master bathroom design

A $1600 Bathroom Renovation

May 1, 2020

master bathroom renovation design

There is nothing like a move on the horizon to light a fire under your tail! Our master bathroom is finished, and today we get to share a little tour with you as well as total cost and sources. we are finally breathing a sigh of relief…​​​​​​​

master bathroom design

This was a new challenge for us in multiple ways. We had originally hoped to hire out some help for this, but due to Covid restrictions Gabe was on his own! I think he enjoyed being challenged in new ways, and I enjoyed the challenge of designing from a home buyers perspective vs my own personal style. 

master bathroom vanity

My goal was that this bathroom would feel bright and airy. I also wanted to use elements that could pair well with most colors if the homebuyers want to paint and add their own spin down the road. 

bathroom towel rack

We got lucky that the vinyl flooring wasn’t glued down so it was pretty easy to tear up. Gabe used a table saw to cut and size the tile pieces, and a sledge hammer to click and fit into place. You can catch the story highlights if you would like a visual reference. I really love the way it looks in this space. Such a difference!

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bathroom art

The hardest part of this renovation according to Gabe was troubleshooting parts of the faucet, shower set, and tub set plumbing. We realized after we installed the vanity that the sink drain was a larger than what the faucet set came with. Gabe was able to find the parts he needed online, but there were definitely big time delays we now have come to expect with home renovation projects!

bathroom reno
bath towel ladder

Track light (sold out but similar) – $138 
Faucets  x2 – $65 ea. 
Vanity (similar here or here) – Found on clearance for $450 
Smartcore Flooring – $250
 Tub Faucet Set – $270 
Shower head Set (Or here) – $140
Tub Drain – $20
Towel Bar and Toilet Paper Holder – $30
Paint – White Moderne by Behr – (Already had on hand but about $65 a gallon)
Towels – $13 ea.
Towel Hook Bar – $35
Ladder (We have had this one for a long time, but linked a similar one from wayfair)
Watercolor Botanical Art – Created for our shop Maris Home
Frames – (BOGO sale) $20 ea.

Total Cost: $1595




This renovation proved to me that you don’t have to sacrifice quality or good visual appeal if you are on a budget! I love the way this bathroom turned out, and I wish we would have bit the bullet sooner. Thanks for letting us share this process with you. We are happy to answer questions below!

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  • Turned out beautiful! I love the class on a small budget. This seems doable even for a novice like me.

  • Carrie

    Wow! You guys outdid yourselves with this one! I’m in love with this bathroom. Absolutely gorgeous design choices and great handy work. Beautiful work on the prints. That pink vase is so pretty and eye catching too, you’re great at floral arranging.

  • Kandie

    Oh my goodness this came out soooo great! I love how everything looks so clean and new with just a few new pieces. Love it!!! Thanks for sharing and giving me some inspiration!
    We too are in the process of demoing and redesigning our only bathroom ourselves and we’ve had some major setbacks. Having to sand everything so many times and apply layers and layers of spackle, apply greenboard, use that red paint for moisture control, it’s not for the faint of heart lol! And it doesn’t even look pretty yet HA! This house is over 100 years old and ventilation is a HUGE problem so we had remove the only closet in there (there are only 2 in the whole house, that was one!!) because of horrible mold growth and now we have to figure out where to put everything for a family of 5. But, it makes you appreciate the process a bit more and I have learned alot.

    • Kandie- wow! We have considered buying an old home, and I know it comes with major setbacks. I bet it will be incredible when it’s finished though:) I hear you on the spackle. So many layers for parts of this bathroom as well! Armoires can make for great makeshift closets! Good luck to you all~ A

  • So beautiful! Love all your blogs – they are so helpful in giving us creative ideas to upgrade our home! We currently have the Behr White Moderne sample up on our walls and look forward to painting our living room! Where is the vase/floral arrangement decoration from?

    Thank you again!

    • Emily – That is great to hear! And thank you so much. The vase is old from anthropologie, and the blooms are from Michaels, Magnolia home, and our eucalyptus tree:)

  • Love this, and actually have the same vanity! I just ordered the faucet you guys put in but read about the sink drain being larger. Do you mind sharing the larger sink drain you guys found? Thank you!

  • Love seeing such an amazing bathroom reno done with a realistic budget. Thank you!

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