Hey there Remodelaholic readers! Dawn here, from AD Aesthetic, and I’m back this month with another reader question mockup to hopefully inspire some creative ideas for your cost effective bathroom update. If you’ve missed any of my previous reader question mockups, you can always see all my posts here.
If you follow Remodelaholic on Facebook, you’ve probably seen several of the reader questions that are submitted every month. Well each month here on Remodelaholic, I choose one reader submitted photo to offer my two cents on, and I create a Photoshop mock up of what I would do if I were in your shoes! (Pssssst— you can submit your reader questions by messaging Remodelaholic on Facebook. Be sure to include a good quality photo!)
First though, my standard disclaimer: While I can recommend ideas that I think look nice, I have never seen this house in real life and don’t have accurate measurements. I am also not an architect or landscaper and do not know the planting recommendations for your area- I just like to make things look nice. I can’t guarantee that any of the items I put in my ‘virtual’ design will actually work in real life (or that they’ll fit your design style for that matter), and this is not intended to be a professional design consultation. So think of this as a just-for-fun rendering that hopefully gets your wheels turning and provides some inspiration!
On to the fun!
READER QUESTION from Nicole —
I got a quote to redo our 2nd bath – and it was too much money, after further thinking – this bathroom has decent bones – just needs some sprucing up. I am planning on taking out the shower doors replace with curtain, painting walls, replace baseboard heat with wood cover, paint vanity, new vanity top, new fixtures, new mirror — The tricky part is the floor – I would love to try to NOT redo the tile – it’s got a pinkish color to it – So I am looking for help with a color scheme and ideas — we are open to everything but replacing floor (btw not against resealing and painting the grout too). Any suggestions and ideas are super helpful.
We all know that bathrooms can be expensive to renovate, so working with what’s already there can be a huge money saver, especially if it’s a big ticket item like tile or a vanity. Here are a few spaces that show how an amazing cost effective bathroom update can include existing items:
Ideas for a Simple and Cost Effective Bathroom Update
Since we were keeping the main fixtures of this bathroom intact, the update is mainly aesthetic, but surprisingly impactful. Here’s what I came up with:
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Cost Effective Bathroom Update Ideas that are Simple
Something as simple as updating to a modern wall color can totally change the look of a dated bathroom. Since there is a pinkish cast to the floor, I wanted to keep the walls fairly bright and neutral. A very soft warm gray such as Sherwin-Williams On The Rocks provides contrast, while still working with the warmth of the floor. Painting the cabinets a darker gray (Thunder Gray) and adding gold square bar pulls updates the existing cabinetry. (Read experienced DIYer and pro tips for painting cabinets here.)
Cover It Up.
If you aren’t wild about the tile in your bathroom, but don’t have the budget to replace it at the moment, the easiest fix is to dress it up with a rug you love. The green color of the previous rug served to bring out the contrasting orangy-pink tones of the floor, while the small size left a lot of that floor exposed. Adding a long runner that spans both in front of the tum and the sink makes the space feel connected and thought out. The neutral colors of this rug also soften the warm colors of the floor, helping it to blend together in your mind with a more muted overall tone.
Add Practical Storage.
No one has ever complained about having too much storage space, especially in a bathroom. Vertical storage above a toilet is a great way to add some decorative elements and some extra storage space at the same time. Floating shelves are beautiful and practical, plus they give the space an open, airy feeling. You can purchase shelves here, or learn to build and install your own floating shelf here (or this nautical rope floating shelf here).
Add Some Life.
I’m a firm believer that a plant or two makes any room better. Bringing living objects into a space gives it a welcoming, lived-in vibe that can’t be beat. If your bathroom is short on natural light, faux greenery works almost as well. Adding plants is a great way to bring in some extra color and texture, and to break up the common hard lines and surfaces of a bathroom.
So what do you think? What would you do if this were your home?
As always, thank you to Cassity and the Remodelaholic team for having me back each month. If you like this post, and have a design dilemma you’d like me to mock up some ideas for, you can ask your questions by sending Remodelaholic a message over on Facebook, or checkout my mockup design services over on my site adaesthetic.com. And be sure to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram and say hello! Have a great day, friends!
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Dawn is one half of the team behind the creative blog, AD Aesthetic. By day she works as the VP of Creative for a design and marketing company (getting paid to make things look good!), while by night she renovates her Midwest home, refinishes thrift-store furniture for fun, and works with her husband on raising two tiny humans. Dawn believes in the potential to design your surroundings and your life one day at a time, and lives by the motto, 'Make everything beautiful.' Get to know her better by visiting her blog, ADaesthetic.com, or following along on Facebook and Instagram.