Our Budget Bathroom Remodel

6 Materials
3 Days


We started with dingy, old, stained-grout wall and floor tile, hollywood lights and a half-wall of old, chipped mirrors. The tub was grimy and had clearly been painted at some point, and no matter how much I cleaned it, it just always smelled bad.

But this budget-friendly remodel kept prices low and gave us a much better bathroom.

You can read a complete breakdown on this project on our blog HERE.

Removing Hollywood lightsStep one was removing the outdated light fixture and medicine cabinet above the vanity. I patched the hole with drywall and put a new, more modern mirror in its place.

Paint the vanityRather than spending a lot of money by replacing the vanity, I went with a fresh coat of paint to give it a new look. We also replaced the hardware for a more modern look.

Remove wall of mirrorsThis was the most fun part of the demo. Thankfully the mirrors came down easily without damaging the wall. I used a chisel and hammer to get in behind the mirror, then went up and down in the gaps between the adhesive swirls.

Add beadboardOh, this beadboard, I love it so so much. We decided to cover the half-wall tile in the non-shower part of the room with beadboard right over the tile to avoid demo. To do that, we drilled through the beadboard with a regular drill, and when we got through and to the tile, we switched to a tile drill bit to go through that part through the wall.We did that in about five spots on each beadboard piece, then loaded up on construction-level Liquid Nails (making sure not to go anywhere near the screw holes) and screwed the beadboard into place. Once the beadboard was super stuck to the wall (about 24 hours later) we removed the screws and wood-filled them.

Paint floorsThis was a last minute decision, but our old floors constantly looked dirty no matter how much we cleaned. The dark floors contrast well with the other bright colors.

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  • Walt Walt on Jul 05, 2021

    What did you use to clean or update the tub?

  • Ric32599576 Ric32599576 on Jul 07, 2021

    What did you do to the sink countertop?

  • Winnie Winnie on Jul 07, 2021

    What kind of paint did you use on your floor tiles?

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  • Em Em on Jul 07, 2021

    I too am a beadboard lover. No need to do much over tile but use Loctite construction caulking. Comes in different strengths for tougher jobs. I did my kitchen backsplash and a corner of my laundry room with a bench with it. So easy to do. I love the green you used on your cabinets as well.

  • Sharon L Rabideau Sharon L Rabideau on Jul 07, 2021

    Love it, what color did you paint your beadboard?