INEXPENSIVE BATHROOM REDO

Monday, February 9, 2009

I thought I'd give you another bathroom makeover to look at while I'm working on my current master bath makeover.

This was the main bathroom in my old house.

It was soooooooooooo bad (yes...I meant to add all of those "o"s). When we first moved in I kept the door shut so I didn't have to look at the slightly stained and cracked bandaid colored tile, or the yucky 1960's wood that was engulfing the room. There were even ants!


I called an exterminator to deal with the ant problem. Then I had to work on the "pretty". I'm a big fan of Designed to Sell on HGTV and I knew I could make this bathroom look completely different without spending much money.

We ripped out the tile on the floor and the countertop (it had to be done), and replaced the floor (ourselves) with inexpensive travertine-looking ceramic tile from Home Depot. We replaced the countertop with an off the shelf pre-made white counter from Lowes.

Other than replacing the sink faucet, towel racks, and mirror, the biggest change in the room was paint. We removed the wood dowel things, and then painted all of the wood (including the cabinets) a nice cream color (Behr Creamy White). I then painted the room a nice neutral beige color (Ralph Lauren Cotswold Breeches).

I think the whole redo cost about $400. And here she is!






Oh, and a side by side comparison...just because I can't resist.







Proof that you don't have to sell your young to have a prettier space :).

64 Suburbanites Said:

Wendy said...

Wow! That is amazing. I have a couple of bathrooms that need to be redone. I have been holding off because I did not want to spend a huge amount of $$$$. Now I have no excues.

Mamaoftwins said...

Everytime I see this bathroom I'm in awe!!! Its just amazing that you did everything for $400! I love it!

Tonya said...

I love this "redo"! I also like Design to Sell.

Great job!!! Very inspiring!

Mama Krit said...

Oh wow, I am amazed!!! And for less than $400!? You are a modeling maniac! Do you want to come over to my house?

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Ha!...I am a remodeling maniac aren't I? I guess my mom told me one too many times, "Where there's a will there's a way". I'll bet she had no idea that would mean me swinging a jackhammer :).

Paula said...

Very impressive! That's a great job on a budget. I can relate:)

MeganSloan said...

I just found your blog through Thrifty Decor Chick and LOVE your redo! It looks soooooooo good. :) I love how it looks with the white and those bars gone. Great job!

~Linds~ said...

This is amazing! Great job! I too found your blog through Thrifty Decor Chick!

Well done!

Susan S. said...

Love the new look! I just HAD to laugh...my sister's house has almost the SAME bathroom but she has never really updated. She put a bit of new wallpaper up about 15 years ago...and that's it. I'm going to show her your improvements so may it will light a fire under her to change her bathroom.

Flax and Spindle said...

Stop it!! That came out fabulous...you must be so happy with it...enjoy!!

Sherri S said...

What an amazing makeover! Great job!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

It looks lovely. What type of a plant is that in the corner? You did a remarkable job!

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Laurel - I'm laughing because the plant is a "faux" topiary I bought at a consignment store a few years ago. I wish I had a green thumb, but I CAN'T keep real plants alive. I've killed a cactus before for Heaven's sake...lol.

Liz said...

Mmmm... love this makeover! So fresh and clean looking!

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..that is just a perfect makeover..it looks wonderful!
-sandy toe

SoBella Creations said...

Wow the window looks 10 times bigger. Great makeover.

Simplicity Cottage said...

Amazing! I love your "new" bathroom. You did a fabulous job. I really love the color of the paint...light and neutral.

Catherine said...

Such a great job, your hard work and creativity paid off big time. The room looks so much bigger too.

Elizabeth said...

Hey, AnNicole! On Friday I am featuring you as a new member of blogland, so have something great posted!
I think at some time in the future you should post about your Italy trip and your mom's kitchen/dining.

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Geez, the pressure! OK - I'll see what I can come up with for Friday.

Thanks Elizabeth!

Jen r. said...

What a difference paint makes! It looks awesome!

RachelShingleton said...

You did a great job! It looks amazing!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Beautiful job, quite a transformation!

the undomesticated wife said...

HUGE difference! It looks incredible! Great job!

queenbee said...

Fantastic! I have plans to paint my bathroom cabinets black and my kitchen cabinets white. What type of paint did you use?

The Scooper said...

Woo-Hoo! That's awesome. I love Designed to Sell too. Can't wait to see your current re-do. I'm working on a Master Bath re-do too. Maybe I'll just wait for yours to be done so you can inspired ideas for mine. : )

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Oooooo, love it. Just added it to my tumblr page!!!

DESJ and Company said...

JUST what I needed to see...
I think I'm going to replace my GREEN countertop and pain the white and gold speckled laminate vanity.
And maybe just a large rug to cover the GREEN floor-but I'll need a new toilet to replace the GREEN one. What is up with people???
Thanks for the inspiration!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Perfection!

Clean and Classic Interiors said...

Our bathrooms must have been friends - we had those same spindles! Ahh! So much lighter and spa like! Love it!

Shannan said...

So light and clean and pretty! And cheap!! Great work.

Apis Melliflora said...

I have lots of wood this color that I wood love to paint. Thanks for the inspiration!

LuLu said...

Absolutely love your makeover! Thank You for sharing the paint colors I would to copy it, if I can convince hubby we need a change!!
LuLu

Crazy Daisy said...

WOW! This gives me hope... :)

Lylah said...

Wow does that open up that bath! Hey...just saw you added my year long pantry post to your tumbler....THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH...i am humbly jumping up and down. had you not...i'd not have found YOU! and i' get a double dip here :=

i'll be back! lylah

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love what you did with your bath! It's amazing what $400 can do, huh? I'd love to send you pictures of our disgraceful bath that we have to share with our kids (old house) and see if you think it can be saved. ;) Great job!! I'll be checking in to read your blog from now on. :)

Kim said...

I am going to pretty much copy what you did, hope you don't mind, it's perfect for our small bath. We have pink and black tiles throughout and really don't have the time or money to replace so we are going to paint them. Can you tell me where you go your mirror? I like the simple look of that as well. We have the same lights too and right now I don't like them but I think with the update they might just suit it. Thanks

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Thank Kim - of course I don't mind.

I got the mirror at Home Depot. It was around $50 and I believe they still have them. Good luck!

Kara said...

Holey moley, that is one heck of a transformation! I love your new bathroom, the colors are fabulous!

dana said...

Brilliant and amazing work! I just found your blog....and we're just moving in to our first home in September. I'll be going through your archives for ideas!

ONE MANS TRASH IS MY TREASURE said...

BEAUTIFUL! GREAT JOB!I LOVE ALL THE WHITE...VERY CHIC

Better After said...

Hi again! I LOVE THIS! It's going on the blog! (if you don't mind, that is!)

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Unrecognizable, the before to the after...outstanding job!
Janell

Jane said...

Much more tranquil! Great job! Love that you were able to replace the sink with an off the shelf one. Gives me hope!

June said...

That is so beautiful! I love how open and airy it turned out.

Tom and Angie Archibald said...

wow, wow, wow! i am in love! its so soothing now!

Katie Kubler said...

WOW!!!!!! This transformation is UNBELIEVABLE! Great job! I can't get over how great it looks!

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Meghan said...

Now that is a transformation!
WoW!
Love it!

pk said...

Love the transformation. Great job!

Wendy said...

THats a million times better!

We have an ugly 60s bathroom, no wood, other than the vanity, but the tile is UGLY.

HuNnY aNd PoPpA LeWiS said...

What an awesome transformation. Great job!!!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Sigh. This is soooo dreamy. Love!!

Britt said...

What a huge transformation! It is so much lighter and brighter now! Great job!

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Wow! That's so perfect! What a great transformation! My heart races when I see a great transformation HAHA! ~Ashley~ shanty2chic

Mikael@starter home to dream home said...

I am in love. I love paint, I actually have a little obsession over the power of paint. And you proved how much it can change something. I love it so much I put this on my blog, hope you dont mind!

Jessica said...

If you are looking for a way to brighten your kitchen and give it a warm welcoming glow, cherry wood cabinets should be on your list.

Chelsey Hall said...

Fantastic! Really impressive :)

Thiruppathy Raja said...

congrats! keep up the good work/this is a great presentation
bathroom cabinets

Jana said...

Simply Gorgeous!

johnny said...

An inexpensive redo is to reface. You replace the drawer fronts and doors. If you get full overlay doors then most of the a bathroom cabinet frame is covered.

mandy said...

Love the room! Where did you get that valance?

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Eliza Thorne said...

Wow! What a difference! All that wood in the bathroom and dark walls made for a dark place, but the remodel makes a bright, cheery space! I especially like the modern bathroom vanity, you did a great job matching colors and everything! Thanks for the great post!

showerroom Crystal said...

wonderful