One of the bigger selling points of our new house was that it had more than one toilet. We survived just fine with a single bathroom at our old place, but it wasn't always convenient or fun, let's just say that. We now have 2.5 bathrooms -- one on each level -- and I still forget and rush upstairs to shower or do other bathroom things.
Our whole decorating philosophy in this house is to paint, reuse/repurpose what we can, and take our time. So far, we've been doing just that . . . and these two bathrooms are a great example of some really inexpensive DIY solutions that have made our lives better and a bit prettier, too.
The half bath off the kitchen was painted a dark brown when we moved in.
We had bought some matte black paint to do the ceiling in the basement, but when that project didn't work out -- I decided to put the paint to good use in the bathroom. The brown was too warm for what we're trying to do, and the black makes a statement without being too overwhelmingly dark with all that white beadboard.
We still have a few things to do in this room, but it's really almost done. Mostly, the flooring is really scuffed up and stained. We ordered some 12 x 24 inch vinyl tile in a "costal grey" from Lowe's that we'll grout. We actually bought enough to do the entire bathroom, kitchen, and entry with the same flooring. Very excited for it to arrive!
I think the total cost with the art, paint, accessories, etc. comes in around $60. With the tile, I think the grand total will be around $100 for this total bathroom refresh.
We used similar vinyl tile in the basement bathroom.
Yikes. I didn't share the before photo of our basement bathroom in the initial tour -- and guesses as to why? Hahahah -- yeah. Rough shape. It was carpeted with BOAT carpet. Loads of dark paneling on the walls. All sorts of grossness. It even flooded a couple days after we moved in because a pipe was clogged between the bathroom and washing machines on the other side of the wall.
We have also had quite a few guests this summer, so we got right to work with paint.
The vinyl tile is the same stuff we ordered for upstairs, just in a lighter color from Home Depot. It cost less than $30 to do the floor in this room, and it looks like real tile, feels durable, etc. I laid it all myself and Stephen grouted -- team effort. We obviously need some better lighting and possibly a vent fan for this space.
But I don't mind putting my bare feet on here:
We also cozied up the space with some curtains on the side wall that has a couple access panels to the furnace and water heater. I love using curtains to mask ugly stuff and create new spaces. We got them at Target and hung with one of those white cheap metal extension rods. We used an old mirror for behind the sink (it used to live here -- remember my $100 coat storage project?). And I purchased a behind-the-toilet storage rack and linen basket for our guests.
Total cost of this room with paint, etc.: $170. We'll have more stuff to add, but I think it's a great start on a small budget.
What small home projects have you been tackling? Any $$$ tips to share?
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