Friday, September 4, 2015

REVEAL: $100 Small Bathroom Makeover!!! (Tons of ideas for inexpensive upgrades)

So I made over my bathroom...on a $100 budget!

bathroom makeover, powder room, bathroom makeover budget, rachael ray

You seriously have NO idea how excited I am to finally be able to show off my brand spankin' new powder room!  I couldn't be happier with how it came out especially given all the "firsts" I faced - wallpaper, beadboard, trim, building...  What makes me even happier is that I was able to come in under my $100 budget.  It's hard to believe looking at the before and after pictures that this could be done for less than one hundred buckos, but I assure you it was!
I've made over a lot of spaces in our house on a budget including adding DIY faux garage door windows to our garage doors with nothing more than my Silhouette cutting machine and some vinyl...

And updating our laundry room on a shoestring budget....

This time...I had my sights set on the powder room. I went into this $100 bathroom makeover with this as my canvas and this as my inspiration.
On a $100 budget there was no way I was getting a new vanity, but storage was a priority.  I had to get the wipes (and gold fish?!) off the sink!

I had an entire gallon of blue paint (Woodlawn Sterling Blue) that was a screw-up color from the bedroom makeover and I knew I wanted to use it in the bathroom.  (You'll start to notice how I kept my costs down by shopping my house and using what I already had on hand.) With storage and blue front and center I worked from there.

In case you need a's what my bathroom looked like before....can you say U.G.L.Y?

I did a lot of research to find the most budget and user-friendly products - especially when it came to the bead board.  At first I planned to use bead board paneling, but the price and the thought of all that exact cutting pointed me toward Martha Steward Living brand beadboard wallpaper.  It got great reviews for ease of use and look.  Many people who used it referred to themselves as 'beginners', which as far as wallpaper goes, I was a virgin.  So, for the price - less than $25 for one 56 sq foot roll - I was sold.  I have to tell you, it was very easy to put up. The biggest challenge was around the plumbing behind the toilet and sink, but with a little patience and a good exacto knife it wasn't anything this newbie couldn't handle.

The textured wallpaper does not have adhesive on it so I had to buy wallpaper paste which was another expense, but I found it at Walmart for $4.97.  I also picked up a wallpaper smoothing tool and it was worth every penny at less than $2.   It took me about two hours to put up the wallpaper from start to finish.

The wallpaper requires a coat of paint after it's hung, which actually helped to hide the seams between the sheets.

Gap between wallpaper sheets

By the way - I had some of that bead board wall paper left over so I used it on a thrift store dresser to tv console makeover! Can you see it there behind the baskets?

Back to the budget bathroom makeover though....while I had the white paint out, I painted the baseboard trim.  They look so fresh and clean I am just itching to paint all of the trim in the rest of my house.  I had the wall/trim paint on hand from other painting projects so this didn't cost me a dime.

beadboard wallpaper bathroom, bead board wall paper tutorial, bathroom powder room, rachael ray

After the paint was on the walls and the bead board wall paper was up I turned to the details.  With storage space in mind, I built the over-the-toilet hanging shelf from pallet wood (tutorial here) and stained it a dark walnut.  The pallet wood cost me nothing and I already had the stain on hand.

I purchased the hook for $2 and the rope for about $8.  I used it for both the shelf and to cover an (ugly) $1 trash can from the dollar store.  So much cuter, right?! 

To style the shelf I started by shopping my house first!

The basket that is holding the baby wipes (that used to teeter on the edge of the sink) I had in the top of the coat closest holding one mitten (I can't make this stuff up).  The wipes container fit perfectly inside and it hides it completely!

I had originally used my home printer to print our monogram on burlap and had the frame sitting on the mantel. But I moved that onto the shelf in the bathroom instead.

The glass jar with the flowers was a small pickle jar that cleaned out and I filled with a few flowers taken from some old potpourri.

I had another small picture frame that wasn't in use, but with a quick coat of spray paint and a swatch of fabric - it added a pop of color to the shelf.

I picked up the candle for the bathroom shelf at Kohls - it was originally $24.99 (who in their right mind would pay that I have no idea...).  As you can see it was on the clearance shelf and marked way down; plus I had Kohl's Cash so it didn't ding my budget at all. 

Speaking of the curtains...they make this bathroom makeover for me!

I found this great HGTV Waverly fabric at Joann Fabrics.  It was $19.99/yard on sale for $9.99.  I only needed half a yard to bring it to $5 and I had a 15% off coupon which meant it cost me $4.25.   I used a dowel, that I had on hand, for the curtain rod...yes, this, my friends, is how you keep a $100
budget when you have to re-do the bathroom from floor to ceiling.

I actually had more left over fabric which I used to make a DIY soap pump dispenser from a glass food jar. I just cut a hole in the top of the jar lid and use a soap dispenser for a bottle of soap that was long empty. If the straw's too long..just snip it!  By the way that fabric on the front of the soap dispenser...I cut that fabric with my Silhouette cutting machine. Interested in 800+ Silhouette tutorials? Be sure to check out my flagship blog Silhouette School!

I had originally gone all DIY on the light switch turning it into a paper covered light switch covers...but I changed courses before I was even done the bathroom makeover. I just wasn't feeling it for this room. For the kids' rooms, yes...but this powder room - eh.

I think my favorite upgrade in the bathroom is the light fixture.  I hated the brown globes that were on there - they were so dated and dark.  I swapped them out for three mason jars which cost me a total of $3.87 for my newly improved DIY mason jar light fixture.  They make a huge difference and for very little cost.  Even my two year old son pointed them out as he peed all over my freshly wallpapered walls.
Mason jar light fixture diy, do it yourself mason jar light tutorial, rachael ray
Here's a closer look at how the mason jar bathroom light was made. Of course you can find a full tutorial on making your own mason jar light here.

Mason jar light fixture diy, do it yourself mason jar light tutorial, rachael ray

One of the last things I did in the bathroom was the trim.  I have never put up or cut chair rail -- or any type of trim -- so this was definitely the biggest challenge I faced.  In fact, at one point I nearly gave up - even telling my husband this was too advanced for me and I would need to hire a contractor to fix my screw ups.

I had cut all the trim the proper angles, but the corners weren't meeting up.  Caulk can save a project, but this was too far gone.  After stepping away for a few hours I searched YouTube for how to cut chair rail using a miter box saw and realized while I was cutting the angles correctly, I was positioning the wood improperly on the saw.

Once I fixed this I re cut every piece and it worked perfectly.  The trim cost me $26.47 for 3 6-7' pieces. Having to re-buy all of it - or even part of it - would blow my budget.  I decided I would scrap together what I could which meant each wall has a spot where two pieces come together in the middle of the wall.  No, it's not ideal, but I am happy enough with the way it came out for my first trim project that I don't feel the need to have a pro fix my mistake.

Perhaps my biggest design challenge in the bathroom was the mirror.  Okay, so it has a beveled's still builders grade and it still isn't really what I want.  I purchased a dark wood framed mirror from the craft store for about $24, but being right next to the dark shelf I just kept thinking it was too much wood.  Once I had the bathroom all together I realized that the oval mirror isn't all that bad.  So for now I have decided to keep it until I find something that I absolutely love.  And I still have room in my budget to get it....

Here's how this bathroom makeover broke down:

Renovation           Price

Martha Stewart Beadboard wallpaper 24.95
Rope for Shelf 8.81
Wallpaper paste 4.97
Trim 26.47
3 mason jars for light fixture 3.87
Pallet Board 0.00
Hook for shelf 2.97
Curtain fabric 4.25
Mirror 0.00
Waste basket 1.00
Soap dispenser 1.97
Finishing nails 1.30
Candle for shelf 3.85

TOTAL $84.41

And here are a few more 'after' pictures

Thanks for stopping by 2IY.  If you like what you see (and we certainly hope you do), we'd love for you to pin it.

What inexpensive ways have you found to upgrade your bath or powder room?  Send me an email or post a comment below...I'm always looking for creative ways to add pizazz to the pot.


  1. Awesome job! I can't believe that's wallpaper!! Do you have texture on your walls? I would love to do this in my dining room but we have 'knock-down' texture and I am afraid it wont 'stick' or there will be air bubbles in it.
    Also, did you do anything else to prep behind the paper? (Im a paper virgin too - lol, no clue how to do it)

    I think the oval mirror looks great. But if you are insistent on replacing, definitely go with either silver or white.

    1. Hi Krystal,
      Our walls were not textured. I did have a few spots that weren't smooth from nail pops or whatever. The wall paper is kind of 'spongy' and it's actually very forgiving. I didn't prep the walls in any way other than cleaning them. I was a bit intimidated, but it was actually very easy.

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    1. Thanks! I actually like keeping the door open now! :)

  3. I have one piece of beadboard (real) in my bedroom but have been wanting to do all four walls because the wallpaper is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay past looking good. I never thought about paintable wallpaper - I'm going to have to check that out. Like you - I'd love read beadboard but after my experience with one wall, knew I could never make it look as good as it should by using wood LOL Your bathroom looks fabulous!

  4. I love what you did, it looks nice and clean, but I have a question....Do you have problems with heat using the jars for your light? Did you ventilate them somehow?

    1. Hi there! I have gotten this question repeatedly and my answer is always the same - I do not have an issue with the heat, but only because of where my light fixture is. It's in a powder room that's only used for a minute or two at a time. If I were to put a mason jar light fixture anywhere else - even in a master bath where the light would be on for longer periods of time - I would drill vent holes around the larger hole to allow the heat to escape. Here's the full tutorial for the mason jar light fixture update >

  5. At first I was thinking, "Her 'before' bath isn't that bad". Then...I saw your after and it really does look sooooo much better! You did a wonderful job. Totally caught me off gaurd with the whole "son peeing on my new wallpaper" comment. Bahahaha! Lastly, your mirror is perfectly fine. Way better than the plain jane square ones that are just stuck to the wall. Visiting from DIY Showoff. :-)
    Luisa @

  6. I absolutely love your "new" bathroom! Your new look is the same style of what I've been thinking for my own bathroom. I would have never known that the beadboard was really wallpaper! Fantastic. Just love this makeover project.

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    If you get a chance, please stop by my blog, Artistic Expressions by Elisabeth. I posted my craft room reveal that you might enjoy. :-)

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