I’m a little envious of all you people who have gorgeous new bathrooms. You know–the newly renovated or newly built homes that come with that big ‘ole jacuzzi tub that you never use but sure are glad you have “just in case” you ever want to hop in. You don’t have stale wallpaper. Oh–and your floor is ceramic or marble instead of crusty ‘ole peel n’ sticks vinyl.
What I just described was how mine looked just before I decided to DIY my bathroom:
Horrific, wasn’t it??
This is what it looks like now, with my favorite calming Sherwin Williams Sea Salt paint:
Before DIY’ing it, I’m embarrassed to say that we lived with a doily shower curtain up at the window for at least 6 months.
I know–total ghetto fabulous.
But after a lot of hard work, the result was astounding.
TIP #1 Embrace Your Eye Sore!
So someone mentioned recently that they had PINK TILE in their bathroom when they moved in. YIKES. Do you also have an eye sore in your bathroom? For me, it was this turquoise shower. See it over there, with the outdated brassy door??
Now, in a recent post, I told you that I wish everything in my house could be turquoise. True enough. But my SHOWER?? Um, yeah, that’s a bit much. However,when we moved in, that’s what was here. And we don’t have tons of money yet to rip it out and install a new shower.
The solution? Decorated around your eye sore.
I simply love Sherwin Williams Sea Salt, but thankfully, it also compliments the “who-in-the-world-chooses-a-turquoise-shower-stall” shower stall. Now it’s no longer an eye sore.
TIP# 2 Just because it SAYS it’s a robe hook…….
…doesn’t mean you have to hang your robes on it. Have you seen the price of decent towel bars?! Expensive. So grab some cute robe hooks and toss your towels on it instead. Trust me, they rarely fall off. And for, like $12, you’ve got something cute to hang your towels from instead of paying double or triple for a towel bar.
TIP #3 Unleash your inner photographer.
This is seriously one of the cheapest ideas. First, let me say that I’m terrible about decorating my walls. If you were to come over to my house, you would see huge blank walls of nothing. I take tons of pics but rarely do they end up getting printed.
Don’t be like me
Go take some amazing pictures of flowers or landscapes, or whatever floats your boat, and then print them. Pick up some cheap frames from the thrift store. And then grace your walls with all your awesome shots!
Those 2 pics to the left?? Yep, I took them myself and framed them. Like 10 years ago. And I’m still rockin’ ‘em….
Here’s a close-up of one, which I absolutely love! (Sorry for the crappy quality. I was using my old camera).
TIP#4 Get it all covered!
If you have ugly peel-and-stick tiles like me, but can’t afford to upgrade to tile yet, you’ve got to find a way to deal with whatcha got. Rugs will be your best friend. The more you can cover up, the better! And be sure to choose rugs that don’t contract with your floor. Get something that blends in so that when people walk in, they don’t turn away disgusted. LOL
This plush rug I got from Home Goods covers up half of the little floor on this side. I chose white because it blended best.
When you’ve gotten the cash to upgrade to tile, research how to choose tile so you can avoid expensive mistakes in choosing tile.
And most importantly,watch video tutorials on how to install bathroom tile yourself! One of my favorite DIYers is this guy Ron Hazelton, whose video tutorials are sooooo easy to follow. Plus, his videos always make you feel warm and cozy. Maybe it’s the music? Love that guy!
TIP #5 If you only did one thing in your bathroom, do this:
You see this mirror? Okay, some of you that really love vintage things may “ooh” and “ahh” over it, but I had another reaction that was more along the lines of doubling over and holding my stomach. LOL
My real estate agent/friend gave me THE best tip for cheaply sprucing up any bathroom.
And that is: change out the mirror.
I went to Home Goods and chose a mirror for $60 that traditionally goes in the living room or something, and put it up in the bathroom. It was a WORLD of difference! Doing that, with fresh white paint on the vanity (which didn’t get changed out), and it looks like a whole new bathroom!
The Bottom Line
Stupid me didn’t tally exactly how much everything costed, but I can tell you it was under $200 for all the supplies/materials. The bottom line is that it doesn’t cost a lot of money to change an ugly room around, as long as you’re embracing its faults, covering up what can’t be changed immediately, and thinking outside the box a little
If you want to read more about some of the other crazy work that I had to do in this bathroom, you can see the original post here.
So what do you think? Do you like my cheap DIY bathroom makeover?
Leave a comment below and tell me about some creative ways you’ve DIY’ed a bathroom or (any room!) so that you didn’t break the bank! Okay, ready? Go!