Looking for bathroom ideas on a budget? I’ve shared a bathroom makeover full of fun DIY’s before, but I was feeling the itch to make some changes.
My bathroom was pretty cute before, but it didn’t feel like me. I completed it a few years ago, at a time when I was just desperate for one clean, finished space. If you’ve done any renovations, you get that. My taste is evolving a bit and I wanted this space to reflect that.
Why a Budget Bathroom Makeover?
One day we will completely re-do the bathroom. It’s going to be pretty drastic because I want a deep tub. That day is not today. Until then, it makes no sense to put in tile that we will have to rip out. I also considered these peel and stick tiles, but they were more work that I wanted to do.
Paint is cheap and makes a huge difference! Besides paint, I added a few new accessories and new towels, which we needed anyways.
Bathroom Ideas on a Budget
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Here’s what I started with. Like I said, not bad. I just wanted a change that wouldn’t cost much money.
Bathroom Makeover After
I repainted the top portion of the wall in Sherwin William Tricorn Black. This is my favorite black paint.
Then I repainted the vanity using Rustoleum Milk Paint in Highland Blue. It was my first time using this paint and I liked it. It goes on like a thin chalk paint, leaving a very matte finish. The color is a pretty aqua. It needed 2 coats with some touch up. When it was dry, I applied 2 coats of polycrylic in matte to protect the finish.
Stenciling the Floor
This is just an overview. For a full tutorial, check out this post.
Then I started with repainting the floors. They were in pretty good shape, considering I painted them 3 years ago. The only chips are where the floor itself is crumbling and where the caulk hit the paint on the floor. Those areas get wet a bit more, so I can understand that.
I cleaned the floor thoroughly and then started painting. Last time, I used Floor and Porch paint. The paint was dried up and my car was in the shop, so I decided to improvise. I used my wall paint: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black. Time will tell how it holds up. It needed 2 coats.
Edited to add: (DO NOT USE REGULAR LATEX PAINT. Use floor and porch paint instead! It holds up much better)
After the paint was dry, I added a stencil. It lined up perfectly with the grid of the vinyl. Each 12″ square got a starburst stencil painted on it.
I like using a stencil pouncer because it’s easy to control the amount of paint that gets used. For more intricate stencils, I like to use a foam roller.
I used a white chalk paint so that I could get good coverage: Valspar in Kid Gloves.
This stencil design is nice because it’s easy to get around objects like toilets. If you’ve ever stenciled a floor, you know that the edges and going around objects can be painful.
I cut this stencil using 7 mil mylar, which I really liked. It’s my first time using this material for stencils and I’ll stick with it. The plastic is rigid, but it cut easily with my Silhouette. I used the settings 9, 3, 33, Double pass.
Once the stencil was dry, I applied a coat of polycrylic. Honestly, it still needs 1 more coat.
The mirror came from At Home, also on clearance. Here’s a similar mirror.
The brass sculpture was found at a thrift store a few years ago.
The macrame planter came from Michaels, (similar) and the faux plant is from IKEA. They have the best faux plants.
I’ve had the shower curtain for a few years.
I was so worried about the different wood tones/ bamboo/ rattan, but I love how much warmth they add!
What are your favorite bathroom ideas on a budget?
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