Before and After: This $600 Bathroom Redo Transformed Almost Every Surface

published Nov 23, 2021
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Done right, neutral color schemes can make spaces feel calming, timeless, and sophisticated. But done wrong? Well, that’s a recipe for blandness. Take this bathroom from Emily Rodgers’s (@mylushabode) home. When she moved in, she says, it was perfectly functional, “but definitely lacked the charm and character that I love in a space.”

“It was beige on beige with an outdated vanity cabinet and mirror and laminate floors,” Emily says. “Everything felt worn and dated and in need of a facelift.”

Since the bathroom is on the main floor of her home, just off the living room, it’s highly visible — so Emily wanted to make sure that the space could shine. “I personally love beautiful spaces and knew that I could update the bathroom on a small budget with budget-friendly materials,” she says.

Emily started her bathroom redo by removing the outdated vanity, mirror, and light fixture. She’d initially planned to keep the wall tile, but since it didn’t continue behind the vanity or mirror, she decided to scrap it all. “Because the tile was original to the bathroom, it practically fell off the wall when I started removing it,” Emily says.

In place of the tile, Emily added vertical wood paneling that she painted a deep green. The paneling is two-part: Not only does it add some character to the bathroom, but it also hides the damage left behind by the tile.

The new floating vanity from IKEA helps give the small space a more open, airy feel. So does the new floor tile with a marble pattern — it’s actually peel-and-stick! “I had originally thought of the peel and stick tile as temporary until I was ready to tile the floors, but I honestly love them and have no intent on changing them,” Emily says.

The finishing touches included brass accents — in a new arched mirror and fresh faucet — and a simple pendant light in place of the old track lighting.

Emily was able to complete this bathroom redo herself, and did the bulk of the redo in a single weekend with a total cost of just $600 — pretty impressive, considering how completely different this space looks.

“I am proud that I used my creativity to achieve the look of a high end bathroom for a very low cost,” Emily says. “I don’t think that I would do anything differently, but I would still love to re-finish/re-tile the shower, as the original tile isn’t in the best of shape. That will be a project for another day!”

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