We bought our house when I was in third year university.. So money was always tight for me being a poor student and paying a mortgage. Our plans for this house were to fix it up and sell it 5 years later. There were obviously some minor changes I wanted to do right away because I am not a very patient person, so I needed to figure out how to update our bathroom on a student budget.
And I am going to tell you how I did it.
We have lived in this house officially for 3 years at the end of July.. and to be honest I am still trying to figure out my design style. I love DIY and I love interior design, but sometimes decisions can be difficult. I always turn to Dylan for advice when picking colours and what not, but I always get the same answer from him “I don’t care, they all look great”. Not much help if you ask me!!
I love bright and light/cool tones which is why I decided to go with a light grey wall in the bathroom. Before it was a dark brown which made this – already tiny bathroom – look even smaller. And no offence to the previous home owners…but who paints a bathroom brown?
Here are the before photos. Sorry They are small and poor quality, I only had an iPhone back then!
It only took a weekend to transform this space and cost under 100 bucks! Such an amazing transformation. This bathroom is now bright and fresh .. and is just more my style. Feel me?
I painted the walls a light grey colour and contrasted that with a dark vanity paint colour. I bought the new hardware on the cabinets from Home Depot. They are from the Martha Stewart collection and were only three bucks a piece!
The new mirror is actually from a old dresser set. I painted it to match the vanity and place it vertically rather then horizontally to optimize the length of this mirror.
You can also check out how I did our above toilet art work here! It was an easy and cheap DIY of scrapbooking paper!
I covered up the gross bathtub with this beautiful shower curtain for now. We do plan to replace it in the future and put a new glass sliding door, but for now this is how it is going to look until we can save some pennies!
Total Cost of This Project: $78.53
- Wall Paint: $23.97
- Vanity and Mirror Paint: $11.99 (half of the $23.97 can)
- Cabinet Knobs: $3.55 x 2 = $7.10
- Drawer Pull: $5.48
- Shower Curtain (not sold anymore in stores, sorry!): $29.99
Future plans with the bathroom:
- Add trim around the tile
- New tub/shower combination
- Refresh the grout with paint