How to give your bathroom a face lift under $1000

This is my powder room.

Well, actually that was my powder room. This is the condition it was in when we first moved in after Ryan removed the tiny medicine cabinet and chair rail. How many walls need to be protected from chairs in the bathroom? Exactly. A lot of things in this house don’t make sense. The sink was …antique… to be nice. The linoleum flooring was constantly peeling up at the edges and the walls were in desperate need of repair. Ryan is the kind of husband who gets bored when he doesn’t have a project, so he was itching to redo this bathroom. (One of many things I love about that crazy man!)

Keep in mind that we don’t own this house. We’re renting it from family friends while we look for our dream house (or get way too comfortable here). Since it isn’t our house we weren’t going to even touch this bathroom, but it was starting to drive us crazy. Imagine that! An ugly outdated bathroom driving a designer crazy! :) It’s really teeny teeny tiny, but the photos below give you a good idea on what a huge transformation this is.

Here’s what we did to make this my new favorite room in the house:

  • Ryan removed the old flooring and repaired the sub-floor so it was able to support the weight of the new penny round tiles.
  • We reused the existing toilet since it was still in good shape and somewhat modern.
  • We chose this vanity, faucet and sink and they make a huge improvement!
  • If you haven’t noticed already, there’s a huge ugly pipe running through the bathroom that we can’t hide. I chose a dark bluish grey that does a good job of concealing the eye sore and adds some mood.
  • We installed this simple and inexpensive light fixture to add some warmth and texture to the room.
  • We removed the paint from the door hardware to give it a new life. I really love the quirky historic quality the knobs have so I definitely wanted to keep them.
  • We accessorized with a wall mirror (from target, not online), a watercolor painting of a sunset that I painted while camping, and two small vintage nude prints from Ryan’s mom.

1 Comment
  • Olga Alvarez

    December 1, 2012 at 11:49 am Reply

    me gusta

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