how to give your small bathroom a makeover on a budget. Try these ideas to make your bathroom look fresh and modern even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend.
Small Bathroom Makeover
Today I’m sharing how I renovated my small bathroom on a budget.
I have painted and re-painted this bathroom quite a few times over the past 10 years that we've lived in this house. I decided after I renovated our master bathroom last summer that DIYing almost all the work myself really isn’t that hard. It might be time-consuming, but it’s not too difficult to learn how to do most of the repair work.
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Everything was old 1980’s style and ugly when we moved in back in 2009.
I texturized the walls and painted them. Actually I painted just about everything in the bathroom and made it into my “Raindrop” bathroom. Below is the after picture from 2017.
The raindrop bathroom was fun but my tastes seem to be maturing. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing but I am definitely craving more of a grown up style around my house. I seem to really be gravitating toward neutrals which is something that I would have hated a few years ago. I used to want things to look really colorful and different. Now I just want a space that's easy on the eyes and feels relaxing to be in.
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The toilet and vanity were original to the house. They were almost 30 years old and really nasty.
It’s hard for me to justify getting rid of perfectly functional furniture or appliances, even if they are 30 years old and smell like they are too.
Alas, it was time.
Watch a video tour of the bathroom below!
This project was so much easier than the last bathroom because I didn’t have to rip up the flooring and reinstall a brick floor.
The two big purchases were the new toilet and the vanity. The toilet is American Standard and I bought it from Lowes. The vanity is from Ikea. It is the Hemnes model.
Something about this vanity to consider if you are thinking of purchasing it is that the plumbing is a bit weird. There are drawers that slide all the way in and for that to work the pipes have to be back against the wall. Most people will just need to get a simple adapter but since our pipes came through the floor we needed a plumber.
I could have figured it out myself but our friend, Johnny who is a plumber offered to come over and help me, which was very kind of him.
He put the pipes together and then I just had to slide in the vanity.
For full instructions on how to install a new bathroom faucet check out this blog post.
The wood panel wall is made from planks from Woody Walls. They make thin, real wood planks that stick onto your wall with super strong adhesive. It's a fast and easy way to get that shiplap look with minimal effort.
Check out the full Woody Walls tutorial here.
Most of the accessories like the shower curtain and hand towels are from TJ Maxx. Check out this post for a great guide on how to pick the right shower curtain for your shower.
The art on the plank wall is from Home Goods. It's a 3D paper pulp design on a canvass inside an acrylic shadow box.
What do you think of my small bathroom makeover? Let me know in the comments!
Carol S Roeder says
Adrienne this is so much better. A much more grown up bathroom too. Looks stunning!
Thank you Carol!
Linda MS says
I love what you did. I really love the wall that looks like shiplap. I could see this look in my bathroom. Great job!
Thanks so much!