Lisa Leonard Designs

bathroom makeover

May 3rd | decorating, DIY

we’ve lived in our new house for almost a year now–and we love it! the boy’s bathroom already had a denim wallpaper which i didn’t love or hate. eventually i’d like to take off the wallpaper and paint the cabinets, but that’s a big project. for now, this bathroom just needs a face lift!

here’s the before pics. a nice big bathroom and pretty basic. it just needs some LIFE breathed into it!

the first thing i did was spray paint two vintage frames from ruby rose a sweet lime green color and hang them on top of the large existing mirrors. i used command hooks and stuck them straight onto the mirror, then hung the frames with twine. super simple and easy to remove if i want to change things again!

i’m pretty sure the nester would be proud of my window mistreatment. it’s just a table runner that i nailed over the mini-blinds. so much cuter! the oval wall hanging is from my shop with a sweet reminder to keep those pearly whites clean! i put some bottles in the window since it gets such nice light.

i stacked up lots of bright towels from target and they look so cheerful! that whale wall art is a piece from a vintage weathervane. it was copper before i spray painted it aqua.

i can’t believe how fresh and fun it feels–and i only spent about $100!

is there a corner of your home that needs a face lift?

44 Responses

  1. OH, Love! We have a similar layout to our sink area and you inspired me to put washcloths in a basket in the middle. I am constantly reaching for a new one from our closet but the colors of ours would make an interesting visual in a basket. Thanks!

  2. Allegra says:

    LOVE the mirrors! What seemingly simple yet impactful changes! I’m INSPIRED!

  3. caitie says:

    the mirror with a frame is an awesome idea!! Love it!!!!!

  4. Dallas says:

    Oooo it’s so pretty! The mirrors are also my favorite, love that color :) My bathroom also needs a bit of a face lift.

  5. my girls love the denium wallpaper is it real jeans it sure does look real.

    love the bathroom

  6. Nichole says:

    The “framed” mirrors are brilliant! I’m totally doing that in my bathroom.

  7. Kristen Borland says:

    are you kidding me?!!! i love it!!! and i think i love the denim wallpaper too!

  8. beki says:

    very cute! i love the frames & basket of towels idea – i, too, have a long vanity in the kids’ bathroom that could use some oomph.

  9. Kacey says:

    That denim wallpaper is so fun and just perfect for a boys bathroom! Love the bright frames over the mirrors.

  10. Oh my goodness, I love the bathroom! Actually, I really like the wallpaper too.

  11. Awesome bathroom for boys..

    You have wonderful ways to figure out with changes!

  12. Robin says:

    Never seen or even heard of denim wall paper–I like that!!!Busiest week of the year working ina flower shop and greenhouse and LOVING it!!!

  13. Maria says:

    Love the bright frames over the mirrors.

  14. aimee says:

    Such a sweet little makeover. I love the idea of the frames. I’m tucking that one away for later. The “Brush your teeth” sign is so cute too!

  15. Jennifer says:

    wow, it’s wonderful! Love it!

  16. jen says:

    love the frames over the mirrors…I’ve been wanting to do something like that to our HUGE builder-boring mirrors in our bathrooms…thanks for the inspiration!

  17. shelly says:

    So Cute.
    I’m just amazed at all the projects you do Lisa. How do you find the time?

    • Lisa Leonard says:

      hi shelly! this is a project i’ve been working on for the last couple weeks. i spray painted and hung the frames last week and then added other little things over the next few days. i don’t have a lot of time, but i have so many ideas–so i squeeze things in. xo

  18. Claudine says:

    What a great make-over! Amazing what a difference can be made with just a few carefully chosen and placed items!

    The space I would like to spruce up — my sewing area!

  19. Carly says:

    I’ve never seen demin wallpaper and surprisingly I LOVE it haha. SOOOOOO, I saw that your site was mentioned in a “promotion” section in Parents magazine, the May issue:)

    • Lisa Leonard says:

      so fun that you saw us in parents! love that mag. these comments are making me rethink the denim wallpaper. maybe it’s not so bad?!

  20. simplyblythe says:

    this is so great.
    love the colors you have going on!

  21. Dana says:

    love, love, love the bathroom

  22. Marni G says:

    I LOVE what you did with the frames over the mirror! I have gigantic mirrors in both our bathrooms and am not a fan of them….I’m going to have to go frame hunting!

  23. Kat says:

    You are so clever to transform that room so simply.
    I wish I had your flair for being able to do that.
    Any tips please?!
    Love it all!

  24. Paige says:

    The room looks great! It think the whale is my favorite thing.

  25. Susan says:

    Looks fantastic! I had to laugh when you asked if there’s a corner that needs a facelift – my whole house needs a facelift! LOL!

  26. Alice says:

    What a great makeover! I love the mirrors, and the ‘brush your teeth’ reminder. Our main bathroom is in need of a makeover, with its huge mirror and outdated colors. Maybe I can get it done with just a few simple changes. Thanks for the ideas.

  27. Stephanie says:

    great job lisa! i love what you do with simple things. its been such a pleasure working with you.

  28. Ruth Yoder says:

    amazing!! i love it!

  29. beth says:

    my sister just redid her bath which had cabinets that look like yours…she painted them black and added cool hardware and it looks out of this world…..

  30. Ruth Yoder says:

    did you do a denim shower curtain? that would be awesome

  31. Becky says:

    super cute!

  32. Megan Lane says:

    i love the hanging mirrors – they look fantastic!

  33. Amanda says:

    I love what you did with this space! I just moved into my first house (I’m 21) but I’m renting so I feel like there’s not much I can do but it needs a lot of TLC!

  34. debbie says:

    ditto – I love the mirror/frame idea. my kids bath only has 1 sink, but lots of vanity room – there always seems to be a bunch of crap on it (with 2 girls, how could there NOT be?) A wicker basket, maybe w/ sections, is a great idea! Next to the big mirror, I have letters that read “smile”.

  35. debbie says:

    p.s. – we can see you in the mirror, taking pictures. made me laugh.

  36. Kelli says:

    Yay, you! Thanks for giving me a cheap alternative to taking down all our raw edged mirrors in our bathrooms and replacing them with framed ones…I can just thrift frames and put them on top! Sooo much sweeter, cheaper, and versatile! Now to find a place around here with thrifted frames….and I guess I’ll have to order a “brush your teeth” soon, too! And the towels rolled up in a basket?! Fabulous! Thanks for all your ideas!

  37. Kristin S says:

    I love the denim wallpaper!

    The “before” was great and I never would have imagined those few changes would make such a difference. Absolutely love.

  38. sarita says:

    LOVE the mirrors over the mirror!! i’m going to do that! using a painted white and distressed frame! gosh – maybe i’ll just hang the frame over hte mirror!!! no mirror in the frame! wow! will let ya know if i do it! thank YOU for being so generous and sharing ideas.

  39. Jen says:

    What a great face lift! I love the frames on the mirrors.

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