$100 Master Bathroom Makeover

$100 Master Bathroom Makeover

As I sat in the middle of the floor, I gazed up, down, and all around. Three words immediately came to mind, beige, flat, uninspired.

Sadly, the room I just described to you is my tragic master bath. Honestly, $100 is probably not enough to erase all the ills in this space, but it’s a start.

Every story has to have a beginning, right?

Let me start this woeful tale by showing you a few before photos. It’s true what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words.

You will notice right away the builder beige wall color and honey maple vanity. I’ve always felt like the warm tone of the cabinets clashed with the cool taupe colors of the tile.

Room preview before the $100 Master Bathroom Makeover.

Almost every single home built in our neighborhood has one of these lovely tubside windows. These golden beauties are two shower curtains I purchased at Target.

Gold shower curtains used as a curtain before my $100 Master Bathroom Makeover.

Yes, we have a “boob light.” This my friends was actually an upgrade from the cheesy $5 globe light the builder installed.

Boob Light Fixture in the master bath.

And last, I present two Tuscan themed framed prints I purchased from Kohls about 13 years ago.

Framed prints in my master bathroom.

The Best Laid Plans

Now that I have shared my master bathroom with millions about 100 total strangers, let’s chat about how I plan to use my $100 budget.

This is not my first $100 room makeover.  Oh no, I am now a veteran with one dining room under my belt.

When my blogging girlfriends and I decided it would be fun to do another round up of rooms, I decided I would give my dowstairs powder room a facelift. It’s a small room that really only needs fresh paint and new rugs. The poorly installed and painted wainscotting does need a good sanding, and all the trim needs to re-caulked.  This is a job that has my silent partner’s name all over it, but he hurt his back and his shoulder the early part of March. That’s when I decided to go for it in my master bathroom.

I was extremely optimistic about how far I could stretch $100 dollars.  A budget that tight won’t get you new tile or all new matching fixtures or whole lot of snazzy bath accessories.  I scoured Pinterest until I was dizzy looking at all the many master bathrooms. I finally just had to say enough is enough and get started. I do this all the time with pretty much anything home decor related. 🙂

My Design Plan

I decided to focus only on the things I disliked the most in the space which includes but is not limited to:

  1. makeover the boob light
  2. paint the vanity
  3. lose the Tuscan artwork
  4. add new window treatments to get rid of that golden glow

All of the above mentioned items either needed to change or be gone like yesterday.

Here’s what I hoped to add.

  1. Texture
  2. French touches
  3. A vintage vibe

Are you ready to see this makeover?

The rest of this post is basically going to be a show-and-tell session because I know how it is when you read a room makeover post, you’re really just here for the before and after photos. Right?

I will follow up with all my feely feelings concerning this two-week process. Yep, that’s your first clue; I started two weeks ago.

Brace yourselves!

Using this tutorial as a guide, my silent partner transformed the boob light into what is now known as the “light of loveliness”!  Behold!!!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this. I purchased a 30 ft. garland of acrylic crystal beads and my silent partner spray  painted the base, drilled all those tiny little holes, then strung the beads.

It’s just fantastical. Pottery Barn and Lowe’s sell something similar to this for a mere $99.

We gave the dreaded boob light a makeover as part of my $100 master bathroom makeover.

You know already how much I love drop cloth curtains. I now have them in my office, dining room, and living room. I fell in love with a $100 ruffled linen curtain by Pottery Barn. (insert hysterical laughter) I decided to make my version using you guessed, it drop cloths.

My version of a Pottery Barn shower curtain that didn't cost me $99. $100 Master bathroom makeover.

These linen look-a-likes are significantly better than the golden curtain panels aren’t they?

I decided to fray the edges of the ruffles because the idea of hemming was just more than I could handle.

Red transferware, wire basket with lavender scented soaps add that French feel to my $100 master bathroom makeover.

Here’s how I repurposed the Tuscan landscape prints.

New artwork using painted tiles in my master bathroom makeover.

My wonderful mother gave me the tiles that replaced the prints. I painted and distressed them as well as the frames.

And here’s another little project my silent partner whipped up back in December using only scrap wood pieces. I love the rusticity of it.

This scrap wood lantern added a rustic touch to my $100 master bathroom makeover.

I found these English lavender plants in the garden section of WalMart. The fragrance is so relaxing and much needed to calm my frazzled nerves.

English lavender in wire basket.

I will be going back to get more of these cute grain sack striped towels. I love the texture of them.

Textured grain sack stripe hand towel. Master Bathroom Makeover.

Here’s the vanity.  We’ll chat more about what happened here a little later.

Vanity makeover $100 Master Bathroom Makeover.

My $100 master bathroom makeover is complete with a little vintage, French, and rustic elements.

Budget Low Down

I know you are on pins and needles right now to find out if I went over budget…

Drum roll time, I spent a total of 97.96.

Here’s the breakdown.

  1. Lavender scented soaps 5 @.97 cents each
  2. Towel set, $7.94
  3. 2 English lavender plants $3.58 each
  4. Crystal bead garland $14.99 (we didn’t even use half)
  5. 2 paint samples $3.63 each, glaze 12.99
  6. 2 drop cloths $9.96 each
  7. 4 packages of drapery clips $4.97 each
  8. 3 pillar candles $2.97

There were several things I wish I could have afforded like a new rug and some cute bath accesories, but those items will have to wait for phase 2.

Final Thoughts

Alright, I mentioned earlier I would share how I really feel about this makeover.

Honestly, I don’t love the vanity. My original plan was to paint it white, but after I had primed the base I realized white paint against my ivory cultured marble countertop did not look good at all.

Had I started this makeover four weeks ago instead of two, this wouldn’t have been such a big deal. I had to make a pretty quick decision. I chose Sherwin Williams Virtual Taupe thinking it would go well with the floor tile. I chose to add a lime wash glaze by Valspar because I didn’t just want flat paint.

The photo above looks really gray but they aren’t. No amount of photo editing I attempted really brought out the true color. I’m going to live with the finish for awhile before I make a decision on how to change them.

The reality of this makeover is I had obstacles to overcome almost from the very beginning.

Both the drop cloths I bought had seams running down the middle of them. This meant I had to rip them apart and sew panels.

My paint finish didn’t dry properly on my doors, and I was sanding and repainting them yesterday.

The light of loveliness took twice as long to make as we planned.

Truth be told, on Wednesday I really just wanted to walk away from the whole darn thing.

I started thinking about how all my finishes weren’t matchy-matchy, and my cabinets weren’t glorious like I planned. I was just whiny about the whole process.

Then I read this post by Jennifer Rizzo. I realized I had allowed myself to get caught up in trying to create that Pinterest perfect bathroom.  A room that would be pinned like a bazillion times.

A room that would have Better Homes and Gardens begging me to let them feature me.

You know what sweet friends, this is not why I started blogging. I forget this truth from time to time.

Back in September after I finished my dining room makeover, someone commented that I clearly didn’t understand the business world. I was puzzled by this comment. I asked this person, what do you mean? They said “well, if you are trying to make money, you shouldn’t show everyone how to design a room on a budget. They’ll never pay you to do anything for them if you show them how.”

I pondered this for a minute and politely responded by telling them there will always be people who either lack the time, skill, or desire to do certain things in their home. If that’s the case there is nothing wrong with hiring a person like me to paint a furniture piece or help them design a space using what they already own.

The reason I started blogging wasn’t just to say “hey look at me” but rather to share what I have learned with others. If I inspire or teach one person a new skill that they can use to create a home they love, then my work is done.

So, I am wrapping this up about 4 hours after I was supposed to, but it’s finished!!!!!

Now I just need a cookie or a cupcake.

Feel free to tell me what you liked, loved, or didn’t love about my master bathroom makeover.


Be sure to check out all the other $100 Room Makeovers by my talented friends.


Your sister in paint,






  1. Sarah says:

    Lisa, those curtains are BEYOND gorgeous, I love your distressed tins, the french lavender, the soaps, the new cabinet finish, and the LIGHT!!!!!! I just can’t even!!!!! It is fanTABULOUS!!!! It is by far the best boob light makeover I’ve ever seen! I applaud you!!!!!👏👏😍😍😍

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you for all your sweet words and encouragement the past two weeks. You are a peach of a friend. Ha, ha, I think I just made up a new phrase. XOXO

  2. Denise says:

    I love everything about this makeover but I especially love your attitude and determination. Not every DIY goes as planned but you did GREAT. Love that boobs light!!!

    • Lisa says:

      The boob light is actually my favorite thing in the room now. You are so right about the DIY process. Everything takes twice as long and costs twice as much!!!

  3. Kim says:

    My sweet friend, I enjoy the cabinet finish!! I’ll have to try to glaze something, I’m scared of that like I was scared of waxing. That light is glorious, and I think it looks like $100! I love your room, and I think it’s fabulously relaxing 😀 xoxo

  4. Janice@sawdustsisters says:

    Lisa! You are so candid. I always love that about you. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us. I wish you lived closer so I could HIRE you to paint all the things! The chandelier and the curtains are my fave!! And I actually like the vanity too! But I get how you feel when you don’t get the results you expected. I can’t wait for phase 2! I know it will be even more fabulous!

  5. Toni | Small Home Soul says:

    I love your bathroom Lisa, and I love your honesty. It would be dishonest and disingenuous if you were all flowery about the easy breezy process. This is real, this is normal, we all hit snags and bumps in our DIY journeys and your readers appreciate the transparency.

    Those curtains are beautiful and all the pretty touches you added round out to a lovely transformation. And I love the new light and vanity. You nailed it girl, I’m proud of you for sticking with it. Now go have another cup of coffee 😊

  6. Pat L. says:

    Wonderful work! Whether the vanity is taupe or grey I love it! The honey oak is too kitcheny (is that a word) for the bathroom. Your dropcloth curtains are wonderful and I especially like that you frayed the bottom! I love all the other little touches you added too! Your work is inspiring and a big thank you for sharing!

    • Lisa says:

      Pat, I really appreciate your support on my Facebook page and here as well. I am glad you find my work inspiring, it is the ultimate compliment to receive from anyone.

  7. Mary-the boondocks blog says:

    Lisa I don’t know what you are whining about. I love all the little details in your bathroom. The way you transformed that awesome light! The new curtains which are so pretty! And the Tuscan scenery that looks so cool now with the distressed tiles. As for the vanity, well you can always paint it again if you are not happy with it. All in all I’d say this is a great job and I’d gladly hire you to come over to my house and redo it. You are being too hard on yourself!

    • Lisa says:

      Mary, I would gladly travel to your beautiful country and paint anything at all for you!!!! We are always our own worst critics, aren’t we?

  8. Susanne says:

    Lisa, you inspire me with your honesty, I was sanding and adding another coat of paint to my vanity the day I took pictures, and I am sure I put the handles back on before the paint was completely dry, lol! I love your boob light makeover, and your curtains are just the perfect touch, especially the frayed ends. I even like the finish on the vanity and can’t wait to see what you add to it. Thanks for challenging us to do these makeovers and including me this go around. I can’t wait until the next one!

    • Lisa says:

      I’m glad you felt inspired Susanne. That is always part of my hope when I write any blog post. The DIY road is paved with many bumps and sometimes potholes. Amen? LOL

  9. Debrashoppeno5 says:

    The bathroom looks lovely. I thought the purpose of blogging is helping the reader solve a problem and you did it by showing us how to redo a builder grade bathroom for under $100. I love everything from the technique you used on the vanity to the sweet added touches. Now I need to check out the other makeovers.

  10. Andrea Baer says:

    I actually like how your vanity turned out! I wouldn’t even think @ changing it. As for things not being marchy matchy, I don’t like that look. I like it when a room/ house has that more organic were things come together over time & this room has that exact fwel! Beautiful.

  11. Florence says:

    Lisa, I enjoyed your post & your honesty. I have been involved in projects I threw up my hands over too. You get so close to it that you forget what an improvement you’ve just made. I like the boob light transformation & love the gray paint color. Also love the curtains & am impressed you stayed under budget too. Overall, it’s a great job, I’d say.

  12. Barbara Chapman ~ French Ethereal says:

    I think your bathroom turned out great! Funny, I never thought of “those light fixtures” as boob lights… I will never look at them the same way again. Too funny!

    I love your drop cloth curtains and the sink cabinets turned out great. I bought some lime wash a while back {when we were still in our Big House} but hadn’t used it on anything. Will have to play with it when I get it back.

    Great job! 🙂

  13. ARod says:

    Lisa I love the whole look but totally understand how it can feel frustrating when we don;t get the picture perfect look we are all shooting for. The boob light redo is soooooooo cute. Love all the touches by the silent partner. 😉

  14. Pamela says:

    Really looking forward to the paint technique. My son’s bathroom is awful and need a total revamp. But something to jazz up a little might motivate him to not be so “teen” like and trash it so often.

  15. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    Lisa… TWO WEEKS!?! You did an amazing job and the results are fabulous. I LOVE the light! The new curtains are beautiful, the cabinets are lovely refreshed, and the art… I’m going to do that! Congratulations! Have fun tweaking those little details… but from here… it looks perfect. 😉 XO

  16. Melissa says:

    I love what you did with the room! That “boob” light makeover is awesome and I’m totally going to copy it! Thanks for the inspiration. And I love your explanation at the end of your post. You are 100% right.

  17. Pam says:

    Great job! And like everyone else (and you) the makeover of the boob light is my favorite. Who in the world came up with those things in the first place?

  18. tonyaredmond says:

    Lisa, I love this post! The great thing about the $100 budget makeover is that it gives people ideas about how they can update their space on a tight budget! Anyway, I am so impressed with your curtains! You did such a great job. I also really like the vanity. It looks a 100 X better than that yellow oak. Great job girlfriend!!!

  19. Carolann says:

    Wow, it looks like a million bucks! I am so impressed with what you did with $100! I love getting inspirational ideas too. Thanks so much for sharing your creation! Everything looks perfect!

    • Lisa says:

      Carolann, I am so glad you stopped by to visit. It is pretty amazing what you can do with $100 when you know that’s all you can spend.

  20. Karen says:

    What amazing improvements you have made on a budget! Those curtains look so farmhouse fresh! I improved my terribly outdated bathroom last year and am loving it everyday! Pinned and shared ☺

    • Lisa says:

      Karen, thank you so much for sharing my makeover. I’m not sure why I put off doing something in there for so long, but I am glad phase 1 is complete.

  21. Susie says:

    I just can’t pick a favorite thing because you did such a great job with the whole room. But I do think that glammed-up boobie is just stellar. Why on earth would anybody pay $99 for one just like it? That’s just crazy talk. Congrats on a great makeover. Susie from The Chelsea Project

  22. Juliet Fox says:

    Hi lisa, I’m working towards a bathroom makeover with basically zero budget. And by working towards I mean Pinteresting myself to death every few weeks until I’m disgusted with the enormous price tag on the actual redo Id want to do in another life (it’d have to be another house as well). I start out looking at beautiful honest posts like yours that fit in my budget and end up on the multimillion-dollar mansions! I understand your inability to commit to the makeover COMPLETELY! I’very been silently planning mine for 2 years. Who knows if I’ll actually get to it this time, I’m trying though! As for your makeover, I’m going to go against the grain and agree that the vanity still need some help. I think it’s certainly a step up from where you started though. And that’s the important thing. As somebody else mentioned you can always paint it again. The only thing I really do differently is added cabinet hardware and frame them here. Premier League cuz I hate those little mirror clips and I think Hardware adds a lot of style. Other than that I love everything else! Especially the tiles, Gorgeous! And the drop cloth thing….so stealing that!

    • Lisa says:

      Hello Juliet, thanks so much for taking the time to visit me. As for my bathroom vanity, it’s at the top of my list to do-over in 2018. I have tried to live with it and I am just not happy with it. Good luck to you on your bathroom makeover.

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