I can remember the day that Stewart and I met our landlord for the first time and took a tour of what would become our first home as a married couple. I was so excited! I sort of knew what it looked like from looking at pictures online, but I couldn’t wait to see it in person. When we walked in, I was so intrigued by the little details. The beautiful hardwood floors, the arched doorways, and the mint tiled bathroom. The moment I saw the bathroom, I wanted the apartment. I could not get enough of the vintage tile.
When we moved in over a year ago, I put up a shower curtain and bought a rug. That’s it. Since then, I’ve transformed this tiny bathroom into a colorful, fun little room in our home that I’m so excited to show you. First, let’s take a look at what I started with, shall we?
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It looks so cold doesn’t it?
And finally, here’s what our bathroom looks like today.
The very first thing I did was take care of that awful, discolored, dirty grout. No matter how much I scrubbed, it would not come clean. Coincidently, at the same time I was having this issue, one of my blogger friends was cleaning up the grout in her kitchen using grout paint. I didn’t even realize such a thing existed. Silly me, right?
I went to Lowe’s, found the product she was using, but right next to it was this thing called the Magic Grout Pen. I’ll admit, I was skeptical about it at first, but it was a little cheaper and looked easier to work with, so I bought it.
At first, I was just going to do the floor because that’s where the grout was seriously discolored, but one thing lead to another and I ended up doing the whole bathroom. I absolutely love this stuff. It’s so simple to use, effective, not messy, and holds up well. Just take a look at the before and after photos, there is a noticeable difference with the way the grout looks.
I will add that the only place that the “ink” hasn’t held up so great is in our shower, specifically on the walls that are wet on a daily basis.
To bring life to those cold, stark, white walls, I decided to add some vinyl stripes. I searched and searched for an affordable option and I ended up going with the 4 inch Baby Pink vinyl stripes from Walls Need Love.
This process was time consuming, but simple once I got into a flow.
I’m actually really pleased with how it turned out. The vertical stripes add so much height to the room, it’s crazy. Not to mention, I think it’s very Dorothy Draper which you all know I’m obsessed!
I’ll admit, I was concerned about how the stripes would hold up with all the moisture and our plaster walls aren’t in the greatest shape. Thus far, they’ve held up great. We’ve had no problem of them peeling up or bubbling and they’ve been on the walls a few months now.
The next big thing on my list to accomplish was to make a shower curtain. I mulled over this for quite some time. The only thing I knew for sure was that I had to cover up that awful shower curtain that is a permanent fixture in our bathroom.
I finally decided to use these white tassel drapes that I had on hand and I love them in here.
For accessories, I tried to keep it simple and functional. I found this wicker shelf at a local antique mall and for $8, I couldn’t pass it up. It’s not what I had planned for, but actually works great.
I always like to have extra toilet paper out in the open for guests or when my husband forgets to refill the roll lol.
Since this is our first home as a married couple, I had to get monogrammed towels. This little detail is so luxurious and personal, I love it!
Isn’t this print from Megan Carn so cute? I love the bright, playful colors!
I have to admit, the pink skirted stool is probably my favorite part of the whole bathroom. And you know what, it was a last minute decision. Without it, the room seemed like it was missing something. I had planned on putting a garden stool there, but I really didn’t want to buy one, so I shopped my house.
Before I started this blog, my husband and I were at Goodwill one afternoon and I spotted this little stool. It was rusty and needed a lot of love, but it was only $5, so I bought it. When we got it home, I sprayed the legs metallic gold and then upholstered the top with an affordable faux sheep skin rug from IKEA. So original, right?
It stayed like that until 4 days ago when I decided to use it in this bathroom makeover. To cover it and make the skirt, I used a vintage tablecloth I found at an antique mall a while back. Isn’t that tassel trim the cutest?
I’m so happy to be able to check this room off my list!
Shell Art: thrifted | Apothecary Jars | Blue and White Planter: thrifted (similar) | Tissue Paper Holder | White Tassel Drapes: HomeGoods (similar) | Wicker Shelf: thrifted (similar) | Monogram Hand Towels | White Rug | Towels | Pink Scarf: thrifted (similar) | Flamingo Print | Gold Frame