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Project #2: Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover


   Jun 27

Project #2: Guest Bathroom Mini-Makeover

Here's a sample of a bathroom in our neighborhood. You get the idea--fuuuuuuugly.

So here’s the deal: Three years ago, our bathroom was ugly. Not just ugly, but fugly (no offense, Le Boy). The harlequin diamond patterned wallpaper and builder-basic boring fixtures didn’t exactly create the relaxing spa-like experience one would hope for in a bath. As our house is a starter home, I’ve been keeping our bathroom updates on the cheap.

So far, I’ve primed and painted the wallpaper (which already looks about a milliondy times better) and replaced the boring chrome towel rack with an oil rubbed bronze-colored beauty.

After replacing the towel rack, I sort of created a new problem. I now have an oil rubbed-bronze towel rack, chrome toilet paper holder, and brushed nickel light fixture. See the problem? If not, read the previous sentence again. Bronze, chrome, brushed nickel. Now, for some people, this might not be an issue. But, for me–this ain’t gonna cut it.

So, now we come to the mini-makeover part of our mini-makeover. With just a little bit of spray paint, some know-how, and good looks, we can turn a mis-matchy poop room into a thing of beauty.

Step 1: Turn off the power. Seriously. Turn it off. Working with electrical stuff is really not that hard. Just remember, if you don’t turn off the power at the breaker box and you touch the wires, you’re getting a new hairdo and potentially a funeral. Our electrical box was not extremely well labeled. It took a few tries before I found the bathroom breaker, incidentally labeled as “General Lights” (there were about six breakers labeled this way).

I'll cut you, yo.

Step 2: Remove the light covers/bulbs. Since our bathroom was recently painted and I did such an awesome (not) job of taping, the paint had sort of sealed the light on the wall. Rather than risk tearing the paint, I just ran a razor knife around the light to make sure it was separated before I tried to remove it.

Step 3: Remove the light from the wall. You probably have wire nuts (the little red thingies in the picture) connecting the wires from the light into the wall. To get these off, just unscrew them like you would open a cap on a tube of toothpaste. Then, untwist the wires and remove the light.

Be sure the electricity is turned off by this point!

Step 4: Use painters tape to protect the bulb holders and the wires on the back. You don’t really want spray paint gunking up the works. And, here’s some general advice on spray painting: Use it a well ventilated area (no huffing, please). Also, elevate the items you are working on so they don’t stick to the surface. A good trick to spray painting screw heads is to use an old toilet paper tube or piece of cardboard. Lastly and MOST IMPORTANTLY go slow. Be patient–many light coats is much better than one thick drippy coat.

A box lid makes a great paint splatter container.

Step 5: LET IT DRY! Nobody wants to see your thumbprints all over everything.

Step 6: Reattach the light to the wiring (remember, black goes to black, white goes to white, copper ground to copper ground–a monkey could do this… probably). Screw everything back together and don’t forget your wire nuts. Add your light covers and bulbs. I purchased three new light covers on clearance for this update (hollahhhhh).

Step 7: Turn the power back on and gaze in amazement at your awesome abilities as an electrician. Though, in all fairness, I didn’t get my wires connected very well and the light didn’t come on at first. I told you this was not going to be like Martha!

That’s it. Cheap, easy, and no dudes necessary. All for about the cost of dinner at Carrabba’s–just dinner, no appetizers or wine. Now all of our bathroom accessories are matchy-matchy and all is well with the world (except the ugly chrome sink faucet, but that’s a project for another day).

No 80's wallpaper here! P.S. - Don't look at the faucet.

Until next time, happy house-making-over!

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