Ever since we moved into our home I knew I wanted to give our master bathroom a refresh. To be honest, I’m glad we didn’t do it sooner. It’s extremely hard to be patient and save and wait for the right time to do a project like this, but ultimately I’m glad we took the slow and steady approach.
Thank you for following along the behind the scenes on Instagram. When we started I felt inclined to share everything from start to finish so people could follow along, perhaps be encouraged to try a little DIY, or have some ideas how to freshen up your own bathroom without spending a small fortune. All said and done this took about eight weeks from start to finish mostly because we did some of the work ourselves, and we had a few trades in and out plus help from friends on evenings or weekends. While this wasn’t a huge reno, it still takes time. I love a quick transformation, but that is not always the reality with DIY’s.
This bathroom refresh was mostly triggered by finding two perfect mirrors for my vanity. Then it snowballed. These arched mirrors were a dream come true.
We started by removing the large sheet mirror, then installed an additional light fixture in the middle of the vanity, repaired some drywall. Painted the wall which was color matched to our other walls. My brother in law is an electrician so he wired up the additional light fixture and we also had a little help from a friend with some of the dry wall repairs. I’m DANG proud to say that I did the finishing touches. The dry wall may not be flawless but it is a little reminder to try something new. Get out of your comfort zone. Now that I’m on a high and proud of myself who knows what my next DIY will be 🙂
During the mini reno, plans changed. We decided to keep our existing backsplash to save a few dollars. Not to mention it was brought to our attention that if we removed the old glass tile backsplash, the countertop might not have been in line with the drywall. Which meant further repairs and MORE TIME dedicated to repairing the wall. The old backsplash was glass tile which isn’t the easiest product to paint, however we were recommended a product called BEYOND PAINT from Kent Building Supplies. It worked like a charm. I am really happy we tried this this route and that we kept the tiles. The end result is this beautiful unique matte white square tile backsplash. One thing I LOVE is doing something a little different and this is a tile that is certainly unique and I’m SO glad it worked out. What really sold me on this paint was the fact that, the staff at Kent had used the product, and even showed me how the product looked on a display they use in store. I did a scratch test to see if it would hold up and it passed the test.
When working with Beyond Paint, make sure the tiles have been cleaned / degreased, and if there is any culking where you will be using this product – make sure IN ADVANCE you have prepped the space with PAINTABLE caulking. I didn’t know any better and I painted over non paintable caulking so I had a little mess on my hands. LESSON LEARNED – Paintable caulking is where it is at! Beyond paint is a paint and primer in one. I thought I’d require a special primer to prep the space – but NOPE. This is not a product that can be color matched – but lucky for me it came in white which worked perfectly. When using beyond paint I recommend letting the paint dry overnight. REALLY let it dry – be patient, you’ll have better results. I also used the Beyond Paint sealer.
We previously had vessel sinks which I love the look of so we simply replaced them with these white ones. It was a pretty easy switch out for our plumber since we replaced vessel sink with vessel sink and faucet for faucet. These GORGEOUS Delta Canada Champagne Bronze faucets are special ordered via Kent Building Supplies. We have another faucet in this champagne bronze in our bar that we did a year ago. We also went with the coordinating hand towel rack and bathroom tissue holder.
I spray painted the mirrors I found to be more cohesive with our other hardwear. I actually used Krylon spray paint I had on hand from another DIY last year! LOVE how they turned out! We used was Krylon’s Dual Superbond paint + primer – can be used on metal, wood, plastics AND indoor/outdoor in colour “Gold Metallic.”
Also, last but not least – we finally have a bathroom door. This entry way is actually the size of two double doors. This door took some planning, discussing, LOTS of back and fourth plus a little trial and error. But we were able to have it custom built by a friend. Most of the materials were sourced through Kent Building Supplies including the barn door rail kit + handle.
I’ll be sharing a little more about how to give your bathroom a refresh without a major renovation in another blog post since I didn’t want this one to be too long!
Here are a list of supplies + products we used – All sourced via Kent Building Supplies:
Paint color matched to Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
Door track (lower – this prevents the door from swinging!)
Barn Door Wall Mount Sliding Door System 3m – we needed two to create a 10 foot track.
Thank you so much to Kent Building Supplies for partnering with me on this blog post and little bathroom refresh. As always, all opinions are my own.