Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My thrifty makeover.

Jen at Sanctuary Arts is hosting a trash-to-treasure party today, so I'm showing off my most recent trash-to-treasure project. Allow me to re-cap for any new visitors...we are sprucing up our guest bath by taking down the old wallpaper border with ducks on it, painting it green, replacing the medicine cabinet, vanity top, and floor. We had already replaced the towel rack, toilet paper holder, and light fixtures some time ago because they were so ugly, they needed emergency treatment. I still shudder at the memory of the cracked, mildewed,
wooden towel bar. Yuck.

We were going to replace the vanity, too, but I couldn't really find any I liked at Lowe's or Home Depot, and neither of us wanted to pay a lot of money for something custom. So I looked around at some bloggers' bathrooms online and saw that although I hate to paint, I could paint the old vanity and save us a lot of money.

Since I forgot to take a picture before I started yanking off doors, here's a shot of our master bath vanity, which looks exactly like our guest vanity did, only even dingier. (It's due for the same treatment soon.)

I painted the whole thing white and Todd made brand-new doors and door fronts for it, which also got painted white.

When it gets a countertop put on it (on order and arriving soon), it will look even better, of course, but I think it looks much better, don't you? And with a new floor put in (also on order and arriving soon), it will be quite breathtaking!

So instead of paying $450 for a new Home Depot vanity I wasn't even that crazy about and which had much less storage, I used paint and primer I already had, and Todd used pine boards he already had, and we made it look like a different vanity for $0. All we had to buy were the new hinges and handles, and we would have had to buy those anyway, since I doubt the stock vanities come with hardware.

A question--do you think the top middle panel would look nice with one of those wooden carved applique things on it (also painted white)? The bathroom is going to be feminine and vintage, with a toile shower curtain, old sepia pictures of women and girls, china, etc. I think one might look nice, I just haven't been able to find one I like. What do you think?

Thanks for looking at my makeover!


Jen r. said...

It looks great!! It's like a whole new piece! I love appliques and embellishments and I think sepia pictures are always classic! Thanks for joining the party! :) jen

Rue said...

What a difference! It looks great and I can't believe it cost absolutely nothing. Amazing!

I think an applique would look lovely :)


Erica said...

I put a decorative piece on the center panel of my cabinent, and I have loved the difference it has made, I definatley reccomend doing it. check it out on my blog.

You did great work, I am very excited to see the finished room!

Vanilla Lavender said...

Unbelievable how a little bit of paint can make your cabinets, furnitures to a whole new look. Great job! :) Vanessa

Teresa Porter said...

I think an applique would look great there. It's amazing what a little paint can do, isn't it?

Beth at Aunties said...

It looks beautiful and so different. The decorative addition would also look lovely.
I wish my husband would let me paint our snack bar:)

Great job and it was free. 450.00 saved!

Cher said...

Yes, that's a great makeover. Love it. And yes, I'd do the embellishment.

The Texas Woman

Amanda said...

You did a fantastic job! It looks like a new vanity. I think the applique would look really nice in the center.

Donna said...

I'm with you, Janelle! We did the same thing several years ago - painted our old dark wood bathroom vanity creamy white - yours looks fantastic!...Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

vintagewindow said...

It looks great. I think adding an applique would really make it pop.


Blue Castle said...

That looks wonderful! Great job. I like the idea of adding an applique. It would add a little "something". :)

donnapiranha said...

The vanity looks wonderful. Tell Todd the doors look really nice! Very professional. I think the applique would be good but you're has to be the "just right" design. Some of those look too cheap.

Martha said...

I already commented on FB, But I just need to reiterate!

AMAZING job! Tell Todd the doors are awesome!

I'm not a fan of the applique myself, but I've seen plenty of them that look great!