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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.
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
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It was a very blank slate, but it is really nice having that clean canvas to work with instead of replacing old, outdated features.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.

Mission accomplished.

Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
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.
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
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.
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
Pretty awesome for less than $60, don’t you think? You can check out the tutorial here.
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
Last month, we gave our moulding-less window a facelift too. It helped add a ton of character!
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.
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
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.
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
Our DIY weathered wood plank wall has added a lot of personality to our plain garden tub nook.
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
Let me tell ya, bubble baths are the bomb-diggity now. (So bomb-diggity they make me use 90s catch phrases.)
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
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?
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
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. 🙂
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
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.
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
For our water closet, we just hung a cubby shelf for any odds and ends.
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
It’s great for little things like wash cloths, bath salts, and candles.
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
You can read all about the details of our painted bathroom cabinets from last week’s post.
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.
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
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Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
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.
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House

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.

Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
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.
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
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.
Bathroom Budget Makeover | Builder Grade to Rustic Industrial | Bless'er House
So do you want to know the final cost of our master bathroom makeover?
Grand total:  $374.09
Don’t forget to pin it for later:
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Source List:  (Some affiliate links are provided below. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)
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
Cabinet hardware: Label pulls and distressed black knobs are both from D. Lawless Hardware. $6.80 for all
Mirrors:  Driftwood framed mirrors from Kirkland’s – $19 each (On sale + used a coupon)
Rug:  Marshalls – (Bought a few years ago, so I can’t recall the price now. Similar one here.)
Window Moulding: DIY (previous post here) $25.82
Window Blind:  Mahogany Bamboo Natural Roman Shade provided by Levolor – normally $30 (Currently discontinued, but this is a similar one.)
Hand Towels:  HomeGoods $3.00 each  (Similar ones here.)
Bath Towels:  Walmart (Bought a few years ago.)
Ladder:  Repurposed from my in-laws’ barn – Free  (Similar one here.)
Factory Window Shower Door:  DIY (tutorial here) – $58.03
Window Wall Decor:  Repurposed window from my in-laws’ barn and pages from an Audubon Field Guide laminated and taped to panes (previous post here)
Plant:  HomeGoods $8.00
Mirrored Metal Tray:  Goodwill $2.00
Glass Canisters and Soap Dispenser: Dollar Tree $5.00
Cubby Shelf:  Similar one here $45.00 (With 10% off President’s Day Sale)
Jewelry Organizer:  DIY $17 (tutorial here)
Candleholders:  Thrifted DIY $4 (tutorial here)
Plank Wall:  DIY $97 (tutorial here)
Wreath:  Target $41.00 (With 10% off President’s Day Sale)
Grand Total:  $374.09
So that’s the grand tour! What do you think? An improvement from the builder grade? We’re loving it so far.
Blessings,

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59 Comments

  1. Can you tell me what product & method you used to get the chrome shower frame black? We moved into a house with a nasty gold-plated frame that I’d like to redo.

  2. I’ve been crawling the internet trying to find something that resembles your cubby shelves, but nothing I’ve found has compartments large enough to fit a roll of tp. Where did you get yours? Any suggestions?

    This bathroom is SO well done!

    -Christina

    1. I bought mine at Target, but the last time I looked on their site, I didn’t see it. It might be discontinued now, but I’m not sure. I really hope not!
      Thanks so much, Christina!

      1. Thank you so much for the info! I found it at Target, and happily made the purchase! This bathroom has been such an inspiration.

        1. Yay! So glad you found it! And I’m so glad this little space could inspire you. 🙂 It’s definitely my favorite room in our house right now.

  3. I love, love, love your bathroom! You asked if you should leave the other wall blank? I think you should, but what about hanging from the ceiling in the corner a small black or silver candle chandelier? I wish I could do the stuff you have done, you a gifted.

  4. You’re a serious genius! I adore the inexpensive shower door makeover, it looks like the real thing! You should be proud of all you accomplished…

  5. What a transformation! I was wondering if you could tell me the paint color for the walls, and for the cabinets? Thanks!!

    1. Thanks, Jess! The wall color is Sherwin Williams Pediment and the cabinet color is Benjamin Moore Winter Gates.

  6. Looooove what you did with bathroom! When you painted your cabinet, did you use a brush or a sprayer?

    Thanks,
    Gen

    1. Thanks, Gen! I used a small cabinet roller for most of the surfaces and used a 1.5″ angled Purdy paint brush for the tricky corners and details. Since this was my first time trying it, I plan on writing a tutorial when I paint the cabinets in our other bathroom.

  7. Lauren! This is SERIOUSLY one of the most genius ideas I’ve ever seen to update a “blah” shower. Looks SO fresh and modern. What a huge difference. Nicely done. Found you via Emily A. Clark’s round up:)

    1. Thanks so much, Heather! It was exciting to be able to pull off. 🙂 So glad to have found you from Emily’s round up too!

  8. Really really beautiful! I love your style, very clean and inviting. I know what you are saying about minimalist approach regarding to that blank wall. I’d still put something there–it’s the wall you’ll be looking at, when you are in the tub. I am pinning this for inspiration.

  9. You did not disappoint…..the transformation is beautiful!! I’m not sure what I like best, there are so many things to choose from! I think my favorite is still the plank wall, but I also love the painted cabinets and the ladder. Thanks for sharing – it was more than worth the wait!
    Blessings,
    Lanita

  10. This is fantastic. I especially love the shower doors. Can’t wait to find out how you did it. You are incredibly creative and there is nothing builder grade about this bathroom!!

  11. I seriously love everything about this bathroom. So many details and everything is just gorgeous. What you did with the shower is amazing, too! I love the wood planked wall above the tub and the catalog drawers for your vanity. Swoon!!

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