My tiny bathroom was ready for an update. It was cluttered with toiletries and cleaning supplies. The paint was 20 years old and the sink had a crummy chrome faucet that flaked and I never could get it clean. The toilet and tub were an ugly mustard yellow. (The toilet was white because we had to replace it a year ago.)
The thought of a full bathroom redo made me ill-the disruption, the cost.
I was in a home Depot in October 2009 and bought the paint on a whim. Now I was committed (in my mind, anyway). I just finished it at the end of June. I did all my shopping on line and at house sales. The total came in at a tad under $1,000 (not counting the toilet). That includes the plumber and electrician.
The wire basket was $3 at a flea market. I made the tiles for the back splash long ago. They're terra cotta in a tessellation design. We replaced the crummy yellow sink and chrome fixtures with a generic white sink and brushed nickel faucet. I got the light fixture on sale and hired an electrician to install it. We had an ugly plastic medicine chest with orb lights. The mirror cost $5 at a sidewalk sale and I hung it myself. I painted the vanity chocolate brown and decided to continue the color up the wall. Instead of buying metal knobs for the vanity doors (not in picture) I spray painted wood knobs silver. This is a cheap way to get the look of metal for less money.
The rug was free. I found it in a free bin at a local thrift store. It was filthy. I cleaned it in my laundry tub by soaking it in a solution of water and dish washing powder. The water turned dark gray and the rug looks almost new.
Rather than buy a new trash can and toilet paper holder. I spray painted the ones I had to go with the nickel fixtures. (I also did this with a towel rack and a light switch). I got the toilet paper holder at a sidewalk sale years ago. It had a holder for one roll. I sawed that off and now it holds three rolls.
I got the hanging cabinet/medicine chest is from Ebay for $50. It's solid cherry and I was able to hang it myself. The cabinet below is from IKEA.
I chose green with brown accents for the walls because I think it is relaxing. The wall hanging belonged to a family member.
I got the shower caddy at K Mart for $20.00 (I had to cut it to fit) and the shower curtain was $6. The shower curtain rings were $1 at a house sale. The frame above the toilet holds tiles from the backsplash that I couldn't use. I made the frame by cutting down a bugger frame.
We saved money by having the tub reglazed instead of replacing it. It was an ugly mustard yellow and now it's white. The tile we had was in good shape and not replacing the tub allowed us to keep the tile. It's warranted for five years. They recommend you wipe out the tub after every use-something I have been trying to get my DH to do for years. Now he does it religiously.
Cheap/green bathroom redo-less than $1,000. Husband who wipes out the tub after he showers-Priceless.