Inexpensive Bathroom Fixes

May 17, 2016 4 Comments

We have dreams of a luxurious master bath, but in the meantime we have added some upgrades that did not break the bank but gave our bathroom a more updated and custom look.

When we moved into our house in 2009 as I have referenced before we were more concerned about having our sweet baby Grace that we were about all of the renovations that were potentially in store for us.  The three rooms that required the most work where the bathrooms. However been a limited budget we weren’t then and we’re not really able now to spend a lot of money redoing our bathrooms either. The floors were all in bad shape; light fixtures very dated. The vanities very stock, and the overall look was just not to our liking. Our was bathroom particularly needed help. Over the years we slowly upgraded, and within a very tight budget. Here are some simple suggestions to make your bathroom look more stylish without spending a whole lot of money.

Vinyl stick floors:

We actually just used vinyl stick floors in our master bathroom. It only took Adam a weekend to install them. We removed all the baseboards including the trim around the bathtub. When we were  all finished we laid all of the baseboards plus the trim pieces back into place.  They’ve been installed on our bathroom’s floor for over five years and we’ve had no issues with them. No buckling or turning up around the edges, they have remained in place no issues. We are careful when we get out of the shower to make sure that the floor is completely dry, and we clean them weekly.



chalk paint vanity & upgrade pulls:

Our whole entire house when I moved and had builder grade honey colored oak cabinets yuck! Our bathroom was the first room that I tackled and tried using chalk paint on the stock vanity. It was really pretty easy. No prepping no sanding just a real thorough cleaning before he actually apply the paint. I apply two coats of the paint then I lightly sanded it, then applied wax. I also added some upgraded pulls  which I think integrate the new brushed bronze faucet and accessories that we added to our bathroom. Adam drilled holes into the vanity doors because previously there were no pulls.

Purchase a framed mirror and paint it to match:

We had previously just a mirror with no frame. It was very blah and looked just about like every single bathroom probably built and constructed in the 1990s in this neighborhood.


I found a large frame via craigslist and I chalk painted it to match the bathroom vanity. I gave it a little distressing on the edges and it makes even our tiny bathroom look a lot bigger with the new larger size. It adds a lot of light too on a sunny day.

Spray paint your toilet tissue holder:

I found all kinds of uses with the new spray paints that come in the metallic shades. I’ve painted chandeliers, I’ve painted candlestick holders and I painted our bathroom tissue holder. Before it was your stock silver color but now it matches our newer faucets we purchased when we upgraded. I spray-painted the holder over five years ago and it still looks just as it did the day that I refinished it. There are no scratches or wear marks.


New rounded shower curtain rod

We recently discovered the fun of installing new shower curtain rods. The new styles with a sort of semi circle shape add a lot of room in an otherwise very small shower stall. It also gives a more upgraded, newer look to your bathroom. I found the best priced ones via


high-end light fixture and faucet:

We saved so much money in the redoing our bathroom that I really got to pick out the light fixture I coveted. I think spending money on a more expensive light fixture really adds the crowning touch to your bathroom. As well I recommend buying the faucet that you really want.  Having a more high-end faucet and a high-end light fixture makes your whole bathroom look like a million bucks.

Someday absolutely I would like to have an antique dresser turned into our vanity, I’d love to have a soaking tub, and I’d love to plank all of our bathroom walls. I don’t know if this is the bathroom that we will do all of these dreamed about features in, but for now I’m very pleased with the overall look of our revamped bathroom. I hope some of these tips and suggestions maybe will inspire you to give your bathroom an upgraded easy to accomplish look. Happy DIY’ing!


I'm the momma to three sweet peaches, and the blessed wife of one kind husband. My background is in art, and my B.A. Is in fine art. I like to use my house as my canvas, and love DIY projects around the house.


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    Theresa Godsey

    July 11, 2016

    Thank you for the opportunity to win the generous gift certificate from Target!

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      July 28, 2016

      You’re welcome!:)

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      July 30, 2016

      YEAH!!! You are welcome!

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    Sarah Anderson

    July 6, 2016

    Indeed, a really good light can really make your bathroom look so great! Only as long as everything was properly measured and such though. If there is one of those types of issues, then you can strategically place different decor to distract from the issue until you get it repaired if you plan to.