Do you have a bathroom in your home that could use some updating? Creating a dream bathroom can seem unobtainable when you’re a busy mom on a budget.
Today I’m sharing with you some ways to achieve that Pinterest-worthy design you dream of in a budget-friendly way. Enjoy the air conditioning during the hottest days of summer and head indoors for a bathroom refresh.
And I’m super excited about Lowe’s for sponsoring this post so moms can get some fun remodeling ideas for the bathroom! Lowe’s has everything a busy mom needs to get started!
Having updated our master bathroom two years ago, it was time to give the shared bathroom for the kids a refresh. Before the makeover, it was a plain bathroom with builder-grade fixtures.
The last time we had decorated it was before our boys were born and we just had our daughter, so it had plenty of pink and girliness. That’s how it’s stayed for years. With the boys getting older, it was time to transition to a gender-neutral bathroom that all our kids could enjoy.
Remodeling a space doesn’t require gutting the entire area. Who has time for that? You are way too busy being a rockstar mom. I prefer updating what I already have rather than ripping things out and replacing it all with new fixtures.
It is the least messy and most cost effective way to create the dreamy space that you’re envisioning.
Where do you start, though? Well, the first step is to come up with a plan.
When I’m about to tackle a room remodel, I like to take everything out of the room. Once the room is empty, I jot down notes on the things I’d like to change. My list looked something like this:
Regrout the floors.
Make drywall repairs.
Paint the walls and baseboards.
Install a board and batten wall.
Paint the bathroom cabinet and add hardware.
Caulk around the tub and shower. (The builder had never done this.)
Change out the faucet.
Frame the mirror.
Add wall hooks to the board and batten wall.
Your list might look completely different. That’s what’s fun because it’s all about creating a space that you’ll love.
Armed with a plan and a list of the things I need, I paid Lowe’s a visit for inspiration on how to tackle the job. Browsing through the store helps me begin to envision what I could use in the space.
Once you have the things you need, you can begin tackling one project at a time. My list took us two weeks to work through.
Don’t get in a hurry, though. Liquid nails, paint, primer, and caulk all take time to dry and cure, and it’s important to follow the timeline for those items.
Take a deep breath and just take on one DIY project at a time. You can do this!
Ready to tackle your own bathroom remodel this summer? Start planning with these tips and ideas!
Updates for Your Bathroom
- Add character. A lot of newly constructed homes lack the character and charm of older homes. Adding character to a room is easier than you may think, though. There are loads of ways to achieve this. We chose to give our bathroom a dose of character with a board and batten wall. Perhaps you’d prefer to hang a dramatic light fixture, create an accent wall with planking or wallpaper, add molding, or install even a sliding barn door. Choose one thing you’d love to see in your space and add in that visual interest.
- Freshen up the floors. Let’s face it. Life with kids can be messy and active. Over time, that can take a toll on the floors. Floors are often the first impression a guest receives of your home. There’s no need to rip out your existing floors, though. Simply refresh what you already have in place. For us, this meant regrouting our ceramic tile. We removed the old grout and put down a fresh layer of grout. There are products at Lowe’s that will color and seal your existing grout. You won’t believe the difference that freshening up your floors makes. Short on time and money? Rugs are the easiest and most cost-effective ways to spruce up those floors.
- Give the walls a fresh coat of paint. New paint is an easy and budget-friendly way to update a space. I like to stick to neutral colors when it comes to painting, but vibrant colors are a fun way to brighten a space. With hundreds of color choices at Lowe’s, it’s easy to find one that’s perfect for your home. Our bathroom was in desperate need for a new coat of paint. We stuck with the same color as before, but this gave me a chance to spackle and repair any problems with the drywall. The new coat of paint made the room look brand new!
- Update the vanity. Sick of looking at builder-grade cabinets. There are some simple changes that you can make that will make that plain cabinet look amazing. A coat of paint, new hardware, and a new faucet can make a dramatic difference. That builder-grade mirror with the ugly plastic clips can be updated, too, by adding a frame. We used these to make the frame for the mirror! I have to confess that updating the vanity was the most time-consuming part of our bathroom remodel. Sanding, priming, painting, and building a frame for the mirror can be time-consuming, but the results are worth it! And we loved this primer!
- Make it functional. Our bathroom is a small space, so it was important to include additional storage with baskets, hooks, and a wall cabinet. Think about what’s not working in your bathroom and come up with a solution to make it a room that not only functional but beautiful.
Lowe’s had everything we needed to make this bathroom makeover a reality. My favorite aspects of the remodel are the board and batten wall with the hooks and the new faucet. It’s truly amazing the difference a few changes can make.
For more project inspiration and DIY ideas, be sure to visit the Lowe’s website.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s.