Before & After: A Bold But Budget-Friendly Bathroom Makeover

published Apr 13, 2014
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(Image credit: Dans le Townhouse)

Sometimes older bathrooms are full of charming and quirky details that are totally worth keeping as-is. And other times older bathrooms are just dull and outdated. Can you guess which one Tanya’s was? Waiting on when the budget will allow for a full renovation, she tackled a few DIY, tried-and-true tricks to change the look of this space to be more livable now.

(Image credit: Dans le Townhouse)
(Image credit: Dans le Townhouse)

My husband and I just moved into our house and are saving up to renovate our main bathroom. In the meantime, I didn’t want to live with the pink walls, the 1990s green and pink backsplash, or natural oak cabinets. I painted everything: the walls, ceiling, oak trim, oak cabinets, tile back splash, cabinet hardware, and even the ugly little vanity light. I went a little crazy painting things because I didn’t want to spend money that could be put toward the real reno; the only things that are new are the $24.99 ceiling fixture from Ikea and a chrome towel bar.

I kept the minty green laminate counter as-is, even though it’s dated, because frankly I like mint green and I thought it looked nice with the dark grey. I added some bold DIY art as distraction from things I couldn’t change (I hope it’s working). It’s far from magazine-worthy, but this little spruce-up was easy on the budget, simple to achieve, and the bathroom is now easier on the eyes. I’m still counting the days until we can rip everything out (363!), but I’m happy with this budget-friendly makeover.

Not too shabby Tanya! Even with just a few changes and paint the whole space looks remarkably updated. A disclosure that Tanya wanted readers to know is that as a blogger (Dans le Townhouse), she was given some product sponsors for the makeover. But! If she had paid out of pocket for all these updates? It would have only cost between $100-200!

Also, be sure to click over to the original post for more photos. There’s a shower in that bathroom you’ve got to see!

Thank you Tanya!

Re-edited from a post originally published 4.13.14-NT