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.
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 $39 at Home Depot on a new light fixture to replace the dated dressing room light bulb fixture.
We found the faucet at Home Depot as well.
So we were peeling and sticking the planks and literally celebrating each time we finished a plank.
Clap! Clap! Clap!
Look how far we’ve come!
Then we got cocky.
This is too easy!
Who in the world would pay someone else to do this?
This is something even a teenager could do!
Until we encountered a roadblock.
Rebecca created a template, which she then traced onto the vinyl pieces. Then I would take the knife of death utility knife and score the plank and snap it.
Then, like a puzzle, we’d try to fit it into place.
That’s when we completely lost it.
We were laughing so hard that we were crying.
And it was then that we said:
This is exactly why people pay others to do these things!
Here is a picture of me admiring my new floors while Rebecca works on the templates:
Thank you so much for your help, Rebecca!
My brother stated that it would have been simpler to remove the toilet entirely in order to install the flooring.
I informed him that I intend to replace the girls’ bathroom flooring as well, and that he should come to my house next week to assist me.
Are you ready for the big reveal?
Here is a breakdown of the costs
Grand total-$ 249.75
Have you ever remodeled a bathroom on a budget? Tell me about it in the comments.