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$100 Master Bathroom Makeover Reveal

We have lived in our house now for 15 years.  That is the longest I have ever lived in one place since becoming an adult.  I have painted every room in the house except two, the guest bathroom and the master bathroom.  They are just small rooms that got overlooked and pushed to the side, I mean because really, who wants to try to paint around the toilet!!  So, when some of my blogging buddies decided to do room makeovers I decided it was time to give our master bathroom a facelift.  Today I am sharing with you my $100 master bathroom makeover reveal!!

And pretty please, be sure to visit all the rest of the reveals at the end of this post.  These ladies all have amazing talent and don’t you want to know if we all stayed on budget?


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Master bathroom for under $100. Yes it can be done!


Take a look at the before and see what I had to work with.

Builder grade before

White dirty walls, fake brown wood trim.  I can’t believe I left it like this for so long!

How I spent my $100

  • Drop cloth for shower curtain…..$8.00
  • Shower curtain hooks………………$8.94
  • 18 1×6 boards …………………………$53.62 (I had a $20 rebate certificate for Menards)
  • Stain for boards………………………$13.63
  • 2 picture frames on clearance…..$5.98

Items I reused or already had on hand

  • Paint for walls and trim
  • towel bars and clothing hook
  • drop cloth for graphic matting
  • small white bookcase
  • grapevine for wreath

Total spent for this project…..$90.17

YES!!!!  I came in under budget!!!  This master bathroom makeover could probably be done in a weekend, but I worked on one project per weekend for 3 weekends.  Now let me show you what I did.

The first weekend was spent painting walls and trim.  Can I tell you how much I hate painting trim and baseboards?  I painted the walls using Valspar’s Notre Dame Gray and used a bright white on the trim and baseboards. I had this leftover from our room addition we did a little over a year ago.

A tip to making a small room feel bigger…Paint the ceiling the same color as the walls.  It keeps the eye from stopping as you look up and gives the illusion that it is bigger than it really is.  It also does away with the random dots on the ceiling from the paint roller, lol!!

The next weekend my hubby and I did the feature wall and I am so excited with how it turned out!! You can see how we did it here.  He said he is tired of my projects becoming his projects, so he showed me how to use the table saw and jig saw and taught me how to do this wall.

I know that typically shiplap is painted white.  Don’t get me wrong I think it looks fabulous, but I just couldn’t bear to cover up those knotty holes and the character of this wood.   I am in love with the industrial farmhouse design style so I decided to stain the wood instead to stay true to that industrial farmhouse feel.  I will share how we did this feature wall in a future post so stay tuned!

Stained shiplap wall

The stain is Minwax Provincial 211.  I love that it doesn’t have a reddish or golden look to it!

Easy shiplap wall

This was a really easy project that added a ton of character to our builder grade bathroom.  I will tell you all about how we did it in an upcoming post.

That same weekend I made my new shower curtain using a 6×9 drop cloth that I picked up for just $8 and grommets that I had left over from another project.  I will share what went wrong with this project in a later post.  You can also check out the headboard I made over using a drop cloth, it is such a versatile fabric!!

Make a shower curtain from a drop cloth

It looked really plain so I added these flowers to the bottom using a stamp and brown ink.  I like the tone on tone look of it.

drop cloth shower curtain

Remember that ugly brown vanity?  No?  Go back and look, I will wait…

I did that about 7 years ago and it was okay for awhile, but it clashed with the feature wall and so I painted it white.  It looks so much better!  At least I upgraded the handles 7 years ago and lucky for me they are still in style.

white painted vanity

The new feature wall needed something, but I couldn’t put just anything up there.  I found these really cute printables from Bless’er House that were free (free is good!), all I had to do was print them out.  I cut up some leftover drop cloth fabric to use as a matte in these 12×12 frames I picked up for $2.99 each at Meijer.

framed printable with drop cloth

framed printable with drop cloth

I already had two baskets like the one below and was using them for a trash can and to hold toilet paper.  I also moved this little bookcase from the family room to replace the cherry wood side table we were using in this spot.

shop your home for decor to change out your space

I am loving our master bathroom makeover.  I am really loving that I was able to do it for under $100!!

bathroom makeover for under $100

bathroom makeover for under $100

updating a bathroom for under $100

Updating your bathroom doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  Simple easy updates and shopping your own home can save you a ton of money when it comes to remodeling.  Someday I will have new flooring and a new vanity and mirror, but for now this will get us by for maybe another 15 years 😉

Have I inspired you to try your own $100 room makeover?  Which room will you do?  Please tell me in the comments below, I would love to hear about it!

Don’t forget to visit the the $100 room makeovers that my friends have done and find out if we all came in on budget!

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  1. Wow – very good job! I am so impressed with that wall and you decorated it perfectly! All of you ladies are really inspiring me to get moving with projects around the house!

    1. says:

      Thank you Gina!! It is my most favorite project so far! 🙂

    1. says:

      Thanks Victoria!! I was amazed at how much bigger it made it look in there, now I think we are going to do a wall in the family room 😉

  2. I love love love that wall! Great job girl. Now that you’ve mastered the power tools the projects are endless. Your hubby might wish he’d not taught you 😉 I love the artwork, and the drop cloth mats, isn’t it a great texture contrast?

    It’s amazing what we live with for so long and then when we finally tackle it we wonder why we waited so long. Beautiful!

    1. says:

      Thanks Toni!! Yes, he may have created a monster with power tools. The projects that are brewing in my head…lol!! Thank you for your kind words my friend 🙂

  3. Um, that feature wall is gorgeous!! I’m trying to figure out where I can do that in my house now! Amazing job!

    1. says:

      Thanks Stephanie!! My hubby even loves it 🙂

    1. says:

      Thank you Ann!!

  4. Wow, girl, you did such a fantastic job. You used your budget well, and it paid off. I love the warmth your stained shiplap added.

    You are a $100 Room Makeover Rockstar!

    1. says:

      Thank you friend!! I am so glad I joined you all for this challenge, it was so much fun 🙂

  5. Susanne, it’s turned out so great! I absolutely love your shiplap wall – way to go sweet friend!

    1. says:

      Thanks girlfriend! I had such a great time doing this challenge with you all!!

    1. says:

      Thanks Sarah!! Now if I could just get my hubby used to the laundry basket being in the closet, lol!

  6. This turned out awesome and I love that wall. Great job.

    1. says:

      Thanks Denise!! This is definitely my favorite project ever!

  7. That wood feature wall is totally dreamy Susanne! And the prints are perfect. You did such a great job, what an amazing transformation.

    1. says:

      thanks Kimm!! It was so much fun to with all of you 🙂

  8. Susanne you did so good! That accent wall is the bomb! I think your “before” shower curtain is the same as the one I used for my “after” hahahaha.. one woman’s trash is another ones treasure! Good job. It looks amazing!

    1. says:

      lol!! Oh my gosh Janice I didn’t even notice that, I am going to have to go back and look 😉 This was so fun to do, I can’t wait for the next one!

  9. Susanne- I really can’t believe you made such an amazing change for $100! Wise choice to NOT paint the ship lap; it makes the bathroom feel warm feel warm and welcoming. Truly phenomenal job! Well done…no — VERY well done !!

    1. says:

      Thanks Kristine! I feel like I am in a spa now when I go in there 🙂 My hubby was surprised that I didn’t paint it, but I think it was the best way to make it stand out. Thank you for stopping by!

  10. That wall is amazing! Excited to see your post with the details. I also love those framed quotes!!! Such a positive start to your day. Great job!!!

    1. says:

      Thank you Tonya!! Aren’t those quotes great?! Although my hubby pointed out that I cut one crooked, lol!

  11. What an amazing transformation. Your wall is stunning. I can’t wait to read how you accomplished it. The use of the free printables and discount frames really made that wall warm and have a focal point. The painted vanity was genius and Love the handles. All the other adds, bookcase basket make it lovely! Thanks for posting it in TADA! Thursdays

    1. says:

      Thank you Debbie! It was a long overdue update that’s for sure. The wall was a lot easier than I thought it would be. It’s amazing what can be accomplished for just $100. Thank you for the feature 🙂

  12. Oh my lanta, that feature wall is stunning!!!! I also love the shower curtain and the prints!!! Adorable!!

    1. says:

      Thanks Kim! My hubby pointed out to me that one of the prints is cut crooked, lol! Oh well, gives it character 🙂

  13. Great makeover! $100 isn’t much but it’s real world. It’s nice to see a makeover like this. 🙂

    1. says:

      Thank you Stacey! It was really fun to do!

  14. Hi Susanne: This $100 makeover is unbelievable. Its has to take lots of ingenuity to complete these projects. Even more so when doing a bathroom. Bathrooms are horrible to work in and horrible to try and take photos in. Great makeover your bathroom looks much more modern.

    1. says:

      Thanks Leanna!! Bathrooms are horrible to work and take pictures in, lol!! I was trying so hard not to get a picture of myself in the mirror 😉

  15. I love your Shower curtain and it is a great makeover – I am loving these 100 dollars challenges

    1. says:

      Thanks Amber! It was almost a no sew project, but I had to cut off some of the length. Aren’t the $100 challenges great? I can’t wait for the next one!

  16. Oh wow, this looks amazing! I can’t believe it was under $100, well done! Gives me hope that I might be able to upgrade my ensuite bathroom on a budget!

  17. Wow! That’s a stunning makeover. You’ve inspired me. I have a dated bathroom that really needs a redo. I’ve been using the excuse that it would cost too much, but you’ve just proven otherwise. Thanks for sharing!!!

  18. I love the new wood wall!! It looks wonderful in your bathroom. It really warms up the area and gives a great farmhouse vibe!!!

  19. Oh my gosh I adore the wood wall!! So much!! My husbands a woodworker and he would love this! Such a great idea!!

    1. says:

      You have to get him to do one for you Meg!! It really is an inexpensive update! 🙂

  20. Wow Susanne, that looks incredible! I cant believe you did all that for just $100! Well done, I love the Wooden panelling <3

    1. says:

      Thank you Rebecca! That wall really does transform that bathroom 🙂

    1. says:

      Thank yo Laura! It is definitely the best wall in the whole house 🙂

  21. Oh my gosh this is such a huge change and the bathroom looks amazing now!! Can’t believe you were able to do all this for $100!!

    1. says:

      Thank you Cassie! I am loving it and I was so pumped to do it for under $100!!

  22. It looks beautiful. The paint colour is lovely, and the boards really finish it off!

    1. says:

      Thank you Ashley! I am so glad we finally did this little update 🙂

  23. Wow! I LOVE the wood panelling! I just wouldn’t have thought of that. And the difference that painting the vanity unit doors makes is incredible. Great job and under budget too. Impressed!!

    1. says:

      Thank you Sian! I was surprised to come in under budget too, and you are right the white vanity makes a huge difference!

  24. Caroline @ Love Cake Create says:

    Oh my goodness Susanne, these look incredible!! I’ve actually got a few ideas of changes we can make to our house. Love that feature wall!

    1. says:

      Thanks Caroline! I am glad it inspired you!!

    1. says:

      Thanks Susan! It depends on where you live, lol! 😉

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