DIY Budget Bathroom Makeover with Beyond Paint

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I have been itching to makeover my master bathroom for quite some time and while I would have loved to have ripped out everything and do a total renovation, it’s just not a smart financial move for our family right now. I imagine I am not the only person who has been in this position, which is why I have been really excited to complete this project and share it with you all so that you could see what a little paint and a little budget could do to transform a space.

First I want to show you what my bathroom looked like before. I didn’t even bother picking up before I photographed it because I wanted you guys to experience the room exactly as it was.

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

Pretty sad, huh? Nothing about this bathroom was aesthetically pleasing. I think the spaces we spend our time in daily have a huge impression on our mood and this bathroom was doing absolutely nothing for mine.

I was really pleased when Beyond Paint reached out to me to partner up on this project because I’ve worked with paints before that don't require sanding, stripping or priming and I’d heard good things about Beyond Paint already. I was pleased to discover there are a lot of benefits to using Beyond Paint.

  1. Beyond Paint bonds to almost any surface including wood, wood that’s been painted, laminate, tile, glass, metal, plastic, masonry, and linoleum.

  2. It has a low VOC, almost no odor and it was safe to paint in the house with my child and dog, Darla.

  3. Prep is minimal. Like I said, there’s not sanding, stripping or priming. For my floors I swept really well, cleaned them with Simple Green to remove any residue and I was able to begin painting.

  4. It requires no mixing! This, surprisingly, was one of my favorite features of Beyond Paint. With a 3 month old I was able to walk away from my project and pick it back up in a matter of seconds.

  5. The consistency is very thick, almost pudding like, but it spreads so easily! The coverage with just one coat is amazing! 1 gallon covers 200 square feet.

  6. Beyond Paint comes in an array of beautiful colors and is UV resistant so you don’t have to worry about it fading in the sun. This is a huge plus for me as I was stenciling the floor with black paint and I have a window in the bathroom that shines consitently on the floor. I don’t have to worry about the black fading in that spot.

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Look at the coverage I got with just one coat! Three coats later I was truly satisfied. Beyond Paint’s white is the perfect white - not too stark, not too warm or too cool. In fact, it matched my baseboards perfectly so I just used it to touch those up while I was at it. I stenciled the floor using this stencil and Beyond Paint’s Licorice. Afterward I sealed it with two coats of Beyond Paint’s Multipurpose Sealer to protect it from water.

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I’m obsessed! Not only was I able to do this project myself, but I also saved a ton of money. Since I was painting the floors I took the opportunity to redecorate the entire bathroom. I ordered a jute rug from Rugs USA and I love the contrast between the warm tones in the rug and the black and white floor. I removed the giant builder’s grade mirror over the vanity and replaced it with some mirrors from Target that have shelves on them and I don’t know about you, but I love anything functional and fashionable at the same time. Some shelves from Hobby Lobby matched the mirrors pretty well and provided some extra storage and the lights are the same old lights, just spray painted black. A basket below the shelves adds storage for towels as well as a bohemian feel.

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I removed the nasty old shower doors and finally bought the shower curtain I’d been pining over for years from Anthropologie. I added a cute little bench next to the shower from Ikea along with some hooks for towels above it. The hardest area to decorate was my jacuzzi tub area , but I finally set on some hanging plants and I couldn’t be more pleased. If you’re into that look and want to make your own I have some plant hanger tutorials here and here.

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It’s amazing what a little paint and some plants can do to a room. My next project will be painting the vanity and adding some hardware to it. What do you guys think? What color would you choose? Check out Beyond Paint’s paint selection and leave me a comment, let me know.

For a full video tour, check out my bathroom tour on youtube below.

Painted Linoleum Floors

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I'm not complaining when I say this, but I don't know what to do with the space in this house. I told my husband the other night that I would be excited to sell it one day and move into a smaller one. He looked at me like I was crazy. I was then informed that he had always dreamed of an even bigger home! Currently, our home is about 3,000 square feet. And to me, that is HUGE! I grew up in a three bedroom ranch where we stacked a working tv on top of a broken tv, my dresser was at one point crafted out of an old amp box, and most of what we had was found, thrifted or handed down. I always just sort of worked with what I had, which wasn't much. Trying to fill the space of this house is so foreign to me and because of my roots, I'm not quick to go out and spend a ton of money doing it. I'm slowly working my way through our home, room by room filling it with things we love and tweaking it here and there, but my thriftiness has not dissipated much! 

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Most recently I decided to tackle the mudroom. Between our garage and first floor living space is this tiny little room that we've sort of just been using as a makeshift storage space. It looked like crap to be honest, which is sad because it's literally the first room we walk into after a long day at work. And we just passed right through, leaving our shoes on and completely neglecting it. It should be used as an actual mudroom! It needed a pretty bench to sit and put our shoes on, a place to hang coats, and a place to store a wet umbrella. A real mudroom!

On Pinterest I was coming across pictures of mudrooms with gorgeous built-ins, coatracks and intricate shelving. Needless to say, I knew something was missing in our mudroom before it would ever resemble the beautiful ones I saw online, but I wasn't sure what it was.

And then I realized.

It was the floor.

Oh god, the floor! How could I have overlooked this major detail for so long?

I immediately did some research. Plenty of tutorials on painted tile, but not much on linoleum. I decided to take what I knew and run with it. And the results couldn't have been better!

For a full video tutorial on this project, click here.

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This project was extremely simple, especially for the small amount of space I was making over. I could have done this project from start to finish in one day. I did not because... LIFE. But even if you were doing this in a large space, it is still a simple project and will not take an overwhelming amount of time. It involves only a few steps and minimal supplies.

S U P P L I E S

  1. Hand sander and 80 grit sandpaper

  2. Broom/vaccuum

  3. Cleaner (Krud Kutter or Windex - both work.)

  4. Bullseye Zinsen 1-2-3 Primer (I used the color white.)

  5. Stencil (Mine is from Michael's and cost me $10.00) You can find them on Etsy as well.

  6. Painter's Tape

  7. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (I used the color Graphite.)

  8. Foam roller, paint brush, paint tray

  9. Minwax Polycrilic Protective Finish (Make sure you get the crystal clear finish. I also got mine in a clear semi gloss finish.)

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S T E P S

  1. Sand your floor with your hand sander and 80 grit sandpaper. This step is optional, but I chose to sand my linoleum because I wanted to make sure the primer adhered as much as possible)

  2. Sweep your dust up and vacuum it. Make sure you remove as much as possible from the floors, walls and anywhere else it has landed. You don't want it falling into your paint later.

  3. Clean the floor with Krud Kutter, Windex, or any other cleaner/degreaser.

  4. Paint your floor. I used a roller and a paint brush to cut the edges. The Bullseye Zinsser 1-2-3 Primer has a varnish in it and dries fairly quickly, about 1 hour between coats. I did 3 coats on my floor.

  5. Stencil your floor. I used the painters tape to secure the stencil and Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in graphite. The linoleum has perforated squares and I made sure to choose a stencil that fit perfectly inside the squares. It was easy to keep my pattern and to move quickly through this process because of that. I also used an Annie Sloan foam roller and tray to roll the paint out directly onto the stencil. Be sure not to use too much pressure during this step as the paint will bleed under the stencil and look splotchy when you remove it.

  6. Seal your floor. The Minwax Polycrilic Protective finish needs about two hours dry time and I rolled out two coats.

 

Shoutout to Delightful Digs in Virginia Beach for being a wonderful, helpful and friendly Annie Sloan supplier. The girls who work in this gorgeous store are always full of tips and tricks and they're always excited to hear about what project I'm doing next. If you're in the Virginia Beach area, check out the store. It has the cutest gifts, jewelry, and house decor.

If you plan to do this project somewhere in your home, give me a shout, leave me a comment, or send me a photo of the result on instagram @bellandcotton.