Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Half Bathroom Makeover on a budget

Hello Lovelies!  We bought this house almost 3 years ago.  We got it for a really great price...partly because the last time it was decorated was in the early 80's.  There was enough dusty rose and country blue in this house to last a lifetime!!!  I've pretty much ripped down all of the wallpaper and painted everything in sight.  I thought I would give you all a tour of my house with before and after pics.

This is the first house I have ever painted or done any decorating in whatsoever.  My husband and I have done all of the work ourselves.  I think up the ideas and do all of the painting.  He does the harder crown molding.  We make a pretty great team!  Feel free to offer suggestions, but please (please, please, please) be kind.  My decorating ego is still very fragile.  ;)

So, here is our 1/2 bath on the first floor.  We did the entire bathroom for about $300.

Before:  20 year old curtains, cheap wood, stick-on tiles that don't stick anymore, and ceiling border...what's not to love?!

After:  We were going for clean, relaxing, and welcoming.  How did we do?
The curtains, towels, candles and toilet paper holder are all from Wal-Mart.  I don't remember what each one cost individually, but I know we spent less than $40 for all of it.
The towel rack and shelf we got at IKEA.  Each one cost less than $5.  They were wood, so I just sanded them, primed them, and then spray painted them.  The picture frames are from IKEA too.  $6 for all 4 of them.
We got the bead board and molding from Home Depot.  It was definitely the biggest chunk of our budget.  The bead board comes in 8 ft by 4 ft sheets for about $25 a sheet.  I don't remember how much the molding was.
I did all of the painting.  My hubby did the bead board and molding.  We also re-used some of the old stuff.  Does this mirror look familiar?  It's the same one.  I sanded it down, primed it, and then painted it.  We hung it horizontally instead of vertically and you would never know it was the old one.
This sink we got off of Craigslist for $60.  It came with a polished brass faucet.  YUCK!  So we just re-used the faucet from the old sink.
The tiles are beautiful aren't they?  We could have spent a fortune on tile alone, but neither of us has a fortune, so we went with stick on tile again.  We bought a box of 45 tiles (12 in by 12 in) for $30.  We didn't use all of them, and Home Depot gave us store credit for what was left.  I would have loved to do real tile, but it just wasn't in the budget.  Besides, these are super kid friendly.
We had a wooden seat that actually fell off because it was so old.  I hated it.  My hubby came home with this one and he was so proud of himself because it matches the bead board.  Isn't he cute?!
And my favorite part?  This little beauty.  It is a light sensor.  My kids have major problems with turning the bathroom light off.  So, my hubby found this at Home Depot.  It turns on when it senses motion (like the door opening).  It turns off after so long of not sensing motion.  You can set it for anywhere from 5 seconds to 15 minutes.  Okay, so it really isn't my favorite, but it is pretty cool, huh?

So, what do you think?  Want to see more of our house?  Stay tuned...

I also linked this post to Wednesday Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design, Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage, and to Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors.  Go check out all of the awesomeness that other people are creating!!!


Cortnie said...

LOVE IT! I wanna do bead board wainscoting in our kitchen/dining room. I'm so excited!

Jenn said...

I love the bead board!! It looks 1000x's better!

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

nice beadboard!!!!

Tiana said...

Totally love it and don't know when to call you. Call me when you have a moment.

Corinne said...

Wow! Awesome :) You guys do great work together! I am in a "white" mood so I love all of the white- the mirror, the accents, the beadboard, the curtains- love it all!

The Neglected Nest said...

What a difference! I think I just painted the same bathroom vanity you replaced. Isn't it amazing what a facelift will do?! Great job!

Becolorful said...

What a tremendous improvement. Looks fantastic. We have those light thingies too. Gotta love them. We put them in the stairwell to the basement too. When I come up with arms of laundry no problem with the light switch.

Can't wait to see your next project.

Kelly @ Make It Sparkly Mama said...

That looks amazing!

Todd Kroll @ KrollWindow said...

What a major transformation? I almost forgot what your bathroom looked like before. That was a good color combination; not too dark but not too pale. Very simple indeed. Maybe you can consider changing your floor tiles in the future. All in all, your makeover was a success.