Transforming A Bathroom For Less Than $200

We’re just a week away from finally listing our house and I have definitely learned a valuable lesson with all of this.

Don’t wait until later to do what you can now.

For four and a half years I’ve been thinking of redoing our kids bathroom upstairs, but I always put it off.  My reason? It’d be too much work and would cost too much.

Oh how wrong I was!

In the end we spent less than $200.  I’d like to say it was under $150, but I’m just too tired to do the math right now.  Yes, worst blogger ever, but there you have it.  I’ll tell you what though- I’ll do an item run down at the end and you can do the math.

So follow along (and grab your calculator) and see how I turned a dark and outdated bathroom into a light and bright hall bath perfect for all ages.

It started with this.  Or at least something like this.


I managed, in the chaos, not to take pictures of the bathroom before I let the painters loose in the house.  So using my amazing (limited) tech skills I searched Zillow for the listing of our house when we bought it back in 2013.

I’d been thinking for quite awhile now that I’d like to remove the mirrors.  My theory?  If I took those heavy dark mirrors off, the room would feel bigger.  I just kept putting it off for reasons already explained.


So when I walked past the bathroom and saw the guys had removed the mirrors to prep the room I couldn’t help but do a fist pump of victory (and cringe at the mess).   I was right!  Instantly the room had grown, or at least felt like it. img_3294

Armed with resolve to transform more than just the walls, I informed them to not bother putting the mirrors back up and then proceeded to list them for sale on Let Go. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a yard sale app and I love it.  I’d say more but I’m not an advertisement. However, I did sell them within hours which was great because I was then able to take that money and transform the light fixture.

From this.


To this.


You might recognize these glass shades- they’re the same ones we used to update the dining room light fixtures. Then again, you might not because I just realized I never posted that because I’ve been sleep deprived since the holidays and I have the worst memory ever.  So here’s a tiny recap of that.

Once the paint was dry it was time to put some mirrors on the walls.  You can’t have a bathroom without mirrors, not when you have three girls….unless you like having them sneak into your bathroom at all times.

I don’t.

So we headed back to Lowe’s and began our search for mirrors.

I really liked these.

I just didn’t like the price tag.

Luckily, on the way to look at those we passed by the home decor section and stumbled upon these which were just under $30 each, making two of them cheaper than even just one of the fancy mirrors that tilt up and down.

Still, we passed by them to go look at the actual bathroom mirrors. The mounted ones were out of stock and we’d decided to just order them online despite the hefty price tag, but these white framed beauties stayed on my mind.

I’m pretty sure I dreamt of them that night so by 9 a.m the next morning, we were back at Lowe’s (they really should give me my own parking spot) and not long after they were up on the wall.  Hooray for handy handsome husbands.

I admit there’s quite the gap between the mirrors and the light, but when you’re on a budget time-wise and financially? you just have to work with what you’ve got.  I’m thinking about finding a thin sign or other wall decor to go between but for now, we’ll just leave it be.


That cute white bin on the counter is courtesy of Target’s Bullseye Playground. You know, that section right by the entrance- the one that sucks you in only to spew you out with $$$’s worth of stationary and little knickknacks you didn’t need?

Well I needed this for the million toothbrushes my kids owned.  Seriously, I went to clean out their bathroom and I found thirteen toothbrushes.  THIRTEEN!  And yet, they still manage to forget to brush at times.

I mean, at least I didn’t find a sandwich on a tiny pink plate underneath the cabinet, one so hard I could’ve scrubbed the toilet with.  Not that I’m speaking from experience. Okay, fine.  Judge me.  I am speaking from experience.

But I digress, let’s move on before my eye starts to twitch. Again.


I first thought to use it as a little counter caddy to corral their toothbrushes (which we narrowed down to four) and such, but in the end I stocked it with shampoo, toys, and rubber duckies.  It now resides under the cabinet. The one that used to have a sandwich – wait.  We moved on.

Colors! Let’s talk color schemes!  Exciting.  Oooooh.

I chose to go with navy blue and white for this bathroom because they’re going to be two of the main colors in our new house so everything I’ve bought for staging our old house can be used in the new one. IMG_3344 This shower curtain was also from Target because let’s face it- if I’m not at Lowe’s I’m at Target. 

And oh would you look at that, we’re at the end!  Just to recap and to save you from scrolling up at the risk of spraining your finger here’s a before and after.

And if you’re wondering;  the toilet is to the right behind it’s own door.  I’d show you, but it’s a hot mess right now.  And I’m tired. And it’s late.  And… Oh wait!  Here’s a picture of it. So fancy.



Before: Dark and Dingy

After: Lighter, Brighter

And now the run down.  Grab them calculators or throw off your shoes and slip off your socks and get to counting. By the way- I’m rounding up here on the prices.


Mirrors: $30 x 2 = $60

Light Shades: $8 x 3= $24

Light Bulbs: $5 x 3= $15


Caddy: $5

Shower Curtain: $15

And not shownthe blue and white basket from Ross (it’s on top of the toilet holding toilet paper) : $5

For a grand total of…well you tell me.

Just kidding.


Yeah baby.  And wait.  Hold up.  Back that cart up… I made $45 selling those big mirrors.  Add that in and I spent $79.

Of course, all that money I saved went to Starbucks there at Target.  Hey, a girl needs her caffeine, but not as much as she needs sleep.  Ya have a good night, this girl is gonna go count some sheep.

I’ll leave you with this-  you don’t have to spend a fortune to transform a space.  Have a vision, make a plan and think outside of the box.  Those mirrors weren’t meant for a bathroom, and you can update a light fixture just by changing the shades.  Oh and Bullseye’s Playground has some great stuff that can be used so many different ways.

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