Have you ever experienced that moment of panic when you find out over-night guests are coming to stay? They will actually see your upstairs and use your bathroom? I had that very moment a few weeks ago. After my initial shock wore off and I calmed down, I made a plan I could do on my own in just a day. Read on to find out how to update a bathroom, without breaking the bank.
Our hallway bath still has some of the original 1960’s elements. The beige tile, the vanity and the sinks. A few years ago, before I started blogging, I completed a reno that updated all of the fixtures and the floor. Did I want to gut the whole thing and start over? Absolutely…but it wasn’t in the budget. I added accessories to match the beige tile and used black as an accent color. Not too exciting.
The first reno included:
Frame around the mirror
Fresh paint on vanity and walls
New door hardware
New blinds, valance and shower curtain
This brought the bathroom into the 2000’s and it survived the high school years of both my kids. Let’s just say it was well-used and leave it at that! I’ve known for at least a year that it needed attention but managed to ignore it completely. When push came to shove here’s what I did to freshen it up.
I made a quick trip to TJMaxx and purchased a new shower curtain, new towels and new rugs. This alone made a gigantic improvement…especially the shower curtain.
I ditched the black and went with aqua as my accent color. This curtain is Cynthia Rowley and was $9.99. I was able to get matching towels in aqua, white and beige.
I gathered some aqua accessories from around my house and added them to the vanity. I put white Ivory soap in the blue berry basket and Q-Tips in a blue Ball jar.
That and the aqua plate brightened up the top of the cabinet and added some much-needed color.
So in the end I spent just under $100.00 and was able to breathe new life into a tired, old bathroom. My husband, who notices nothing, actually commented on the shower curtain. In addition to the new accessories, I spent a few hours working on the tub and tile surround. I discovered something that has changed my life. Grout in a tube.
Here is my tutorial on: