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Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal

A dated master bathroom gets a budget-friendly refresh using paint, organizing tricks, and DIY solutions for modernizing a space.

How in the world it took us nearly two years to refresh the room we see first thing every morning is beyond me.

We’ve had BIG plans to fully gut and renovate our master bathroom to the tune of around $10,000, but considering that massive project is still way down the road, Robert and I decided we couldn’t take this bathroom as-is for one more day…

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | before

This was definitely one of those classic work-with-what-you-have situations that we’ve become so accustomed to around this place. And thankfully, paint can do a whole lot for very little.

After as many DIY tricks as we could muster, it now looks like this! Woop woop!

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | Vinyl hexagon tile floor, wooden arch mirrors, and DIY painted vanity

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The Vanity

We definitely wanted to remedy the rough wood finish on the cabinets, so we painted them using our good ol’ DIY go-to method with a custom paint color we had matched to our linen cabinet. And since the hardware-less drawers were so difficult to open before, we added these brushed nickel pulls to match our existing faucets.

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | Vinyl hexagon tile floor, wooden arch mirrors, and DIY painted vanity

Paint Color

We had to stick with the existing beige countertop (with baby Regan in the house, we didn’t want to subject her little lungs to fumes with the painted countertop project that we did in our last bathroom refresh), so we painted the walls with Benjamin Moore White Dove to add some warmth to the space so that the beige would make more sense.

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | Vinyl hexagon tile floor, wooden arch mirrors, and DIY painted vanity

Mirrors

Robert and one of his buddies wrestled the old damaged mirror off of the wall and replaced it with a pair of these arched wooden mirrors. I’m always AMAZED what a difference just swapping out the mirrors can do for a bathroom. (BTW, if you need tips for removing your mirror, you can try this tutorial for one hung with clips or this tutorial for one hung with adhesive.)

Light Fixture

Since the old vanity light was busted, we swapped it for this smaller 2 light sconce to modernize the space a bit and match with the old faucets.

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | Vinyl hexagon tile floor, wooden arch mirrors, and DIY painted vanity

Organization

The inside of our vanity was a mess too, so I took out everything, purged most of it, and organized it all in these clear plastic drawer organizers.

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | bathroom drawer organization

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | bathroom drawer organization

I did a major overhaul under the sinks too using these stackable basket drawers and white contact paper to clean it up.

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | bathroom organization

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | bathroom organization

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | shower door before

Shower Door

A bunch of y’all suggested covering up the existing shower door, so we took the plunge by hanging up this semi-sheer curtain to still allow in some natural light and hid the tension rod at the top with a cornice we made from a wooden board stained and sealed with polyurethane to protect it from humidity.

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | old shower door cover-up with a semi-sheer curtain and a DIY wooden cornice

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | old shower door cover-up with a semi-sheer curtain and a DIY wooden cornice

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | before

Wall Art

This big blank corner completely stumped me in the beginning, but I gathered up some thrifted frames, made mats from cheap poster board, and displayed free public domain coastal art to tie in the blue/green in the space for around $50.

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | corner gallery wall with thrifted frames and free coastal art printables

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | corner gallery wall with thrifted frames and free coastal art printables

It adds so much personality in here and ties in with the cabinet color perfectly!

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | corner gallery wall with thrifted frames and free coastal art printables

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | corner gallery wall with thrifted frames and free coastal art printables

Linen Cabinet

To give us some vertical storage that we desperately needed, we picked up this linen cabinet on sale, which inspired the color throughout the room.

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | corner gallery wall with thrifted frames and free coastal art printables and linen cabinet

It’s where we can keep a few essentials and towels rolled up to feel all spa-like along with Q-tips, exfoliating sponges, and Robert’s shaving kit in easy reach.

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | linen cabinet organization

We were able to utilize the drawer to hold wash cloths too.

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | linen cabinet organization

And I rigged up a hamper in the cabinet with a laundry bag.

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | linen cabinet organization

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | linen cabinet organization

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | before

Window Treatment

We had to splurge more than usual on our window shade since we needed one with a good privacy liner. This window is at the very front of our house, and if we didn’t spend a little extra on a thickly lined shade, the whole neighborhood might get to know us a little too well. Haha!

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | window shade and sheet vinyl flooring

Wall Hooks

Just for a fun repurpose, I found these old chaffing dish lids and decided to utilize them as towel hooks. Aren’t they cute?!

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | chaffing dish lid towel hooks

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | before

Floor

One of the biggest hurdles was definitely this floor! Not even grout pens would fix it this time.

Since this whole refresh was a temporary solution, we found this hexagon tile looking vinyl floor to place on top of the old beige ceramic tile.

Seriously still can’t believe it’s vinyl! It looks so real. And it was a great, mess-free solution until we can do a true tile replace.

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | hexagon tile look sheet vinyl flooring

Door

All of our doors in our house are painted Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron, so this one finally caught up with the rest of the pack. It always adds the punch of contrast every room needs.

Budget Master Bathroom Refresh Reveal | paint colors: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron and Benjamin Moore White Dove

That’s it! I’m totally amazed at this space, but I know I say that every time we complete a room makeover. This space finally feels like an oasis when we’re getting ready in the morning instead of a stressed out mess.

And now we won’t be so anxiously awaiting the major demo and makeover when we get to that point.

If you want to know about any of the sources we used, here they are:

Moral of the story:  Don’t live with a room that causes you stress as you wait for years on end to fully renovate it. Paint and imagination and a little bit of sweat equity can do SO much using what you already have.

We’re working on something HUGE on another part of our house right now too, and I can’t wait to share it with y’all. But more on that later… 😉

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81 Comments

    1. Vicki, I am not sure what is happening. It is not a site problem as the photos are working. Possibly, let the entire post load before you start to scroll through. I hope they load for you soon.

  1. Looks great and I love the different wood piece you chose to hide the curtain rod over the first one!! Thanks for sharing, I’m feeling inspired to do a refresh for our master now!!

  2. Lauren – Congrats to you and your hubby for creating this lovely master bath refresh! You worked your magic once again, and it is just beautiful and with some very clever design elements – practical, too. The best kind of creation!

  3. I have to leave a comment on this one! Striking! Fantastic! Gorgeous! Can you tell I think you all did an amazing job??!! It doesn’t get any better than this! I am not sure how you could improve the functionality, beauty and harmony any more. The art gallery is an amazing idea since not many people would do this in a bathroom. I just love it! Great job.

  4. You did such a great job on this bathroom. I hadn’t noticed the cornice above the shower curtain. It pairs nicely with the window shade! My question is this – what changes will you make that cost $10,000? This bathroom is pretty and quite functional as it is. Just curious.

    1. The plumbing itself is old galvanized piping that is not running smoothly and needs replacing, and we want to be able to have a larger shower and a toilet separate from the space in a water closet, so we’re having to swap the two. It hasn’t been updated since the 80s, so it’s time. And it is a rather small bathroom for a master, and we have a few ideas to utilize the space better so it doesn’t feel so cramped. Eventually, we hope to see it pay off in resale value one day, if we ever decide to.

  5. Why would you want to redo it??? It is beautiful! I have always wanted to paint our doors black but don’t have your courage. Job well done!

    1. The plumbing itself is old galvanized piping that is not running smoothly and needs replacing, and we want to be able to have a larger shower and a toilet separate from the space in a water closet, so we’re having to swap the two. It hasn’t been updated since the 80s, so it’s time. And it is a rather small bathroom for a master, and we have a few ideas to utilize the space better so it doesn’t feel so cramped.

  6. A great job. I could live with this new version of your bathroom for a long time. I am at the age where I can not get down and paint but so enjoy looking at all your work. It is wonderful to have a husband who also enjoys working on his house with you. Enjoy your posts so much.

  7. Just wondering what the total cost was for the makeover on your bathroom with everything including the tile on the floor.

    1. All together, it was about $1100. The linen cabinet, floor, and privacy lined shade were the bigger ticket items, but totally worth it to us.

  8. This turned out BEAUTIFUL!!! I had googled the floor from a previous post you had and plan to use it in our master bath when we replace the tub area into just a shower. And, your color blue is just what I’ve been looking for to upgrade our old vanity. Thank you for sharing and again, Congratulations on a job well done!!

  9. My mom has started buying all the chafing dish lids because she loves the towel hook idea so much!

    The bathroom looks great!

  10. Girl your bathroom looks SO good!! We are coming up on two years in our house and we still have yet to touch our master bath either! You make me want to go get started! XO

  11. What a lovely way to start your morning. This does not look like a budget makeover. You are “blessed” to be so creative and talented.

  12. This is so amazing! And it’s my very favorite kind of post (a makeover done on a real budget). Great job!

    1. Beautiful! Can you share here where the soap dispensers are from? I cannot get the link to load no matter how often I try. Thx!!

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