The Retro Ranch was a quick flip that we never anticipated finishing and selling as quickly as we did. Now that we’ve been out of it for a couple weeks, I’m finally getting a chance to share the details and room reveals. Last week I shared our backsplash and final kitchen reveal, as well as our vintage modern master bedroom. Today I’m sharing our affordable modern bathroom reveal.
Not too long ago I shared our “before” pics for the sad Retro Ranch. The bathroom looked pretty dated, but actually wasn’t too terrible to update. Our demo actually only involved removing the vanity, mini-blinds, and linoleum.
We came up with a plan to re-do the only main floor bathroom for under $1000. I created this mood board as a starting point and we actually ended up re-creating it fairly closely. I didn’t purchase the art print, but instead grabbed a print I already had from another part of the house. I also never splurged on the round mirrors. As cool as they would have been it came down to the budget and these just were not in it.
This involved DIY’ing a plank tile floor that didn’t exactly go as planned. I shared about how it was a total DIY fail that involved cracking grout. I also shared how we fixed the cracking grout and ended up with a plan for a bathroom that could rival my favorite modern black and white bathrooms.
Once it was all said and done I am happy to say that we were able to come in *just* over our $1000 budget! We ended up spending $1,016 Here’s where we spent our money:
Tips for an Affordable Modern Bathroom Remodel:
There are a few ways that we were able to save a LOT of money. These are also tips for ANY DIY’er looking to freshen up a bathroom and save a buck.
- We reused the toilet, just gave it a good cleaning and a new toilet seat.
- We reused the old mirror. We didn’t give it a frame but in the past we have cheaply framed out an existing mirror to give it a more custom look.
- We left the old shower enclosure in place, just giving it a good cleaning and putting up a fresh shower mat and curtain.
- We painted the doors and trim white, rather than replacing them.
Because we ended up re-selling this house so quickly, I’m really glad we didn’t put any unnecessary time or money into this bathroom. I also love how we were able to create a hall-bath that could serve as the guest bath, kids bath, and master bath.
If you liked our affordable modern bathroom you might also enjoy the Modern Black and White planked bathroom that we remodeled in our last house. We spent FAR more than $1000 on it, but that also involved installing a new shower.
On the other end of the spectrum we also redid a bathroom for under $200! It didn’t involve any major updates, but we made it look like a completely different bathroom.
However much you have to spend on your bathroom remodel or updates, I hope our affordable bathroom remodel inspires you to get creative and create your dream bathroom on a budget.
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