Friday, February 24, 2012

warm caramel (paint) saved my life

If we were having coffee this week, I would not be able to keep from telling you this story!  We'd probably sit on my couch and I'd give you a choice of tea or coffee.  You'd likely comment on the unfinished look of our kitchen, in a polite way, but still wonder why there's a gap in the corner of the counter and unpainted walls.  I'd say I'm glad you asked because I can tell you about a project that's more finished than any other 'round here!

You see, it all started last weekend.  We didn't have any real plans.  My husband said he wanted to get some things done around the house and I hoped to do some preparation for an event I have the next weekend.  But then I said it.  I asked the questions I've been considering for months: How much work & time would it take to paint the upstairs bathroom?  As soon as the words were out of my mouth, I knew it was going to be an adventure.  The mister's eyes lit up and a grin came across his face, "Home Depot is bringing in new inventory this week, so they're sure to have things marked down."  Have I ever told you how much he loves a project?  
He's been working on the first floor of the house since we moved in last spring.  It's not finished, but it's quite livable.  The upstairs bathroom may function fine, but it is embarrassing.  I cringe every time I walk in it, which is every day since it's the only place we have to shower and was the only working toilet/sink up until the week after Christmas.  So before I claim a Saturday trip to Home Depot improved my quality of life, I want to share the before and after photos:

Part of me wishes I would have taken more photos before the pedestal sink, complete with gold trim and floral accents, lilac walls, and gold fixtures were removed.  But then there is part of me that's so thankful what I just described is a thing of the past.  I will never again walk into that bathroom, with its chipped enamel sink having barely enough room to set my toothpaste down, nor stare at myself in an oval mirror decked in floral-ness (pretty sure that's not a word, but described the previous bathroom situation).
It all started with my question, thinking we would buy some paint, then come home to search Craig's List for a "cheap" vanity. After all, that's how we acquired the pedestal sink in the 1st floor bath; we paid a mere $20.  So, as we entered Home Depot last Saturday, I was feeling somewhat apprehensive about the prospect of finding what we needed to perform a lil' bathroom reno on a budget.  Boy, was I wrong!

First, we went to the area with the sinks and vanities.  We had decided if we found one we both agreed on for $50 or less, we'd be in good shape.  What we found was better than expected.  There was a sink/vanity combo marked $60.  It was cute and the kind of thing I would pick out.  Then a salesman approached and asked if we needed help. We explained we're in the market for a vanity/sink and he told us the vanity was the floor model, so he could give it to us for $30, along with mirror/medicine cabinet (still in its box).  I said, "yes, please."  And then Brandon started looking it over.  They got to chatting and I wondered off to look at faucets (those are sold separately).  Next thing I know, Brandon wheels the vanity/sink around the corner in our cart and tells me to look at the price tag.  The guy had written $20 on it.  By this point I'm thinking, we should get going before they change their minds... 
All said and done, we spent less than $300 between the new light fixtures, faucet, paint, towel rack, TP holder and sink.  I feel like we have a whole new bathroom.  Honestly, the shower needs to be re-done, but we couldn't afford that nor do we have the time want to go without a shower.  But I'm telling you, the quality of life that comes from some paint and pretty fixtures is amazing!  When I tweeted about it the other night, I asked Brandon if he thought adding #gliddenwarmcaramelsavedmylife was over-the-top.  He just shrugged, but I think it's true.  Paint makes me feel better about our home.

Wanna know the next best part?!  We have enough paint left to tackle the master bedroom...goodbye dark olive walls!
What projects are you working on?


I'm linking up with Alissa

23 comments:

  1. Wow, it looks SOOOOOO much better! What an amazing feeling of accomplishment ;)

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    1. thanks, Sarah! It's been my favorite home project thus far :)

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  2. Wow, that's awesome that you got the sink/vanity for so much less! & it looks just great, Beth. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jacky! I'm still not used to it and love getting out of the shower to see the walls and vanity each day :)

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  3. wow what a dramatic change! and for such a bargain! nicely done!

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    1. Thanks, Meg! It's been 5 days and I'm still giddy over it :D

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  4. It looks AWESOME!!! What an amazing makeover and for such a small price! Good job guys! We are currently re-painint our master bedroom from a very gloomy grey to a fun yellow. And I'm buying new bedspread and accessories to pull it all together!

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    1. Thanks :) Oh, that will be so fun to give your bedroom an update. We're actually planning to paint our bedroom this spring too, it's an ugly olive green right now!

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  5. Paint and pretty fixtures, yay!
    Our living room got painted this summer. It was almost the exact same color, but it was fresh and warmer and done before I went into labor so I was ecstatic!
    I need to get on my master bedroom too. The walls are a yummy color, but the rest of the stuff looks like a garage sale, and not in the good way.

    Linked over from Alissa's coffee date!
    www.groundedparenting.com

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    1. Yay for new paint...it makes everything better :) Thanks for stopping by, Hannah!

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  6. so impressed! $30 for all that? amazing.

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  7. you win for the ultimate thrifty bathroom redo. honestly. i bow down.

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  8. Wow! Love it. Can't believe you made some affordable renovations! I can't wait to have a stable home and make it my own.

    Kudos friend. Kudos!

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    1. it's fun, but a lot of work too :) thankful to have a handy guy around, if you know what I mean!!

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  9. omg i looooove it!! hard work paid off!

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  10. What an amazing job and it must be a huge change! You and your hubby are brave to attempt impromptu home decorating together lol!

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    1. I guess we are brave...I have lots of faith in his ability when it comes to home repair...so grateful!

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  11. I am a bit envious of your updated bathrooms... We can't really update ours very easily because the size and shape is so awkward! We would need a custom sink/vanity. Custom mirror and probably a custom tub (because they don't make bathrooms that small anymore). Seriously, some day you should come see it haha. So.SMALL. On the other hand we can update our downstairs one, just have been a bit pre-occupide with the whole baby thing to get to it. So wise to get the whole house renovating thing done before baby... We didn't quite think that through. Oh.Well.

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