$200 Industrial Farmhouse Bathroom makeover

thrifty modern farmhouse bathroom makeover

There is nothing more satisfying than flexing those creative muscles – and really stretching your dollar. When I started with this horribly drab and outdated bathroom, there were two things I knew of off the bat:

  1. I didn’t have much money to do this. I needed to refresh this bathroom on a dime!
  2. This bathroom isn’t for me – it’s my fiancé, Brian’s, bathroom, so I wanted to go for a style that was more masculine and streamlined that my typical colorful boho look.

I set a goal for myself; I would refresh this bathroom for under $200. I announced it to Instagram, and like that, I had set a goal that I was being held to! This challenge was exciting and made me think even more creatively and dig deeper into my thrifty resources to transform this bathroom.

Typically, I don’t reveal how much I spend until after I show everyone the space, but I am seriously impressed with how much I stretched my tiny budget and how great the impact is – so I’m going to brag first!

Budget Breakdown:

Please note that I bought things on sale or with coupons so some of the prices shown in the links could fluctuate, but they are the exact same product.

Grand total: $191.50

So now that you know how I broke the budget down, I hope you’re even more impressed with this makeover! It took me a total of a week, mostly just doing a few hours here and there before and after my full time job.

Before: brace your eyeballs.

This 3/4 bathroom is attached to our master bedroom, but only Brian uses it. This is the one space we hadn’t touched since we moved in a year ago. It had no storage, no style…and to say the least it needed some help in every department.

A picture from our home’s listing when we bought it.
bathroom makeover on a budget
Plastic shower curtain from the dollar store, and spice racks as shelves…to top it off we had nice glossy sheen flesh colored paint.
You’re not seeing that wrong…the door, trim and walls were all covered with the same thick layer of semi-gloss paint. The color you ask? I’d call it cat puke.

After: Industrial Farmhouse Bathroom magic!

Black, white and organic elements like plants and wood…makes my heart swoon!

There is something about a simple color palette with pops of texture…it’s so soothing. Brian wanted a masculine bathroom with organic elements like plants and real wood.

The shower rod got a fresh coat of paint..along with the light fixture which took it from 1985 to 2019. The counters got elevated with marble contact paper that added that extra sparkle to this space.
That beautiful wall of subway tile is what makes takes this makeover from “good” to WOW. It was done with a ruler, level and oil sharpie. Yes – it’s just drawn right over the paint. (just like my faux ship lap wall!)
The blank wall next to the shower now has a very personal touch. This map of Charleston not only adds the cool industrial chic vibe, but it’s Brian’s favorite place. Charleston is where we got engaged. Adding personal touches to spaces as small as bathrooms truly goes a long way!

I am beyond happy with how this bathroom turned out! Stretching my shoe string budget never felt so satisfying..and truly goes to show that you don’t need a million bucks to have a beautiful home.

If you enjoyed this thrifty makeover, make sure to check out my other thrifty bathroom, and kitchen makeover! However if you want to keep up to date with all my thrifty tips and home decor secrets – head on over to my Insta and give me a shout!

See my bathroom makeover featured on Apartment Therapy!

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  1. It looks so beautiful, Katherine, and you really stretched your money well. I bet he is so excited to be able to use this space!

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