Master Bathroom Budget Makeover: Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial
I feel like I’ve been waiting weeks for this reveal! Oh wait, I have.
Projects always take longer than I anticipate, but it makes the end result even more satisfying. I have to admit to you guys, this is my first legit dive-in-with-a-plan room makeover. The rest of our house has been designed based on lucky finds and the rooms transforming on their own. But I wanted to create a little getaway in our master bathroom since we’ve mainly focused on the downstairs up until now.
This space started out with everything builder grade- white primer walls, builder package floors, a basic frameless mirror, plain window, simple nickel framed shower door.
It was a very blank slate, but it is really nice having that clean canvas to work with instead of replacing old, outdated features.
It just needed character and a calming ambience, and I wanted to create my vision for less than $400.
It all started when we replaced our builder grade mirror with two I found for $19 each last year at Kirkland’s. They had the perfect rustic style with a hint of glam.
Our old mirror now hangs in our garage where Robert keeps his weight set for workouts. So it’s still being put to good use to check form for iron-pumping sessions.
I gave our builder basic nickel framed shower an industrial makeover to make it look like this factory window shower door that I pinned forever ago on Pinterest.
Pretty awesome for less than $60, don’t you think? You can check out the tutorial here.
Our reclaimed ladder that we pulled out of my in-laws’ barn works great as our towel rack. I just gave it a cleaning and a couple coats of polyurethane, and it was good to go. I love that it looks beaten up.
We hung up an old window that was stored in my in-laws’ barn too. Once I added a few pages from an old Audubon field guide book, it came to life.
Let me tell ya, bubble baths are the bomb-diggity now. (So bomb-diggity they make me use 90s catch phrases.)
Remember how I’ve been working on embracing blank spaces from yesterday’s post for a minimalist approach? I’m fighting against the urge to hang something on that other blank wall in our tub nook.
What do you think? Leave it blank or add something?
My thrifted candle holders are cute on our tub too, but since Olivia likes to climb in there and play while I’m getting ready, they have gotten moved back to our hallway window shelf out of her reach.
We’ll pretend those are always there. 🙂
Some people have asked me if we’ve had any concerns with the wood being in a humid bathroom. Ours has been great, but it’s over a tub that doesn’t get used by our little one very often, so there isn’t water being splashed directly on it every day.
I gave the wood two coats of marine grade polyurethane to make it moisture resistant, and we’ve had no problems since we put it up a month ago.
For our water closet, we just hung a cubby shelf for any odds and ends.
It’s great for little things like wash cloths, bath salts, and candles.
I’m so glad I went with a lighter shade to brighten up the room. It feels so much bigger in here now than it did when they were wood.
I really wish I could get a better shot to show our industrial shower and wood plank wall side by side but this is the best I can do. Our bathroom is really long and narrow so photographing this space is pretty tricky.
Having all of my jewelry on the wall on my DIY jewelry organizer has been great too. I’m so glad I don’t have to dig in a box and untangle my earrings now.
Our label drawer pulls has helped us organize all of our toiletries. That is when a 2 year-old doesn’t come along and decide to move everything around on us.
It feels so amazing to have this space finished. I’m thinking I should probably start designing all of our rooms in our house with an actual plan now since we’ve slowed down on the need to furnish our once empty rooms.
So do you want to know the final cost of our master bathroom makeover?
Grand total: $374.09
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Wall color: Pediment by Sherwin Williams in eggshell finish (I had the color mixed into Valspar paint to reduce the cost a bit. We used a leftover can from painting our office, so this was like a freebie for us.)
Cabinet color: Winter Gates by Benjamin Moore in semi-gloss finish (Again, mixed into Valspar. I only had to use half a quart to do the job. See the tutorial here.) $20.44