Our Master Bath Refresh (& DIY chalk paint)

I am going to start this post by saying that we have a TINY master bathroom. It literally has enough space to fit the 4 necessary items- bath tub, shower, toilet and vanity. 

When we walked through our house, I remember being so happy with the rest of the house, and then getting to the master bedroom closet and bathroom and hearing a womp womp. We turned our master closet over to the experts at California Closets because we were just at a loss. The bathroom was all on us! 

We started by choosing a paint color. I don't even really remember choosing the aqua, but I remember thinking I wanted it a Tiffany Blue. I actually had a Tiffany's box and put it next to the paint color swatches to be sure! We ended up going with "Cool Jazz" by Behr. I LOVED our old home's front door color that we chose (Sweet Rhapsody)- so we went 1 shade lighter for this bathroom.

The first thing we did was install big chunky floating shelves over the toilet. This was Josh's brain child and he did an amazing job pulling it off!
Next up was the vanity. Oyyyy. I went back and forth SO MANY TIMES. We started painting this bathroom over a year ago. It was the summer of 2015. And I dragged my feet for so long. Partly out of fear. Our home doesn't feel old enough to me that we need to re-do things. But the longer I live, the more I realize that I don't want to do things because that's the "right way" or "what normal people do". I want to make my house my home. And painting the vanity was one thing that I felt would really brighten the space.

So the obligatory before:

I used the trim paint from the rest of our house for this makeover. I lightly distressed the edges with sandpaper to add depth and dimension. At the end of the post I will share sources of everything I used (I make my own chalk paint and finish with a finishing paste).
We wanted SO BAD to trim the mirror with wood, but we have a pesky plug that backs right up to the mirror and husband said it would be weird to cut around that. ^^you can see it up there.

I might have a slight obsession with makeup so just disregard ;) I don't store it away on a normal day, so #reallife here.

See the blue mason jar soap dispensers. #hearteyes
Josh upgraded the light- it had been a dim globe light. I had this beautiful chandelier in our old house's master bath and when we got in this past summer to fix a few things, I had Josh snag this for me. We replaced it with what had been there originally. 

I am planning to put some sort of our initials on this canvas in gold HTV so it'll be a tone on tone subtle look. 
We got rid of the towel rack and replaced with these knobs that look like old crystal door knobs. The knob on the left is so my towel can be within reach when I soak in the tub.
Like I said, this bathroom is SMALL. I feel like I elbow every wall every way I turn! But here is our tub nook. It was my goal this year to take more bubble baths and unfortunately that hasn't happened. But I do enjoy a bath every so often! #yestherearedinosinthetub #againreallife

The only change we made here is the wall below the tub. It had been tan (like the rest of the bathroom), and then I painted it blue when I painted the bathroom. But it felt so incredibly disjointed and awkward. I went back and forth with it and decided to paint the little part white to match the trim to make it look like more of a built in piece. Josh added the "battens" to create a board and batten look. It literally took 10 minutes a glue to make this happen. It was so easy and made such an impact. 
All in all we LOVE this change. Painting the vanity white added SO MUCH to this tiny space. We are actually toying with the idea of painting the kitchen cabinets. #iknowright I have heard how much work painting kitchen cabinets are, so we will see. We also want to see how our vanity wears before we do anything drastic. My biggest hesitation is we eventually want our townhouse to be a rental and we aren't sure the upkeep of painted cabinets vs. the dark wood. We have a few other projects to wrap up first, so we'll see! 

Here are the sources for this project: 

1. Deglosser. This product is like a liquid sandpaper. If you use enough with enough strength it'll take the finish off the cabinets. I rub all the cabinets down pretty quickly with this. It gets the grime off and makes the surface suitable for painting. 
2. Paint. I use Behr's Premium Plus paint in matte. Our house trim color is toasted marshmallow. This has primer in it and covers well. It's not the cheapest paint they sell, but it isn't the most expensive. 
3. Calcium Carbonate. I save our yogurt containers and any other random plastic tubs and I mix 2-ish tablespoons into about 1.5 cups of paint. More or less won't hurt anything. This gives the finish a chalky finish, it helps it adhere to the cabinets without sanding, and it makes the paint SUPER fast drying! 
4. Sandpaper to distress. I prefer 120 grit for distressing. 
5. Minwax Paste Finishing Wax. I rub this on with a paper towel (and I wear latex gloves). The fumes are pretty strong! Wax on, wax off. This takes the "chalky" feel off the paint finish without making it glossy. It also protects the finish. 
There you have my arsenal of secrets! I never skip a step and use this method on not just cabinets, but also on night stands and dressers. 
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