Updating a Bathroom on a Budget

We bought our house in June of 2016, and I had been dreaming for years already of getting to renovate my own house. I grew up in a household that was always renovating, landscaping, and dreaming up DIY projects, so it's actually become a source of creativity and a stress reliever for me. 

There's just something about buying a $50 can of paint and seeing the impact it can have on your house that really gets to me - I know I'm weird.

Anyways, the first easy little project I got my hands on only a month or two after moving in was the upstairs bathroom. We use it as our main bathroom and I wanted to put a fresh coat of paint on it, since the previous users had rented the house for a couple of years and it needed to be freshened up. 

When I first started deciding on paint for our house, I had somewhat of a plan in mind, but really I was just winging it. It's funny to look at where I am two years later, and how my paint palette for the house actually flows so well now - lucky  mistake! 

I chose a bright white for the upstairs bathroom, and we also happened to land ourselves a cheap piece of granite and backsplash, so I decided to try painting the cabinets as well while I was at it. This was my first go around painting cabinets, and I wanted to test out the colour and techniques I had planned for our kitchen before taking on a project that big. 

Painting the bathroom cabinets was a breeze, and now over a year and a half later, the only scuff marks are on the upper cabinet next to the window where the wall scrapes the side of the door - this paint job held up really well.


It's a pretty plain bathroom I guess, but I like that it's easy to clean, and I prefer bathrooms to be clutter-free - you should step out of the shower feeling refreshed, not crowded and overwhelmed by toiletries. 
Another piece of art might help, but so far I'm happy with my tiny little watercolour succulents that I painted on a whim. That's the cool thing about art these days - you don't even have to be that good at painting to make free art for your home!
Also, side note, do NOT EVER get plain white tile for your flooring if you have a human or pet with dark hair in your home. It drives me insane, and to top it off the only long bathmat I could find was white, so I'm always throwing it in the wash with bleach to keep it from looking absolutely disgusting. 

In the end, this was a fast, cheap, easy way to make the bathroom feel new again. Over the past two years of owning our own home I've discovered a few things about renovations and design:
1. It doesn't have to be top-of-the-line all the time
2. It needs to be functional for your family - not the internet critics
3. Paint goes a long, long way (I think I already knew that one)
4. Your house is just fine the way it is. You're not living in a cardboard box, and that's pretty cool, so be thankful that you have this wooden box to call your home. If you want to change something, do it within a budget that works for you, but don't let the thought of updating your home stress you out. 
5. Decluttering feels like a renovation too, and it costs you nothing.

After it was all said and done, this is what I spent:
1 Can of White Zinsser Primer: $50
1 Can of White Eggshell Paint: $40
1 Can of Grey Semi-Gloss Paint: $40
New Mirror: $60 (Home Sense)
Shower Curtain/Rod: $60
Art: Free
Granite/Backsplash/Sink: Hugely reduced cost - I'd recommend just doing one big piece of tile if you want to update your countertop for cheap, or even trying one of those laminate painting kits (I've never tried one, but they can't be that bad).

If you have any questions, comments, or your own renovations to share, feel free!