My Little Bathroom Makeover for $50

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So we moved into our home and I hated the guest bathroom it was painted so many different dark colors. But with the expense of moving and other areas needing redone I only had about $50 to make this work.

This is the before

I taped everything off because I was going to....wait for it...spray paint my countertops.

I sanded the old countertops which were discolored and yellow in spots. I then wiped clean and then wiped again!

I used stone spray paint by rustoleum. Start with one light coat first. Make sure you shake that can!

After second and light third coat.

I then sealed it with this... 3 coats. Now it does not make the surface smooth but it does seal it nice and makes the counters clean up nicely. It definitely does not leave a rough finish.

Cabinets and framing the mirror next. Painted the cabinets with white chalk paint, less prep involved. I did remove the doors and drawers. The middle ones you see here are fake drawers. Wipe everything with TSP before painting.

All done. I sealed the cabinets with water based varathane, 2 coats and distressed my cabinets.

Finished vanity

I added these Goodwill find lights ($3) and painted the walls a soft sea foam green and grey in certain areas. Paint left from previous owner.

This is above the toilet, walls are grey. This cute little light fixture was in a throw away box on a curb of stuff I had picked up a while back, it was a dark brown trim. I taped all the glass off and painted the trim silver. The light before was just a plain some light.

Before and after.

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  • Kathy Barie Kathy Barie on Mar 18, 2022

    Ingenious! How does the painted countertop work out? The sink specifically. I have same in an apartment & it is atrocious looking. Have wondered if something like this would work but landlord might frown upon letting me do it if it’s not durable. Very curious. I have the same mirror & lighting too! Lol

    Thanx! Kathy

  • KastGrin KastGrin on Apr 27, 2022

    The bathroom looks great! I got a lot of inspiration from it, and I am going to make my bathroom similar to your design! Have you used some services of an interior designer? Most of all I like that it wasn't so expensive. I have already found a lot of bathroom supplies. I like the retro style, and I know that usually, making the bathroom look retro is expensive. The walls and the floor is cheap because there is not so much work, but the bathroom supplies are extremely expensive, but I think it is worth it.

  • Cta68908430 Cta68908430 3 days ago

    How did you distress the cabinets?

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  • Kathy Kathy on Jan 17, 2022

    Well, I love it. You did an excellent job. What a difference. Good work, honey.

  • Margot Margot on Mar 16, 2022

    Your bathroom looks gorgeous! I love everything about - the counter, the lights, the color of walls, the beautiful little hanging light, and the colors you chose are perfectly coordinated!