Before & After: Master Bathroom

1 Aug

BEFORE

One of our favorite features of the house was the master bathroom. In addition to having a nice amount of space, it had the essentials – a large soaking tub for me, a comfy throne for him, and his and hers sinks. Like the rest of the house, the bathroom was pretty much a blank slate, and because I wanted it to be a sort of retreat for us, it was one of the first rooms that I focused on.

Also like the rest of the house, I was on a decorating budget, so with some creative “recycling” and taking advantage of a great Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon I made it happen. Here are the results, and I’ll detail how we made it happen below.

AFTER

The focal point of the bathroom is the window/tub area, so that’s where I spent the majority of my budget. As you can see in the before picture, there was a towel rack in the center of the back wall, which we removed and replaced with a wrought iron fixture from Hobby Lobby (bought at half price, of course, for $25).

The curtain rod was “recycled” from our extra bedroom at the apartment. I simply cut it down in size and voila ($0, for those of you that are keeping track). The curtains are actually a shower curtain that I found at Bed, Bath & Beyond and cut to fit our window. I figured if I could get away with that in any room it would be the bathroom. With my coupon, it was around $25. The paint on the walls was a lucky find at Home Depot. While browsing the mis-tint clearance section of paint, I found a gallon that looked like it would go really well with our tile. We got it for an amazing $5!

The bird cage with battery powered candles was another recycled project from our apartment. I had used it as a makeshift chandelier on our porch, and it adds a nice glow when I want to relax in the tub. The tray on the ledge is also re-purposed decor. It was a gift from my sister that I had kept in the living room at our apartment. The towels rolled up in the tray were a clearance-bin snag for $3 a piece ($9 total).

Next, because we removed the towel rack in the middle of the back wall, we needed somewhere to hang towels. We figured it made much more sense to create the towel-hanging area right outside of the shower. After a quick trip to Ikea, we founded just what we needed: 4 silver double-hooks for $2 a piece ($8 total).

We wanted a clock in the bathroom, and the one we had at the apartment was just too tiny. Plus, Husband wanted it for the garage. So, I re-used the clock that was in our apartment living room and hung it over my jewelry armoire.Β  There’s no way we can be confused about the time now, but it is on the wall opposite the mirror so I’ve had to learn to tell time backwards.

Lastly, we didn’t do much to the toilet area, but we did need some sort of holder for the reading material. I had a decorative plate holder that had been in our apartment dining room that really didn’t have a place in the house. Well, wouldn’t you know it was a perfect fit below the light switch in the toilet area?

One thing I forgot to mention was my splurge on a big turquoise rug for the center of the bathroom ($35), and with the rug that brings our total to $97 – a bathroom makeover for under $100! That’s the kind of decorating I love. πŸ™‚

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2 Responses to “Before & After: Master Bathroom”

  1. visualq September 13, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    I like your taste in decorating. It’s very similar to mine. Good job!

    • House to Home September 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

      Thank you!. I look forward to checking out your blog as well. πŸ™‚

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