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Master Bathroom Makeover- There is Nothing Master About This Bath

We have this bathroom that is attached to our bedroom.
It’s referred to as a “master” bathroom, however, there is nothing “master” about it.
The only difference is the master bedroom has its own bathroom.
As a result, master bathroom by association.

I’d intended on redecorating this bathroom for years, but we still had the same paint from the previous owners, whom we will refer to as Claude and Mona for the sake of this post. To give you an idea, Claude and Mona haven’t lived here in nearly eight years. We still had the same storage cabinet over the toilet that they had in their master bathroom.

Here is a picture of my bath from 2010:

Say hello to Claude and Mona’s white cabinet. 

So our bathroom had this mid-level blue color on the walls, which wasn’t horrible but it made this soul-crushingly small room appear even smaller.
We also had one of those builder-grade mirrors that took up the majority of the wall.
We ended up finding a great mirror at Lowe’s over Labor Day weekend, but before you look at the photo, let me offer a word of warning.

Monistat is on the counter.
Because, in addition to having a pretty gloomy bathroom in 2010, I must have also had a yeast infection.
And, yes, I could have edited the photo, but I preferred to remain authentic.
Because you won’t find this level of honesty on the big blogs.
Nor will you get a plug for a feminine product.

Geez, it’s almost as though I posed it there.
As if Monistat was paying me at the time. 
They weren’t.
Otherwise, I wouldn’t have had to wait another two years for a decent bathroom.

Back to the mirror, it was only $12.
It was pure luck that I found it because I have yet to find another mirror at that price.
So, even after adding that mirror, the bathroom sat like this for another two years.
Apparently, I was pacing myself.

Fast forward to this summer and I told myself, “Enough!”

After seven years, we are finally making this bathroom our own. But I needed to accomplish it on a shoestring budget.

My budget was $150.
Which, I’m told, isn’t a lot for bathrooms. Sigh.

Here is what it looked like back in September 2012:

We spent $39 at Home Depot on a new light fixture to replace the dated dressing room light bulb fixture.

We found the faucet at Home Depot as well.

The next step was to transform Claude and Mona’s blue bathroom into Mike and Kari’s bathroom.
Here is what it looked like after we painted it Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore:

 I took the Benjamin Moore paint chip to Home Depot and had it mixed with Behr paint because it is a lot less expensive that way.
I also used low VOC paint for the first time, and that night in the bedroom, I couldn’t even smell the paint. 
From now on, I will pay the extra.

So the next thing I wanted to do was change the floors.

So I had noticed on blogs and through home improvement shows that they now have peel and stick vinyl flooring that looks like hardwood floors and that you could put these on top of your current flooring.

After doing extensive research, I found what I was looking for at Lowe’s. It’s called peel and stick plank flooring. 

My husband was out-of-town on business for a week when I decided to try this, and I knew just the person who could help me with the installation.
My best friend, Rebecca.

Rebecca was fantastic.
She assembled all of the flooring as if it were a puzzle.
Then she asked if I wanted the planks to appear staggered like real hardwood.
Um, sure?
If I had done this on my own, it would not have looked this nice and I would not have thought it through this thoroughly.
 I’d still be in this bathroom, rocking back and forth in the fetal position, with the linoleum attached to my hair, clothing, and body.

So we were peeling and sticking the planks and literally celebrating each time we finished a plank.

Clap! Clap! Clap!
Look how far we’ve come! 
We rock!

Then we got cocky.

This is too easy!
Who in the world would pay someone else to do this?
This is something even a teenager could do!

Until we encountered a roadblock.
The toilet.

Rebecca created a template, which she then traced onto the vinyl pieces. Then I would take the knife of death utility knife and score the plank and snap it.
Then, like a puzzle, we’d try to fit it into place.

That’s when we completely lost it.
We were laughing so hard that we were crying.
And it was then that we said:

This is exactly why people pay others to do these things!

Here is a picture of me admiring my new floors while Rebecca works on the templates:

And here is the new floor:

Thank you so much for your help, Rebecca!

My brother stated that it would have been simpler to remove the toilet entirely in order to install the flooring.
I informed him that I intend to replace the girls’ bathroom flooring as well, and that he should come to my house next week to assist me.

Are you ready for the big reveal?



Here is a breakdown of the costs

1- Flooring– I purchased it at Lowe’s for $46.95 per box. Only one box of planks was required. It was called Style Selections, and I’m not sure what the name of the color is. But the serial number is 0399147.

2- Faucet-Peerless for $64.95

3- Towel bars and accessories $23.95 for a package.

4- Outlet covers $3.95 each

5- Oval mirror $12.00 at Lowe’s

6- Light fixture– Home Depot for $39

7- Paint-Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore, however I used Behr low VOC paint from Home Depot for $30 a gallon. I still have enough leftovers to complete the bathroom makeover for our girls’.

8- Shower curtain-$19.00 at Target. Inspiration? My mom! She has the identical one in her lovely Tennessee mountain home, and now I feel like I have a piece of her in mine.

9- Knobs on vanity– $3.00 each on sale.

Grand total-$ 249.75

I went slightly over budget, but I’m so happy with our new bathroom.
I wonder what Claude and Mona would think? 🙂

Have you ever remodeled a bathroom on a budget? Tell me about it in the comments. 

58 thoughts on “Master Bathroom Makeover- There is Nothing Master About This Bath”

  1. OHMYWORD I AM IN LOOOOVE!!! I have to redo our bathroom floor, the tiles are totally peeling up, i want to be a creeper and copy yours! You are awesome for putting in exactly what you used!!!


  2. HOLY CRAP!!!! hahaha no pun intended? or maybe pun intended.hahaha it looks AH-mazing. i LOVE it so much. the floors are awesome. love it so much better with out the shlf over the tolete.and the meaning behind your shower curtain is SO cute…great job!!


  3. @ My Blog BFF- Thank you friend! I can come over and help you with it. In exchange for wine. 😉 @ Antonia- It doesnt come up anonymous anymore!! Yay! Thanks friend, I love it so much. Probably more than what is normal. 🙂


  4. It looks like you had an amazing weekend! Apple cider mini donuts sound delightful! And the bathroom!?!? Amazing! I love the before pictures… I'm notorious for leaving crap on the counter in pictures! The floor looks amazing, but I think the best part is that you have a bit of your mom in there. A girl always needs her mama!!


  5. Wow, I'm so impressed! My master bath is smaller…only a shower! I blogged about it November 18, 2010 if you want to look. You guys did an awesome job…it's beautiful!


  6. Wow, that is such an Awesome Makeover!! Great job. I love the new faucet and those hard woods, or is it vinyl…look great! Can't believe you spent so little.JaneFF


  7. That floor made all the difference! When we moved into our house, the bathrooms were carpeted. Wall to wall. Yeah, it was gross. I wish that peel and stick fake wood had been available back then. Such a quick fix!


  8. I stumbled onto the site, i heart nap time and came across a link to your site and really enjoyed your bathroom remodel. my husband is in construction ergo, nothing gets done here that I don't. truly the biggest impact was the flooring and it looks AMAZING! I love your writing and the humor behind it because you sound like a friend and made me laugh. Thanks!


  9. great job! I did not take the toilet out when installing ours…and yes, I did the template on paper and it looks great!


  10. Love this! I too have a small bathroom and the flooring is horrid. Love the peel and stick you did. My question is, are you're fixtures: mirror,knobs etc. black or oil rubbed bronze?


  11. Patty- you didnt leave an email to respond so I hope you come back and read this! It is oil rubbed bronze. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


  12. Beautiful! I want to do this in my bathroom like NOW!!! Did you take your baseboards and little trim by the door off or just stick the planks down next to them?


  13. ha ha I still have carpet in my guest bathroom ick. we don't have a lowes up here only homedepot. i have been trying to decide what kind of flooring to get for 14 yrs and by golly this is it thx 😉


  14. Help! I absolutely love that shower curtain, but cannot find it at Target 😦 would you happen to have any more info on it? Beth


  15. the floor looks awesome!!! I may have to look into this…I love it! I thought the same thing about removing the toilet. I sppose if I was doing it myself I'd probably convince myself to work around it but my husband's a plumber so I got the right guy to remove it for me! 🙂


  16. Anonymous- You won't be able to find it on Did you look in store?If you can't find it, I will look it up and post the exact name.


  17. Having a wooden bathroom floor is pretty unique. Not only does it look good, but it also promotes cleanliness more because people will have the discipline not to spill water on the floor because it has the tendency to warp if it’s always wet.


  18. I love this, this is great, did I mention that I love this? I have been mulling over using Ben Pewter in my family room. I picked Baby Fawn but now after seeing your bath in 2nd guessing myself. This is a big one for me because it is not only the color for the family room, but also the 2 1/2 story entrance foyer, upstairs hall and stairwell, and part of our kitchen … gotta love open floor plans! – Jacque @theDIYvillage


  19. That looks awesome! Better idea to go with the vinyl hardwood look than real hardwood. We have real hardwood in two of our bathrooms, stupidest thing I ever saw- clearly they were not the thought of a mother who bathes her children 🙂


  20. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. I am actually very envious of you for having that wonderful autumn drive. I really love to have seen those beautiful mums with my own eyes. These are just very uplifting. Anyway, your bathroom has indeed transformed. You certainly did an absolutely amazing job, which I am certain that others as well as home builders Missouri will also appreciate. Thanks for sharing this post.


  21. Great idea! I'm thinking of using this in our master bath as well! One question~how did you work around the baseboards and the flush that separates the bath floor from the next room's floor?Thank you for sharing this with us viewers;)


  22. Great idea! I'm thinking of using this in our master bath as well! One question~how did you work around the baseboards and the flush that separates the bath floor from the next room's floor?Thank you for sharing this with us viewers;)


  23. I LOVE it! That flooring is exactly what I want for my whole house. How has it held up and would us use it again? Great makeover and is Rebecca still your Bestie after the event, lol? Y'all did a great job.


    1. Beautifully!But I would keep any extra strips of flooring in case you need to replace them.I haven't had to for my bathroom but just in case.Thanks for visiting!


    1. Funny you should ask….I was going to take pictures to add to this post but the lighting sucked.
      They are holding up surprisingly well. A few pieces came off of the area beside the toilet but we had so much left over that we just replaced it.
      But other than that, they are worth every penny.


      1. The name is Style Selections at Lowe’s. They have many name brands to choose from but these were much less expensive.
        They are called Peel and Stick Vinyl planks. They have many colors to choose from but I don’t remember the name of mine because I don’t have the box any longer just the planks. I hope this helps.


      2. Did you remove your baseboards or that metal bar where the planks meet the carpet when you were installing?


  24. Kari, not only do I love, love, love your “newest” bathroom redo, but I love your blog. You totally made me smile while reading your experience. Job well done!

    I am moving into an apartment and will take this on in my “new” bathroom!

    Thank you for being such a great writer!


  25. What an amazing makeover! One year after your updates in the comments, I’m wondering if it comes off if you’re intentionally trying to take it off? I have a gross dirty beige tile in my bathroom and would like to put something like this on top; the problem is, the house isn’t mine (rental) and I’d probably have to leave it the way it was if the landlord doesn’t like it. Thank you!


    1. Thank you! So I have had this on my floor for almost five years now and it is still there! But it is starting to come up in places. So you could definitely peel this off. I would say this is a perfect idea for renters since you aren’t able to change the floors but I would ask your landlord to be safe. Maybe show her/him the after on this post and see if they like it. Maybe they will decide to keep it! Good luck!


      1. I really like this ! Problem is I have light hardwood downstairs and old school light brown laminate upstairs. I would love to do this for my whole upstairs but I know it’ll be weird having different floors upstairs and down. Would you recommend this flooring for like a whole house? Because this looks fairly simple like I could do it myself and less expensive 🙂


      2. Actually, I have light hardwood downstairs too and dark hardwood upstairs so I can relate! I wouldn’t recommend it for large well-traveled spaces because it is peel and stick at the end of the day. But maybe try it on a smaller room like a kitchen or entryway and see how it holds up. Take pictures and share them if you go ahead and do it!


  26. Did you remove the baseboards to install the planks? If not can you see the planks against the baseboards? It looks great and I would love to do this to our laundry room


    1. I didn’t have to remove them, just placed them right against the baseboards. You can’t even see a gap. I suppose it depends on the type of baseboard you have, but I think it will be fine no matter what. Good luck!


  27. This looks great, I just bought some and excited to do this project! But did you cut the template from around your toilet with the utility knife and from which side? The top or bottom of the tile?


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