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Before and After: A Bathroom Makeover For Under $80

Craftster member Nichola accomplished the admirable feat of making over her bathroom for under $80. Cheap, chic makeovers are always inspiring, and Nichola's bathroom definitely fits the bill. Before Nichola's bathroom got to this "before" status you see here, she spent three nights removing ugly, decrepit wallpaper that may have been original to the house. With this somewhat blank palette, Nichola went to work.

She notes, "Now, I really admire people who can use color, people who can grab a can of bright red paint and slap it on the wall, but I am not one of those people. I shamefully admit that I am one of those who grab a can of white, or off white and go to town."

Even if Nichola is shy of bright colors, she still pulled off an amazing makeover in more neutral colors. To see how it looks,


Nichola hung a new mirror, added some furniture and accents (including that cool basket of dowel rods), painted, sewed and hung curtains, and crafted a silhouette portrait. She says, "In addition to being frightful of color I'm also cheap as can be and on a budget. Here's a rundown of my costs: $15, white eco friendly paint for the walls; $17, white floor paint; $35.99 mirror; $3.94, 2 metres fabric for curtains; $2, supplies for silhouette picture. Everything else was stuff from my stash (frames, vase, cotton to line curtains)."

The black and white palette looks very sophisticated, and all of the little touches are perfectly pulled off. Nichola notes that she's not quite done with all of the changes (how many of us home reno-ers ever are?), but that she's quite pleased with the results. As she should be! This bathroom looks fabulous!





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Knickertwist Knickertwist 7 years
I don't know if I'd do floor paint again. The tiles that were there were really, really awful so I wasn't worried about wrecking them and the bathroom really isn't used too often. The biggest issue I have with the paint is that it's too white. Every little speck of dirt and every smudge shows up. It was a nice, cheap solution that will last a year or two until we tile... I'm not holding my breath that it will hold up too much longer than that.
spaghetina spaghetina 7 years
I'm curious about the floor paint as well. I, too, have ugly 1950's tile floors, and the same tile continues halfway up the walls. It'd be great to be able to paint over it and get rid of the horrible blue, grey and mauve. Yes, mauve. Augh.
HelloKittyMini HelloKittyMini 7 years
Is this article saying she used floor paint to paint over the tile floors? If so, how will that hold up? Looks like if it is durable it could be a great cheap solution to my ugly 1950's tile floors.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
Knickertwist Knickertwist 7 years
I found it at Winners for $35. It was brown with coppery undertones before... I just painted some flat back paint on top.
esmerb esmerb 7 years
I too LOVE that mirror and want the details on where you got it?
anti-curl anti-curl 7 years
I love the new bathroom! I can't stop ogling that mirror. Where did you happen to find it? Or did you add the frame yourself?
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