Happy Tuesday! We are buried under at least 3.5 feet of snow and it’s still falling as I type this, but none of that matters because I FINISHED THE BATHROOM. Can you tell I’m excited? I’m doing a dance…in the bathroom…because I’m never leaving it. Good thing we have two.
The most exciting thing is that I completed the whole thing for under $200. That’s some serious budgeting, right? It’ll mean more to you when you see the “after.” But let’s pause my excitement and back up a bit. Last we talked about the bathroom, it looked like this…
There were scribbles on the wall, spare eyeballs rolling around and demon sconces trying to drive me insane. Speaking of, remember how I told you I was sure I would conquer those bad boys? I totally did, all by myself. I realize this is a small feat for most DIY’ers but please, let me have my moment.
When I went to remove it to strip the wallpaper, I found out the decorative wooden frame was homemade, and underneath it was a solid-as-a-rock metal medicine cabinet with a great, vintage-y chrome edge. It perfectly fit in with the retro feel I was going for (when I say retro, please picture 1950’s industrial chic, not pink poodles and teal).
Are you even ready for this reveal?!
Can you hear me squealing? I just love it. I’m sorry for gushing, but I’m so proud of how far I took this tiny little floral bathroom with no natural light. Humor me a bit and let’s look at a few details before we break down the budget.
The tempered glass shelves were inspired by how Ashley at Meet Me in Philadelphia designed her 1950’s jadeite bathroom. She also preserved the original tile and I love how the shelves tied the look together. They also brought a teensy touch of color to our otherwise monochrome bathroom. We already had the bathroom guestbook (Joe thinks it’s hysterical) which picks up the aqua shelf edge – serendipity.
I drew the faucet art quick last night because I didn’t have anything to fill the frame yet. I would love one of these prints from Rifle Paper Co, but this is a budget makeover, so I restrained myself and just made my own. The tin cup that holds the q-tips was .50 at Goodwill, as was this little glass cup below.
- I scrubbed the wall tile with baking soda and vinegar. I mean SCRUBBED with a grout brush, for days. It made an unbelievable difference. They must have had years of grime built up, and now they look practically brand new.
- The obvious huge impact – stripping the wallpaper and painting the walls. I know I told you I got Silver Drop by Behr the other day, but I’m an idiot and forgot that I actually got the color right above Silver Drop on the swatch – Irish Mist. I remember now deciding in Home Depot that Silver Drop might be a little too saturated, and ultimately chose this lighter option instead. If there was a window in this room, I’d have gone with Silver Drop.
- Switching out the sconces from ones that give off more light made a big difference, as did changing the lightbulbs to brighter, more energy efficient ones.
- The glass shelves provide much needed storage without boxing us in at all. They’re eye catching without being overpowering, which is important for such a small room.
Now, the room isn’t perfect. I still have to spray paint the hinges on the cabinet and switch out the doorknob, but I’m so happy with how it turned out, and I’m in LOVE with the price tag! I have a whole new bathroom for a tiny chunk of change, compared to how much bathroom remodels go for these days. And I love that we preserved the original tile and vintage charm.
Okay, let’s talk numbers (anything not listed was either something I had already or got at Goodwill for less than $1)…
- Quart of Behr paint – $15
- Sconces – $31.48 each on sale at Home Depot
- Glass Shelves – $20.57 each
- Shower Curtain – $17.99 with Cartwheel for Target
- Bathmat – $12.99
- Knob – $3.09
- Clock – $12.50 on sale
- Curtains – $15.99
- Toothbrushes – $12
That brings our grand total to $193.66! I’m so excited to have another room complete. Do you want to do some before and afters? Well I do.