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Bathroom Refresh without the Reno


So we all have those spaces in our homes that need a little love. Well, maybe not all of us, but we definitely do. When we moved in, there were plenty of updates to be had, and we are having fun checking them off the list, one by one. Maybe someday we will have them all finished and we will be update-less. Maybe. But probably not. Let's just be honest here. We all know I love to change things, and so I'm sure I'll be changing our house until the day I die. But, for now, my thoughts are on our current update, which happens to be our master bathroom.

Now there is nothing wrong with our bathroom, per se. Well, except for the tile that I really don't like, the layout and the all the mismatched fixtures. So basically, what this bathroom really needs is a good ol' reno. But you want to know what I don't need? A good ol' reno. SO, our bathroom finally got a refresh without the reno, and it all started with a piece of art featuring a couple of horses that I couldn't get out of my head.

I saw this piece at Homegoods and I had to get it. I didn't know where it was going to go, but I knew I loved it. And then it occurred to me: The colors in this piece complement the tile in our bathroom pretty well. So up it went. And then the wheels started turning. I decided that I didn't need to gut the bathroom after all. All I needed to do was make a few small changes, and work with what I had. SO, work with what I had was exactly what I did. And it started with the fixtures.

For whatever reason, there was basically every metal known to man in our bathroom. We had brushed nickel hardware on the cabinets, oil rubbed bronze lights, and chromed faucet fixtures. I decided that the easiest way to change out the fixtures was to spray paint them. Risky? Totally. But I hated them already. So the worst that could happen was that I still hated them. So, armed with my Rustoleum spray paint specifically designed for this very purpose I got to work. Now, if you are going to attempt this, I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH how important the following supplies are:


Drop cloth (with painter's tape attached)

Painters tape

Rubber gloves


Now, let me tell you: I am not a big project prepper. In fact, I generally like to just jump into a project as quickly as possible, but in this case, PREP IS NECESSARY. It is super important that you lay down drop cloths over EVERYTHING, because there WILL be overspray from the paint, and it WILL get all over everything. Spray paint creates a kind of powdery film that is a big pain to clean up. But the drop cloths will prevent that clean up. So I highly recommend using them over everything like I did.


The next step in the process is to go ahead and spray those guys! Short, quick sprays are your friend here. This will prevent from dripping, and will also keep your over spray to a minimum. Take your time and be patient. Give ample time to dry, and once everything is relatively dry, you can go ahead and pull the painters tape and drop cloths off. Now, if you get a little on the counter, don't fret too much. Most of the time, you will be able to remove paint by scraping it off, but I definitely recommend doing your clean up as soon as possible so that the paint doesn't have much time to set.


And there you have it, guys! New (to me) fixtures, and as it turns out- I don't hate them! After changing out a few decor items and getting some new cabinet hardware, our mix-matched bathroom suddenly flows. And it suddenly works. And we love it all over again. At least until it gets a big ol' reno.



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