Sarah of Sarah Hearts brought her 1960s mauve-tiled bathroom into the 21st century with some budget-savvy updates -- like replacing the original faucet with an elegant upgrade. She also saved money by using adhesive vinyl to create faux wallpaper instead of wallpapering the entire bathroom. The gold polka dots, which Sarah meticulously applied using a level, offer a modern contrast to the stainless faucet and bring a hint of glamour to her vintage-inspired space.
The most labor-intensive step of Sarah's DIY bathroom remodel was the removal of the old (and hard-to-clean) shower doors. After unscrewing the metal door frame, Sarah pulled out the anchors from the tiles using a vice grip and a technique she learned from her father. The old caulk was removed with a single-blade safety scraper, which Sarah recommends over a single razor blade.
Remarkably, Sarah's tiny bathroom originally featured five towel racks and one hook. She decluttered the small space by removing two of the racks -- three, if you count the bar on the old shower doors. In their place, Sarah hung a single large robe hook to be used for towels next to the shower. Despite being from a different store, the satin-nickel hook beautifully coordinated with the previously updated cabinet hardware.
Despite the gold polka-dot walls and bright floral shower curtain, Sarah couldn't imagine a bathroom remodel without the addition of art. However, she didn't want to hang anything that would add visual clutter to the already-busy bathroom. So Sarah, a graphic designer by degree, quickly typed up this inspirational poster and had it printed locally for less than a dollar. In its thick black frame, the typographical print makes a bold statement.
It's hard to image this gorgeous master bathroom with crimson walls, dingy yellow tiles, and "dirty-looking" brown grout, but that's how it appeared when Amanda of Our Humble Abode moved in. Luckily, it was large with plenty of natural light, making it a perfect candidate for the nearly black paint Amanda chose for the upper walls. The bright white wood-planked bottom walls and ceiling add contrast and earthy texture.
Amanda and her husband tore down the walls around their previously closed-off shower to make their bathroom seem even bigger. After installing the custom stainless-steel shower base and shelves, they tiled the walls with Grecian White marble. Because they couldn't find rectangular tiles in their price range, they created their own by cutting square tiles in half. To allow their handiwork to take center stage, Amanda rigged a low-profile curtain-hanging system for less than $25.
There wasn't a tub in the original master bathroom, but Amanda's vision for the space included both a shower and tub. To make room for a beautiful claw-foot tub beneath the window, Amanda had to sacrifice one of the two sinks for a shorter vanity. She decorated with vintage arrows and a wooden drawer pull for the hand towel, adding rustic charm to the brand-new bathroom.
Amanda's husband, Ben, custom-built the vanity using white melamine for the cabinet box and American walnut for the facade. Besides being stylish, the white vessel sink allows for maximum storage below; the plumbing runs down the 5-inch center of the vanity. Although Amanda would've loved Carrara marble, the custom stainless-steel countertop was the more affordable choice. Plus, it matches the shower floor and is super easy to clean.
Jess of Jess Coulter had never tackled such a large home improvement project as remodeling her guest bathroom, but with its dated floral wallpaper and drab brown cabinetry, she knew it had to be done. First, she removed the wallpaper using water and vinegar. Once the walls were sanded and coated with spray texture, she painted them classic gray. Updating the cabinets with white paint helped brighten-up the space.
Inspired by an image she found on Pinterest, Jess decided to hang white shelves above the toilet, which meant removing a cabinet and blowing out the soffit. Her husband helped with the labor, and when it was complete, the small guest bathroom suddenly appeared larger. They also removed the old shower doors, opting for a decorative white shower curtain to add texture and visual interest to the space.
Jess managed to make over her guest bathroom for less than $500. The most expensive items? The two mirrors and the vanity light. Originally, a long rectangular mirror stretched across the width of the vanity, but Jess chose to hang individual oval mirrors over each sink. Like most interior bathrooms, hers lacks architectural interest, so the curvy frames serve to add decorative appeal while breaking up the straight lines around the room.
See how DIY projects help this once-dingy bath step into the spotlight.