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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Back Bathroom


the back bathroom

months earlier...
As you can see above, there was brown carpet in this bathroom.  Carpet! In a bathroom?  I shutter to think what was lurking in the confines of that rug ...AND as you cannot see, the toilet leaked buckets into the basement every time we flushed it...THAT needed to be dealt with.  We replaced the toilet asap!  To a toilet that looked exactly the same...just cleaner.

First things first!  We replaced the floor.  It's not the best looking floor, but remember that we are thrifty and this was the best looking option for what we could afford.  :):):)
Next, we threw a 20 dollar mirror and 25 dollar light fixture on the wall.
Boom!  Now you can see yourself in the light!  (Maybe not such a good thing too early in the morning?) 

Below is the sink.  We decided to salvage the faucet, bowl, and cabinet to save money.  We did, however, replace the Formica...which was extremely cheap and EASY!  We bought a sheet of granite-like Formica from the hardware store for about 10 bucks (The perks of having a tiny sink), cut it to fit, and glued that sucker on.  And we even had enough to spare to splurge on two sheets of tile back splash, which in small quantities are also VERY inexpensive, and two aged bronze knobs for the cabinet. 

Slap some paint on the walls, trim, and cabinet...throw in some inexpensive accessories and you've got yourself one nifty, thrifty master bathroom.

Approximation of Costs:
light fixture: $25 (Wmart)
mirror: $20 (Wmart)
tile back splash: $10 (Menards)
Formica counter: $10 (Menards)
paint: $15 (Menards)
flooring: $10 (Menards)
accessories (shelf, baskets, etc.): $70 (Wmart, Target, Hobby Lobby)
Total:  $160


  1. Beautiful. Looks like one of those fancy bathrooms at an upscale hotel. Very nice. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I love your paint colors you have chosen for your home. Can you please put up a list of colors and what room you used them in ?!

  3. Beautiful paint color, do you remember what the name is?

    1. Thank you! I am sorry, I don't! It was a color match to a magazine article and it turned out green! So I had my husband take it back and have them tint it with a brown. It is literally the color of chocolate milk! If that helps in any way. Sorry! I would give you the code on the top of the lid, but it is all faded or painted on. When I have more made, I will update with the information. -Ash

  4. I found your blog on Pintrest and I just wanted to share with you how thankful I am for that. I just bought my first house with my husband and we are on a tight budget so our place is also the glamorous 70's wood paneling split level. Your bathroom makeover is fantastic! I can't wait to use your ideas to help make our space more homey.

  5. Thank you! This house has come a long way since this post! I am so glad you are finding inspiration in this blog. I am by no means an expert so I am humbled by your compliment. Good luck turning your split into your dream home!

  6. Great transformation and even better that it was 'on the cheap!'

    We are in the process of updating our basement bathroom, which is also very tiny. We picked up one of those vanity top/cabinet (all in one package) from Home Depot for about $150 on sale. I see the same set now there for $280! We also bought a new toilet for $98, bronze finish faucet for $68, vinyl tile flooring for about $35 and of course paint. We too 'splurged' on buying some expensive tiles for the back splash ($15/sq. ft) but for a tiny sink, we will only need two squares. It's not finished yet but coming to a close. It's so satisfying when these projects are completed - don't you think?? :)

    Looking forward to seeing the rest of your house as you transform it into your dream home.

    1. Thank you! I know, that is why I can't stop changing my house. But I love coming home and feeling joy, just by looking around. If it doesn't bring my joy in some way, I get rid of it! :)

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