Old bath before painting
Old bath before painting

I have been busy working on this project, which had been sorely in need of my attention for years now. When we first moved in, this bathroom was basically a time capsule from the mid-1980’s. Not having anything that even remotely resembled a budget, I decided to use paint I had on hand to give EVERYTHING a new coat of paint and a new look.

Shower area before painting
Shower area before painting

I don’t have a before-before picture so imagine pink walls, golden oak vanity, and a green and white faux marble laminate countertop. Gorgeous right? NOT!! I painted the walls a nice mid-tone tan. I painted the golden oak cabinets black. And I painted the faux marble to resemble a darkish granite. I loved this look! I wish I had a pic of that first makeover after. 🙁

Better view of chipped paint around sink
Better view of chipped paint around sink

That was ten years ago. In the meantime, the cabinets and walls have held up very well but the painted countertop, well not so much. The paint started chipping off around the sink. At first it wasn’t bad but over the years it got worse and I was not able to hide the chipped parts under a soap dispenser or washcloth any longer.

After painting and switching out accessories.
After painting and switching out accessories.

I finally decided that it was time. Time to freshen, renew, and lighten things up in this bathroom. Of course, I had no budget for a makeover this time around either. so again, I used what I had on hand, leftover paint from other projects and abandoned accessories.

View of vanity and countertop after painting
View of vanity and countertop after painting

I painted the walls a soft, soothing light teal color. This was paint I bought years ago for my bedroom but then decided what I really wanted was dark teal! I painted the vanity a bright and lively white that was leftover from painting my daughter’s bedroom. And the countertops were a hodgepodge of paint samples, craft paints, and last little bits of paint from other projects around the house. I really got rid of a bunch of paint otherwise collecting dust on a shelf.  🙂  After I got the paint on the countertop just right, I sealed it with a couple of coats of an oil based polyurethane. The first time I sealed the countertops, I used a water based poly. I suspect that was the reason for the chipping,  I suppose only time will tell.  Anyway, here are a couple of closeups of the counter.

Closeup of repainted countertop
Closeup of repainted countertop
Another closeup of newly painted countertop
Another closeup of newly painted countertop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all, this bathroom makeover cost me, drum roll please, $17.00. I bought the little “Relax” rope wall hanging for $5.00 and this beach themed wall hanging (below) for $12.00.

 

Shower area after painting
Shower area after painting

The towels, pictures, rug, and other accessories came out of storage. I am happy with the look, happy with the price, not quite as happy with the labor I put into it – but hey, two out of three ain’t bad! If anyone is interested, I can do a follow up post with resources, or even a how-to on the countertop. For now, I’ll call it good. Thanks so much for your visit! I will leave you with one final before and after.

Old bath before painting
Old bath before painting
After painting and switching out accessories.
After painting and switching out accessories.

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