Happy Halloween, friends! As a kid, Halloween was my absolute favorite holiday. The costumes, the candy, and the fact that it falls near my birthday made it unbeatable. Eventually I discovered the joys of hot spiced wine before noon and Christmas took its place, but I still get a twinge of excitement every year at this time.
On Friday we are throwing an "After Halloween Halloween party," and starting this afternoon I'll be in a 50% off decorating frenzy. I'm pretty pumped about our DIY costumes - we're going as characters from a movie not to be revealed until Friday, but I can say mine entails spray painting a thrift store, 80's wedding dress bright red. The back yard looks like a crime scene right now.
But most exciting of all, is that we've finally finished that damn bathroom! So without further ado ...
In total, the remodel consisted of:
- Replacing vanity top
- Installing a new sink and faucet
- Replacing the primary light fixture
- Tiling the wall opposite the toilet
- Colorwashing the walls
- Re-finishing the other existing fixtures/hardwear
Where we splurged:
The goal was to keep the total cost around $1,000 - the elements that were most important to me were the granite, the vessel sink and the chandelier, which are the focal point of the room. So budget aside I picked the two that I absolutely fell in love with. The chandelier was $250, and the we were able to find the sink marked down from a couple hundred dollars to $90 on Amazon. While granite is always expensive, we were able to find a remnant just about the size we needed, which saved us a bundle - the remnant plus installation was $400.
Where we saved:
Replacing the entire vanity just wasn't in the budget, so we painted the white wainscoting an espresso, semi-gloss brown. We found the faucet on ebay for $35, and instead of replacing the silver towel hooks, toilet paper holder, soap dispenser, trash can, etc., we painted them with a high quality brushed bronze aerosol paint.
We were also able to find tile on clearance as it had been discontinued, and Watson installed it himself - total cost around $300.
We ended up over budget by about a hundred dollars, mostly due to the learning curve (paint looks totally different on the wall than it does on those chips!), but I'm absolutely thrilled with the final result and that we were able to pull this off without outside help.
So what do you think?
Have a wonderful, spooky Halloween and I'll see you soon!