When I had my twins, I spent my entire days on the couch alternating between pumping and trying to figure out how to get my premature babies to latch on at the same time. When you are attached to the couch and plugged into the wall, there isn’t much else to do other than watch a little TV. I decided to order Netflix and started binge watching old HGTV shows like Fixer Upper and Property Brothers. At this point, it was all harmless and fun. My house certainly didn’t need any demo work and it didn’t even occur to me that my bathrooms could use a mild makeover. But then I started watching the show Buying and Selling and everything changed! I wondered, “What would they say about my house?” All of the sudden I realized that maybe oak cabinets in my master bathroom are a little bit outdated.
Master Bath (BEFORE)
Master Bath (AFTER)
Picture frame towel hooks
Love wall decore
Mason jar soap dispenser
His and Her washclothes
Rather than just sit back and enjoy the show, I became super annoyed by the entire premise. In the show, the homeowners need to move to a new house because they don’t want to spend the time and money to fix the few problems with their current house, which would essentially turn it into their dream house. But before they can sell their old house, they need to fix up the things they don’t like about their house so that someone else is willing to buy it. Meanwhile, they are on a search for a new, more expensive “dream house” that will likely need the same type of cosmetic changes that they were unwilling to put into their old house (until they were ready to move).
With all the stress, time, and money it takes to move, why would these people choose to move to a new house rather than just spend the little bit of time and money it would take to turn their own house into their dream house… for themselves that is? It’s not just on the show, in real life so many people wait until they need to sell their home before they are motivated to “fix it up” to get it “ready to sell.” If you’re going to pay to fix up your house before you can sell it someday anyway, then you might as well do it while you still live there so you can enjoy it yourself first! With this new logic came a quest to turn my own house into my dream house, starting with my bathrooms.
In my master bathroom, I painted the walls, made a fabric shade cover for the ugly Hollywood style vanity lights, framed out my bathroom mirror, build shelves, gel-stained the bathroom vanity, added hardware handles to the drawers, made DIY picture frame towel hooks, replaced the towels and rugs, hung an 84 inch window curtain on a separate bar in front of my old liner, and got my husband to help replace the showerhead and faucets, which was probably the hardest part of the entire project. I completed the entire project for under $300. Please check back as I create new links and pages to explain how I completed each of these steps.
Before you get started on your own project, let me first warn you: do not follow my example and tackle all your bathrooms at once. For awhile, all five of us were sharing the shower in one bathroom and the sinks in the other. Also, it’s probably best to tackle your project in stages rather than everything at once. I wasn’t willing to wait around for 24 hours for the stain gel to dry so I start something new like painting, taking down mirrors, and pulling out medicine cabinets, when it might have been less chaotic if I had just waited to complete one step at a time. Also, be realistic with your time frame. If you think it will take about one week to paint, it will probably end up taking two. Finally, make sure you have your partner on board. Projects affect the entire family and, when done correctly, can be a great way to unite everyone around a common goal.
I promise, in the end, it will be worth the effort. The equity in gain in your home will almost compare to the pride you feel in your heart!