Budget Bathroom Makeover

Some friends of mine decided to update the one and only bathroom in their house recently.  They had lived in their home for 20+ years and over the past several years had fixed up every other room – but the bathroom was overdue.  However, they had a budget so they wanted to make smart choices and asked me for some help.  Here are some of the before pictures:

As you can see, the room was blue and white and simple.  It also had beach/lighthouse decor.  The cabinet had always been white (repainted a few times though) and the floors had been the same for as long as they’d lived there – and the tiles were starting to come up and needed replaced badly.

Here’s what they did:

1.  First they bought a new granite countertop (on clearance because the style was discontinued) with under-mount sink and installed it themselves.  They also bought a shiny new faucet.

2.  Then they carefully removed the trim and tore up the old flooring themselves, and hired professionals to lay new tile and install a new toilet.  They saved money by doing some of the work themselves and choosing in-stock tile instead of special ordering them.  Also, since the trim was in good condition, they just repainted it and were able to reuse it once the flooring was complete.

3.  Next, I helped them choose paint colors.  We chose Bone White by Pittsburgh Paints (Grand Distinction) from Menards for the walls and La Fonda Boulder by Valspar from Lowe’s for the cabinet.  My friend painted the walls and mirror frame, and I painted the cabinet and bought new knobs from Hobby Lobby.

4.  Next I hung the custom shower curtain that I made and also the matching wall decor (tutorial coming soon!).  I bought a decorative mirror and hung it above the toilet and the homeowners added new rugs and towels.

I’m very happy with the results and I know my friends love it too.  Their formerly dated bathroom now looks pretty and polished, and they did it all with a modest budget!  If you live in a house with only one bathroom, why not make it as beautiful as you can?



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24 Comments on Budget Bathroom Makeover

    • Jen
      March 23, 2013 at 6:38 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Rebecca, good luck with your makeover!

  1. Susan
    March 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm (5 years ago)

    I love the color scheme in the bathroom. What would you charge me to fix my bathroom like that!

  2. Megin
    March 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm (5 years ago)

    I love it! Beautiful ~ theose knobs are great!
    I visiting from Monday Funday. I hope you can stop by my blog and leave a comment and Link Up!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  3. Marilyn
    March 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm (5 years ago)

    Beautiful update!

  4. Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog
    March 25, 2013 at 9:01 pm (5 years ago)

    What a great transformation! We’re about to gut our master bath, and I’m nervous and excited at the same time! 😉 I found you at the Project Inspire{d} Linky Party– thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)
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    • Jen
      March 25, 2013 at 11:24 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Abby- good luck! It will definitely be worth it when it’s finished! 🙂

    • Jen
      March 26, 2013 at 10:52 pm (5 years ago)

      Good luck Jeni, I’m sure it will turn out awesome!

    • Jen
      March 26, 2013 at 10:51 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Randi! Glad to have you visiting again. 🙂

  5. Tanya
    March 27, 2013 at 11:30 am (5 years ago)

    Gorgeous before and after Jen! Thank you so much for linking up to the Pretty Things party this week!!

    xo, Tanya

    • Jen
      March 30, 2013 at 5:57 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks so much Jill!

  6. Carol
    March 30, 2013 at 9:10 am (5 years ago)

    This is an amazing transformation! Great work on everyone’s part!

    • Jen
      March 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you Carol, glad you stopped by for a visit!

  7. Helena A.
    May 21, 2014 at 10:38 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Jan!
    I LOVE what you did! it is a awesome makeover! Very Classy! Did you make the wall decor tutorial??? I can’t find it at the Project Gallery…
    Kisses from Portugal!

    • Jen
      May 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much Helena! Yes I made the wall art too, but I never wrote a tutorial for it. So sorry 🙁


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