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Bathroom Reveal

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Going to the bathroom has never been more fun! Okay, now that I have your attention, today’s post is about how I updated our 2nd bathroom for under $400. We plan to redo our bathrooms after our wedding next year (surprise Joe!). In the meantime, our guest bathroom was really bugging me, so I decided to DIY-it! Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a look at the “before” picture from when it the condo was for sale. I forgot to take our “before” photo, but to be honest, it was the same thing, with a different shower curtain.

I have been wanting to wall paper this bathroom since I moved in. It’s a small space and I knew wallpaper would make a bigger impact than paint. I swear I searched the internet and sent Joe over 50 wallpaper options and I kept putting it off because I didn’t know which one to choose. A couple weeks ago my mom came to visit and was going to stay with us. It was the perfect excuse to get my act together and choose a wallpaper.

I found this one on Amazon and knew I could get it quickly and return it easily if I didn’t like it in person. I should have tried harder to match our tile with the wallpaper, but I knew it was all temporary and acted on impulse. And to be honest, it doesn’t bother me too much.

The installation of the wallpaper was almost as difficult as choosing one. First, you have to wash the walls. Then they suggest you measure and cut each piece out and then number them, so that you have a road map to follow. Well, again, I am impulsive. I washed the walls and then just went at it. Which is why you can see, this is not a “how to” post. Sure, there are mistakes and I could have done a better job, had I taken my time and measured, but oh well! I know it won’t last forever and that’s okay. It took me a Sunday afternoon and makes me happy.

What makes me even more happy is the cost of my new bathroom hardware. I purchased this gold set from Amazon for under $70. It was really easy to install (thanks to Joe showing me how to use a power drill) and I think it looks great with the wallpaper. After adding a new rug, shower curtain, and trash can, I am so happy with the way the bathroom turned out! Now if I could just make it to Home Depot before the end of the year, I can pick up some new hardware for the vanity.

It may not last forever or be perfect, but for Joe and I, it was the first “project” in our first home together and I think that’s pretty exciting!

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BEFORE

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