Before and After: Faux Tile and Marble Helped Give This Basic Bathroom a $200 Facelift

published Aug 22, 2019
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When we see a bathroom renovation roll in for under $200, it gets our attention because, let’s be honest, a light fixture alone can cost well over $200! Katherine Tlapa of My Eclectic Grace is at it again (she previously shared a kitchen upgrade with us), this time with an industrial bathroom reno at a pretty industrious price tag. 

“I had worked on all other rooms of the house but had abandoned this bathroom,” Katherine writes. “It’s my fiancé’s bathroom, and I wanted to create a masculine but well designed bathroom retreat for him. He had endured a lot of renovations and was so patient, so it was a gift for him!” 

The original bathroom was all one color and looked pretty outdated—but had great light and awesome potential. Katherine started out by deciding on a budget: $200. She shopped sale items and used coupons and came in under her goal, at $191.50! A big chunk of her budget was spent on paint, which she applied to the walls and vanity, the shower curtain rod, and the light fixture. She used reclaimed wood she already had to build shelves, and made her own artwork for free using the site Mapiful that she framed for just $18. 

Two elements of the room that pack major punch? That would be the faux subway tile and faux marble countertop that cost her less than $10. You read that right. Katherine created the subway tile with a ruler, level, and Sharpie marker she already had, and simply covered the countertop with contact paper. The entire project took around one week to finish. 

“I love how clean and crisp it looks!” Katherine writes. “The black and white really let the natural light shine through. The best part was how little money I spent—and how much my fiancé loved it. That made it all worth it!” 

Thank you for sharing, Katherine!