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Our Master Bathroom Refresh


When we first moved into our house in 2016, we (as in Dave and his parents, since I was pregnant with Charlie!) painted almost every wall, switched out our dining area light fixture, and replaced the kitchen sink faucet. In 2017, we painted our front door, and in 2018, we did absolutely nothing but try to keep our house running! We chose a very move-in ready house on purpose, since neither Dave nor I have the time or skill set to tackle any big changes confidently. That said, there have been a few lingering items on our list for the last few years–nothing necessary, but just ways we hoped to make this house a better reflection of our style. Kind of on a whim, we decided to refresh our master bathroom last month (I can hardly call it a redo since there was barely a hammer involved), and once again, are astounded by the power of a few coats of paint.

You can see a little bit of the “before” toward the end of my 2017 home tour post. The cabinets were almost-black brown and the hardware was nothing special. Since we had planned on painting the cabinets eventually, we never invested in any decor. The cabinets were by far the biggeest change we made–we sanded them (by hand, which we don’t particularly recommend!), primed the heck out of them, and then painted them with leftover paint from Charlie’s room (Behr Billowing Clouds), mixed with a latex product the person at Lowe’s recommended to help prevent brushstrokes. Adding fun details after the paint was dry was the best part! We opted for these knobs, this rug, and two of these towel hooks in silver (not pictured).

We’re so happy with the way it turned out–getting ready for the day feels a little bit more glamorous, which I am all for :) We were also pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed working on a house project together, since we’ve had so little experience doing so. Next up is getting our yard in shape and refreshing our eyesore of a laundry closet–I’m thinking wallpaper!






  1. Em says:

    It looks wonderful!! I’ve been wanting to paint the cabinets in our upstairs bathroom… this might be the push I need to tackle that project next! :)

    • Lisa says:

      I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever seen your upstairs bathroom and I don’t think I have!

  2. Mary says:

    Wow, Lisa, it’s great! We really need to do our master bath cabinets and I’ve been dreading it! ???????? maybe this will motivate me.

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you! We definitely suggest going the sander rental route, ha–we were both sore for a week after doing it by hand!

  3. Laura says:

    This looks beautiful! Will you share what the latex product you mixed with the paint was? Painting bathroom cabinets is on my list too!

    • Lisa says:

      I wish I could, but neither of us remembers what it was called! We bought it at Lowe’s and it’s specifically for painting on wood, so hopefully if you ask at your local store, they can point you in the right direction. So sorry I can’t be more helpful!

  4. Dana says:

    Cute!! I like the hardware!

  5. Rhiannon says:

    It looks beautiful! Great work, Kirk family! :)


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