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Bro’s Budget Bathroom Plan

Welcome to my bro’s budget bathroom project, a boring, outdated and beige space that I am tackling for the Spring One Room Challenge!

Welcome to my bro’s budget bathroom project, a boring, outdated and beige space that I am tackling for the Spring One Room Challenge!

It’s that time of year again… the Spring One Room Challenge is back, and I’ll be transforming my brother’s boring/beige half-bathroom!  Exactly one year ago we tackled our basement bathroom addition for the challenge, and I’m really excited to see what everyone else will be up to :)  Let’s check out some pictures of the space and I’ll go over my plans!


This is a powder room / half-bathroom located on the main floor of my brother’s house.  I think the whole house was painted beige, and for the bathrooms they decided to go beige on beige on beige.


I’m planning on updating every single surface of this room, and we’re going towards the grayscale instead.  To keep costs to a minimum, almost all the main elements will be staying in the room, but they will be getting updated with paint.


I actually have NO idea how I’ll be updating that light fixture, since I kinda forgot about it in my planning stages…  We will be getting a new faucet though (hurray!) and that unused cabinet above the toilet is coming out…


Ha, I’m even planning on painting the toilet white – put that under the “it’s so crazy it just might work” category.  Oh and the 80s vanity cabinet?  Going to be keeping everything in place… but will be bringing into this century with the addition of some Metrie trim!


The mirror is a nice size, so I’ll be adding a frame around it to make it look more finished too :)


The floors will be getting painted, and I think I’ll just clean up the register and paint that too.  Like I said, everything is getting some sort of update!


Even the old toilet paper holder and towel bar was beige (actually, I think they colour matched the paint to these fixtures and then loved it and painted the whole house!).  We’ll be taking these out, and I’m planning on adding some cool custom prints on this wall.

Bro’s Budget Bathroom Tasks

  • Remove toilet paper roll + towel rack
  • Remove cabinet above toilet
  • Patch, sand + prime holes
  • Remove mirror (save to put back up after)
  • Remove baseboards
  • Paint walls gray
  • Remove toilet
  • Paint toilet
  • Clean floors
  • Paint floors gray
  • Fancy floor paint
  • Cut + install baseboards
  • Tape wall pattern
  • Reinstall toilet
  • Paint wall pattern
  • Remove cabinet lips/wood pieces
  • Install cabinet framing pieces
  • Patch, sand and caulk pieces
  • Paint cabinet
  • Install cabinet hardware (need to buy still)
  • Remove old faucet
  • Reinstall mirror
  • Cut + install mirror frame
  • Paint countertop (+ clear coat seal)
  • Clean and paint register
  • Install new faucet
  • Install towel ring
  • New light fixture? (either DIY or buy)
  • Paint touch-ups
  • Put up prints (need to print + get frames)

When we started our bathroom last year, I literally had everything planned 100%.  For my brother’s space, while I knew I would be tackling if for the One Room Challenge, not everything is finalized yet.  (Aka why I forgot that there was a light in there…)

My family is helping on this project (yay!) because there’s a tiny little pickle with this renovation…

My brother just happens to live in a whole different city than me!

So, because I don’t want to spend the next 2 months at my brother’s house, I’ll be splitting my time down there and up here… which means that I will have to try and get as much done when I am at his house as possible.  Oh, and we’re also finishing his kitchen renovations too (I am used to the driving by now, which takes about 6-7 hours one way with baby!).

Bro’s Budget Bathroom Design Plan

The starting point for the room (and the design I emailed him) was my cute custom prints and idea for a patterned wall:


Different options (brick shapes?) for the pattern wall

He was not feeling my bright colour choices… and so I sent him a bunch of different combos using the Para 2017 Trend Colours, and this is the final scheme we came up with:


We’ll be painting the floors and walls the same light gray colour, but the floors will be getting a cool darker finish to look like tiles.  The countertop will be going a light gray thanks to Krylon; and the faucet will be the Zura Single Handle Lavatory Faucet in Chrome/Matte Black from Delta.

This Project Has Been Sponsored By:

para-web-logo        METRIE-web-logo        delta-web-logo

While I’ve pretty much written down everything we will be doing in that long list above, I’m hoping to still add a few surprises here and there.  (Again, that light fixture will be a surprise even to me!)  Next week I’ll share some progress photos of the space, because we did manage to scratch a few things off the long list (and update some line items too).

So stay tuned :)

(And don’t forget to check out all the other participants in the One Room Challenge).


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  • Reply
    Wanda | From House To Home
    April 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Nicole…This looks like a fun project! It’ll be awesome to see how much better it looks after everything is updated. But commuting to Sudbury??!! I went to Western and had a friend who was from Sudbury…and I thought it was a long drive just going to visit :)

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      April 6, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Ha, unfortunately I live in Sudbury :( I don’t mind driving down south since the weather is usually much warmer, and I’m excited to finish this bathroom!

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    Jessica :: The Organized Mama
    April 6, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Wow!! That is going to be a total transformation! Can’t wait to see what you do!!

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      April 7, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks – I figured that even if we just paint the walls it will be better haha :)

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    Angela @Simply Beautiful By Angela
    April 6, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I can’t wait to see how different it all looks with paint! I love budget renovations more than anything because it is so inspiring to see how much of an impact a little bit of hard work and creativity can make!

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      April 7, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      You’re definitely right about the creativity – hopefully it all comes together as it does in my head :)

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    April 6, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Ooooh so much beige, just like mine! You are the nicest sister ever to be helping your brother out like this! I cannot wait to see how you transform his bathroom!

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      April 7, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      I wonder if the full-on beige look will come back in a few years? Either way, it will look better in the meantime!

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    April 6, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Oh my you are ambitious girl!!! I can’t wait to see what you do!!!

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      April 7, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Last year we built a bathroom from scratch, so I figured that updating one already in place should be easier haha!

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    Brittany Goldwyn
    April 7, 2017 at 7:49 am

    It needs some love :) You’re a good sister!! And I’m using the Zura faucet (in chrome, though) in our bathroom! Great minds.

    • Reply
      April 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      That’s funny that we’re using the same faucet! Hopefully my brother appreciates the work haha :)

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    Nicole @ The Inspired Hive
    April 7, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Great design plan!!! Can’t wait to see how those painted floors turn out! I’ve always thought about trying that! And you are so brave tackling a project so many hours away!!!!

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      April 7, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      I’m hoping the floors turn out good too, at least they’ll be an improvement! We’re actually finishing his kitchen renovations too… so I’m used to the distance by now :)

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    April 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Good luck Nicole! You are so brave tackling a project 6 hours away, in 5 weeks, on a budget! I can’t wait to follow along!

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      April 7, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      The timeline and distance adds a challenge for sure, I think it will be a mad rush at the end!

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    April 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Wow…..this is going to be a big change. I love what you have planned for your brothers bathroom. Driving 7 hours, oh my gosh, and with a baby. Kudos to you. I am excited to follow along.

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      April 10, 2017 at 6:51 am

      Thanks! I’m hoping he’ll like it :)

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    Lindsay @ The DIY Mommy
    April 10, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Excited to see this come together Nicole!! This is going to be such an amazing transformation. Love the design scheme you decided on.

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      April 10, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks :) I’m hoping everything comes together!

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    Amanda - Life at Cloverhill
    April 10, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    SO much beige! I love the colour palette you’re going towards. Can’t wait to see how all the trimwork and painting turns out. Good luck on the drive down too!

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      April 11, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Thanks Amanda – I’m hoping my brother will like everything in the end :)

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