gorgeous and bright.
They only thing we have left to do is change out the shower door. No, I’m not painting it lol! We want a frameless shower door.
This makeover made a huge difference. The bathroom is so much brighter and a more relaxing place to be. I have decor in place now. When I get back up there I will take some shots and put them on here.
Remodeling can be done on a small budget you just have to be willing to put in the hard work. Thanks for stopping by!
We bought our dream home! My husband and I have talked for years about buying a lake house. We love the great outdoors! Our current full time residence is in the city. My husband retires from work in a few years. When that magic moment happens, our plan is to sell our house and move into our vacation home which happens to be on a lake! For now we are slowly decorating it to be our forever home.
Because we have two houses, there is more of an expense so we have to make changes slowly. I happen to LOVE thrifting! I have gathered a few things here and there to decorate the lake house with. I’m no professional, I just love making things homey and why not do it on the cheap? I will be changing things up when we make our move but for now, I am having fun decorating on a budget. There’s no shame in my thrifting game!
I wanted to share some of the cute items I have purchased from thrift stores, garage sales, consignment shops and curb shopping. I’m doing this blog series room by room so be sure to follow me so you can read them all! I will also be updating as I redecorate.
This blog is for the Master Suite. I am not through decorating it yet, the room is large and has a walk-in closet and master bath. I have a vision of how I want it and it is slow coming along.
Here is the bed.
I purchased the nautical theme bedding at Home Goods, (Home Goods is my favorite!) on clearance of course. It is branded by Tahari, very nice quality. The Throw pillows were all on clearance from Home Goods as well. Always check the clearance sections first!
The fabric headboard is from Amazon for around $200. I love my navy blue headboard! It looks more expensive than it was and it’s great for leaning against and reading. It is tufted upholstered fabric and I love it!
I have a cedar chest in my other home that my dad bought for me when I was 16. It will go at the foot of this bed when we move here.
I need a nightstand for my hubby’s side of the bed. The one we have now is a small black table that doesn’t really go but it’s functional.
My nightstand, I fell in love with it from across a thrift store room. I ran to it and said sold! I brought it home and painted it. I kept the inside original with the vintage shelf liner. I paid $20 for it. It’s an antique. It’s simply perfect. I am looking for something similar for the other side. I’ll find it.. Here is my little cutie.. I love the feet and the little dangling handle.
The vintage glass lamp on the night stand was, get this, .25!! That is 25 cents!! I bought it at a little thrift near our lake house that has tons of items for a quarter! I find lots of treasures there. I bought the lampshade new for $10, Walmart, I believe.. A pretty little lamp for $10.25! By the style of electrical cord, we estimate it to be from the 70s.. I love a bargain!
Now Let’s talk about the antique dresser. I curb shopped it…Yes, someone threw it away! My husband thought I was crazy when I said; “Stop, Let’s get that!” I seen the potential and had to have it! We put it in the Jeep, I remember it barely fit, It was very beat up and had country blue painted drawer fronts and white handles. It was covered in nail polish among other things. I had a heck of a time cleaning it. I also had to peel kids Snow White wallpaper from inside the drawers that someone used as drawer liner. I painted it with chalk paint then I bought new handles from Hobby Lobby and BOOM! It was just how I envisioned it when I seen it on the curb. It’s one of my favorite pieces.
The lamp on top of the dresser, I also paid a quarter for! I added the shade, I curb shopped that. This is my favorite lamp ever. I love the mid-century shape and the white milk glass. It has a bulb inside the bottom and is a two way lamp. It gives such a nice ambiance to the room!
The mirror above the dresser is so pretty! I got it from Salvation Army for $15. It’s super heavy and used to be gold. Funny side story.. a lady tried to steal this mirror right out of my shopping cart! Needless to say, she didn’t get it. I’m kind of bummed I painted it now…I miss the gold. I was thinking I might add some touches of gold to it, I don’t know but it’s still such a pretty piece.
The vase in the corner I picked up for $5 at one of my favorite consignment shops in the clearance room. I don’t know what it is made of but it is incredibly heavy! I’m not sure about the arrangement, that’s what I stuck in there for the time being.
I have this sort of frumpy arm chair that I got for $20 at Salvation Army. It is so comfy. It needs a cleaning because it got drizzled on in the back of the truck while we were transporting it. It’s a nice place to sit.
This boat painting is on wood. I love it. I found it on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $12! This wall is between the closet and bathroom. I plan on putting this traditional, electric white fireplace that we have in the living room right under this picture after my husband builds a fireplace in the living room. I can’t wait to fill this wall with that fireplace. It will be so cozy.
I’ve always wanted a walk in closet and I finally have one! I found this shabby chic chandelier in a consignment shop and my hubby hooked it up! It is a huge money saver when you can do projects on your own. It’s perfect for this closet space! This closet was bubble gum pink when we bought this place. Big difference.
Here are a few before and after shots of the master bathroom. It was also pink. We painted and changed the tile around the garden tub. We also changed the light fixture and painted the brass on the faucet silver. A face lift without ripping our the whole bathroom. Little changes can make a big difference.
After we finished everything, I was painting the rings around the faucet chrome. They originally were brass and instead of replacing the whole faucet, we decided a little paint would be less expensive. Well I accidentally knocked the paint into the tub and we immediately had a huge disaster on our hands! I stayed in the tub, ( I had paint on my feet!) while my husband ran to the hardware and bought mineral spirits. We scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed until it ALL came off! It was such a relief. We thought at first it was ruined! Thankfully you can’t even tell now.
The last thing we have to do in the bathroom is change the shower door. It has brass trim and no I won’t be painting it lol! We will be replacing with a frameless glass door.
So, these are a few of my thrifty finds. My next blog will be about the Living Room…until next time