Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bathroom remodel. From 1966 to 2012

I really like to see how much I can stretch our $$$, when we tackle a home improvement project.
In fact, I just like to stretch our $ for just about anything!

Anyway, our upstairs bathroom has paneling 
(yes, welcome to the '60s)
and I have come to actually like painted paneling. 
It adds a cottage feeling and charm to the room. 

Updating wood paneling without replacing it, can be as easy as changing the color of your walls. 
Yes, paint is all you need!
(our first paneling painting job was in our master bedroom)

This is how the bathroom looked before

And this is how it looks now

Yes, it is the same bathroom!

painted trim added to the mirrors 

What I did was:

- strip the 3 layer of paint on the vanity cabinet down to the bare wood
- prime and paint cabinets
- prime and paint wood paneling  + trim and crown molding
(2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint on everything)
- cut and paint trim for mirrors, just hours before 
I delivered our third child (call it dedication or insanity!)
- new lights

All this was accomplished within the last 6 months,
a little at a time, during children naps and night

We did not replace counter, sinks/faucets, and cabinet knobs

Cost of this project:
primer and paint $18
mirror trim $19
2 new vanity lights $11 (combined store sales, coupon and small gift card)
vanity skirt $0 leftover drop cloth
we already owned all the accessories used in this bathroom

Total cost for this bathroom makeover

Stay Frugal,

Linking to At The Picket Fence


Maria Elena said...

Oh, my! This is gorgeous! What a difference! You guys did an amazing job with this bathroom. I love the built in shelf! And the frames around the mirrors! Just beautiful!

Kelly said...

I like the texture that the panelled walls give when painted. What a great makeover! I'm sure you enjoy it more now.

Unknown said...

Amazing! I love that you refinished the paneling- it looks great. You can't even tell that it was wood paneling before. Great makeover!

Debbiedoos said...

Hi Daniella!~ Hey I know you LOL...when I clicked on and saw your picture I thought, WOW Kim's dil is blogging now, cool!~ Your bathroom transformation is awesome. I like your ways of frugal, and think outside the box decorating! My kind for sure. Thanks so much for joining the newbie party. Enjoy it, and please do visit if only a few of the other gals. They are there and new just like you and it is a great way to start making some awesome friends and connections.

Sherry said...

You talk about a transformation! I wouldn't have believe it had I not see the "before"! I discovered you on Debbiedoos and I'm now following, I would appreciate if you followed back. Thanks

Princess Kate said...

That doesn't even look like the same bathroom. Fantastic job. Thanks for sharing. I'm stopping by from Between Naps on the Porch and I'm your newest follower.

Unknown said...

You did a beautiful job. Great make over. Love the colors. Good job with the mirror trim too! All that for < $50.00. Whoo hoo!!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Holy cow! Holy Moly! Oh my oh my! This is such an amazing frugal transformation! I'm super impressed ...



The Kim Six Fix said...

I think I love you.. That is fantastic. And you know people pay big bucks for wainscotting and you got it for pennies!

I love the built in shelf. It makes me want to install one!

Nice job.. and an even better price!

Anonymous said...

This is great! You really made this room look good! I love the price too! Awesome job! :)

Rita said...

Paint makes such a big difference! Really like the dark cabinets against those white walls.

Anonymous said...

Great idea .....really colors are more attrative
bathroom remodeling

Revi said...

Dani! I wouldn't have recognized this bathroom. You always make good choices, and know how to find good deals. Amazing how much better those mirrors look framed and painted! Nice job as always.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
Incredible improvement!

GKing Construction said...

Wow that paint totally transformed your bathroom, i had to scroll back a few times to check if you replaced the countertops and sinks but no, even those are the same!

Looks amazing.

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