Before & After: This $400 Bathroom Redo Has a Genius Way to Cover Textured Walls

published Mar 14, 2019
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(Image credit: Ashley Petrone)

Before Ashley put her guest house up on Airbnb, she wanted to give the bathroom a fun update. It was simple and sparse in comparison to the rest of the home, so, even though she was working on a tight budget, she was determined to use her DIY tricks and unique style to make it an exciting space for guests.

(Image credit: Ashley Petrone)

Ashley carved as much time out of her schedule as she could—during nap times, evenings, and weekends—to work on the bathroom. With some clever tricks, a resourceful attitude, and some help from her awesome mom, Ashley was able to pull off a full transformation in a few weeks with just $400.

The bumpy texture of the walls would’ve shown through the wallpaper so Ashley put up thin boards and used trim to conceal the edges. The green panels and white trim prevent the wallpaper from being too overwhelming and give the bathroom that fun feeling she wanted to create for her guests.

For the vanity, Ashley mostly used what she had—a bit of black paint and a few tiles from previous projects made it look like a totally different piece. The black vanity anchors the bathroom while the backsplash elevates the look of the sink. She found a beautiful brass faucet and a set of knobs for cheap at Home Depot and spray-painted the rest of the bathroom’s fixtures (the light fixture, towel rack, and toilet paper holders) to match.

(Image credit: Ashley Petrone)

Instead of ripping out the floor, Ashley carefully stenciled on a hexagon tile pattern on top of the existing white square tile. It was the most time-consuming aspect of the project but she says that, if she could do it all over again, she would handle it exactly the same way.

The fresh paint and wallpaper make the bathroom way more exciting, but Ashley loves most that she did it on her own. “I love that I used what I had, did almost all of it myself, and the way it turned out,” she says.

Congrats on a job well done, Ashley!