We recently moved into our first home and while the size of the house and land was perfect for the price, I wasn’t in love with everything about this house. In case you find yourself in a similar situation I am going to share our budget friendly house updates. The first I would like to share is out new master bathroom!
First we painted the kids rooms before we moved in so that they would feel at home when they got here. The first thing that had to go for my husband and I was our master bathroom. It was pink! Like salmon pink, with flower wallpaper! While I am all down for pink camo or pink in my daughter’s room and wearing neon pink clothes and nail polish, the pink bathroom just wasn’t us.
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Here are the before photos.
The wallpaper was peeling off and collecting mold. It had to go!
The light fixtures were rusting….and I’m not loving the gold.
And the fan was dirty and falling out of the ceiling.
A few more before pictures before we get started.
Now me being the frugalista that I am I wanted to update our bathroom for as little as possible. I was able to keep it under $100. Here is how I did it.
First thing to go was the wallpaper border. Many posts that I read about how to remove wallpaper suggested things like heating it with a hair dryer (that didn’t work) and using a mixture of fabric softener and water. I didn’t have any fabric softener so I tried spraying warm water on it. To my surprise it worked! I soaked it really good with the warm water until I could tell that the glued piece was wet. As I pulled it off I followed it along with a putty spatula and it came right off.
Next I had to get rid of that 90s Hollywood bulb style light fixture. I searched around Home Depot and some other stores but I wasn’t able to find what I was looking for under $100. So I turned to Craigslist, restore stores and thrift stores. I searched for a while and was contemplating a few when my mother in law texted me saying that she found one at a second-hand store and asked If I wanted it. $25 Um, “Yes”! If you are thinking about updating your bathroom too tell your friends and family and tell them exactly what you are searching for. The more eyes on the lookout the better! Also check Craigslist, Facebook, restores, and second hand stores. Sometimes you can find a steal!
If you would still prefer new over used check Amazon. They have some great deals like these ones. Under $60!
Next I used some Rustoleum Metalic to update the old rusting gold light. In order to keep costs down I wanted to keep and reuse as much as possible. This stuff is amazing! It covered the rust and the ugly gold right up. It looks like a totally new light!
I also used it on the trim of the sliding mirrored doors. They were white and starting to rust as well. I First looked into buying new mirrors but they were around $200+ so I figured I would try the Rustoleum out on them since it worked so well in my light. They turned out just perfect too!
The mirrors were a little harder to spray paint because you can’t take them apart like you can the light. To do these I unscrewed them from the wall and took them outside. First I covered the mirrors with plastic (make sure they are completely covered) then followed the instructions on the bottle of Rustoleum. This took about a bottle and a half maybe a little less. Hey $12 for new sliding mirrored doors is a lot better than $200+!
The next thing I did was the old mirrors, vanity and window. To fully replace these would have blown my budget with the new mirror alone so instead I got a can of Minwax Polyshades stain. Remember that I wanted a nature meets spa kinda thing so I wanted it all to look like wood still so I picked this kind over the gel stain (I love the DIY gel stain cabinets but it just wasn’t what I was going for here). This is the espresso stain. I then took all the doors off, sanded them down and followed the directions on the can of Minwax Polyshades Stain.
While everything dried outside it was time to paint. It is AMAZING what a can of paint can do! Because I was painting the bathroom I went with a higher quality, mold resistant paint (it costs a little bit more but I want it to last). I ended up choosing Behr’s Premium Plus Ultra stain blocking paint and primer on one (color= sounds of nature). I repainted the ceiling white with some paint we had leftover from another project.
The last step was to put everything back together and pray that what I had in the end matches what was in my head!
I finally have somewhere to hang the hunting pictures that we have gotten for the last few Christmas’, my mother in law recently re-use her bathroom and have me her old shower curtain and the rest of the decore I picked up from the dollar store.
What do you guys think? I am pretty happy with it! I still need to do my floating shelves over the toilet but I have to wait for one of our camping trips to gather the drift wood (I will do a post on these later). There are some other things like the faucets and the shower tile that I would like to see go but for now I can live with them lol.
My husband is not really the decorating type and when I first began this project he told me he was just fine with it how it was…as I am writing this post I showed him the before pictures and asked him if he would like it back… To that he replied “Oh **** no!” I think he likes it too!
Total cost for this project
Light fixture $25
Rustoleum Metalic Spray Paint $5.77 x 2=11.54
Minwax Polyshades Stain $12.87
Total spent= $91.39
If you have been wanting to update some things in your house but just couldn’t see pouring thousands of dollars into a remodel I hope that I have inspired you to try a budget friendly update! If you have any questions please leave me a comment or if you want to share your budget friendly remodeling tips I would love to hear from you.
Until next time!