Master Bathroom Reveal: A Quick DIY Makeover

Master Bathroom by popular D.C. life and style blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a master bathroom with a gold frame mirror, Lowe's Progress Lighting Carisa 4-Light Gold Modern/Contemporary Vanity Light, Lowe's Kate and Laurel Caskill 24-in L x 36-in W Oval Gold Framed Wall Mirror, Lowe's Pfister Pfister Contempra Brushed Gold 2-handle Widespread WaterSense Bathroom Sink Faucet with Drain, and Walmart Better Homes & Gardens Glass Apothecary Vanity Jar.

I got a really exciting opportunity to partner with Lowe’s for a #DIFY (AKA, Do It For Yourself) challenge. This partnership only required me to post about this master bathroom makeover on Instagram, but I wanted to share a blog post recapping how we revamped our master bathroom with this quick DIY project so I could chat about this project more in-depth. And, so that I could share more photos of the space with you all!

We moved into a relatively new townhome last summer…and we proceeded to do almost nothing with it. Seriously, an hour after the movers finished bringing our belongings in our new home, we had to leave for a travel blogging gig. And we spent more time outside of our home than in it, until COVID hit.

There’s nothing wrong with our townhouse — it’s only two years old, and we didn’t need to make any major renovations. However, it just didn’t have much style or character. We have the standard builder’s finishes, and until now, we really haven’t made many updates.

Now that I’ve spent more time at home, I realized that I want to make it my own. Add a little dash of Alicia to this space! Our first project? The master bathroom. I’m not going to lie: I spend a lot of time here. From prepping for blog photoshoots to trying out makeup tutorials I find on YouTube and perfecting skincare routines, I knew I wanted this bathroom to become my own little zen space. So last weekend, we did a little DIY project to upgrade our bathroom and give it a bit more personality!

Master Bathroom DIY Reveal

Before:

Master Bathroom by popular D.C. life and style blogger, Alicia Tenise: before image of a master bathroom.

Master Bathroom by popular D.C. life and style blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a master bathroom vanity with brushed nickel knobs.
Master Bathroom by popular D.C. life and style blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a master bathroom vanity counter top with acrylic organizers and storage compartments.

Again, there was nothing wrong with our master bathroom. It was just basic and kind of boring. Luckily, our cabinets and countertops were in great condition, so a major renovation wasn’t super necessary.

I budgeted out $1500 for some quick bathroom upgrades. I wanted to switch out the light fixture, faucets, and add some glam new mirrors and cabinet pulls to elevate my space. Luckily, I was under budget for this DIY makeover, but we did have a few surprises along the way.

During:

Master Bathroom by popular D.C. life and style blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a master bathroom wall getting prepped to be painted.

So, here’s where we had to improvise a little.

When we removed the mirror, we discovered that we needed to patch some holes in the wall based on the hooks the builder used. That also meant that we now had to paint the wall after patching up the holes. Whelp.

I wasn’t sure what the exact paint color that was used in the bathroom, so I made a last-minute decision to try out a DIY Brushstroke Tutorial that I saw on Jessica’s blog earlier this year. Since I knew it was destined to become an accent wall anyway. My friend Greta ended up doing the same project in her bathroom, and I loved the way it turned out.

In the end, I’m so thankful for those holes in the wall, because I wasn’t planning on painting until we saw them — and I LOVE how it turned out. Plus, it was a fun way to use all the skills I learned in my freshman year art classes that I spent thousands of dollars on.

I only needed to get a half-pint of Valspar Paint to complete the blue brushstroke accents on the wall, and I had plenty of paint leftover afterward. This DIY brushstroke wall turned out to be super easy, budget-friendly, and less of a hassle than trying to hang wallpaper!

After:

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Progress Lighting Carisa 4-Light Gold Modern/Contemporary Vanity Light from Lowe's | Master Bathroom by popular D.C. life and style blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a master bathroom with a gold frame mirror, Lowe's Progress Lighting Carisa 4-Light Gold Modern/Contemporary Vanity Light, Lowe's Kate and Laurel Caskill 24-in L x 36-in W Oval Gold Framed Wall Mirror, Lowe's Pfister Pfister Contempra Brushed Gold 2-handle Widespread WaterSense Bathroom Sink Faucet with Drain, and Walmart Better Homes & Gardens Glass Apothecary Vanity Jar.
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Master Bathroom by popular D.C. life and style blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a master bathroom with a gold frame mirror, Lowe's Progress Lighting Carisa 4-Light Gold Modern/Contemporary Vanity Light, Lowe's Kate and Laurel Caskill 24-in L x 36-in W Oval Gold Framed Wall Mirror, Lowe's Pfister Pfister Contempra Brushed Gold 2-handle Widespread WaterSense Bathroom Sink Faucet with Drain, and Walmart Better Homes & Gardens Glass Apothecary Vanity Jar.

Master Bathroom by popular D.C. life and style blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a master bathroom with a gold frame mirror, Lowe's Progress Lighting Carisa 4-Light Gold Modern/Contemporary Vanity Light, Lowe's Kate and Laurel Caskill 24-in L x 36-in W Oval Gold Framed Wall Mirror, Lowe's Pfister Pfister Contempra Brushed Gold 2-handle Widespread WaterSense Bathroom Sink Faucet with Drain, and Walmart Better Homes & Gardens Glass Apothecary Vanity Jar.
Master Bathroom by popular D.C. life and style blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of a master bathroom with a gold frame mirror, Lowe's Progress Lighting Carisa 4-Light Gold Modern/Contemporary Vanity Light, Lowe's Kate and Laurel Caskill 24-in L x 36-in W Oval Gold Framed Wall Mirror, Lowe's Pfister Pfister Contempra Brushed Gold 2-handle Widespread WaterSense Bathroom Sink Faucet with Drain, and Walmart Better Homes & Gardens Glass Apothecary Vanity Jar.
 

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And here’s the grand reveal, folks! I love how this space turned out. It definitely has way more charm than the old bathroom did. Plus, we were able to do all of this by ourselves in one weekend!

I think the next thing I’ll do to this space is to switch out the window coverings — I would love to replace the blinds with wood shades! We also need to switch out our towel rack (I ordered the wrong size, but this is what we re-ordered from Lowe’s). Other than that, this might be my favorite room in our entire house at the moment. It is a joy to get ready in this space in the morning and wind down with my skincare routine at night.

Have you tried any DIY projects during quarantine? Let me know in the comments below!
 

Thank you to Lowe’s for gifting me the supplies needed to complete this DIY master bathroom makeover, and for sponsoring an Instagram post! All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photos by Tom McGovern

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6 Comments

  1. Annaliese wrote:

    Alicia this looks INCREDIBLE! You guys did a great job!!!

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    Posted 8.28.20 Reply
  2. Kesha wrote:

    I love your bathroom makeover. It is gorgeous!

    Posted 8.28.20 Reply
  3. Jessica wrote:

    I honestly thought this was wallpaper when I first looked at the photo! Your bathroom looks wonderful.

    Posted 8.28.20 Reply
  4. Katie wrote:

    Wow, this looks fabulous!!

    Posted 8.28.20 Reply
  5. I’m super impressed! I thought that was definitely new wallpaper. How was installing the faucets? It’s on my to-do list but it seems tricky.

    Posted 8.31.20 Reply
  6. Ro wrote:

    This looks so good! I love the way you styled it and the pop of color that it adds to your bathroom. I will have to try this!

    Posted 9.3.20 Reply