Our bathroom, like the rest of our newly built suburban home, had zero charm. Not even a teeny tiny bit. Builder grade bathtub, boring oak vanity, cheap lighting, white walls, laminate floors, nothing that anyone would fall in love with. It was plain old boring.
We certainly didn’t have the budget to do a full renovation. And honestly it didn’t need it. Our house is basically brand new. It may have been boring but it’s all brand new. With just a bit of paint and some wood, I worked with what we had. And for just $200 I think it looks like a whole new bathroom.
I painted the walls Martha Stewart “Driftwood Gray” and the cabinet is Martha Stewart “Mariner”. Added some cabinet pulls from Home Depot.
A simple way to add character (and cheaply) is with board and batten. I used the super thin 2″ wide battens which are just .66 cents per foot from Home Depot (found on the back wall of the store). I chose these because they were a super inexpensive, and because I didn’t want to deal with removing the existing base molding. These battens matched up perfectly to our existing (thin-builder grade) base molding (see picture at bottom of post).
I found this poster on Etsy and at $18 it was a bit of a splurge, but I love it.
I used the leftover wood from the board and batten walls and some stencils to make this sign. For more details on the sign click here.
Anyone with young kids knows how much time you spend sitting beside the bathtub while your kids splash around in the tub. I wanted something a bit more comfortable than the toilet to sit on. So I took one of those ugly storage cubes that you can find at Target and covered it in some fabric using a staple gun. Details for the storage cube makeover can be found here.One day we’ll replace the laminate floors but for now it works with the grey and white walls.
I used my Silhouette to cut out the words “get naked” out of some vinyl. You can also purchase these decals on Etsy.Here is an up close photo to show how the battens match up to the thickness of our existing baseboards.
- primer (already owned)- free
- 1 quart Mariner paint for cabinet $18
- 1 quart Driftwood Gray for walls $18
- white trim paint already owned – free
- all wood (I think I only needed 5 8-foot pieces and I just cut them in half) was about $50 including the top trim pieces
- Shower curtain already owned Target – a few years ago
- Towels – Target $3 each $9
- Wood for mirror trim $20
- 2 tubes of liquid nails $10
- finishing nails already owned – free
- Etsy “Brush your teeth” poster – $18; frame already owned
- “Sometimes being a Brother is even Better than being a Superhero” art – $6 for letter stencil (A.C. Moore) paint already owned and scrap wood free
- 3 hooks for towels $4 each Home Depot – $12
- 3 photos above towel hooks – Instagram photos developed $3; frames $5 each (A.C. Moore)
- 4 cabinet knobs for vanity $2.27 each (approx $12 total)
- wire basket on counter already owned – $18 local antique market
- Storage Cube – $25