My Little Bathroom Makeover for $50

Misty Gaines-Johnson
by Misty Gaines-Johnson
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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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  • Jen69206949 Jen69206949 on Aug 16, 2022

    How did you add the molding around the mirror - is it glued on?

  • Gail Mcdonald Gail Mcdonald on Sep 27, 2022

    What is TSP?


  • Sandra Sandra on Nov 03, 2022

    Just beautiful. I am wondering if you had thought of using resin on your sink and counter, but thought the polyurethane was easier? How is the sink holding up with the polyurethane?

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  • 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!

  • Trish Trish on Nov 10, 2022

    This is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your lovely powder room.

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