Hold on to your hats, people. The budget bathroom makeover is complete. Yes, I’ve drawn this project out over almost two months and you’ve kindly stuck with me every step of the way.
Before we get to the good stuff, allow me to remind you of my predicament. Our first floor bath is spacious and comfortable, but it was treated with a coat of sunny yellow paint before we moved in and featured an orangey oak vanity…not our favorites. Our long term plan is to replace the vanity with double sinks and tile the floor, but that project isn’t a priority any time soon. So, I set out to makeover our bathroom in the meantime by keeping things simple and cheap and making the room tile-and-vanity-ready for when the time comes.
Ready for the before and afters? Here is the bathroom before…
Here’s another view of the before…
And here’s another after of the orangey-oak cover up…
Are you all breathing a sigh of relief along with me? If so, let’s get into some of the details.
The first bathroom projects of paint, shower curtain and window treatment had a very modern feel. Wanting to balance the room out with some more traditional touches, I added a mirrored sconce, a DIY towel rack, a stool and the white statue on the vanity, all with curvy lines.
The neutral bathmats also have a very traditional feel, and give the eyes a little break from a solid white floor. (Can I also mention that I returned 3 sets of bathmats before gaining Chris’ approval and settling on these!)
Some bright pops of mustard yellow in the towels, DIY tissue box cover and vase, along with warm blue tones in the stool and washcloths really add some warmth to the room.
So, you might be wondering how budget-friendly this budget makeover was. Well, here is the breakdown:
- Wall paint (Behr Ultra in Pensive Sky) and painting supplies (from Home Depot): $32
- Amy Butler Fabric (Wood Fern in Eggshell) for curtains: $25
- White fabric for shower curtain (a bed sheet from Goodwill): $3
- Fabric shower curtain liner (from Wal-Mart): $15
- Bamboo matchstick shade (from Lowe’s): $12
- Hardware for curtains and shower curtain (from Lowe’s): $9
- Vanity paint (on hand from another project): FREE!
- Basket, sconce, statue (taken from other rooms): FREE!
- DIY tissue box cover (fabric from previous projects): FREE!
- DIY towel rack: $32
- Toilet paper holder (from Bed, Bath & Beyond): $25
- Stool (from Goodwill) and spray paint: $8
- Bathmats (from Home Goods): $26
- Accessories (from Home Goods and Goodwill): $15
Grand Total: $202
Not too shabby considering that the room is all set for many years and will be easily adaptable for tile and a new vanity, mirror and light fixture later down the line! My favorite changes so far are the removal of those shutters and the towel bar beneath the window (talk about non-functional) and the addition of the towel rack and stool.
So, now I want to know what you think! Do you think the details distract enough from the eyesore of a vanity and mirror? Do you like the dark blue and mustard yellow as accent colors? Have I successfully melded traditional and modern to make one cohesive room? Let’s hear what you have to say…