last spring, the husband + I purchased our first home. when we put in our offer, the house was 30 days from completion of construction. it was good in the sense that we did not have to make every decision necessary when building a home, but bad that all decisions had already been made. we knew we had work ahead to make our builder-grade house into our home. on our list was to make our 2.5 baths look not so “standard” at a very reasonable cost. there were a few things we did that made a big impact..
4 inexpensive bathroom updates.
create a feature wall | in our quaint main floor half bath, we added a faux wood wall. we purchased two boxes of adhesive vinyl wood flooring, additional adhesive, brass tacks, and two pieces of quarter round to frame the wall. my husband + dad installed the wall. starting from the top + working their way down. besides the precise measuring + cutting of the pieces, it looked easy to install. even I could’ve done it (probably). the brass tacks were added less for necessity and more for looks.
add a decorative mirror to your mirror | I love this. I look at it and think “genius!”. it’s an idea I stumbled upon in this youtube video, called blogger vs. builder grade, created by lowe’s. (see the video here). the video featured the blogger behind the makerista (a missouri-based interior design blog). I searched + found a frame-less round mirror at a local home goods store. we stuck it to the bathroom mirror with 3M command strips. don’t be stingy!
add greenery | if you have a green thumb, go for real. if you’re like me + don’t, go for the faux. I clearly cannot be bothered with watering plants, at least not regularly. it’s an issue I am working on. until then, I’m sticking with the artificial plants in the bathrooms. add to shelves for color or on the vanity.
use decorative glass containers for storing everyday bathroom items | q-tips + cotton balls are not so pretty, but essential in a bathroom. so instead of hiding them under the sink, I purchased glass containers (at homegoods) and turned them into decor. they’re on display in our master bathroom, but more importantly in our guest bath. you don’t want your guests to have to go searching through drawers to find these items.