We made it! It’s finally reveal day and I am SO excited to share all of the final details from our Budget Bathroom Renovation!
I think we all have those house projects that we really want to do, but sometimes it can be hard to find the time to actually crack down and do them! This is how I’ve felt about our downstairs half bath ever since we moved into our house nearly a year and a half ago now! The biggest goal for this makeover was to spend as little money as possible, and I am happy to report: goal accomplished! (See the budget breakdown at the end of the post!).
If you’ve been following along with the behind-the-scenes progress updates I’ve been putting in the “highlights” of my @ashley.joyfullygrowing Instagram account (my favorite way to share daily updates!), then you know just how far this little bathroom has come… But in case you missed those, let’s take one last look at the before…
Red, red, and more red! Pretty much sums it up.
We managed to keep the whole project under $250 and this is what it looks like now.
We started out by covering up the red paint with paintable beadboard wallpaper on the bottom 2/3 of the wall. To give a subtle contrast against the white wallpaper, I painted the top section of the wall light grey (Benjamin Moore Pale Oak) with paint that I had leftover from our guestroom makeover.
I was able to decorate this entire space with items that I already had. “Shopping the house” is one of my favorite ways to decorate on a budget. Since this is such a small space, I tried to keep all of the decor really simple. The birch branches and black container used to be in our entry way, but by grouping them with the toilet paper stand it gave this little corner a finished look.
GET THE LOOK
For wall decor I opted for one small shelf with a couple of layered frames and the tiniest eucalyptus branch.
Since I always have an abundance of frames (thanks to my Goodwill addiction), I just needed to find a couple of prints to fill them with. I ended up using this gold foiled burst print that I got from Amazon a couple of years back, and paired it with this black and white stock photo I downloaded for free from Unsplash. I don’t know what it is about pictures of cows, but I love them! (Printing your own prints from free stock image websites is a great way to decorate on the cheap!)
For the shelf, we actually used a piece of scrap wood from our DIY Mirror Frame project and a couple of cheap ‘L’ brackets. The wood was already stained to match the mirror frame in the color Early American by Minwax, and then we spray painted the brackets with my favorite oil-rubbed bronze spray paint to give them a modern look.
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Speaking of the DIY Mirror Frame project, let’s talk about all of the changes we made to the vanity. Besides maybe the beadboard wallpaper, this corner of the room definitely went through the most change.
Here’s a little in-progress photo to jog your memory on what it looked like before, just in case you forgot. 😉
And here’s what that side of the room looks like now…
I shared the full tutorial on how we added the rustic wood frame to the existing builder grade mirror last week, and man did it make such a big difference! By painting the lower cabinets white (Benjamin Moore White Dove), the mirror became the focal point. We also swapped out the old frosted shades on the light fixture for mason jars. This simple DIY, plus a couple of coats of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint, instantly gave new life to the dated fixture. Not bad for only $20!
To match the newly painted light fixture, we decided to update the faucet as well. We found a great budget-friendly option on Amazon that matched the modern farmhouse look I was going for.
And my cute mason jar soap dispenser of course had to be brought down to this bathroom! (It used to be upstairs in our guest bathroom.)
To continue with the oil-rubbed bronze finish, I swapped the old the towel rack for this matching one from Bed Bath and Beyond. After using my 20% off coupon, it was only $17.50! Gotta love those BedBath coupons that never expire! 🙂 My favorite black striped hand towel from World Market coordinated perfectly.
Some dried eucalyptus and a cute candle finished off the look!
GET THE LOOK
I think its safe to say this bathroom is officially my favorite bathroom in the house! I am so happy with how it turned out!
So here is the full source list and budget breakdown.
- Wall Paint – Benjamin Moore Pale Oak (already had)
- Wallpaper Paint & Cabinet Paint – Benjamin Moore White Dove (already had)
- Beadboard Wallpaper – $69.58
- Faucet – $31.99
- Drain – $8.34
- Edison Light Bulbs – $19.99
- Oil-rubbed Bronze Spray Paint – $9.99
- Wood Boards for mirror frame – $29.37
- Wood Stain (Early American by Minwax) – $4.98
- Polyurethane – $4.98
- Towel Holder – $17.50 (20% off)
- Toilet Paper Stand – $15.99 (20% off)
- Wax Ring (for toilet re-install) – $7.99
Total – $220.70
Below is a list of the items I found around our home to decorate the space. I went ahead and linked similar items in case you’re wanting to create a similar look!
- Birch branches
- Large glass vase (similar)
- Hearth and Hand Black vase
- Faux greenery (similar)
- Black picture frame (similar)
- White picture frame (similar)
- Gold foiled burst print
- Small terracotta planter (similar)
- Faux silver dollar eucalyptus (mine is real that I dried last summer, it lasts forever this way! I usually get fresh eucalyptus from local grocery stores, but you can order fresh stems here also)
- Rose gold soy candle (similar)
- Mason jar soap dispenser (similar)
- Black striped hand towel
- Wood crate (holding toilet paper) (similar)
My actual goal was to keep it under $200 and we just barely went over, but overall I’d say this was a budget makeover success!
So now that we have this budget bathroom renovation checked off the list, we are on to the laundry room! I don’t know if I’ll be dedicating an entire post to that makeover here on the blog, but be sure you’re following along on Instagram to see the progress we’re making! I love sharing behind-the-scenes looks at our projects in my stories. So far it’s painted white, and the shelves are up – you’ll have to come hangout to see the finished product! Don’t forget to say hi!
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