Master Bath: How We Saved by Doing it Ourselves

Thank you so much to everybody who stopped by and left us love on our master bath reveal yesterday.  We are so thrilled to finally have a clean, pretty space to enjoy every single day – and one that didn’t break the bank!

I promised a budget breakdown and source list for this room, and today I’ve got the goods.  Since we don’t renovate bathrooms for a living, it took a lot of research to figure out whether we could do this update ourselves and do it affordably.  After clocking dozens of hours researching Everything Bathroom, we came up with a budget of “Under $1000” for the space.

It helped that we didn’t have to replace the toilet or tub, but keeping just the vanity area under $1000 could have been tricky.  Have you ever checked pricing for an in-stock or made-to-order vanity?  Yikes!  Going that route could have put us over the $1000 mark pretty quickly, so we knew we’d have to get creative.

Once we had a viable vanity solution, we got to work.  I hadn’t officially crunched the numbers until today, so let’s take a little tour around the room and see if we beat our $1000 goal!

Vanity Area

Light Fixture: $30 Home Depot (in stores only)
Oval Mirror: $40 Home Depot
Vessel Sink: $90 Ikea
Chrome Faucet: $40 Ikea
Butcher Block: $40 Ikea
Clear Caulk and Sink Adhesive: $5 x 2 = $10 Lowes
Plumbing under Sink: $22 Lowes
GFI Outlet and Switch Covers: $15 Lowes
Hand Towel Rings: $9 x 2 = $18 Lowes
Wood Document Frame: $12 Target
Bike Art: Free Vintage Printable
Q-tip and Cotton Ball Holders: $1.50 x 2 = $3 Walmart
White and Chrome Waste Bin: Free (via Bed Bath & Beyond giftcard)
Vanity Hardware: Free (already had via Lowes)

Vanity Area Total: $320

Toilet Wall

Wood Document Frames: $12 x 2 = $24 Target
Europe Art: Free Vintage Printable
Candle and Candle Holder: Free (already had via Big Lots)
Vase: Free (already had via Big Lots)
Pussy Willows: $2 x 2 = $4 Walmart

Toilet Wall Total: $28

Shower Area

DIY Shower Curtain: $20 via Walmart, Hobby Lobby and me!
Curtain Rod: $10 Walmart
Curtain Hooks: Free (already had via BBB)
Bathrobe: Free (gift from Victoria’s Secret)

Shower Area Total: $30

Towel Wall

Towels: $60 World Market
(price includes 2 bath and 2 hand towels – other 2 & 2 were a gift from mom)
Towel Bars: Free (came with the house)
White Light Switch: Free (already had via Lowes)

Towel Wall Total: $60

Around the Room

Pendant Light: $50 CB2
Hardwire Light Kit: $5 Home Depot
Board and Battens: $26 Lowes
White Silicone Caulk: $5 x 2  = $10 Lowes
Gray Paint: Free (already had – mixed to match Valspar’s Mountain Smoke)
White Primer and Paint: Free (already had via Lowes)

Around the Room Total: $91

Master Bath Grand Total: $529

Wow – that’s just about half of the amount we budgeted for this room!  Three cheers for Getting Creative and Doing It Yourself!

I think our bathroom is a perfect reflection of our goal here at Heardmont: to DIY our home and show you how.  I hope one or more of the projects we took on in this room will inspire you to DIY something at your house and save some money along the way.  We could have hired a plumber, a painter, a carpenter, and an electrician and gotten pretty much the same result in this room, but instead we learned a lot about renovating, saved BOATLOADS of money, and picked up a little “I Did That” pride along the way.  As Nate Berkus would say, we are House Proud!

Thanks so much for reading along as we reno’d this space.  Let me know if you have any questions on this room, and if you like what you see, please become a follower and say hi sometime!

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