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Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover in Purple & White

I get these ideas and they just won't let up until I can actually do them. My mom calls these "getting a bee in my bonnet".

Well, I had a bee in my bonnet yesterday.

This was our main bathroom when we moved in. These were the seller's towel and shower curtain.They had obviously updated a few things in this bathroom. But there is no window and it is very dark and dreary in here. Also, the paint was in a flat finish which shows up every dirty mark and imperfection. Plus, I just hated the color. It looks grey, but it's like a greige. I call it the color of cement. Blech.

So yesterday I had had it. The seller left the paint they used and there was a full gallon of the semi-gloss extra white they had used on the baseboards, doors and trim. I love the look of bead board in bathrooms when it goes up about 2/3 of the way. But we weren't messing with that right now. I was hoping I could get a similar effect by just painting the walls white 2/3 of the way up. I then thought about putting a dark blue on the top part of the wall.

I took my paint to Lowe's and they shook it up real good for me. It had been sitting awhile and I could not get it mixed properly now matter how much I stirred. I also bought a paintbrush, some rollers and frog tape. My total came to about $18. 

So, while my mother-in-law watched my girls for me, I got to work. I measured 62" up the wall and taped  all the way around.

I also took the rusted towel bar off the wall. I hated that thing.

And then I painted! It only took about 3 hours to do the whole project. 

Sorry the picture is blurry! Eek! I really wanted to incorporate some warm wood into the room, so I remembered that I had this shelf out in our shed. I got it last year at a yard sale for $2 and we had to find a use for it. I used the same gel stain to stain it as I did for our cabinets. Just one coat. 

When I took the tape off, (I was really anxious about getting straight lines) I decided that I really liked the look of the original paint color on top. So I scrapped the blue paint idea and started decorating!

The shelf is different in these pictures. Scroll down to see what I changed about it.

I love that the two paint colors are not super obvious. I intentionally hung the shelf right at the line where the paint switched and it makes it blend really well.

The bright white paint going up only about 2/3 of the way makes the bathroom seem taller and much brighter. It feels so fresh and clean now. 

Here are some close-ups of my shelf. I found the bottle of bath salts at my favorite store! (If you guess Dollar Tree, you are right!) Can you believe it? I was surprised! The label looks so   farmhouse-y. And I love how the shelf turned out. It's exactly the warm wood I was hoping to have in here.

So my total renovation cost for this bathroom redo was about $18 (The cost of paint supplies) Plus the $1.00 bath salts. Everything else I had on hand already! That's what I call a frugal makeover!


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