Thursday, April 7, 2016

Bathroom Makeover on a Budget

 

Well hello everyone!  I am so excited to share our new hall bathroom with you all today! 

A couple of weeks ago I got an itch to give our hall bathroom a mini makeover.  Even though it's really small, I love this space because it gets a ton of natural light from the skylight that's in here. When we first moved in it looked like this...


Wow that feels like ages ago!  I painted the vanity, used Rust-Oleum Counter Top Transformations on the counter, framed the builder grade mirror, threw in some accessories and called it done.
 
(this photo was featured on Shutterfly!)
 
Not too bad, and definitely a step up from how it was right?  But after countless nights spent sitting on the floor while my son took his bath, I started having visions!  Always a dangerous thing in my hubby's eyes haha.  But I promised that all of my ideas were budget friendly, and that they were :)
 
Welcome to the newer, brighter bathroom!
 
 
The first thing I did was add planks to half of the wall.  The break between the white and the warm gray wall color makes the whole room feel larger and I love the farmhouse feel that it adds.  I'll be sharing a tutorial on the planks soon.
 
The next thing I did was build some floating shelves above the toilet to replace the flimsy metal stand that I had there previously.  I followed the same steps that I did when I built our floating shelves in the dining room that you can read about here.  
 
 
I went back and forth between staining them or painting them white.  I ended up choosing white for two reasons.  First, I really wanted a clean and bright look in here. I knew that it would pair nicely with the planks.  Second, I wanted to use some scrap particle board for the shelf top to save me from having to buy a 1x10 board and once painted you can't tell the difference.
 
 

These cute little jars are from the glass aisle at Hobby Lobby.  The lids were originally a strange light metal but I spray painted them with Rust-Oleum Antique Pewter and it took them from cheap to fancy. 

 
I painted the vanity cabinets white and adore how bright and fresh they look now.
 
 

 
This is what the other side used to look like. I added the full length mirror because I was in my mirrors-make-everything-feel-bigger-and-brighter phase.  Looking at it now it looked really silly and kind of cheap.
 

 
Putting up a towel hanger with some décor on top looks so much better, don't you think?  Not to mention it will be easier for the boys to hang up their towels as they get older.

 
The towel hanger was a simple DIY.  I should have made a tutorial for it, but by this point I was in full speed with my sight set on being done so I didn't stop to pick up the camera!
 
I just attached a 1x2 on top of a 1x6. I had the hubby drill holes for the knobs, and since the bolts on the back of the knobs would have made it stick out from the wall a little, he screwed some larger holes into the wall for them to sink into.  Does that make sense?  I love him and his great ideas! The whole piece was then secured to studs with screws.
 

 
I went to Hobby Lobby not really knowing what kind of knobs I wanted, but when I saw these ones I was sold.  The metal was a bronze color so I used some of the Antique Pewter spray paint to make them match everything else.  Aren't they just too cute? 
 
 
This is the hall bathroom so it's the one that our guests normally use, but I also consider it the boys' bathroom since it's right outside of their rooms. I wanted to make it meaningful for them, so I put pictures of each of them getting their first bath. 


Then I whipped up this cute little sign with some scrap wood. 

 
When Tristan was little I would always sing "Rub-a-dub-dub, Tristan in the tub!"  and he would get the biggest kick out of it.  I do it for Lucas now too, so this sign is a cute little reminder of their baby days.

I should mention that the 1x2 does hold these items nicely, but I have them attached to the wall with picture hangers and twine to make sure that they don't fall down.

Oh and check out our new wood floors! 

 
Just kidding, they're vinyl haha. But they totally look like wood and even have a wood grain texture.  I'm really happy with how these turned out and even happier that it only cost $20.  Tutorial soon to come! 
 
I love walking by this space now! This is the view from the hall. 

 
It's an extremely difficult area to photograph because of the lack of space.  I had to climb in the tub to get some of the shots!
 
The dark contrast of the floors with the fresh white of the planks and the shelves turned out even better than I had pictured in my head, which is always a nice surprise.
 
Here is the breakdown of what I spent: (Affiliate links may be provided for convenience.  I only share products that I use and love.  For more info, see my full disclosure here.) 
  • Vanity--$0 (already owned the paint which was Behr in Polar Bear semi-gloss)
  • Shiplap--$33 (tutorial here) 3 packs of Evertrue V-groove wall planks from Lowes plus 1x3 MDF for the top)
  • New baseboards--$17
  • Wood-look vinyl plank flooring--$20 (tutorial here)
  • Floating shelves--$5 (cost of a 1x4 since we already had the 2x3s and particle board laying around)
  • Towel hanger--$27 (cost of wood and these knobs from Hobby Lobby.  I waited until knobs were 50% off so each one was only $4).  (These ones would also work nicely!)
  • Picture frames--$26 (a total Homegoods splurge but they were too perfect to pass up! Similar ones found here.)
  • Rub-a-dub-dub sign--$0 (scrap wood)
  • Metal sphere--$4 (from Hobby Lobby in store, similar one online found here
  • Chicken wire basket--$5 (from Ross, similar one online found here)
  • Glass jars--$6 (from hobby Lobby in store, similar ones online found here)
  • Shower curtain--$0 (already owned)
TOTAL:  $143
 
I sold a few of the old items (the metal stand, the "Love" sign, the towel bar and the mirror) on a Facebook garage sale group so that helped a little too!)
 
Immediately after finishing this bathroom I wanted to move on to our master bathroom.  Buuuut I decided to start working on the yard instead!  Haha story of my life, I have a hard time deciding what I want to work on and when. There truly aren't enough hours in the day!

I'll be back to share tutorials on the planks and the vinyl floors soon--I promise I'll try to not drop off for a month this time ;)

***UPDATE*** Check out how I updated our builder grade master bathroom for around $500 HERE!


Linking up to these awesome parties!


62 comments:

  1. Beautiful! So many great DIY ideas, too! The colors you chose are wonderful ... Really loving your shower curtain. Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! I got the shower curtain at Target a couple of years ago and don't think I'll ever part with it because I love it so much haha! :)

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    2. Clarissa McGarigleJanuary 26, 2017 at 8:59 AM

      Wow!!! You did a fantastic job! You made that bathroom look bigger than what it is. Job well done! Thanks for the inspirations! :)

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  2. Gorgeous! I love everything you did to create such a bright and happy space.

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  3. Angela, your link at the Craft Frenzy party caught my eye because you and I have the exact same bathroom footprint and I have been pondering ways to lighten and add character to ours. You've given me loads of inspiration here! Love the shiplap walls, the towel hook bar, and floating shelves. Pinning to share and to bookmark for myself.
    Marie, The Interior Frugalista

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    1. Thank you Marie, I am so happy to hear that I could help! :)

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  4. What a great re-do! Love using creativity instead of tons of money... ;)

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    1. Thank you Liz, me too! It's a total thrill for me--I'm such a dork haha!

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  5. Very nicely done! Such a happy space.

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  6. The flooring really does look like real wood! I love how bright the white makes the room:)
    I'd love it if you shared this at my link party!
    http://www.twentysomethinginthe2010s.com/peace-love-linkup-002/

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    1. Thanks Ashleigh, it's amazing isn't it? I'll have to stop by, thanks for the invite!

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  7. Angela this is a totally different bathroom! I love what you did with it. From the plank walls to all the special little details. I have to admit my favorite is the towel hooks with the little faucet knobs. Angela I'm hosting a new link party with some friends and would love it if you linked up your post to Sweet Inspirations. It runs from Friday to Tuesday.

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    1. Thank you Mary! I will stop by, thanks for the invite!

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  8. Nicely done! I especially like the color palette you chose. It's pretty and soothing. Now I have to look up vinyl flooring like yours!

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    1. Thanks Ann! The flooring was a huge debate, I was originally going to pay to have someone come tile it but after pricing it out I decided to just to this in the meantime. I actually like how it looks so much that I'll probably keep it for awhile!

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  9. Love your color choices, it is so bright and cheery now!

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    1. Thank you so much Tracey! The bathroom is one place I love using color since most of my home is just neutrals :)

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  11. I absolutely love how your bathroom turned out - it's exactly the look I am going for in my own bath redo! I was hesitant about the vinyl flooring which is why I am so looking forward to your post on it. I also love the planking and am definitely going to check out the product you used. Thank you so much for sharing this remodel - you have helped me TREMENDOUSLY!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Lala! I should have that tutorial up on Friday, I am totally smitten with how nicely they turned out.

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  12. You did such a good job! Looking forward to your tutorials!

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  13. What a fun, bright transformation! Love the knobs you found and the new color on the cabinets. It really makes me want to re-do our bathrooms now!

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    1. Thank you Leslie! The knobs definitely do add a nice special touch :)

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  14. I love your bathroom makeover. You used my favorite colors! It looks so bright and airy now.

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    1. Thank you Vineta! Yes it is so much brighter than it was before :)

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  15. Looks lovely. I've been painting our powder bathroom the past day or so, too.

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    1. Thanks Kiki! It's tiresome but so worth it in the end! :)

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  16. Hey nice design and post too. If you are thinking about getting the bathroom flooring work done in your house, then visit @Corkfloorsales once. you will get great service there. Thanks for the post.

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  17. Love this! Choosing it as my feature this week :) Thanks for linking up with the Alder Collective!

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  18. What great changes Angela! Beatiful. Thanks for sharing at You're Gonna Love it. Pinning!

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  19. This is absolutely fantastic. So much bang for so few bucks! You've done a great job, and what a blessing it must be to have this wonderful "new" room in your house!

    Thanks for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

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  20. Beautiful combo of colors and I LOVE the flooring!

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  21. I love the bathroom! Where did you get the shower curtain?

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    1. Thank you so much! I got it at Target, it's actually on sale right now :)

      http://m.target.com/p/threshold-medallion-shower-curtain/-/A-16505090

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    1. Hi Jana! It's called Polished Smoky Pear by Glidden and I believe is only in Walmart stores

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    2. Are you sure that's the exact name? I cannot find it on internet search or in Glidden paints. Thanks

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    3. Yes, it's not online but I had another reader go into a Walmart a little bit ago and she said it is still sold there. I also noticed a typo above--it's "pearl" not pear haha. Sorry about that!

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  23. Thank you Angela. My son jusy moved out. The hall bath has been black and great for years. I was looking for inspiration and youve given it to me. Love it!!!

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    1. Thank you Tracy! I'm glad I could inspire you, I'm sure it will turn out great :)

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  24. Love the way this turned out! Can you tell me the Brand and color of the Vinyl floor you used?

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    1. Thank you! The floors are Driftwood by Style Selections. You can read all about them in this post:
      http://www.simplybeautifulbyangela.com/2016/04/peel-and-stick-vinyl-flooring.html?m=1

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  25. I love this so much I am in the process of copying it! Got my Driftwood tiles, shower curtain from Target,shelves and paint! They say imitation is the sincerest for of flattery! I just hope mine turns out half as nice as yours!

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    1. Thank you for Laura for the amazing compliment. I bet it will look fantastic and would love to see some pics when you're all done! :)

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  26. The layout of your bathroom is identical to my guest bathroom - and I've been eyeing the same Target shower curtain for a long time, but wasn't sure if how to decorate around it! The only difference is that there is no window, so it doesn't receive any natural light. You've inspired me tackle this bathroom!

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  27. Very beautiful bathroom! I have the same layout in my new home. I'm unable to find the plank walls. Is there another name for it? Tia!

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  29. Thank you! Here is the post that goes over the walls :)

    http://www.simplybeautifulbyangela.com/2016/04/shiplap-in-bathroom.html?m=1

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