Before and After: A Charming $323 Update for This Blah Beige Bathroom

published Nov 14, 2020
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Before: tan bathroom with oval mirror and builder-grade fixtures
Credit: Desola Balogun

Sometimes all a space needs is a few small tweaks to pull it out of a rut. Case in point? A beige (very beige) bathroom in Desola Balogun’s parents’ home, which was majorly transformed thanks to a few of his fresh new adds.

Credit: Desola Balogun

Desola spent an extended stay in the midst of the pandemic, and wanted to do something for them. “My mom is always talking about how she wants to paint her house and update things so I decided that I would do it for her while I was there just because I knew she wouldn’t do it herself,” he says.

Credit: Desola Balogun

Desola says his parents’ home had “all of the typical builder grade finishes along with the same paint that every home in Las Vegas has. It was very boring and drab to say the least. The walls were a shade of tan, along with the floor that was another shade of tan. It was too tan!”

That was especially true in the small powder room, which needed some oomph. With just $323 and a week of work, Desola gave it a fresh new look.

Credit: Desola Balogun

He started with a brighter white on the walls (Behr’s Ultra Pure White) and installed a blue-and-white geometric Scott Living wallpaper on the wall behind the sink for a punchy accent.

The wallpaper was was worth it in the end, but proved to be a major pain during the process. “The wallpaper took me seven hours to install! It drove me insane. I wanted it to look perfect, so I kept removing it and reapplying it. In the wallpaper’s defense, I was also installing the new lighting fixture and I took a few breaks within that seven hour period.”

The basic sink was in need of a pick-me-up, so Desola replaced the builder-grade faucet with a gorgeous gold one. That proved to be a tricky DIY: “The faucet was frustrating because I had to remove the entire pedestal sink from the wall to install it,” Desola says. “It took me quite a few tries and days to get it right.”

Credit: Desola Balogun

Desola also replaced the light fixture, mirror, and artwork—all of which make the bathroom feel a little more modern and custom.

Desola’s favorite part was the hardest: “My favorite part of the ‘after’ is definitely the gold faucet,” he says. “I think that it is a standout piece that brings the bathroom together.”

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