All right, guys….here it is. The big reveal of the kids’ shared bathroom makeover!
In case you’re new here, the $100 Room Challenge is the brainchild of my friend Erin at Lemons, Lavender and Laundry — the goal of the challenge is to show that it IS possible to give a space in your home a refresh on a budget.
In this case, I had a total of — spoiler alert — $100 to spend on the project. (Shocking, right, given the name of the challenge?). I decided to give my son and daughter’s shared bathroom a bright and beachy makeover.
If you missed my posts for weeks one, two and three of the challenge, you can check out those posts right here:
Before we get to the reveal, let’s please take a look at the “before.”
The bathroom was fine, but certainly nothing special. When we moved into our current home a few years ago, the walls were already this color, so we basically hung up our shower curtain, tossed an IKEA faux plant on the counter, and that was that.
Okay…..ready? Here’s our new space:
Overall, the space feels much brighter and a whole lot more fun.
That driftwood mirror was a game changer, and it cost me — wait for it — $40! I scored a free mirror from a neighbor, and ordered a box of driftwood on Etsy. Then I grabbed my hot glue gun and went to work.
I will make the driftwood border a little thicker in the future, but for now I’m okay with leaving it as is. Truth be told, I kinda procrastinated when it came to DIY’ing the mirror, so after an hour’s worth of work to get it to this state, I threw in the towel. (Guys, I tell the best jokes. See what I did there?)
That space above the toilet would be perfect for some shelves — it would be a nice spot to display the adorable watercolor bicycle artwork print you see there — but I was working down to the wire on this project and didn’t have time to purchase shelving. #reallife
Here’s another peek at our completed mirror and the striped “wallpaper.”
The tropical botanical print was a FREE download, and I made the flamingo print for $1. Can’t beat that!
I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical that I could make over this space with just $100 and have it look halfway decent. But I’m so pumped about how the project turned out, and my daughter’s response was, “Mom, it looks seriously amazing!”
So, I’ll consider that a win.
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Now, let’s break down the budget and talk about exactly what I spent.
- “Hello, sunshine” shower curtain: Target, $16.99
- “Brush your teeth” toothbrush holder: Target, $7.99
- Flamingo art: $1 (I made it myself using Canva!)
- Tropical leaf art: Free download from Made in a Day
- White frames for flamingo and leaf prints: Already owned
- White wall hook: Amazon, $15.02
- White bath rug: Already owned
- White paint for stripes: Already owned
- 1″ chip brushes: Lowes Home Improvement, $3.92 (4 at $0.98 each)
- Mirror: Free, thanks to my neighborhood’s Facebook group
- Bulk (real!) driftwood, 250 pieces: Catch My Drift Co. via Etsy, $40
- Hot glue gun: Already owned
- Faux plants: Already owned
- Rattan basket on back of toilet: Already owned
- Watercolor bicycle print: Already owned
All of this came to a grand total of…..$84.92!
Man, I really hope my husband is reading this, because he should be super impressed with my frugality here. (So I can go ahead and order those Tory Burch flats, honey…..right?!)
Although I’m really happy with where this room makeover landed, I always have ideas up my sleeve, so it’s highly possible I’ll make some additional changes to the bathroom beyond what I tackled for the $100 Room Challenge.
For example, I plan to:
- Purchase some simple white wall shelves to hang above the toilet. That was always part of my plan, but the truth is that I was working on everything else right down to the very last minute, so running to Target for wall shelves just wasn’t happening. But no biggie. That’s an easy upgrade I can make at a later date. That poor little watercolor bicycle print needs a home that is NOT on top of the extra toilet paper…..
- Swap out the light fixture. It’s just so….builder basic. Meh. I’m not sure what I want to replace it with, but I bet I could find one on sale at Home Depot that is waaaaay better.
- Change the vanity hardware. Similar to the light fixture, the vanity hardware — which has some sort of weird scrolly design on it — isn’t my cup of tea. (And yes, “weird scrolly design” is totally interior design speak, in case you were wondering.) The current hardware is also brushed nickel, yet the light fixture and shower curtain rod are polished nickel. Mismatched finishes, unless one has painstakingly gone 50/50 on two different finishes, is one of my biggest pet peeves. There, I said it.
Of course, one of these days I’d love to gut this bathroom and give it a full-fledged makeover. But I’m pretty sure that’s going to cost me far more than $84, so for now our beachy and bright bathroom will have to do!
What do you guys think? Are there any projects I tackled as part of this challenge that you’d consider taking on in your own home?