A huge perk of working where we do (a camp and retreat center near Fort Worth, Texas) is that housing is provided. A not-such-a-perk is that the house is pretty dated. However – it is not without hope! It’s a brick ranch style home that has been added on to over and over again throughout the last 60 years. We have slowly been updating the house, room by room, on a pretty tight budget. The style I’m going for in this house is modern farmhouse, with lots of light colors and some dark metal accents. A little shiplap here and a little rustic there. If you’d like to see some photos of our progress, go check out #arrowheadhouseTX on Instagram! I’ll be sharing photos of our dining room, kitchen and master bedroom here on the blog soon, so stay tuned.
One of the first rooms to be completed is our guest/hallway bathroom. I’m very proud of this transformation – it seemed really dark and dingy before, but it’s now one of the lightest and brightest spaces in the house!
Here are a few photos of what it looked like when we moved in (In the words of Pepe Le Pew: “Le Yikes.”)
Oh, whats that? Fish tiles. Yep, tropical fish tiles. I think I found Nemo.
The bathroom was 100% functional, but not even 1% enjoyable. It had an icky sliding glass door on the shower, a 3-way mirrored medicine cabinet, and a yellowed marbled countertop on the dark brown particle board vanity. Although we didn’t have much to spend, the transformation is huge! A few coats of paint and a little love and this is what we have now (source list at the bottom of this post!):
One of the biggest transformations in this space is the vanity! It went from ugly-smelly particle board, to farm-house chic all thanks to a few coats of Rust-Oleum’s Chalked Paint as well as Rust-Oleum’s Tub & Tile Refinishing Spray Paint.
I’ve gotten a TON of questions on the process of painting this countertop and how it has held up. First, the biggest piece of advice I can give is – make your husband do it – hah! (Just kidding, but Josh did actually do it for me). No, the biggest piece of advice we can give is to PREP, PREP, PREP. Read the directions on the can, read them again, and then prep your surface REALLY well. It made all the difference in this project. Josh is meticulous about prep and taped the area off (using painters tape and plastic sheeting) really well so that we didn’t have overspray everywhere. The aerosol spray does create a pretty strong chemical smell, so make sure you wear a face mask and ventilate the area as best as you can. Overall, it has held up amazingly well! The counter itself wasn’t in the best shape to begin with (it has a few dings & dents). But the paint covered really well and has held up to daily handwashing (it’s the easiest-to-access restroom in the house) and occasional heavy use by guests incredibly well! No scratching or peeling yet – and it’s been finished for about a year now (#latetothebloggingparty).
Here’s the before again – I still can’t believe the difference!
Overall, I’m incredibly proud of this makeover and I think we spent under $250 on this space (I didn’t keep track, but from a quick add up in my head that’s the ballpark). I’d love to see a new vanity and oi – the tropical fish tiles probably need to go at some point (it’s a fun surprise for our guests, I guess ;). But, that’s down the line and for now we’re happy with it!
Source List: Some affiliate links are provided below.
- Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt color matched into Valspar Signature satin paint from Lowes
- Cabinet Paint: Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint in Aged Gray, sealed with Chalked Matte Clear Protective Topcoat
- Cabinet Hardware: Similar from Home Depot
- Sink Faucet: Oil Rubbed Bronze Two Handled Faucet from Amazon
- Light Fixture: Fixture from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore; Seeded glass shades from Lowes
- Shelves: Built from (1) 2″x10″, stained in Minwax Dark Walnut
- Shelf Brackets: Menards 10″ Elegante Brackets
- Towel Bar, Towel Ring & Toilet Paper Holder: Franklin Brass Hardware from Amazon
- Mirror: Home Depot (no longer carried)
- Shower Curtain: Extra Long Curtain from Amazon
- Apothecary Jars: Tuesday Morning (can’t find a similar one online!)
- Basket: Ross
- Faux Plant: Similar from Ikea
- Faux Plant Pot: Fridfull from Ikea
- “Choose Happy” Wall Art: Marshall’s
- “Take Courage” Print: Raw Sugar Writes Shop
- Picture Frames: Big Lots