Bathroom Redo for Only $27!

4 Materials
3 Weeks

Last year I re-imagined and re-invented my builder basic bathroom. It now has loads more character, a modern style, and a bold color!
Basically, my bathroom was beige and boring. It drove me crazy.
I love the look of wainscoting and I wanted to try it in the bathroom because it's a small space. I did faux wainscoting by painting the bottom third of the wall (including the baseboards) white. Then later I installed a chair rail (see below).
Then I painted the top part of the wall a brilliant teal. I am obsessed with teal. All the paint I used in this project I got for free at my local household hazard waste facility where they have a paint exchange. I used this same color to paint a bold coffee table and my front door!
Next I tackled the chair rail for the wainscoting. I used three 12 foot slats of white trim I bought for $13. I bought liquid nails to put them up and white caulk for the joints which totaled $4.50.
I also used the trim and liquid nails to frame my mirror. I removed the little clips on the mirror and replaced them with large flat washers. That way I was able to install the trim flat like a frame.
The last piece of my project was creating these reclaimed wood shelves. I got this wood for free off Craigslist and used white brackets I got for free with rebate from Menards.
So the total for this project was $26.50: $13 for white trim, $4.50 for caulking and liquid nails, and $9 for hardware to hang the shelves (anchors & screws) plus washers to hold up the mirror.
Here's the before and after shots!
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3 of 39 questions
  • Linda Miller
    on Aug 15, 2018

    What did you do to the bathtub to make it a walk in shower?

  • Rebecca Helms
    on Aug 22, 2018

    Great job on the redo! What did you do with the bathtub? I love the color!

  • Carla
    on Dec 30, 2019

    Hey ....

    where did you buy the wood holders ???for the wall I'm trying to find them online and stores and I've only find metal ones ?

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  • Emily L. Jones
    on Jan 27, 2020

    This is beautiful and smart! Great for you!

  • Susan Shutter
    on Feb 8, 2020

    Definitely more personality. May I suggest painting the shelf brackets teal where they lay on the wall for a cleaner look.

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