I caught your attention didn’t I? Any complete room renovations under $2K and my ears perk up! Renovations can break the bank, so when my friend Christina began to makeover her bathroom a few months back using primarily paint, I eagerly watched her progress and am stunned with this amazing bathroom reno.
CG Home Interiors
Christina is extremely talented when it comes to charming home decorating, and I am so eager to share her with you today! Christina Goldsmith, of CG Home Interiors, has so generously agreed to appear as guest author. I am super pumped to share her recent builder grade bathroom makeover that she completed for under $2,000.00!
I was honored to finally meet Christina in person at the Haven Conference I attended last month in Atlanta, GA. She makes her home in Arizona with her husband and two sons. Christina offers a variety of services and exudes talent in the interior design world that I believe you will find totally refreshing. She has inspired so many with her simple DIY home decor projects inside and outside her beautiful home.
We Became Fast Friends
Last year when I needed the encouragement to push forward in painting all the trim in our house, Christina was the friend who gave me the advice and confidence to begin and not look back. I am so glad I listened to her!! Even though I am nowhere near finished 😉
When my husband and I were house hunting we wanted a “project”house, so we searched with the intention of lightly renovating and updating. We wanted it to have good bones (flooring and cabinetry) and a good layout. The rest we could make awesome!
We found just the house that met that criteria and moved in November of 2015. If you ever need motivation to get settled quick, host Thanksgiving two weeks after you move in. I’m not too sure what I was thinking when I look back on that.
Anyhow, we had a mile long project list (that just kept growing). As that list grew, the master bathroom that needed a complete overhaul kept getting lower on the list. It’s tucked away and we’re the only ones that really see it so it didn’t take priority over other things in the house.
I did what I could to make it livable. My style included dark earthy tones at the time so we painted over the pinkish beige walls with a warmer beige, I threw a few accents in there, painted the yellowing cultured marble with Giani Granite Countertop Paint and called it a day. We knew it was temporary so we didn’t put a lot of effort into it.
Creeping up on three years later, it was still the same and I was ready to take this project on. Unfortunately our bank account didn’t agree because so many other projects were done over the course of those two years, so I had to get creative and do what I do best – PAINT.
As much as I’d have loved to rip out the cabinets and install separate dresser vanities, it wasn’t in the budget because that would involve new flooring. Luckily I’ve seen plenty of bloggers paint their tile so I gave it a go using Rustoleum Chalked paint. It was not a fun project, but definitely the lesser of two evils.
The idea was to go for the cement tile look, and as you can see I didn’t do my research on the stencil very well as it doesn’t reach the edge of my tile. Once I started I kind of liked the separated look and rolled with it.
Next was lighter paint on the walls and cabinets. I used Sherwin Williams Windfresh White on the walls and Devine Twig on the cabinets. I’ve been crushing on mushroom colored cabinets and this was the closest paint color I could find that was a bit thicker than your typical latex without being chalk paint.
The most important part was countertops. Our cabinets are short so I knew I wanted to go with a vessel sink to create height. We were contemplating doing Quartz until a local company, Compound Concrete, reached out to me about doing concrete. The truth is, I thought about it before they contacted me but it wasn’t a DIY I wanted to take on and never thought to research companies for that. It is a super affordable alternative to stone and I absolutely love bringing the outdoors indoors, so this was a no-brainer. It really pulled everything together!
The bath nook was another large part of the project and ended up being my favorite part. When you’re in the master bedroom, the bath nook is prominent so I wanted the light fixture to make a statement (since I couldn’t do a free standing tub). As soon as I saw that pendant light from Serena and Lily, I knew I had to have it. In fact, that pendant is what set this whole project in motion and everything was designed around that!
The tub was also in need of a desperate makeover because the splash guard was old and had a yellowish tint to it. I decided to create a faux board and batten look on it to keep it elegant and I love how it turned out. This was a super inexpensive update with such a big impact. Check out the tutorial here.
All in all I’m very happy with the result, even though it took ten times longer than any of my projects normally do — ha! At the end of the day, it was worth it.
Thanks for reading and feel free to hop over to my blog for more before and after photos of this space!
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, right?! Click here for the link to the post she shared on her blog with all the links to products she used when completing this project. A big thank you and virtual hug to Christina for agreeing to guest post on this blog. I do hope you all found this inspiring, and maybe just the push you needed to dive into that DIY that got pushed down your list.
Guest Author and Photos – Christina Goldsmith of CG Home Interiors
Main Author of this blog – Martha Knake
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