We are finally done refreshing our entire top floor and I am over the top excited to share some of the simple ideas we created. Today I am sharing the first of several room makeover posts, starting with our builder grade bathroom makeover.
Our builder grade bathroom came with the cheapest light fixtures, dark laminate counters, a single bar towel holder, glued on plate mirror, and a low end faucet. We are slowly upgrading our bathrooms, and today I am sharing all the little touches we gave to our bathroom over a weekend and for about $600
Planning our Builder Grade Bathroom Makeover
When planning a room makeover its always easier to grab a paint brush and get going. Then allow Pinterest to inspire you and voila you have a mountain of to dos. With our home I am always hesistant to just fly at it, as we are always considerate of resale value, budget, and I am really stuck on having cohesiveness throughout our home.
Your first step is to spend some time deciding your own priorities and budget. Through the years I have learnt I can have pretty much any One thing I want, but not everything. There is always next year. I am not saying the choices are easy, I always struggle with leaving something I want for another time. But it is always better to have a plan before starting.
Let me start with the things we chose not to do and why.
What We Kept
We choose not to paint the cupboards, I think they would look wonderful painted white, but we have lots of white painted furniture and I don’t want everything to look madeover. Besides that all the other cupboards are birchanf I am also obsessed with continuity throughout our home. Hubs always prefers wood, so it was an easy decision.
Last year we saved up and added granite countertops, and had to add a backsplash. Just like the wood cabinets, this tile is throughout our home, and I love the natural look of the stone.
I really thought about hanging pretty shower curtains that split in the middle along the edge of the tub. I even bought a push rod to hang them, but there isn’t enough room between the toilet and the edge of the tub for them to hang freely. I wish there had been room, but cleanliness first. I mention it as it may be something you want to consider in your bathroom.
The flooring tile, was a hurdle. Hubs was Not willing to do it, and although I want some dark grey hexagon tiles, inspite of my best efforts he was not budging (yet lol) and the new bannister took up any budget we had for contract work this year, so the tiles are delayed. How do you deal with waiting for upgrades?
The tiles got a seriously good scrubbing with some industrial strength orange cleaner.
Things We Updated
Now comes the fun part, the things we chose to update.
Goodbye biege, in every single room of our home. It is finally this bathrooms turn. Using drywall compound we repaired any holes, gave the walls a quick wash with TSP. We painted the entire room in three coats of Sherwin Williams Snowbound. Its much lighter and brighter and it matches much better with the granite.
Slowly we have replaced the mirrors in the other two bathrooms, but this master bath has a built in vanity so I liked the full sized mirror. Instead of replacing the builder boring full sized mirror, we added trim and painted the frame with Sherwin Williams Extra white and filled the edges with silicone. Again its subtle but fresh and clean and no longer screams builder grade.
There all numerous tutorials on framing your mirror on Pinterest, but to do it yourself you need to.
Measure your mirror for width and height.
Purchase two plain pieces of flat three inch molding for the sides based on the mirror height.
Make sure both the upper and lower moldings have flat edges top and bottom for they match squarely with the side molding (no 45 degree cuts). Our top molding is four inch molding, the bottom is a smaller three inch moulding. Measure both moldings to the width of your mirror.
Attach them to the wall with small nails making sure not to hit the mirror. Fill the nails holes, and paint. The molding cost $60 for our mirror.
New Light Fixture
We added the exact same light fixture to another bathroom last year, and I really like it. Maybe we should have added a more farmhouse themed light, but again consistency matters, and I love the bubble lights we installed in both the kitchen and the other bath. The light fixture was $150 at Rona Canada
A couple of years ago we stayed in a hotel with a waterfall faucet. I had a wait but love it and it doesn’t spray or make the bathroom any messier than the other faucet did. The catch was convincing Hubs as he does the plumbing, he likes it as well now that its installed. We waited until it was on sale its a Moen from Lowes and cost $150 on sale.
The idea for shelves actually began in our bedroom makeover. I love having the extra display space, and the ability to swap out decor in the bathroom. I will update this post with a link as soon as I get the tutorial written.
Ths faux chicken feeder was in my stash, i just lined up all the perfume bottles, the bathroom sign is a new find from Urban Barn.
On the second shelf I added a large Highland cow picture. I saw similar ones online for $250 and was not willing to pay that much for something in our damp bathroom. I found it online for $40 and placed in a large IKEA frame. He is so fun.
Farmhouse Towel Rack
Our original towel rack was over the large tub and nowhere near the shower that we use regularly. We removed the basic towel rack from over the soaker tub, and added this small DIY towel rack in a handy spot beside the shower. I love it, its so much neater than having someone toss their towel on the counter. This was made from scrap wood, the back is a 1 by 6, and the top is a piece of molding from an old thrifted frame. The two hangers we purchased at a gift shop for $18.
Farmhouse Stool and Plant Holder
The flower pot was a turquoise blue so I wrapped it in a black felt outdoor potliner I found at the garden center for $4. I had considered sewing a round paper bag for it, but was thrilled to find one to purchase.
Final Decor Touches
A couple of years ago I stopped using various colours of towel, now I consistently use white. White is easy to clean, it does great on the sterilizing wash cycle, and having one colour greatly reduced the amount of decor towels I had in storage, and eliminated the mismatching towels, handtowels and face cloths.
Our drawers are well organized with assorted small dollar store containers holding sorted toiletries including toothbrushes and tooth paste. Because the toothbrushes are in the drawer I don’t need a toothbrush holder in our bathroom so I added a small black candle to this tray. I have two other black jar candles around the tub that I do burn. Having an elevated tray look fancy to me, and I often splurge on pretty soaps at Home Sense.
On the back of the toilet I have a little basket to hold toilet paper, and my collection of essential oils. They leave a nice scent hanging out in the basket, and it keeps the oils handy for adding to water or the scented bags on the plant stand.
I hope you found some simple achievable and inexpensive ideas for your home.