Bright and Beautiful Budget Bathroom Remodel

Yay! Yay! Yay! The bathroom is finally done enough to share with you! I am so excited about the transformation of the space, and I can’t believe all that we were able to accomplish on a teeny budget. We spent a total of $96 on this project, and the end result looks a million times better. Here’s what we started with:
Dated light fixture, boring mirror.

Chocolate brown accent wall, too-small towel bar, bad “crown” moulding

Dirty grout, ugly cabinet hardware.

And here’s what the bathroom looks like now:

Ahhh… it’s like a breath of fresh air!

The focal point of the whole room is the new frame around the mirror. I give all credit to my husband and his mad skill. Here’s what it looked like before it got painted:

We had to build it tall like that so that we could center the light fixture above the vanity. It was offset before and we discovered the reason when we pulled the light off… “centered” was right on a stud, and you can’t have a light box on the stud. My OCD side could not handle the thought of an off-centered light. Luckily, it was an easy fix to make the mirror extra tall, and I’m so glad we did. It adds drama and I just love, love, love it!

I painted the existing TP holder and towel ring with brushed nickel spray paint. I also made an extra long towel rod using the existing mounts (read about that HERE). I moved the towel ring to a different wall so I could hang art above the toilet.

The new soft gray paint color is so much more my style than the dark brown. And guess what? It was a $5 mistint from Lowes! The original mistint color was a peachy tan, but I had some black paint and mixed a little with the tan until I got a shade I liked. Honestly, I’m surprised it worked out so well, because the color was just what I was hoping for. Ha!

New knobs and a fresh coat of white paint gave new life to the vanity:

The towel is from Walmart (have you noticed they have stepped up their game in the cuteness dept. lately? Seriously!) and the soap pumps are from Dollar Tree. I know, right?

I love the simplicity of the new light fixture. SOOOOO much better than the old brass one that was missing all the glass.

The bathroom is mostly gray with a pop of blue. So calming.

I bought this little basket at a thrift store for 50 cents. It was originally a natural wicker color, so I just sprayed it with a pop of blue to make it look more modern. I used Rust-Oleum American Accents and the color name is Lagoon.

A little vignette of pretty and functional items. The best combo! The little pedestal dish is an antique from my husband’s grandma. It’s nice to have a place to corral my wedding ring when I’m doing my hair. And with a clock this big, I never forget what time it is when I’m getting ready.

And last but not least, some before and after photos…. every DIY’ers favorite!

Look at the difference in the grout, people! I still think refreshing the grout was one of the biggest changes in the room. I didn’t even want to walk barefoot on the old floor and now it is sparkling clean!

Eventually I want to buy new faucets, retile the tub surround, and get a new vanity top. But those are all more heavy duty projects that can wait. For now, I’m very happy with the changes and I love my new bathroom!

Here’s the cost breakdown:

cabinet knobs: $10
light fixture: $40
wood for mirror frame: $25
paint: $5
brushed nickel spray paint: $4
grout refresh: $12
Total: $96


  1. You really did an amazing job here! It looks so refreshing, so bright and airy, and that pop of blue is just genius! I love it, I will definitely be keeping it in mind for my own someday! Job WELL done!

  2. Wow! Fantastic makeover! It definitely loos a lot lighter, fresher, and crisp now. Even the sinks look transformed due to the new wall color. Colors do indeed reflect off one another and can completely change a room. The added blue is a happy surprise and the trim around the mirror is gorgeous!

    Great job! 😀

  3. WOW…the wood around the mirror looks amazing. This is exactly what I have to do when we do our bath remodel. Any advice, instructions on what your husband did to help us recreate? TIA!!!

  4. The counter tops is so beautiful! Loving the way you have switched to well-lighted bathroom from a dim one. Indeed, your lighting scheme could make or break a bathroom.


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