Now this post should be titled, “Small Bathroom, Small Budget, BIG Change.”
Did you know, the national average bathroom remodel costs anywhere from $1,500-15,000? Here’s my source: Home Advisor. Of course that factors in all new fixtures, tubs, toilet, vanity and so on. What if I told you I spent under $150 for our practical, yet stylish bathroom makeover? Would it make you think about actually tackling your own bathroom eyesores?
Let me walk you through the before. When we moved in, this bathroom was actually the best room in the house but it was still mighty boring. And it was brown on top of brown, on top of brown. I’m all for warm coordinating colors, but there should always be some definition and personality. The only thing that wasn’t brown was the trim and a plastic, tiled mirror. There was also a storage issue–as in the only place to store something was the two drawers in the vanity. We quickly installed a cheap towel rack, toilet paper holder, and hand towel rack upon moving in last October. This room got its much needed makeover during the Fourth of July week.
Are you ready for the after?
Everything in this room got a little attention and a lot of love. I’ll be writing a tutorial on just about everything we did… so stay tuned! But I wanted to break down what exactly got changed and what it costs to do the same in your home. The upcoming tutorials will have step by step product recommendations, instructions and helpful tips.
Here’s a quick list of what we did:
1. Painted walls... The best trick to make a room look bigger is by brightening up the walls. We used Behr’s Dove White–it has a slight blue undertone to it. Rounded Estimated Cost: $20 (although we already had it on hand…).
2. I refinished the countertop. Yes, you read that right. And it’s something you can do too! WITHOUT an expensive kit! Rounded Estimated Cost: $20
3. I refinished the vanity. I took an older, cheap, plywood vanity that was covered in that faux wood looking paper on the sides to a gorgeous dark green. I changed up the hardware and it looks totally different! Rounded Estimated Cost: $15
4. I painted the floor. All great design takes risk, and this risk was well worth the effort! Rounded Estimated Cost: $30
5. We added shelves. Hello, extra easy storage. Rounded Estimated Cost: $29
6. I updated an outdated light fixture… it looks new and industrial! Rounded Estimated Cost: $4
7. I added much needed privacy. Adding frosted glass is so easy and budget friendly. No more worries of someone accidentally seeing in–plus it’s way better than having a curtain! Rounded Estimated Cost: $7
8. I used what I had. That mirror? It’s new to the space but not to our home. I am so glad to make use of it in this way. Much of the paint and supplies were up cycled or left over from other projects… including the dove white paint for the walls. My motto is if you can reuse, why not? Rounded Estimated Cost: Free
I am loving this room and so glad I took some major risks! Eventually, we would a double sink, built in cabinets, add a tile tub/shower surround and get actual new floor tile–yep in case you didn’t read above that’s still the old tile! As we wrap up the complete kitchen renovation we want to save the cash before completing any more total gut jobs. We want to rest a little too, haha!
I hope this post encourages you to take some risks and make something a lot more beautiful. I promise risks are worth the reward. You can make your home more beautiful with a little creativity and a little more elbow grease–no matter the budget. Make everyday a little more beautiful. For more inspiration check out my Instagram and Pinterest.