It’s week six of the One Room Challenge and we all know what that means – THE REVEAL! I’m so excited I was able to finish this budget friendly guest bath update on time. My last challenge with our master bathroom didn’t go so well, so I pushed myself to finish this challenge. It was hard but sooo worth it. (post contains affiliate links, see disclosure)
I’m still amazed that in just a few short weeks, this space feels like a completely different bathroom. New flooring, a new vanity top, and updating the mirror made such a difference. The lighting and mirror are the stars of this bathroom, so I didn’t want to clutter the space or distract with lots of decor.
I’m sure I will be finalizing my decor choices in the next few weeks once we “live” in the space for a little while longer. Decorating above a toilet and below a window is not an easy task and I still might add a small shelf to prevent anything from falling and have more storage.
This bathroom is very small, sometimes it feels more like a powder room than a full bath. But it does have height and I wanted to use that to my advantage. The large mirror and extra tall shower curtain make it feel so grand. When I first installed the shower curtain, I was a little overwhelmed, but now I will never use a short shower curtain again!
I also used a traverse rod to make opening and closing the shower curtain a little easier. I love traverse rods for higher curtains because there is no pulling or tugging on the curtain to close it. The taller shower curtain also helps to hide our builder-grade tub/shower surround. I wish it was a wall full of beautiful tile and new matte black shower fixtures, but using this shower curtain was definitely cost-effective.
Painting the ceiling black was a bold risk, but I love it! It created so much depth and made the room feel even larger. Plus, it’s a great backdrop for this hexagon pendant. The high contrast between black and white is always a favorite design choice. My $20 vanity light from Lowe’s (I found a similar one here) was perfect to add just enough light but not distract from the new mirror.
Let’s talk budget! I planned this guest bathroom update to be budget-friendly from the very beginning. It helped that I already had a lot of the bigger materials and design choices – like the pendant light, mirror, and some tile flooring. Obviously, I have spent money on these items in the past, but they were leftover from past projects or bought on sale. However, I did have a few unexpected issues in the early weeks with our toilet and then running out of floor tile. I also hired out for the vanity top and faucet install, as well as moving the vanity light to the adjacent wall.
- vanity top – $189
- faucet – $106
- vanity light – $19
- trim molding – $20
- vanity cabinet paint – $79
- curtain rod – $64
- extra long shower curtain – $24
- trash can – $12
- TOTAL $513
- extra floor tiles – $96
- paint supplies, tiling supplies, etc – $100
- electrician – $120
- plumber – $200
- TOTAL $516
- vanity knobs – $0
- pendant light – $0
- mirror – $0
- floor tile – $0
- accessories & decor – $0
FINAL TOTAL $1,029
Overall, I don’t feel like I completely blew it on this budget-friendly guest bath update. The unexpected costs added a lot, but it happens in any DIY project or room makeovers. Also, I’m still way under the cost of our master bath makeover. If I wasn’t on a short timeline of five weeks, I would have learned (aka YouTube-d) how to move the vanity light myself and how to install the vanity top. However, I don’t regret my decision to hire out at all. Sometimes the cost is worth saving me the stress!
I’m proud of the transformation, glad it is another room in our house checked off the list, and I can’t wait to do my next One Room Challenge!