Momma Hen

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$0 bathroom make-over

October 18, 2011 by momm7540
#1 less money= more work.
#2 when in doubt….cover it up!
Lets just start off by saying paint really does work wonders. Paint is the reason I thought this whole bathroom challenge would be possible. The previous owners of our fixer-uper were DIY-ers and had LOTS of supplies left behind to prove it. I found 10-15 gallons of paint around the house, on top of the paint I already owned from painting furniture, electrical and plumbing supplies, light fixtures, and lots more. I also have lots of “pretties” to shop from. All of these things combined led me to complete my challenge of giving “The ugliest bathroom” a make-over on $0 . I’ll let you decide if I met my challenge.
First, Let us revisit my hideous bathroom.
The blue and white tile were staying….not much I can do about it , for free. So, color theme? blue.
The floor = hate it. It’s not my style and it was crooked. But, it also had to stay. But, I got the great idea to paint it! Did you know you can paint vinyl flooring?
After getting my inspiration for the design of the room
I wanted to go with something a little masculine, neutral, and rustic. Concrete was the way to go.
(will be doing a tutorial on how to create faux concrete floors soon-be sure to check back!)EDITED TO ADD: HOW-TO VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE

Next, the floral wall paper had to go. This was the easiest of all tasks. A 50/50 mixture of water and fabric softener soaking the paper ; results in easy removal .

 Thank goodness I had drywall mud on hand to patch spots . A quick sanding of the unfinished wall and the walls were ready for paint. Not having the right color would probably result in going to the store. Instead I grabbed a bucket of white and a dark grey, mixed, and created a soft neutral grey.
Don’t know what color to paint your space? Almost always a soft shade of grey will work perfectly for any style home. Grey is the new tan/khaki .
Next on my agenda was to conquer the vanity area.
The counter top was in bad shape, the cabinet was poorly constructed, the whole area was really “blah.”
I just so happen to find this really great tutorial a few days ago on faux marble counter tops. Gorgeous shiny things’ counter tops turned out really great, she had lots of instructions and pictures, and even a video. She made me feel confident enough to try to tackle this job on my own. Plus, I had the paint , brushes, and polyurethane.
On the opposite wall I had a few troubling things to deal with.
plug and switch that didn’t work and were strangly placed
 the mystery hole
and the awkwardly positioned medicine cabinet with it’s country style facing .
This is where I play the “when in doubt….hide it rule.”
If you have something you hate in your space….hide it! Be creative and find some accessories, pictures, props, maybe even an entire gallerywall. No one has to know what is hiding behind your beautiful things *wink*
ready for the …..
I feel like you should be giving me a drum roll.
After lots of work (emphasis on LOTS) all by myself, lots of creative thinking , I present to you my finished bathroom with $0 spent !!
The vanity area is my all time favorite spot . I started with adding a focal point , using a scrap piece of wallpaper (from my living room make-over)
Added a small floating shelf for a little bit of storage
(tip: for more interest create a vignette using usable decorative items. Like glass apothecary jars and fill them with things you need on a daily basis)
Painting the cabinet a dark blue ties in the blue from the tiles on the opposite side of the room.
Remember the mystery hole and the missing tiles?
gone! Well, I actually just hid them. I’m hoping these usable ladders distract from the negative and give the space an interesting focal point.
How about the plug and outlet that didn’t work?

 Lastly, I removed the white trim.
It needed to be dropped down closer to the ground. But that left a pretty big gap between the tile and floor.
 I simply painted the wall behind the trim white. This made the space blend into the tile wall and look like the gap was intentional.
How did I do? Did I pass? Do you like it?
Just to be sure ….how about some FAB before and afters?
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40 Responses to “$0 bathroom make-over”

  1. WOW!!! Now that is one awesome makeover!!!! I am so impressed. That concrete floor is great!

  2. Sarah says:

    This is amazing! Don't know what else to say, I'm stunned! GREAT work!

  3. You did an amazing job and you work so fast. That would have taken me a month or longer to do. Not to mention how resourceful and creative you are. I would love to borrow you to have you help me finish my home. I can't wait to see what else you are going to be sharing with us in your new home. Mad props!!!

  4. lambchops07 says:

    Holy crap!!! That's amazing!!!!!!! I love the faux marble sink!!!! I'm. I. Awe. It looks so much better and for ZERO dollars! Great post!!

  5. Everything looks wonderful! I am so impressed with your vision and creativity-well done!

    Best wishes,

  6. Fay says:

    I absolutely love it! You are so talented! Great job!

  7. Kiri says:

    Great job! Love the vanity area!

  8. of course you DID IT:) awesome job!!!

  9. great job! I especially love the sink makeover. And the cute fence along it!

  10. Fabulous!! Loving those floors!

  11. Erin says:

    INCREDIBLE, Amy!!! Your bathroom looks so beautiful, and to think you did it without spending a dime. You can't even tell that's vinyl underfoot! And I have to say I love the ladders, as well as the hanger doubling as a towel rack. Be proud of yourself because that is one spectacular transformation! Looking forward to the tutorials–esp. the faux concrete floors.

  12. Giiiiiiirrrrllll!!! I mean to tell you! That is an AWESOME transformation! Just beautiful!

  13. Melissa says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Beautiful job!!! I'm impressed you did all this for $0. I love your clever disguises! :)

  14. It is so like a hubby to under-react, but you should be very proud. Great job!

  15. You did an AMAZING job! Love it!! :)

  16. Kelsey says:

    You go girl! Looks amazing and for $0. You should be SO proud of yourself!!!

    Kelsey :)

  17. Beth says:

    I found your link at Funky Junk. I love how you camouflaged the useless outlets and it all looks like it was intended to be that way. Love the chicken wire “hanger” thingy! Great idea for a laundry room too!

  18. Great job! It looks totally different. I'm your newest follower and I found you through Ginger Snaps. Come by in visit when you have a chance.

  19. junkermidge says:

    Awesome transformation! I love it! Congrats on a job well done.

  20. Chlvie says:

    You did a great job with this so many great and unique ideas. Well done.

  21. You did a fabulous job! Anything can be made better with paint and a little-o.k. a lot of work. I am sure this will inspire a lot of people.

  22. P.S. I am now following-can't miss what you will be up to next!

  23. Pamma says:

    Wow…great transformation. You did great!

  24. Judy says:

    That is one major transformation for $0. Very impressive. Love that wallpaper and mirror. Thanks for partying with DIYbyDesign.

  25. what a difference! and that is my kind of budget! :)

  26. Rhiannon says:

    You did a GREAT job! amazing work!

  27. Beautiful! You're right.. I love it. :) Those ladders and wreath drew me right in. Very fresh, a little junky… right up my alley!


  28. Faded Plains says:

    It looks fantastic…and all for zero bucks…that's pretty amazing!

  29. ImSoVintage says:

    Wow, I am so impressed. What a difference. You really did a great job and love your budget. Happy new follower from White Wednesday.

  30. Roxie700 says:

    It looks wonderful. I really do like it very much. Your bathroom seems to have a lot of empty floor space. Maybe add a tall dresser or some kind of storage in there for towels etc. It is really a great make over and for ZERO money; you win the prize in book. Well done.

  31. Great job! I love all the little cover ups, and I love the chicken wire hanger frame!

  32. Fiona says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! So clever and resourceful and it just looks amazing. Love the finished look and if I visited your home I would imagine it cost thousands!

  33. Awesome job! What an amazing makeover lady!!!
    And I am so glad to see the faux marble tutorial in action!

  34. Stephanie says:

    Fab-U-Lous!!!!!!!!!! Keep it coming…you've got us hooked now! :)

  35. Awesome transformation. I love the ladders and the whole sink area–great job and thanks for sharing this.

  36. I'd say you aced this one! GREAT transformation! And for $0… I'm in awe. ~Rachel

  37. Audrey says:

    Amazing … love what you did. Very creative.
    Audrey Z. at Timeless Treasures.

  38. Oh my goodness, what a great transformation! And on such a tight budget (LOL!) I love how you created beauty in a hopeless space. Popping over from Roadkill Rescues

  39. [...] See the entire make-over by clicking this image Do you have a space in your home that you just can’t stand to see? You run in and out slamming the door behind, hoping no one sees what is actually behind those doors. Well, we didn’t have that option. This was our main restroom. While we couldn’t make it exactly what we wanted, I could fluff it up a bit and create a brighter and happier space to get us through until our total renovation. The best part is, we didn’t spend a dime. [...]

  40. Anonymous says:

    I believe you can undertake any project ! ! This is unbelievable and I am sending out multiple DRUM ROLLS FOR YOU ! ! Congratulations.

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