In this post: If you’re searching for bathroom ideas on a budget, look no further than spray painted porcelain tile for a complete bathroom transformation.⇒
When we moved into our home many years ago, much of the house was in its original condition. We had bought it from the initial owner, a builder who had it constructed in 1948. Given its dire need for an update, we set about renovating over the ensuing years, until we got to the point where almost every nook and cranny had been reworked. All, that is, except for a secondary upstairs bath. The room was a decent size with both bath and shower, but with black and blue tile that screamed “1948” and fixtures and details that were even worse, it was finally time to give this room some well deserved attention. The one complication was that we were beginning to think about moving, so we weren’t sure just how involved we wanted to get with this renovation. After much thought and compromise, we came up with a “bandaid” solution that we could live with if we stayed, but that cost far less than what we would have spent had we been 100% committed to the project. I wish I had better “before” pictures to share, so I could better illustrate just how transformative the change was.
Here’s an old shot of the room that can at least give an idea of the tiling. We replaced the dark hollow doors years ago and had prettied the room up as best we could with floral curtains and such. But still the tile and ancient detailing remained. What follows are some of our bathroom ideas on a budget.
The most significant but simple change was realized through the tile. We knew we wanted to lighten it up, but gutting the room and putting in new marble would have been quite costly, so we settled on having the walls, tub and shower porcelain sprayed.
The floor we replaced, as well as vanity and commode and added all new brushed nickel fixtures, as well.
I wanted the room to be a fresh white base with crystal and a mix of metals to add a bit of glimmer. I spent some time finding antique accessories that would dress the room up, while serving a practical purpose, here holding Q-tips, cotton balls and guest soaps.
The focal point of the room became a large vintage mirror hung over the bath, with crystal lighting reflecting in the gilt framed glass. I really wanted the chandy hung over the tub, but the electrician advised that that wasn’t up to code.
The vanity offers open shelves with neatly presented crisp white towels. A vintage bathroom tissue holder rounds out the picture while providing a practical function.
Rance soaps in a silver dish add flourish to the vanity while an antique perfume bottle sits nearby. Sculpted white hand towels mirror the pattern in the soaps.
I have these tall candlesticks all over the house, so I ordered five more to frame the bath.
A silver sugar bowl with pink peonies lends a delicate warm touch to the bright room.
We still haven’t decided whether to stay or go, but I enjoy the room now when I pass it in the hall.
Bathroom Ideas on a Budget Source List
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- Open vanity marble top
- Widespread faucet
- Medicine cabinet
- Crystal sconce
- Floor tile
- Glass tile trim
- Bath mat
- Vintage mirror
- White towels
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