Before and After: A White Bathroom Gets a $100 DIY Makeover

published Oct 8, 2018
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When pink towels weren’t enough to liven up an entirely white bathroom, one intrepid DIYer spent the weekend—and just $100—transforming the room with color.

Here’s what was behind this weekend makeover:

Even for someone who loves white, like me, this space was way too sterile and cold. All I wanted was to add a little character without committing to too much color.

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Wow! Angelica of My Dear Irene did such an amazing—and efficient—job. This is bright and vibrant thanks to the stripe of blue yet calm and tranquil thanks to that particular blue. I always love paint-dipped stools—or those dining chairs we saw in a recent Before & After—and this version is super cute, with the way it’s practically camouflaged against the shower curtain and newly painted wall.

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Angelica has provided my favorite Before & After task list ever:

I was determined to finish this bathroom refresh within a weekend’s time while spending the least possible and using basic DIY skills.


  • Made the shower curtain: I cut off the bottom ruffle part of an old white shower curtain and replaced it with a light blue cotton fabric (only basic sewing skills needed).


  • Ironed the shower curtain and hung it.
  • Wall painting preparation: I positioned painter’s tape on the walls to create a blue “band” that would expand from the shower curtain blue part onto the walls.


  • Shopped for blue paint, towels, bath mats, shower curtain liner, mini plant, frames, and heavy weight paper. Luckily all the stores were located within a half-mile range!


  • Painted the wall blue band (less than half an hour process for two small wall areas).
  • Painted the top part of a wooden stool.
  • Loaded the washing machine with the new towels.


  • Jumped out of bed to examine the blue color under daylight. It was perfect!


  • Created the three DIY wall art pieces.
  • Painted the bottom part of the wooden stool.


  • Did a quick cleaning.
  • Shopped my home for a couple more decorative pieces.
  • Styled the bathroom.

The custom shower curtain is an impressive achievement—it never would have occurred to me to “Dr. Frankenstein” some shower curtains and/or fabric together, but it looks amazing, opens up a world of possibilities, and is probably generally a lot more affordable than store-bought shower curtains.

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This photo gives us a good look at Angelica’s art; the slightly darker blue adds an edge, and the abstractions work perfectly with the room’s peaceful, serene vibe. Apparently, the process was as enjoyable as the results:

Last, I spent a weekend doing what I like most: painting, sewing, creating art, shopping, and styling. And because everything was small scale, it was fun and not a bit tiring.

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Here we can see even more white of the bathroom, plus a black-and-white shower curtain that I really support. Black and white looks great in a bathroom! But Angelica’s blue and white is fabulous.

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What I love about the result is the distinct band of blue color that goes around the walls, continues on the shower curtain and onto the stool. I purposely ended the color band about 12 inches above the baseboard trim—exactly where the shower curtain ends. It all gives such a fresh and clean feel.

And if I ever get tired of the blue color, it can be changed so easily!

Thank you, Angelica of My Dear Irene!