Drum roll please! My tiny, dingy, dated half bathroom has had a major facelift!

We extended the challenge by a week to complete the finishing touches and it was well worth it. I love how fresh and clean the bathroom now looks.

Hale Navy walls give a dramatic look to the half bathroom.

I kept the vanity base the same and gave it a fresh coat of white paint. I also swapped out the sink top to give it a more updated look. Adding new hardware to the vanity was the perfect finishing touch.

The builder grade vanity is updated with white paint and new hardware.

New white vanity top modernizes this space.

We purchased a new light fixture from Home Depot, painted the existing mirror and updated the towel rack. The light fixture was on sale at Home Depot and while I love the way it looks, when you held the fixture, you knew it was a little cheap.  If I did it over again, I would have put some more money into a better light.

Updated bathroom vanity with painted mirror and new light fixture.

I originally had a different idea for the artwork in this bathroom (see my original design ideas here), but when I printed out the floral image I had chosen, it ended up looking like dull camoflauge print and I scrapped the project.  I found these pretty pieces of artwork at Hobby Lobby (40% off obvi) and they fit perfectly in the space.

Hobby Lobby artwork for half bathroom.

I am so pleased with how the shelves turned out.  I originally bought true shelving brackets that were big and bulky and did not feel right in the space (Here is a similar version).  We returned the brackets and purchased L-brackets that are not technically for shelving and then cut two pieces of cedar for the shelves.  They have the little bit of rustic look that I was going for.  I purchased the flowers at Target and pulled the sign and photo from around our home.

Hale Navy walls with DIY cedar shelves in the half bathroom.

And now for the not so fun part...admitting how far I went over my $200 set budget! Wahhhh.

Here is the breakdown:

  • Wallpaper removal materials (scraper, removal spray, wallpaper steamer): $75

  • Wall Paint: $30

  • Ceiling & Trim Paint: $0 - I had leftover paint from other projects that I reused

  • Kilz (quart) for the mirror and vanity: $15

  • White paint (quart) for vanity and mirror: $15

  • Light Fixture: $20

  • Vanity hardware: $10

  • Shelving (Cedar & L brackets): $10

  • Flowers: $18

  • Artwork: $32

  • Wax Toilet Ring: $5

  • Toilet paper holder & towel rack: $25

  • Vanity top & faucet: $200

I decided to add the new vanity top to the list after we began this project and that was what really pushed me over my budget, but I do believe it was the right decision.  Without the vanity I was very close to my budget at $250.  With the vanity top I clocked in at $450. 

Check out Christie's amazing half bath transformation at thedenverette.com.  I am obsessed with her floor tiles and all of her gold accents.  It is also really fun to see another way to re-use a builder grade vanity.  Check it out!!