Saturday, December 10, 2011

$5 Powder Bath ‘Renovation’

I know this isn’t really a renovation … but we managed to ‘disguise’ all of the previous ‘builder grade’ aspects of the small little room.

This is what the bathroom looked like when we first bought the house, 6 years ago. The craziest part to me is that this bathroom was built in 2005. That is LINOLEUM on the floor. And brass hardware on the doors/sink/fixtures. Linoleum and brass.

In 2005.


powder original

So, a couple years ago, while my husband was on ‘forced vacation’ for 2 months, we upgraded the floors to 18x18 tile. Tile … which was free. Before my husband was laid off, he worked in the construction industry and was given all sorts of materials. He was also the only Spanish speaking supervisor (or employee, for that matter) at his company. Which meant that when it came time to have a little tile installed … my husband’s tile crew was there. And did it for … nothing. Who does that?!

Since then, we decided to change out all the hardware throughout the house. No more brass. Anywhere. I hate brass.

Problem is … it’s expensive to change out every piece of hardware. I know, because I shopped. And shopped. And shopped. The cheapest that I could change out JUST door handles for the whole house was $400. Ridiculous for something totally cosmetic.

Well, we got creative recently and bought a few cans of Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I’m telling you … that stuff is magic in a bottle. We got busy. And, here is the result.


My husband built that mirror frame a couple years ago out of some old flooring pieces he was given … but, we had painted it black, which didn’t match anything in our house. So, he took it down, along with the iron hanging above the toilet, and sprayed them to match the light fixture, faucet, toilet paper holder, towel ring, doorknobs, trashcan, and yes … step stool. That $3 step stool used to look like this:


And thanks to a little spray paint, it now matches everything and looks like this:


I know. I’m hysterical. Laugh yourself all the way to Walmart and pick yourself up some Rustoleum. :D
Here’s a few more pictures:


Like I said, yes, we painted the trash can … AND the toilet handle. Sounds silly. LOOKS awesome.


Oh. And the toilet paper holder. Can’t forget to spray paint that one. ;)


The light fixture (which doesn’t photograph very well with the lights on OR off), towel ring, faucet, and electrical plate:


The handles on the faucet used to be … you guessed it … brass, along with everything else. We simply unscrewed the handles and sprayed them along with everything else.


And, there you have a simple $5 bathroom ‘renovation’. Of course, you’ll want to budget a little more to lay tile. This was just one aspect of our overhaul that we lucked out on.


We found Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint to be the cheapest at Walmart: $5.77/can. (Although we also found it at Lowe’s AND Home Depot) Worth every cent!

Here’s one last side by side comparison:

powder before and afterfoot stool


  1. Awesome renovation! And YAY for the new blog. I love it!

  2. That's great! I can't wait to see all of the upcoming projects.

  3. Holy crap! You are awesome. I've visited page after page after page of things we want to change that you've done for such a small budget, and I LOVE IT ALL! I swear we have the same house. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Thank you!!

  4. Haha! Thanks, and you are so welcome! We're all in this together!!!

  5. Totally random: That candle holder thing you have hanging above the toilet in the after pictures? We have that exact same one. :)

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