Upcycling A Secondhand Bathroom Light

But before we get to that: an armadillo in the bathroom. Let’s talk about it. Everyone needs one, right?

I mean, we can argue that a lot of decorating “rules” are personal preference and yada yada, but seriously, can we all agree that a bathroom is not complete without a golden armadillo?

That’s a print we bought from this craft fair from an awesome local artist named Rachel that I finally got around to framing and hanging up. I especially love it in the burlap-y/grasscloth-ish frame (an old Pottery Barn Outlet find) hanging above the framed instagram photo of Clara holding a naked doll (felt kinda bathroom-esque).

The linen-like fabric behind the instagram photo looks great with the textured frame above it, and I actually have a secret agenda when it comes to bringing these cream/straw tones into the room. After looking at the gold-tones in our soap containers and even that loofah on the toilet tank, I realized they help the oddball cream sink feel less out of place.

I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s still shaped like a shell and won’t be here forever, but it’s a lot cuter and a less clashy when it’s paired with other things that we already own in that color palette (like the soap pumps, the art, the loofah, and the frames). So there’s gotta be a design lesson in there, right? Say it with me: everyone needs an armadillo in the bathroom! sometimes adding a little bit more of a color that feels like the oddball can make it feel more layered and intentional. At least for that Phase 1 (in the meantime) type of decorating.

And I know it’s hard to tear your eyes away from that gorgeous armadillo, but we also got a new light fixture. We dug it up for $9.99 at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore (see the chrome guy hiding in the middle of this shot?).

We just gave it a few thin coats of Rustoleum Universal oil-rubbed bronze spray paint with the light bulb parts taped off to protect them. It’s self priming, so it was an easy one-step update.

Then we grabbed two cheap frosted bulb covers at Home Depot and called it good.

It definitely helps the whole room feel more crispy and updated. And since we’re planning a deeper room makeover down the line once we save our pennies (perhaps with a tiled accent wall or some grasscloth wallpaper?) we love that we could find some cheap secondhand charm in the meantime. Psst- Notice how the red flowers on the sink from the first shot are gone? I added those for a pop of color after I took these shots, and love ’em. So pretend they’re here too.

Next up: a new faucet. Which should be interesting because we have some plumbing challenges to overcome under the sink. Sounds like a job for the bathroom armadillo!


  1. Kim says

    Nice call-it does make the counter look a lot better. That is a good design lesson that I will keep in mind when I am less than thrilled with a feature I can’t change.

  2. Sarah says

    While my husband and I were dating he bought me a brass armadillo because he thought it was funny. Now we love it and keep adding to our brass zoo!

  3. Sugar Cookie says

    Considering how this room looked a few weeks ago, it’s come a long way! I’d say it’s pretty gorgeous for Stage 1 of the decorating process!!

  4. says

    I know so much of your reader base loves the bright quirky colors—don’t get me wrong, they are cute. Personally though I really love layered neutrals and so I actually really like the way this bathroom is coming together even if it’s just a “for now” style until the sink gets replaced. It makes the pop of color from flowers in there stand out even more.

  5. says

    Ah ha! There is an armadillo figurine that has been languishing at our local Goodwill and I haven’t pulled the trigger yet because I didn’t know what I would do with it.

    But this? I could totally get on board with the armadillo/bathroom trend. Thanks for validating that (slightly irrational and completely unnecessary) purchase!

    • Michelle says

      I am now picturing a tiny armadillo sitting on top of a toilet tank. It’s a really cute picture.

  6. Lisa E says

    Looking good and I agree, the flowers do add a lot with that pop of color. Nice find on the light fixture, too!

  7. says

    While you guys were at habitat did you happen to look for vanity tops? We replaced an oak top in our bathroom with a white porcelain one from our habitat for about $10- and it came with the faucet! I know you guys are in “stage 1” but I’d personally rather spend $10 on a new counter top than look at a seashell sink- but then again, those things just make me itchy from the get-go.

    • says

      Man, you’re so lucky! We looked high and low, but not sink tops that would fit on our vanity were around (they were either too deep, too wide, or too short on one of those sides. Maybe ours isn’t standard?


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