When we first moved in our new home, the main bathroom was in need of a little facelift. Today we partnered with one of my very favorite home furnishings + fixtures companies, Schoolhouse Electric, to make it happen on a small budget…
Here’s a before picture of the bathroom. As you can see, it was quite outdated when we moved in. You can’t see the cabinets, but they were a medium brown wood as well. We knew we wanted to update a lot in here, but didn’t have the budget to give it a complete renovation.
This bathroom is the main one on the first floor we share with the kids. Although, since we renovated the guest bathroom we’ve been mostly showering in there- it feels so luxurious!
For this main bathroom, the first thing we did when we moved in as renters 2 years ago was remove the wallpaper and paint it white. Everything is better white- a nice clean slate. Then, a year later when we bought the home we had the cabinets painted in the bathroom at the same time we painted the kitchen cabinets and floors. Adding all the white helped a lot and we kept things this way for about a year.
There were still a lot of fixtures that were feeling outdated like the vanity lights, medicine cabinets/mirrors, and towel rods that had to go. That’s where Schoolhouse Electric came in. I’ve always been a huge fan of their products. In fact, whenever we have decorating and renovation projects Jared always guesses (correctly) that everything I’ve pinned is from Schoolhouse. Their mix of classic lighting and furnishings is always so spot on. It really is my go-to spot for inspiration, so I was excited to work with them on this project.
Replacing the vanity lighting was relatively straightforward, although might be difficult for someone who maybe hasn’t done electrical work before. I picked out two u/2 scones from Schoolhouse Electric to replace the vanity lights. I knew we needed at least 3 or 4 bulbs for the double sink, and I loved the minimalist design of these. Also, they’re only $69, so great for a small budget. Jared had done some electric work before so he was comfortable replacing them. It was pretty involved and did require a lot of patching and rewiring.
We debated about the gold. Part of us wanted to replace all the gold but there were still some gold elements we didn’t have the budget to fix like the shower and the faucets. So, we decided to stick to gold accents.
Last but not least, we updated our medicine cabinets. This was the biggest project. We liked the storage of the old medicine cabinets, but they felt outdated. We brainstormed a few ideas on how to deal with these cabinets that were built into the wall. We could either find some new, modern medicine cabinets- but we couldn’t find anything we loved. Or we could just fill in the wall and hang mirrors. Because this bathroom was our main family bathroom, I knew we’d miss the storage option of those medicine cabinets. Then, I fell in love with these Amber Mirrors from Schoolhouse. What we decided to do was to keep our old medicine cabinets, but replace the old mirror with the new Schoolhouse Electric ones we liked.
It was trickier to do than we planned, especially because the new mirrors were larger and would prevent the cabinet from opening all the way, but I’m still glad we went this route. We ended up using a very strong construction adhesive to hold the new mirror on. We still have storage, we didn’t have to buy a new cabinet or patch up a huge wall, and the mirrors are such beautiful pieces. Hooray!
I’m also happy about keeping the gold faucets, for now. Adding some old with the new feels right in this space.
In total, our bathroom update cost about $1500 (including painting of cabinets + walls) which was a lot less than a plan to renovate the whole thing (about $15-20k less!). I’m so happy to have an updated bathroom.