Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
My builder grade master bathroom has been something I have wanted to cosmetically update for some time. We have been in this home for 5 years and I was determined to make it happen in 2020. When the coronavirus hit and we were in our home for so long, I knew it was the time.
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Check out this fun time lapse of the process!
As I started picking out items I wanted to use in my master bathroom, my course really changed. At first I wanted all things black and white. But I had these floating shelves that I installed permanently (I would not recommend that!) and needed to work around them.
My gage was the wallpaper and I ordered two different kinds to see what I liked best. I decided between DOODLE DOTS and FIONA from Wallblush. I just loved the big green leafs and decided to go floral instead!
Here are a few more ideas for peel and stick wallpaper:
They shelves were Provincial before and I wanted them darker. So I used Ebony stain over the Provincial and loved the darker look. I started adding the FIONA wallpaper and was super happy with the result.
This is a peel and stick wallpaper that isn’t hard to apply, but I recommend two people – an “applier” and a “puller”. One person applies the paper (according to directions that are included) and the other person slowly pulls the backing off. Trying to do it all by yourself turns into a frustrating mess – believe me cause I did it!
I knew some knobs and pulls would really add a fun depth to the cupboards.
I opted for a darker look and chose the Industrial Soft Iron Cup Pull and the Knurled Industrial Soft Iron Knob from DLawless Hardware. This company is awesome and I have used them before. They have so many options and are inexpensive.
We made the measurements and drilled the holes, then installed. Super quick and easy. Worried about messing up the measurements? Use this cool tool to help you!
Here are a few more knobs and pulls that I liked as well:
Remember that replacing hardware is a simple but super effective way to change up a bathroom!
Next up was updating the vanity light. I could have purchased a new one but needed to stay within my budget and found this idea from GreyBirchDesigns and loved it. You spray paint your light and add wire cages to make a completely new look!
I have used COLORSHOT Spray Paint in the past and absolutely love it. The cans are slimmer for an easier hold, it is paint and primer in one. Plus they have SO many colors. You can order these online at their site or at The Home Depot. I had the best time seeing their launch at The Home Depot last year you can see here!
You can paint these vanity cages as well to create a new look!
Next up was the mirror. I wanted to add a frame around it and had used MirrorMate Frames in another bathroom the year before. I loved how easy it was to install and decided to use them again but try a black frame this time!
You follow the directions on their website to get the proper measurements. Pick your frame (they have so many to choose from) and the website will prompt you how to get it ordered. I chose the Highline Slim Midnight Black frame here. Once it comes you will have simple directions of how to put it together. Then you mount it on. It takes only minutes my friends! Check out the MirrorMate Frames website here.
Here are some other ideas to decorate your vanity mirror:
You can also build a frame for your mirror if you want. DIY Network has a tutorial here.
I then hung some custom made signs that Oh Sweet Skye made for me. I order the “Good Morning Beautiful” and “Hey There Handsome” signs in gray base, white words, and dark stain. They are perfect for a master bathroom. Search under BATHROOM on their website here to find these ones.
Here are a few more bathroom signs off of Etsy that I love:
Last up was the DIY towel rack that I wanted. I have made this same rack in two other bathrooms and it is simple and inexpensive. It is made out of a 1×3 primed MDF board from The Home Depot. Cut the board to the length you need and then paint it. Mine was 3 feet long and I used Alabaster White from Sherwin-Williams.
I mark my studs (see how to use a stud finder here) to see if I can drill the screws into them. If they do not fall in the places that I need them, I use anchors. Before installing I mark where I want my hooks to go. Then I pre-drill the 3 inch screws into the boards so the end is sticking out of the back. I then hold it onto the wall in the place I want it (using a level) and gentle push in. This marks where my anchors need to go.
I add my anchors then add the board by drilling in the 3 inch screws into the anchors. I then mount the hook base over the screw head so it is covered. These hooks are super easy to install and slide right over the base. They are called Liberty Hardware Matte Black Single Post that can be found here from The Home Depot.
After that I spent some time decorating this master bathroom space. It is modern and bright, and brings me so much joy! I love the blacks, greens and browns.
I hope this gives you some ideas on how you too can decorate your master bathroom on a budget! I am sharing all my links with you below. Want to check out the kids bath we renovated? See those changes right here.