Our home is circa 1970, and although most of the rooms have gone through makeovers and remodels, the master bath was still the same as when the builders designed it. I knew it was in desperate need of a serious up-grade, but without thousands of dollars to sink into it, I had to gather my crafty skills and combine them with my thriftiness to make the bathroom of my dreams.
What I wanted most was a more modern look, and began thinking about how I could accomplish that for the least amount of money possible. The whole process took an entire weekend, but for less than a hundred dollars the time spent was well worth it.
Assessing the Positives
Although not the most up to date, all of the main points of my bathroom were still in excellent shape. The tub/shower combo is porcelain, and only needed a few touch ups in some nicks. The vanity was still functional, and with all the drawer space it provided, I was not ready to part with that. Plus, pulling the whole mess out would have created a new mess that would have put me over budget to repair. The counter top was not at all to my liking, so I decided to start there by overlaying ceramic tiles with a more modern design.
Next was to organize that countertop with a variety of containers in different shapes and sizes to hold all of our day to day necessities. I found cheap containers at the dollar store and over layed smaller tiles in the same color and design pattern that I had used for the counter top. With these I was able to organize the toothbrushes, hair styling products and one special box that was designated to my significant other’s beard needs. It was just the right size to house his beard trimmer and beard balm, making him feel like his beard trimming routine was my priority.
My biggest expense was with the mirrored medicine cabinet that goes over the cabinet. But once I saw the difference that made I knew it was worth the price. Now with a few new throw rugs, designer shower curtain and a fresh coat of paint, my tired old bathroom feels completely fresh and modern.
If you are able to pick out the positives and focus on the problem areas, you can DIY refurbish any room in your home to make it feel like new. All it takes is a little extra work on your part, but with a lot less workout on your wallet.Read More