Budget Bathroom Makeover Reveal


If you missed our post with before photos of the bathroom, go check that out. We explain what our eventual plans with this room are and why we decided to just do a cosmetic update for now. To see what our bathroom looks like now, read on!

full bathroom

Painting the walls made a huge impact. The room feels so much brighter and cleaner. The black accents add a modern touch, and I think it looks great with the pink. The shower curtain couldn’t be a better match for the floor tile! The floral shower curtain wasn’t bad, but this one suits our style better and feels fresh. This room is south facing, so it can get really bright during the day. That’s great for a bathroom, but sometimes it can be blinding. The woven shade filters the light nicely. We also used a grout paint on the floor to freshen it up. That was tedious work, but 100% worth it!

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That little wooden shelf is the PERFECT size for the space, and it looks so much better than the plastic drawers that were in here before. The fabric sling at the bottom is a great place for extra toilet paper (I’m not sure if that’s how it was meant to be used, but it works perfectly). We added some baskets for storage, because this little bathroom is short on space.

Swapping the faucet was an adventure. Nearly 100 years of rust made the old one a challenge to remove, but Daniel managed with a lot sweat and frustration. It only took five hours! We loved the character of the original faucet, but the hot and cold taps were separate, which isn’t convenient for our main and ONLY bathroom. The new one we chose still feels inspired by vintage faucets.

The new sconces were incredibly budget-friendly, but they didn’t come in a color I liked. They were actually an oil-rubbed bronze color, so we used rub ‘n buff to make them brass. We centered the sink between the sconces because it was too far to the left before. We also added a towel ring and a new mirror.

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For the toilet area, we just gave the cabinet a makeover. I painted the cabinet white and the knobs black, and we actually flipped the doors around because the back side had this more shaker-style look. We also removed the decorative trim from the cabinet and replaced it with simple 1×2 boards. The sign over the cabinet is something I had from my first apartment. I think it’s a fun touch.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison, just for fun:

bathroom beforebathroom after

This room is still far from perfect. The walls have a few layers of paint over wallpaper, so it’s bubbling up in some places. Some of the floor tiles are broken or loose, and the pvc pipe behind the sink could look better. The inside of the shower isn’t pictured for a reason. 😬 But for a small amount of money, this room is so much prettier and more functional for now. I have big plans for this bathroom eventually, but making a home takes time, especially when it’s a 100 year old house that was last updated in the 1970s.

shower curtain
shower curtain rod
shower curtain hooks
bath mat (similar)
wooden shelf (no longer available in this small size, but there is a larger version)
round boxes
rectangular basket
washcloths and hand towel
hand soap
towel ring
woven shades
clear canisters (similar)

trim and accent wall color: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
wall color: Behr Whisper White


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