How To Add Style To Your Bathroom On A Budget

Hey hey!  Today is a special day.  We recently participated in a $100 Room Makeover Challenge, and because I’m a master procrastinator, we added another wrinkle and made it a “$100 makeover in one week challenge”.    Thank goodness the engineer is home to help because this whole working full time and decorating part-time gig is HARD.  Anywhoo, I can’t wait to share the finished room and share everything I learned about how to add style to your bathroom on a budget.


how to style your bathroom on a budget


Yep, we chose our kids’ bathroom as the subject for this here transformation.


How To Add Style To Your Bathroom On A Budget

In true DDD (darn dumb decorator) style, I forgot to take any before pics, so I’ll need you to use your imagination.  Picture a plain bathroom with gray walls, white tile in the shower, linoleum on the floor and toothpaste in the sink.  It was seriously that bad.  We’ve lived in our home for 11 years, and this poor bathroom has “aged” right along with four stinky teenagers.

The first thing I did was take EVERYTHING out except for the fixtures, and clean from top to bottom.  Eww.   We scrubbed the walls, touched up the paint a bit and got started adding budget conscious style.

We went with a farmhouse look, of course, but I’m about to unload some tips on you that will work for any style.

Tip #1–Upgrade your lighting.   Good light is a must in a bathroom, why not make sure it sheds light on your style too?  I painted our fixture just like I did in our master bath, click here for that tutorial.

Removing the dusty globes and adding some fun vintage look bulbs made all the difference, and now it’s easier to clean!

how to add style to your bathroom on a budget


Tip #2–Don’t be afraid to add some art, just be sure it will hold up to the sometimes steamy environment.  I found this fabulously rustic piece on clearance at our local discount store, and I’m totally in love with it.


how to add style to your bathroom on a budget


Tip #3–Frame out your mirror.  Our builder grade mirror completely lacked character so we stuck some on.  If rustic wood isn’t your style, add a painted wood frame.


how to add style to your bathroom on a budget


Tip #4–Think out of the box when it comes to storage.  We added a silverware caddy to the counter to store everyday grooming essentials.  I added several coats of polyacrylic to the wood base to protect it from moisture.


how to add style to your bathroom on a budget


Tip #5–Add texture.  There are so many smooth textures in a bathroom, I love to add others in the form of wood, woven baskets, and metal.  We added this shelf above the towel bar (which is above the toilet) for a little display space and a spot for an extra roll of paper.


how to add style to your bathroom on a budget


The ball jar and new towels added some color to this mostly neutral space.

And that’s it!

Here’s our cost rundown:

New Shower Curtain:  $17

Wood for the Mirror Frame:  $14

Wall Art:  $8 (best. clearance. purchase. ever.)

New Towels:  $12

New Light Bulbs:  $25

Command Strips to Hang the Mirror Frame:  $8

Paint for Light Fixture, Wood for the Shelf, Brackets, Counter Storage, Vintage Ball Jar, Framed Wallpaper and Toilet Paper Basket:  FREE (totally shopped my house)

TOTAL:  $84!!  (This is the first time I’ve been under budget in my life. ;))

Thank you so much for visiting!  If you love this makeover, will you please share it with your friends and family?  Thank you so much!

Now check out my friends’ amazing makeovers!

Have a fabulous weekend.

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36 thoughts on “How To Add Style To Your Bathroom On A Budget

  1. This is brilliant! I love the way you framed out your builder grade mirror. This project is on my list of phase 2 in my master bath.

    You accomplished a lot in one week!!!!

    Happy Friday!

  2. Kimm your bathroom and mine look very similar! I forgot the before picture too!! Haha. And don’t you love those command strips? And Edison bulbs? You did great!

  3. Did you just leave the mirror attached to the wall and stick the wood up to frame it? So the two are completely separate?

    1. Thank you Sarah! We have one more naked mirror and my husband just asked me this morning if I wanted to go ahead and frame that one too. Of course I said YES! :)

    1. Thanks Denise! I am kind of hooked on painting light fixures, it’s such a cheap and easy way to transform them, and this one really needed some help! :)

    1. Thank you Susanne! Just tell your hubby that you’re either going to paint it or replace it. :) I figured if I ruined it, then I would just replace it, which needed to happen anyway. :)

  4. Wonderful, affordable, doable ideas. You did such a great job for being under budget, love that.
    Know what you mean about stinky teenagers. Our 3 oldest were teenagers together. At least had little lee way time before last one hit teens. But then she acted like teen when she was 10, taking lessons from older kids? No rest for the wicked they say, how about parents?
    The teens bathroom looks like new, hope they appreciated it and help to keep it clean.
    Hubs and I never had time before kids as he married me with 3 kids, 4, 6, 8. We had one last one just before I turned 30.
    Will be borrowing some, if not all, your great ideas, love farmhouse. Enjoy rest of week

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