Master Bathroom: A Simple Refresh {update}

The Inspired Room Simple Bathroom Paint Refresh - Before and After
This post is in partnership with Homewerks.

A couple of weeks ago I shared that I was ready to paint my master bathroom. We’ve lived in this house for six and a half years and hadn’t painted our walls in the bathroom at all. They were still the same dried out flesh colored builder paint (a.k.a. swine) that was originally on every single wall in our entire house. It was not only a yucky color to begin with, but it was dinged up and dingy after years of family life. It was beyond ready for a refresh.

This bathroom is the very last room in our house to be rid of swine. Can you believe it? It’s like an era is ending. Ha. Anyway, the plan all along has been to update some of the features in the bathroom at some point down the road to make it a little more reflective of my style. While I decided against redoing this room in a more significant way, I certainly never imagined it would take us over six years to at least paint the walls! Sigh. I wasn’t in a hurry though because overall the room really was still in fine shape and served our needs well all these years.

The Inspired Room - Simple Bathroom Refresh

I really wanted a spa-like bathroom. But now that we are moving, we decided we at least needed to paint the walls in order to freshen up the bathroom. So that was our goal, new paint for the walls, but we got a couple of little extras just for fun (including a pretty cool new wireless speaker and fan I’ll tell you about in a bit).

To save time and funds and to just focus on essentials as we are getting the house ready to sell, I decided to leave all the tile, cabinetry, lighting and mirror the same. (Funny how your dreams have to come down to reality sometimes, right?) But even though this makeover was going to be quick and easy, I thought I could still give it a little bit of a spa ambience with a few simple accessories.

Simple Bathroom Refresh on The Inspired Room blog

Bathroom Refresh - The Inspired Room

Since we have a nice big soaking tub in the corner (located under a skylight which is perfect for nighttime soaks under the stars!), I surrounded it with some plants in pots, candles, fluffy white towels, pretty accessories and good smelling soaps to give the space a little more of a spa-like feeling. A little bench creates a comfy perch next to the tub.

Glass Shelf Between Double Sinks - The Inspired Room Simple Bathroom Refresh

I brought in a small glass and metal table that I thought would work great as a shelf for accessories on our counter. We hung our white robes on hooks and added a couple of mirrors to the wall. We found some new stone hand soap dispensers, too, to replace our disposable plastic ones :). We still might add a frame to our mirror to give it a little more style, but that will be in another phase (if we have time.)

Bathroom Refresh - The Inspired Room blog

Copper Framed Mirrors - The Inspired Room Bathroom Refresh

Master Bathroom - Simple Refresh by The Inspired Room

What is a relaxing soak in a tub without soothing music? Now we have something pretty awesome to add to the ambience.

Bathroom Refresh Update - The Inspired Room Blog
Have you heard of these cool new bluetooth stereo speaker and bath fans by Homewerks? I’m super excited about this part of our update. See that round object on our ceiling? That’s our new wireless speaker and fan! Our previous bathroom fan wasn’t working very well and was getting kind of noisy so we decided to replace it with something a little more hi-tech.

Now we totally feel like we live in a ‘smart house.’ We love playing music wirelessly via our bluetooth enabled cell phones through the speaker in our bathroom as we are getting ready in the morning, or relaxing in the evenings. It is seriously the best thing ever! It has a fan and a built-in nightlight (which glows white or blue!) which is pretty neat, too. You can control it all via a wall switch as well as a handy remote!

The Inspired Room Master Bathroom Refresh

We aren’t very handy and we were running out of time to finish our bathroom, so we had an electrician come out to install ours for us. It was pretty straightforward so if you are confident with a little DIY, it is a project you could tackle on your own. There’s a video here about the product and a video here for help with installation. Our electrician was so excited about our fan that he actually went straight over to Home Depot to get one for himself!

Jack the Goldendoodle – The Inspired Room from Jack Michaels on Vimeo.

Now Jack really thinks our bathroom IS a spa, check him out in this short video being all zen next to the tub listening to my music. Ha! He is never this relaxed.

If I manage to get more done in our bathroom before we move, I’ll be sure and post updates. But for now, I’m thrilled with how fresh and pretty my bathroom feels! I’m ready to take a long soak in the tub (with cool water, though, it is WAY TOO HOT around here this week!).

Home Netwerks Bluetooth Fan Speaker Giveaway

Want to win one of these Homewerks fans for yourself, along with a $100 gift card to Home Depot? Come enter the giveaway here!

Fine print: Winner must provide a U.S. shipping address to win. This giveaway is offered by Homewerks and they will be providing and shipping the prize to the lucky winner!

Thank you to Homewerks for the fan and partnership with this post! And thanks to Jack for his unexpected cooperation in the video.

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Copper mirrors

Shelf on counter (a nesting table from Pottery Barn)

Terrarium on counter

Ceramic ‘Things’ Canister on shelf

Paint color: Dove White (Benjamin Moore)

Ceramic pots: Home Depot

Stone soap dispensers and canister

{Small Spaces} My Upstairs Hallway Bookshelf

The Inspired Room Blog - Hallway Bookshelf

Earlier this year I started looking for a small cabinet or bookcase for the top of our staircase in our hall. You can see this little spot all the way from downstairs in the entry, so it always felt like it needed something more interesting than just a wall to draw you up to the second floor. It’s not a very deep space so I didn’t want anything too flashy, large or bulky that might overwhelm, but I did want something with a little bit of personality.

I stumbled upon this cute little bookcase online one day and thought it would be shallow and versatile enough that I could find a spot for it even if it didn’t end up in the hall. I love the cutout X sides and back–the interesting design makes it feel so much lighter and airier than many bookcases, so it is perfect for a small space like this!

We’ve been working our way around the house over the past few weeks attempting to make progress on projects we’ve had on our to-do list forever. It feels great to be crossing so many little things off the list. Tomorrow I hope to show you an update on my simple master bathroom refresh! HOORAY! The walls are finally repainted and the room looks so much cleaner and fresher. Even though painting the walls really was such a simple update, I’m so much happier with my bathroom now.

I still can hardly believe it took us SIX years to paint the walls in the entire interior of our house (and we still haven’t painted all the closets). Ha! Good-bye, swine. Good riddance. That dry fleshy pink paint color has nearly been the death of us. So help me, I ever attempt to buy another house with swine walls, please STOP ME! :-D

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The bookshelf can be found here!
Art: Between You and Me on Etsy.
Storage boxes: Joss & Main

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