• Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    $100 Room Challenge: Week 4 – Bathroom Makeover Reveal

    Our bathroom makeover for the $100 Room Challenge is finally finished! Those 4 weeks went super fast and even though we were dragging our feet the entire time, it is so nice to be done. Behold, the bathroom makeover reveal!

    Bathroom Makeover For $100

    Trying to do a complete bathroom overhaul on just $100 is a lot harder than it seems! As originally mentioned, the paint alone was going to cost a decent portion of that price. Luckily, we were able to use some leftover paint from previous projects.

    Here’s the list of things we wanted to accomplish:

    • Paint the walls
    • Paint the doors/trim/vanity cabinet
    • Spray paint door hardware
    • Build a ladder to put around/above the toilet
    • Get wire baskets for storage
    • Add a recessed light above the toilet area
    • Make a frame for the existing mirror
    • Replace light switches/plates/GFCI outlet/thermostat
    • Add hooks for towels
    • Decorate with items already owned

    Let’s take a trip back down memory lane to see where we started…

    $100 Room Challenge Bathroom Before Bathroom Toilet Storage

    Kind of meh, right? Even though the walls were white, the color of the stain on the wood and the lack of lighting made the room feel dungeon-y. This room is also hard to photograph with so many angles and no natural light.

    White Gray Bathroom

    Lighten and Brighten

    Brightening the room was an easy fix with some new paint for the walls, vanity, doors, and even the door handles. (See the paint colors we chose by clicking here.)

    Boxwood Wreath Linen Closet

    The addition of a recessed light in the ceiling over in the toilet nook also brightened things up. (My hubby did all of the electrical stuff, saving us some money.)

    Recessed Lighting in Bathroom

    Decor & Storage

    I’m loving how our ladder turned out. In my last update, I shared how we made it. Since then, I’ve stained it using Minwax Jacobean Wood Stain and went over that with a white wash and orange wash of acrylic paint.

    Storage Ladder Above Toilet

    I really wanted this ladder to be decorative and also a place for some added storage. We can easily hang an extra hand towel over the rungs. As for the basket, I made it myself using wire mesh which only cost a dollar or two. I found an excellent tutorial for wire baskets from Four Corners Design.

    Storage Ladder in Bathroom

    We also added a double robe hook on the wall next to the shower and a single hook for hand towels next to the sink. Previously, there was nowhere to hang a towel in the room and they would either pile up on the floor or be flung over the shower curtain rod. Neither of those was a good option, so I’m glad we now have a designated spot to put them.

    Oil Rubbed Bronze Robe Hooks Ladder

    We brought in some more warmth to the room by framing out the builder grade mirror with wood. I used the same stain/acrylic paint combo for the frame so that it would mesh well with the ladder. This gives the room a more custom feel.

    Stained Wood Framed Mirror

    As you can see from the photo above, we also have a shower curtain in here now. This is the shower curtain that we’ve had since we moved to The Country House. I wasn’t sure if we would be able to squeeze a new one in the budget (we weren’t able to), so it wasn’t in the before photos.

    White Bathroom Vanity

    In addition to the new recessed lighting, the hubs was also able to replace the light switches/plate, add a new thermostat, and update the GFCI outlet.

    Mason Jar Bathroom Storage

    To add to the farmhouse feel, I used some old glass jars with lids to corral Q-tips and cotton balls. I also added my favorite JR Watkins hand soap.

    Bath Soap

    That pretty much wraps up this room. For now. We still have plans to replace the flooring, find hardware for the cabinets, add another recessed light above the shower, and switch out the faucets on the sink and bathtub. Plus, I would like to add some kind of artwork/ wall decor. But that will have to wait because our $100 has been spent.

    So, how much did we spend on this room makeover?

    Good question. Let’s add things up!

    Wall Paint (Benjamin Moore Pale Oak color matched to Glidden Duo) – $24.97
    Door, Trim, and Cabinet Paint (extra leftover from our Daughter’s Bedroom Makeover) – $0
    Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint for Door Knobs (used leftovers) – $0
    Wood for Ladder – $5.40
    Wood for Mirror – $5.40
    Minwax Stain (already owned, used on this project) – $0
    White and Orange Acrylic paint (already owned) – $0
    Part of a Roll of Wire Mesh – $2
    Recessed Light Set – $10.98
    Double Robe Hook – $3.25
    Single Robe Hook – $3.25
    Light Switches – $1.34
    Switch Plate – $0.52
    GFCI Outlet – $12.99
    Thermostat – $14.64
    Toilet Tank Handle – $18.08
    Total – $102.82

    We were just a tiny bit over budget! These numbers are very close, if not exactly what the price was, not including tax. Did you see the last item I threw in there? Yeah. During the process of this makeover, our toilet tank handle broke, so we had to grab a new one.

    I would also like to note that we already owned all of the tools to get this DIYing done (paint brushes, drop clothes, saws, a current indicator for the electrical work, etc.) so we didn’t have to spend extra money on that.

    Let’s get one more look at the before and after.

    Small Makeover for Bathroom on a Budget

    Bathroom Makeover Reveal For $100

    We are truly loving the state of the bathroom now! It is welcoming and with the room lightened up, it is really a lot easier to keep clean (i.e. I can see the dirt.) What do you think? Not too shabby, right?

    Did you miss a week of this makeover? Catch up below.

    Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

    And don’t forget to check out all of the amazing makeovers that my friends have done!


  • Build It Yourself,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    $100 Room Challenge: Week 3 – Bathroom Progress

    We are in the midst of week 3 of the $100 Room Challenge and we still have so much to do! Earlier this week, I shared our plans for the room, as well as the paint colors we chose. Getting the painting done made a huge impact on the brightness in the room.  We’ve made a little more bathroom progress since then, but our list still has quite a few projects on it and we are running out of time! Eek!

    Bathroom Progress DIY Ladder

    This week, we were able to build a ladder that goes around/above our toilet. It was so easy to put together and cost us less than $5 for the wood! You may be wondering why I wanted to add a ladder to the bathroom. I’m hoping that it will bring in some color once it is stained and be a place for added storage by hanging baskets on it.

    Storage Ladder in Bathroom

    To build this puppy, we started out with 2 –  2″x3″ pine boards cut to 6′ in length and 3 – 1 1/8″ dowels cut to 24″.  This dowel width allowed for the ladder to easily fit around the sides of our toilet tank. Then, my hubs used a 1 1/8″ paddle drill bit to create holes in the long boards and we just pushed the dowels in through the holes until they came out to the edge. So simple!

    Easy Build Ladder

    I know that is not a lot of progress for this week and this coming weekend I’m heading to The Bahamas! Woohoo!  Meanwhile, my loving husband will be sticking it out at home with the kids and doing the electrical work for the bathroom. (Outlets, lighting, etc.) Then, when I get back, it will be a race to finish up the rest of the room!

    Bathroom Progress Electrical Work

    Let’s check on the to-do list and see how much we have left!

    • Paint the walls
    • Paint the doors/trim/vanity cabinet
    • Spray paint door hardware
    • Build a ladder to put around/above the toilet.
    • Get wire baskets for storage
    • Add a can light above the toilet area
    • Make a frame for the existing mirror
    • Replace light switches/plates/GFCI outlet/thermostat
    • Add hooks for towels
    • Decorate with items already owned

    Yikes! The list is still pretty hefty.  Pray for a miracle that we will be able to pull this off in time! Oh, and check out the other participants to see how their room makeovers are coming along.

    Did you miss last week’s post? Follow along with our progress by clicking the links to each week below!

    Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4


  • Painting Projects,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    $100 Room Challenge: Week 2 – Plans and Paint

    So, I’m a little bit late to the game for week 2 of the $100 Room Challenge. Which means that there will be two updates this week for you! To start off, check out our plans and paint for our bathroom makeover!

    THE PLAN

    During week 1, I shared all of the eerie before photos and this lovely mood board. We are only working with $100 to get our bathroom looking pretty, so we are going to need to get creative with how we achieve this look.

    bathroom-collage

    Here’s our to-do list and we have a few of the items already finished:

    • Paint the walls
    • Paint the doors/trim/vanity cabinet
    • Spray paint door hardware
    • Build a ladder to put around/above the toilet.
    • Get wire baskets for storage
    • Add a can light above the toilet area
    • Make a frame for the existing mirror
    • Replace light switches/plates/GFCI outlet/thermostat
    • Add hooks for towels
    • Decorate with items already owned

    THE PAINT

    Last week our house was struck with a stomach bug that had our little guy out of commission for almost 7 days. With only one bathroom in the house, it was hard to try and get all of the painting done in the midst gastrointestinal explosions. (Too much? Sorry.) Anyway, we finally finished after 7 million coats.

    Bathroom Plans and Paint Benjamin Moore Pale Oak

    OK.  That may be a bit of an exaggeration. We did have to go over the cabinets, doors, and trim quite a few times (4-6 depending on the surface) to cover the existing stain.  We started by sanding everything to rough up the surfaces.  Next, we applied 1-2 coats of Zinsser primer. Then, we painted on top of that with Behr Pure White semi-gloss paint, which was left over from our daughter’s bedroom makeover.

    Bathroom Paint Colors

    Because we are working with a pretty tight budget for this makeover, we decided to get our Benjamin Moore Pale Oak paint color matched to Glidden Semi Gloss. This ended up saving us some dough! To save even more money, we spray painted the existing hardware with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze, which was also left over from previous projects.

    Bathroom Paint Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze

    We are really liking the Pale Oak paint color on the walls.  It is a lovely neutral greige and seems to add a little warmth the cool white paint in the room.

    Did you miss last week’s post? Follow along with our progress by clicking the links to each week below!

    Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

    Don’t forget to check out the other participants in this challenge and see all the amazing/budget friendly designs and ideas these bloggers are coming up with!


  • Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    $100 Room Challenge: Week 1 – Bathroom on a Budget

    We’ve been slowly moving along on our progress at The Country House since fall.  With all of the holidays, birthdays, etc., it has been hard to get a lot done, but we’ve made a little dent in the dining room, which I will be sharing soon. However, today I wanted to share our newest plans with you for our bathroom! I’m all about saving money, so this will be a bathroom on a budget!

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    And as you may have guessed from the title and graphic above, this bathroom makeover with also be part of the $100 Room Challenge. I’m so excited to be joining my friend Erin from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry who is the brains behind this challenge. (Thanks, Erin for the invitation!) The gist of the challenge is pretty simple: makeover a room for only $100 in only 4 weeks.  Click over to Erin’s blog for more detailed info.

    Behold, THE bathroom!

    That’s right. There is currently only ONE in our home.

    $100 Room Challenge Bathroom Before

    In its current state, our bathroom is blah and boring.

    Small Makeover for Bathroom on a Budgetr

    We are not huge fans of the cherry colored stain on the doors and vanity.

    Small Bathroom Sink

    The flooring is pretty UGH too.

    Bathroom Vanity

    The thrown itself is tucked back behind the tub/shower and even though you can not tell from this photo, it is kind of a black hole back there.  (The only lights in the room are above the sink.)

    Bathroom Toilet Storage

    So, as you can see, we have a ton that we need to do in here to bring things up to date and to mesh with our personal style.

    Below is the mood board that I whipped up for this challenge. If we were to buy all of these items, we would go way over our $100 budget! The paint alone will probably knock out 1/3 of that amount! However, we are a crafty/thrifty family and are going to get pretty creative with this makeover. Wish us luck!

    bathroom-collage

    Sources:  Mirror | Robe Hook | Ladder | Hand Towel | Faux Plant

    Over the next 4 weeks, I will be sharing our plans and progress with you.  Think we can pull this off?

    Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

    Don’t forget to check out the other participants in this challenge and see all the amazing/budget friendly designs and ideas these bloggers are coming up with!