Updated Vanity Nook for $75
A thrifty homeowner turns to materials she has on hand to overhaul an awkward space
The sink area had gotten a cheery paint job but still didn’t reflect the aesthetic of the home.
It’s easy to make awkward spaces blend in with the rest of your house when you stick to using materials from your previous home-improvement projects. That’s exactly what Ashley Mayes did to make the vanity area of her master bath, which is visible from the bedroom, more cohesive with the rest of the Springfield, MO, home she shares with her husband and son. After beefing up the minimal baseboards, Ashley painted the walls the same bright white as the bedroom and the vanity a dark slate gray, which she had left over from painting her kitchen cabinets. She installed brass hinges and pulls, playing off the brass accents she used elsewhere in the house. Then Ashley designed a modern exposed-bulb sconce to echo her dining room chandelier, using know-how she’d picked up doing similar projects. She bought individual pieces—black sockets, brass tubing, and a black baseplate—from a lighting-supply store, threaded them together, and added the wiring. In order to stay within her budget of $100, finishing touches were borrowed from other rooms, with the exception of a new hand towel. Says Ashley, who blogs at biggerthanthethreeofus.com, “Now the bath feels like an extension of the house, instead of an odd duck.”
The sophisticated mini-makeover was a low-cost update that is giving the homeowners time to plan a bigger bath renovation.
$9.60 for two porcelain sockets
$0 for cans of leftover paint
$21 for seven brass bar pulls
The Project Tally
Painted the walls and trim white and the cabinets dark gray, using leftover paint from other rooms in the house $0
Made a DIY light fixture by assembling parts ordered from a lighting-supply store $41
Upgraded the baseboards to measure 5 inches high with scrap left over from other rooms $0
Replaced the existing vanity hardware with brass-finish hinges and pulls... $29
Purchased a new hand towel, and accessorized using other pieces already on hand $5