When we moved into our new home, there were several projects I already had mapped out in my head. I had mentally been designing spaces for weeks!
But I knew I wanted to start small and figure out the exact look and feel I wanted to go with for this house. And when I’m starting small, instead of simply choosing one project to do in the house, I like to choose one small space to update.
Why? Because one DIY, while progress (don’t get me wrong) doesn’t always help me see the full vision for the room. But when I choose a small room to redo or refresh, the vision comes together, and it usually inspires me in a bigger way for the next project.
So as soon as we moved in, I had my sights set on the half bath. It was the smallest space in the house, needed tons of love, and is something we’d see every single day.
HOW I COMPLETELY REDID MY HALF BATH, ONE DIY AT A TIME
I took a look around. This space was dark, dated, and had a 90’s traditional look and feel which simply wasn’t our style.
But it was a small space, and I knew with some adjustments, it could be perfect!
But before we get started… here’s a quick look at the before!
The walls started as a yellow-beige (throughout the whole house), but we painted them Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore as soon as we moved in to brighten it up.
That immediately helped!
But between the mirror, the sconces, the dated hardware, the dark granite, and the black cabinets, it still needed some love.
I started with the things I had on hand.
ONE THING AT A TIME!
I found some peel and stick wallpaper in a folk tulip pattern that I was holding onto for the perfect project.
I decided to place it behind the mirror above the vanity and along the arch in the bathroom to help it stand out a bit.
That was simple — I just peeled off the backing, used my level and smoother to install it, and used my exacto knife to cut along my edges. I have this wallpaper tool kit, and it always comes in handy!
Next up, the mirror! When I took out the original mirror, I knew it wasn’t going back in!
I found at Hobby Lobby a while back that I had used in a hallway in our last house. I knew between the detailing and natural wood it would be perfect! It’s unfortunately no longer in stock, but I would have also used something like this!
Once the mirror was up, we set our sights on updating the sconces! They were dated and simply not us! But we had found these pretty warm brass sconces we knew would be perfect in here!
They were nice and simple to install, then we used some Edison bulbs for added design!
Next up, the towel ring! I had these cute hooks from Target that I had purchased several of for this house. I thought it would go perfectly with the brass sconces!
So we removed the ring and replace it with the hook. Nice and simple! And it made a huge difference.
Then, of course, I had to add one of my favorite Olive & Linen towels — the Marlowe hand towel! I have these towels all over my home, and you can use my code FARMHOUSEISH30 to save 30% on the whole site!
Now that it seemed like we were going from top to bottom, I set my sights on the vanity… it needed to change… the countertops more than anything!
But we certainly didn’t want to shell out for new stone countertops just yet. So I found a DIY where you could create faux marble countertops using paint and epoxy, and I got to work. Head here for the full tutorial!
Of course, once that was done, it looked SO much better, but I still couldn’t live with the black cabinets! As much as I wanted to keep them, I was craving light and airy.
So I painted them Gatherings by Magnolia, and it was the perfect choice! I couldn’t be happier!
Because it’s always an easy and impactful update, I then replaced the knobs with these gorgeous flat black mushroom knobs, and it was the perfect update!
And just like that, all those mini updates turned into one huge bathroom refresh, and I couldn’t be happier! But one thing was missing… shiplap!
I removed the moulding from around the window, installed my shiplap quickly and easily using drywall screws, and caulked around the edges.
Then I painted it my wall color – Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore.
Last but not least, we framed the window using 1×4 select pine and whitewashed the wood with the same paint! It warmed it up and modernized it in a way we never imagined possible!
Then for the finishing touches…
I added this cute jute rug…
And this adorable step stool for my girls…
And it came together just like I had it in my mind. Totally us, and totally changed! And I have to say it completely inspired me to take on the rest of the house!
Eventually, we will probably do a wall treatment of some kind in here like a board and batten or chair rail, but that can wait. For now, I’ll just be here staring at this light, bright, and airy half bath!
Let me know what you think in the comments, and make sure you head here to see how I painted these countertops!