Want a new Master Bathroom, but afraid to take on a major renovation? How about a new design but you don't have the typical $8-$20 thousand dollars to spend on contractors? Or maybe, you're like me, and just have never given your space any decor, or personality at all! Let's take a look at how I changed my basic, builder grade, bathroom into a bright, fresh and modern farmhouse, space!
I have taken a lot of steps in turning our cookie cutter, speck home into my version of farmhouse decor. Remember my painted staricase project? How about the Farmhouse Style bathroom makeover? Another favorite DIY project was my plywood turned hardwood flooring! I have ignored our Master Bathroom for 4 years...it was time to take the plunge!
Let's take a look at how it started. Vanilla walls, the dreaded orange oak cabinetry, builder grade light fixtures, all topped off with vinyl "tile" floors. Not terrible, but nothing to show off either!
I knew I had to keep all existing materials, just spruce them up a bit! My budget was $500 and my plan was to -update the flooring - new light fixtures - new faucets - paint the cabinetry and add hardware - change the counter tops - add storage - design a new laundry sorting system - update the shower door - and overall create a modern, farmhouse feel.
I started by adding ship lap to the mirror wall, floor to ceiling, as well as the opposite wall, just chair rail height. I also chose to install it vertically vs. the traditional horizontal. I feel this added to the modern aesthetic I was going for. I use 1/4" plywood underlay for my ship lap material. It is extremely easy to work with and very cost effective at $8 for a 4'x8' sheet. If you ask nicely, the guys at the local hardware store will even cut it into 8" wide strips! I apply it to the wall using my Ryobi nail gun and finishing nails leaving a small (nickle size) space between the boards. I left the boards un-sanded and painted them once they were on the wall.
After the wall treatment was installed I painted the existing cabinetry the same color as the ship lap. I chose Ultra Pure White by Behr in the Premium Plus paint in a matte finish. It is my favorite paint of all time! It's super cost effective and so creamy with great coverage and low odor. Already the room is beginning to feel lighter and brighter!
At this point I painted all the walls (also in Ultra Pure White) as well as the door casings and trim (to match all other trim in our home, Bleached Linen by Behr).
Up next, the counter tops and lighting, as I was working in the dark after removing the old! I did not have the budget to replace our counter tops, but I wanted a new look. Paint to the rescue! I had done my research on painted counters and I was willing to give it a try. I used the Behr Premium Plus again, this time in a Black, matte finish. After a thorough cleaning, I painted them using a brush. It required 3 coats and I finished with a stippled pattern using a dabbing motion with the brush ends to create a texture. I then used a matte finish, Polyurethane, 3 coats, to seal it. So simple, cost effective, yet yielding great results!
I installed new light fixtures that I ordered from Amazon at $29.99 a piece! Such a great, budget friendly price! It was beginning to look transformed...
Now to tackle my lack of storage problem. We have no linen closet in here, only those 2 drawers and 1 cabinet per sink you see here. Therefore the majority of my bathroom necessities end up on that counter space, between the sinks. I planned to add a cabinet to the top, between the sinks, as well as open shelving below. After a lot of debate over the best option, I chose a Closet Maid system with a wall tower. I added the optional door and drawer fronts and after a bit of modification, had a lovely cabinet with 2 drawers and 2 doors! I even added a power strip to the cabinet to hide the cords for our toothbrushes, my hairdryer and curling iron! I hid the power strip cord with the trim I hung around the mirrors!
Now it was time to tackle the floors. Again, no room in the budget to replace them. The power of paint to the rescue again! I thought about doing a stencil I used on the painted rug on our deck. Ultimately, I knew I wanted something more, "my own". I combined my love of buffalo check with painters tape and decided on a buffalo check, painted floor! I will be posting a DIY, How To, on the process I used, in a separate blog post, coming soon!!! Here is a shot of the flooring, just after completion.
I was in the final, home stretch now! I enlisted the help of my dad to teach me how to install new faucets at the sinks. I love adding new knowledge to my "tool belt" for future projects! I found these throw back faucets at Home Depot for $32 each! They were perfect for the design and my budget! After the faucets were installed, I added the trim across the top of the ship lap as well as framed out the mirrors on either side of the new cabinet.
This project took me one week and less than $500 to complete! That's a win in my book! Before we look at the final, "after" photos, I'll run down the supplies and basic costs for you.
- paint for walls, cabinetry, counter tops and floors - Behr Ultra Pure White, Bleached Linen, Black, Dark Ash and Sparrow - $54 ( I already had the pure white and bleached linen)
- Light Fixtures - Amazon - $58
- Faucets - Home Depot - $64
- Ship Lap - 1/4" plywood underlay sheets - Home Depot $8 for a 4'x8' sheet (I already had mine left over from a previous flooring project)
- Closet Maid system for new cabinetry - Home Depot $190 (most expensive part!!!)
- Hardware for cabinet doors and drawers and wall hooks - Amazon - $20
- Laundry Bags (3) for sorting lights, darks and colors - Amazon - $45
- wood for trim - scrap pieces from my garage - free
- Misc. decor items - a collection of items from my home as well as a few new items from Home Goods and Marshalls - $50
That brings my total to $486!!! Not bad for a complete Master Bedroom Makeover! Which brings us to the fun part! The AFTER PHOTOS!!!! Sit back and enjoy!