Tuesday, March 27, 2012

$60 Bathroom Makeover

So, as you may know. I've been wanting to do board and batten in my entry way and front room for awhile now. I finally got all the supplies, but when it came down to it, I started getting a little anxiety about how it was going to turn out. It was my first time, and it was in the most important place of my house. The first place guests see and sometimes the only place guests see. So I decided to try it out in my upstairs bathroom first. Ya' know, just to make sure :) And mainly cuz the hubs was having more anxiety about it than me. haha.

Anyway. So I really never had any plans to redo this bathroom. I never really liked it, but no one ever used it so it didn't matter too much to me. So this was like on a whim makeover :) Those are sometimes the best though. Mostly because I didn't have anything planned for it or money stashed away to do it, I had to find a way to make it work on a very limited budget.
Here's the before:
Bathroom Makeover for only $60! Lots of DIY projects and tips

It has the worst lighting. Its tucked away in a hall where no natural light gets to it. It doesn't have a window. Its just super dark. The color of the walls in here were the same color as all the walls in the rest of our house, but it looked 10 shades darker. It took me about 10 times to get this picture without it looking all yellowy washed-out :)
Bathroom Makeover for only $60! Lots of DIY projects and tips
The board and batten solved the whole 'darkness' issue and was the first thing to go up! It only cost me $11 to do. Not bad, huh? I'll show you how I did it for so cheap in an upcoming post. UPDATE: Click here to see how I did the board and batten!
white guest bathroom
Once the board and batten was done, I couldn't not do other updates to the bathroom. All it took was a new shower curtain, which I made from normal curtains. You can see the post about it here.
Bathroom Makeover for only $60! Lots of DIY projects and tips

diy board and batten
Some new pictures and accessories. I got these frames from Ikea and just printed off some black and whites of a few photos I took when visiting San Juan last fall.
Bathroom Makeover for only $60! Lots of DIY projects and tips

And a little clear storage in the form of glass containers.

This whole makeover came in at $60. Here's the breakdown:
$11 - board and batten
$24 - Shower curtain and liner
$5 - Glass containers (2 of them on sale at Hobby Lobby, the other I already had on hand)
$4 - DIY Mirror Frame
$6 - Picture Frames (Ikea)
$3 - Wash clothes (the other towels I already had on hand)
$7 - Soap dispenser from Ikea to match the glass containers.
Everything else, I had on hand.
Grand Total of $60

Here's the before and after again:
diy bathroom makeover
I can't believe the difference in here. It so much brighter. The board and batten did a lot to add to the brightness, but a lot of it came from the shower curtain itself. It makes the room feel so much taller to. I love it!
white guest bathroom
Its quite a shame actually that no one ever sees or uses this bathroom except for the occasional guests. 
But on a good note, the board and batten was a success! The hubs has approved it for the entry way and front room...and so have I :) I think I might make a few tweaks, but we'll see if that happens or not. I'm super excited for it! I just wish I could blink and have it all already painted for me :) haha. One can wish, can't she?
cheap bathroom makeover

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