All month we were under the gun to get our house finished, and I had been avoiding the main bathroom for the entire year. Finally it was time to tackle this beast. Once I got down to it it wasn’t too terrible and we were able to successfully complete an affordable bathroom transformation.
When we first moved in I had taken down the shower doors, and the blue curtain, but that was where it all ended. Then in January I went on my flooring frenzy I removed the vinyl trim, laid new tile, and we installed nice wood trim. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again… NEVER install vinyl trim.
Then after starting to consider the auction house I got in gear and painted the cabinets white. I ended up just cleaning all the hardware so I could re-use it. I put my 5 gallon bucket to use and painted the walls the same color grey that I had painted my bedroom.
Then I spray painted the countertops which was the best budget friendly improvement ever.
I decided to remove the cabinet doors over the toilet and doesn’t it look awesome? Such an improvement!
The final step was the one I had been dreading that involved removing the fluorescent lights and installing regular lighting. Thankfully my dad gave me a hand with this one. This also was an opportunity to steal tile from behind the mirror and patch where I had removed the shower doors.
You can see in this picture that after doing that I was left with two junction box holes and a soap shelf that needed covering up.
I actually had the almost perfect sized mirror that had come with the vintage dresser I had purchased just sitting in my garage. I was determined to make it work.
We ended up hanging it and then building a frame for it out of trim. Having a bigger room and no fluorescent lighting makes the bathroom feel so much bigger!
The best part of this bathroom reno is the budget breakdown:
$30 new flooring
$7 floor trim
$18 mirror trim
$30 2 light fixtures
$10 countertop paint/tarp
$15ish primer and paint (I only used about 1/3 can and it’s the stuff I’ve used everywhere else in the house too).
Grand Total= $110!!!
After writing this post I remembered that we had spent $25 to glaze the tub, so our total cost is actually closer to $135. Still not too bad for a total bathroom transformation!
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