$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.
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.
Yes, we have a “boob light.” This my friends was actually an upgrade from the cheesy $5 globe light the builder installed.
And last, I present two Tuscan themed framed prints I purchased from Kohls about 13 years ago.
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:
- makeover the boob light
- paint the vanity
- lose the Tuscan artwork
- 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.
- French touches
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s how I repurposed the Tuscan landscape prints.
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.
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.
I will be going back to get more of these cute grain sack striped towels. I love the texture of them.
Here’s the vanity. We’ll chat more about what happened here a little later.
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.
- Lavender scented soaps 5 @.97 cents each
- Towel set, $7.94
- 2 English lavender plants $3.58 each
- Crystal bead garland $14.99 (we didn’t even use half)
- 2 paint samples $3.63 each, glaze 12.99
- 2 drop cloths $9.96 each
- 4 packages of drapery clips $4.97 each
- 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.
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,