Updating a Rental Home Bathroom

bathroom refresh

I finally decided to tackle the upstairs bathroom.  It mostly belongs to the girls, but we live in a split-level home, so most of the living space is upstairs and this is our main bathroom, and we all use it as well as our guests.

bathroom refresh

bathroom refresh

This lemon lime paint color has been bugging me for over 2 years now.  We’re in a rental that has so many great features, and yet so many really annoying features.  This pastel-y paint is one of them.  *cue 1980’s Twisted Sister song: We’re Not Gonna Take It*  That song has been running through my head!  I don’t need to take it.  I can spend $25 and a couple hours and make a huge difference with paint!

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The bathroom has been redone in the last 15 years maybe, so in many ways, its not that bad.  Other than the fact that this yellow wall paint should only be used with white cabinetry and tile, not the dark cherry wood and very brown tile and countertop with lots of pinks and terra cotta tones.

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A couple coats of Ultra Pure White by Behr from Home Depot did the trick.  I have used this color in the past, but only on trim and cabinetry – I love it!  It is the brightest pure white I’ve found – no blue, pink or grey undertones – just white.  But I am debating whether its maybe a little too bright white for the walls (I’m considering this for our new house).

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A new shower curtain, rug, towels and a few accessories tied it all together and makes this a much happier place to be.  I have realized we have been in this house for 2 years, just living in it, but not really enjoying it.  And now, I really enjoy this bathroom!

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The rug is super soft and just thick enough that it doesn’t fit under the door – darn!  Usually I’d want it centered in front of the sink, but the door hits it, so I scootched it back a bit.  It shows dirt really quickly, being white, but washes up well.  The pink is the prettiest pink!

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I love this shower curtain!  I always keep it covering the shower, to cover as much of that brown tile as possible.  By the way, I actually like travertine tile.  We had it in our last house.  But this batch is particularly brown and would work better in a bathroom with higher end finishes, maybe more mediterranean?  I just don’t think it works here.  Back to the shower curtain – the fringe is just so pretty and adds a touch of bohemian to the bathroom.

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I pulled this little stool from the living room where it sat as an extra side table that we’d move all around as needed.  It doesn’t serve a particular purpose here in the bathroom, other than maybe to hold the ipad while my teenager watches a show while taking a bath!  But it sure looks cute and I guess I could have styled it out with a turkish hand towel and a loofah, pretending we’re fancy enough for that ;) . Its not a large bathroom, so I couldn’t really add anything much bigger.

bathroom refresh

bathroom refresh

The towels were a recent gift from my mother-in-law.  Our towels throughout the house were looking so dingy and I almost forgot how refreshing bright white towels are! bathroom refresh

I also wanted to add some sort of art/picture/something in here, but there’s no fan so I was afraid anything in here would get warped from the steam.  So I played around with watercolors and came up with this cactus painting, and won’t be devastated if it gets ruined.

bathroom refresh

bathroom refresh

bathroom refresh

The towel rack above the toilet wasn’t necessary since its just the 2 girls that use this shower, other than when we have overnight guests.  So I took it down and tucked it under the sink until we move out.  I filled that space with a new wall hanging I made recently.  I’ll give the super easy details on that in another post.

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The counter space isn’t large, so putting any accessory there felt silly.  But once I did, we all loved it!  Having pretty things to look at there is actually encouraging the girls to keep that space cleaner – #parentingwin!  The pink vase is filled with dried eucalyptus branches and the aloe plant is actually fake, but is a pretty good fake.  This bathroom doesn’t really get very good light most of the day, so I’m not sure if I could keep a plant alive in here.  This vanilla candle is always burning in some room of our house – it’s inexpensive, burns for hours, and is nice and simple. I was also really happy with how the countertop actually looks better with the pink vase on it.  It has such a weird mix of colors in it (grey, black, brown, cream, terra cotta and pink) that I haven’t found anything to look good with it.  But I think this works!  Rather than fighting against it, I just went with it!

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When recently cleaning out Sean’s parents’ garage, Sean found this beautiful old tin tobacco box and I love it in here, holding the face masks my girls love to use (having teen/tween girls is super fun!).

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Other than the paint, all of the items I have in here can move with us to our next house… whenever that may be. #patienceishard

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Comments

  1. 1

    It looks great, funny what a coat of paint and some accessories can do to change a room. We almost bought those same towels, but I found a very similar version, nearly identical at Target for $6 a bath towel. I love them, they are so soft and fluffy.

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    Behr ultra pure white is my Favorite!!!!! I spent so much $ trying to find the perfect white. There are no undertones!!! Love it. I have low ceilings like 7.5 ft. So bright white works so well in my house.

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