bathroom refresh

Happy Sunday, everyone!!! I can barely type this post because I am still in shock and pure joy from the end of that Vikings game. Skol is all I can say….I am heading to Minneapolis for Super Bowl weekend and am keeping my belief at an all time high that it will be the Vikings in that game.

But now to talk about what my post is ACTUALLY about: After wrapping up my kitchen remodel officially a couple of weeks ago I had about a quarter of the can from my chalk paint that I used on the cabinets left. In my house I have both a half bath and a full bath and the vanities in both of them are the same light colored oak that my kitchen cabinets were before I painted them. I decided to use the leftover paint on both of them to give a little refresh to the bathrooms.

I chose fairly similar color schemes for both of the bathrooms prior to the paint, more cool tones, so the gray worked well in both spaces. Just like in the kitchen the vanities needed only 2 coats in order to have a nice even matte finish. Then I waxed them over and added need hardware in both as well.

Here is the half bathroom with it’s small upgrades that make a big difference

For those who may not have read my kitchen remodel post, the chalk paint I used is Country Chic brand in Charcoal and I purchased it at Picks, a great resale store that is here in Grand Forks. My rug that is mushroom, teal, and beige is from Kohls. The fun lantern on the countertop is from Gordmans and the turqoise marbled knobs I just purchased at Hobby Lobby this weekend. Replacing the hardware can make a really big difference for a minimal amount of money. I love the pop of color that these provide.


Behind the toilet I hung a canvas also from Gordmans and my color block and polka dot towels are both from Kohls as well. I like the brown and blue combo! The tissue holder is a really cool abstract floral and it also has a matching soap dish. They were a gift from my mom when I moved into my house so I’m not sure where they’re from but they were perfect for this half bath right off the kitchen on the first level 🙂

The upstairs bathroom is a full bath so quite a bit more space, especially wall space to utilize. I find myself gravitating towards purple and blue tones and when I moved into my townhouse I had never had more than one bathroom so needed to get some new decor. The vanity in the upstairs bathroom is much larger so that I can have storage as its the only full bath. I repainted that and also upgraded the hardware.

The hardware I chose for upstairs is a brushed silver pull with a fun white stone detail in the middle. I found them at Menards for an excellent price and I like how they have a classic look to them but still stand out against the dark gray.

As for the rest of the bathroom, when I moved in I liked the paint colors that the previous owner had chosen. A mid-range gray on three of the walls and then the main wall of the bathroom had a stripe pattern alternating gray and white. Since I needed to outfit a 2nd bathroom I was able to start from scratch and just decided to base my decor off of the current paint rather than repainting. I spent a long time looking for a shower curtain and settled on this great purple and turquoise floral patterned one from I liked how it was a bold pattern but not too “busy” in my mind. Purple has always been a favorite color of mine so it was an easy choice.


With turquoise being another favorite I chose two different powder/light blue rugs: one more shaggy for in front of the vanity and another one that is the soft foam bath mat for in front of the shower. Both are from Target. On the striped wall I chose a painted sign from Hobby Lobby with a line from one of my favorite hymns. Up until this weekend that hung alone on the wall. When I made a trip to Picks this weekend two of my friends encouraged to buy this awesome distressed old screen window. I hung it behind the sign and then rehung that over the front. I like how it allows the painted sign to stand out more now and also adds more of an overall statement to the already striped wall.

The small wall along my sink allowed for a bit more space for decor. There I hung the Irish Blessing canvas I have had since college that I can’t remember where it’s from. Then I purchased this fun wood board with three mounted mason jars from Gordmans. I filled all of the jars partially with a pretty light blue marble vase filler from Michaels as well as a handful of fake floral stems in purple, blue, and white. It adds a sweet touch to the bathroom and I like the feeling of the florals even if they aren’t real!


It was fun to wrap up a couple more small projects around my house that weekend but even though they are small budget wise they make a big impact. It’s a good reminder that sometimes a small amount of money and some time invested can make a space look almost brand new. I’m looking forward to a few more projects this winter and most of them will be surrounding organization in my closets. I’m looking forward to sharing everything with all of you along the way!

I hope each of you enjoyed your weekend whether it was filled with work, fun, family, friends, or relaxation. As always, thanks so much for reading 🙂 I will see back here next Sunday with more to share!


xoxo Jen

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