How to Remodel 2 Rooms for Under $250!
Have you ever looked around your house and felt that certain rooms were either outdated or ragged? When I first moved into my house in 2005, I was so excited to be in the southwest. I moved from my 1875 Victorian in the mountains of Pennsylvania, to a Mediterranean style ranch house in Phoenix. I couldn’t wait to get decorating! I sold most of my country-style decorations and furniture before I moved so that I could start over and make things more “westerny”.
Fast forward 11 years later, and here I was with a new “industrial farmhouse” style preference and a house full old style southwestern. What’s a frugal girl to do? Sure, I’d love to hire someone (like Joanna and Chip Gaines) to redesign my home and create a “Fixer-Upper” like décor for me, but who can afford that? After all, I have committed to prioritizing my debt pay off and unnecessary updates don’t make the cut.
Well there is a way. It will be a slower, room by room process, but it can be done. I started with my dated country dining room to give it more of a clean and farmhouse style feel (unfortunately, I did not track this process in my pre-blog days). Sorry, there are no before pics but here is the final result:
It was not the cheapest of updates due to replacing all furniture as well as ripping up our carpet and laying tile that resembles hard wood (gorgeous and durable!) but I do have some renos that I am going to share that will cost a fraction of that because no new furniture will be needed.
In this post, I will outline my process of updating my boy’s bathroom and our laundry room, all for under $250! You heard that right. If you can spare just a couple hundred dollars, a very impactful renovation can be done.
So, when I first put this room together, I loved the bright colors. I had a cowboy/western theme and I just thought it was adorable for little boys. Over the years, I am less of a fan of “themey” rooms. I also prefer more neutral and muted colors lately (must be a sign of maturity!). Over the last decade, the paint became chipped, the towel racks had come down repeatedly due to towel overload and had taken down chunks of drywall with them, and the builders’ grade cupboards and faucet were terrible.
Now, before you run off to purchase anything, check you basement, garage, shed or wherever you store things. Do you already own roller pans? Rollers? Paintbrushes? Painter’s tape? See what is there and use what you can. You will only be buying what you absolutely must here. I also knew that the décor was no longer going to match. I was willing to buy new linens (the boys were using pretty ratty towels at this point) but I didn’t want to spend much on knick-knacks and decorations. Spray paint to the rescue! I always have supply of assorted spray paints, but if you don’t, a can will set you back less than $10. You can paint the items you are already using to match your new room.
I also needed a new faucet so I chose one that was on sale for $40 and got my 17 year old son to read the instructions and install it. He did a great job! Put those kids to work! You’d be amazed at what they are capable of.
Here is an itemized list of what I purchased:
- New Shower curtain- $12 (Ross)
- New Shower liner- $2 (Ross)
- Shower curtain rings-$4 (Ross)
- 2 new towels- $12 (Ross)
- 2 new hand towels- $8 (Ross)
- Set of 2 bath mats- $11 (Ross)
- New toilet brush/holder- $8 (Ross)
- Liquid hand soap dispenser- $5 (Ross)
- “Boys” wall art- $15 (Ross)
- Faucet- $40 (Lowes)
- 3 cabinet knobs-$9 (Lowes)
- 2 gallons wall paint-$36 (Lowes)
- 1 gallon ceiling paint- $18 (Lowes)
- 1 quart cupboard paint- $15 (Lowes)
- 2 pack paint brushes- $14 (Lowes)
- Long handle for paint roller- $10 (Lowes)
- 3 pack roller covers-$4 (Lowes)
- Trash basket -$2 (yard sale)
- Silver vase-$1 (yard sale)
- 4 white bins- $4 (Dollar Store)
Total for supplies: $230
I stripped down the bathroom by taking down all fixtures and pictures off the walls, patching the walls (we had spackle), removing all decorative items, shower curtain, towels, and rugs. Then I removed all knobs and handles from the sink vanity cupboard and painted that with gray cupboard paint. After it dried, I applied the new knobs.
I taped up the trim and around the sink and tub and painted the room with 2 coats of grey-blue satin wall paint. I also painted around the giant mirror with the same color I used for the vanity. While I painted, my son installed the sink faucet (with minimal cussing, and in his defense, it was far less than would have come from my husband had he installed it).
Once the paint was dry, I rehung the towel racks, toilet paper holder, and new shower curtain.
As I said, my decorations did not match any more. Well, never fear! Silver spray paint is a miracle worker! I just took my items outside and gave them 2 coats of spray paint. Lots of brands make metallic spray paint but this one from Champion is my favorite. Perfect!
I added the finishing touches to the room and was able to complete the whole project in 24 hours. Are you impressed? I couldn’t believe the difference in how the room looked now. So fresh and bright and definitely took me away from my southwestern beginnings.
At this point, I realized I had enough paint left over to do my laundry room as well. As exhausted as I was, I really wanted that room to be freshened up too. It was the only other room in the house small enough for me to manage in a weekend. I had to run out and get ceiling paint (listed in my original inventory list so you can see what both rooms combined will cost) as I had previously lost my mind and decided that painting the 9 foot ceilings a bright color was a good idea. I blame HGTV where I had seen the ceiling referred to as the “5th Wall” and had been foolishly encouraged to paint it. Oh, well, stiff neck or not, it needed to be changed back to white.
After painting the dreaded ceiling, I put 2 coats of the relaxing blue on the walls. I cleaned up and decluttered the room, removing all the crap that had no business being in my little laundry room. I added my dollar store baskets to the shelf to contain my laundry room essentials in an orderly fashion.
I am so pleased with the transformation! I feel at peace whenever I enter my bright, clean rooms. I’m not gonna’ lie. A lot of consistent nagging has to go on to keep the teenagers from trashing the 2 rooms (which they seem determined to do). But one day, I hope to have daily tidying up hard-wired so that I can eventually be the “cool mom”. You know, the one who doesn’t yell at them 6 times a day for leaving their shoes, clothes, razors, key chains, underwear, etc on the bathroom and laundry room floors? And if worse comes to worse, I’ll take comfort in the fact that someday they will eventually move out. Move out and mess up their own houses!