Monday, March 9, 2009

$200 Bathroom Makeover

It's the big reveal.

I mentioned last week that I've been hard at work redecorating my master bathroom on a shoestring -- $200 to be exact. So, it's time to share some before and afters. Here's the view before I started the redo:



And after:



One of the main components of the "redo" involved adding some fabric to the room. Normally, I'd try to find some remnant fabric, but I absolutely fell in love with a fabric shower curtain from Kohl's. I managed to get it on sale and proceeded to get the most mileage out of it that I could.

First, I made a "skirt" for under the vanity. I ended up sewing it, as it involved the kind of sewing I tend to be fairly decent at -- straight lines.

Here's what it looked like before:



And after:


Isn't that candle centerpiece on top cool? I picked that up on sale at Kohl's, too.

Next, I took part of the shower curtain and did a "mistreatment" on the window:



The weird thing about our house is that we have a ton of switches and outlets. A ton. There are some light switches that I still have no clue what they turn on. Anyway, we had a very odd grouping of outlets on the facing wall when you walked into the bathroom. I'm not sure if you can see so well in this picture. They're above the obnoxious looking radio and half camouflaged by the calendar my husband stuck up there.



My mom had the great idea of taking some shower curtain and making a hanging tapestry to hide the outlets. (Again, just my kind of project -- straight sewing lines.) I also got rid of the super-cheap shelving unit and moved in a wicker piece that I had in my daughter's room. And, remember those cheap pictures I made? You can see them in the next couple shots, as well:





I also made some other "cheap" artwork by taking a Japanese fan that my father-in-law acquired on a trip around the world years ago. The fan was sitting on a shelf in my great room, but was kind of lost up there. I got a shadowbox frame for 50% off at Hobby Lobby ($17) and pinned the fan open inside:



Here is a picture of the unfinished bathroom shelving unit:



And, a few shelves later:



The great thing about these shelves is that I managed to fill them by pretty much "shopping the house." I bought the bamboo boxes on the bottom shelf (clearance $8.99 each). Other than that, everything else was something I already had. The shelves aren't perfect -- but they'll do for now.

On the opposite side of the tub, I had this odd little alcove. Here's what it looked like before:



(That's the baby tub sitting inside the big garden tub, btw. Klassy, no?)

I shopped the house for a few accessories to replace the weird towel basket below and replaced the flowers in the hanging basket with some faux foilage I also had laying around:



Three supa-fab new bathroom rugs finished it off.

Here's the final cost breakdown:

(3) Bathroom rugs @ $20 each
(1) Bathroom centerpiece @ $30
(1) Shower curtain @ $35.90
(2) Bamboo boxes @ $8.99 each
(1) Shadowbox frame @ $17
(2) Framed art prints @ $3.50 each
(1) Wooden dowel for hanging tapestry @ $1
(1) Pressure rod for vanity skirt @ $10
(4) New shelves for unit $32
(1) piece of faux greenery @ $2.50
(1) Turquoise vase @ $10.49

GRAND TOTAL: $223.87

Even though I went a little over budget, I realized I could totally transform a room for a lot less than I would have thought possible. Which really, is quite a revelation for me.

So that's what I learned this week (actually, what I learned over the last few weeks). To see what everyone else learned, head on over to Jo-Lynne's place for the What I Learned This Week carnival!

21 comments:

Elizabeth said...

It's gorgeous, I love it! You were so resourceful and did a beautiful job on it.

I would love to makeover my bathroom, but I can't even sew a straight line.

JanMary said...

Beautiful job.

I especially love the shadow box frame with the fan - stunning!

The Fritz Facts said...

It looks wonderful! I love all the fabric.

It is so good to see what can be done on a tight budget.

Michelle said...

Very nicely done. I like the fan in the shadow box.

Melissa said...

What a GREAT job you have done! I felt like I was going through one of those shows on HGTV! Itis so hard to stay on budget, but you have inspired me! Thanks :D

Kristen said...

WOW! That is an amazing transformation! I think it's fun to "reclaim" spaces in the house and remove all traces of little kids and just make them MINE. Good job!!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations...you did a great job! I absolutely love the fan shadow box...my favorite!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Excellent job! It looks amazing, Michelle.

Jane said...

It looks like a real posh hotel:)

Hairline Fracture said...

It looks wonderful. The idea for the fan is fantastic.

Vanessa said...

WOW! It looks great! You did a super job - want to come over and help me?

Musings of a Housewife said...

That's AWESOME!!! Love it.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

So what I'd like to know is, how much do you charge for your services and how quickly can you get over here?? ;) I LOVE it! I am so impressed with the fact that you made it look so pulled together on such a limited budget. Fantastic job!

Christina Lee said...

wow -it makes a huge difference!!!! are you ready for your own HGTV show????? :)

mah-meeee said...

awesome! so when are you coming to my house??

love moving that wicker basket shelving ... it looks great there!

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El) said...

Lovely, and I just got an idea for a fan I've had for over 30 years! Boy, making comments like that make me feel old...

The baby tub simply made me laugh!

The room looks sharp!

ellie in IL
ellieisanewthing.blogspot.com

Kellie said...

You did a great job. The Bathroom looks awesome!

Domestic Spaz said...

I'm coming over... have a hot bath drawn for me and some candles lit.

:)

It's beautiful!

Tracie said...

You are very crafty! I pulled an old trunk into my living room and am using it as a coffee table. Otherwise, I always go over budget with redos!

Karen said...

Goodness you're multi-talented, honey!

gabriellebogue said...

I love your bathroom rug. If you like trying new designs, i suggest you to look Ballard Designs. They have unique bathroom rugs.