I am going to attempt a little before and after thing here. Months ago we decided to tackle the boys bathroom. We ripped down the wallpaper, we painted and we attempted to make pretty for as little as possible.
I just couldn’t take the 80s throwback any longer, but I knew we didn’t have the funds to completely redo the bathroom. That with the fact that this is the boys bathroom and they are super hard on things, we decided to fix it up enough to make me not gag when I walk in the room, but that when they were older (think high school?) we would invest in a more complete renovation.
Here is the scary scary before. I don’t have many pictures of the before because it was so bad I didn’t even want any evidence of it! This is from the day we moved in to our home.
Yikes… the wallpaper, the bad art, the oak cabinet… oh I could go on and on.
We pulled the wall paper! That just had to go. I briefly entertained the idea of just wallpapering over it, but decided that was just causing more work down the road yet again.
We painted… not only the walls but the cabinet. I love a simple gray cabinet!
Along with that we updated the light fixture.
Also added new towel hooks. Ba-bye honey oak circa 1982!
And the whale art for a bit of fun.
Again not a complete overhaul, but a huge improvement from the super dated look.
Not sure if any of you noticed. The before picture had drawers down the left side of the cabinet? Those drawers were severely broken and could not be repaired. I had a brilliant idea to take them out and build shelves where the drawers once were. It was very easy with the help of my handy hubby. With a fresh coat of gray paint the cabinet easily looks updated and like it was intended to be that way from the beginning!
We are still contemplating what to do about countertops. Do we go ahead and get a new countertop? Even though we have made due with everything else in this bathroom? Maybe some sort of resurfacing technique? Concrete? Hmmm.
I almost forgot to share with you all the best part of this project. We started with a 1970s-1980s bathroom that made my stomach turn.
Here is a cost breakdown of what was done.
Built shelving where old drawers were- $10 in wood
Paint cabinet- Free (we already had paint)
New cabinet hardware- $7
Light fixture- $55 (we picked on that was a pretty good Pottery Barn knock off at Home Depot)
Rug- $15 Target
Whale Art- $11
New mirror that I painted a fun blue- $30
New towel hooks- $20
Paint walls- Free- used the same color we already had for our sunroom
Total for overhauling the bathroom spent was only $148!
Those of you who have ever updated a bathroom know how expensive it can be. By using and making due with some of the old pieces we were able to deal with cosmetics only to make it a bit more tolerable.
We know someday we are going to have to really gut this thing, but for now I don’t feel like screaming and running away at the site when I walk in. It is clean, crisp and a bit more modern which was all I was hoping for to get us by!