Big Box Bathroom Challenge

It’s been four years to the month since we gave this little bath an update. I’d call it a facelift, but that would imply we did some actual remodeling of things. What we did was more like botox…purely cosmetic and temporary.

after 2

I’ll refresh your memory of how the room looked right after we moved in…drab and dated. Not a good combo, especially considering this is the guest bath, as well as the kid’s main bathroom.

guest bath before

It needed a big overhaul then, but budget (and a little bit of fear) kept us from taking the plunge. So I went after that homely room with paint….and lots of it. We always talk about the power of paint, and this room is a true testimony to it! We painted the vanity, walls, light fixture…even the toilet handle! The only things we added were a new faucet and trim around the mirror. (See all the details and breakdown of the original makeover here.)

after 7

It still looks pretty good on the surface (and the cabinet is still organized!), but issues are hiding under all that paint. But a bathroom renovation is scary, and daunting, and totally overwhelming! Not to mention expensive. Right?! Well, maybe it doesn’t have to be. What if you could find everything from one store, and your makeover was both stylish and affordable?!


What if you could create a fresh and modern bathroom, without breaking the bank, or wearing yourself thin trying to source all that goes in to it? Well, Lowes has challenged me to do just that! They insist I can have a brand-new bathroom…we’re talking top-to-bottom…for less than $2,500! Well, we’ll just have to see about that. Check back tomorrow for all the plans, inspiration and design board!

Have you ever remodeled a bathroom? Any tips or possible pitfalls you can send my way?!

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  1. ooooh i can't wait to see this. we have a bathroom that needs more than a little TLC.

    Posted 9.24.14 Reply
  2. *Madeline wrote:

    Paint before you tile. Then you don't have to worry about your brand new tile floors when you're painting. Or dropcloths. And Lowe's has an awesome selection- we recently used their tile twice! Happy Renovating!

    Madeline @

    Posted 9.24.14 Reply
  3. mwimp wrote:

    cant wait to see! – on ur painting of the cabinets – do u have a tutorial? I want to paint my bathroom and kitchen cabinets but everyone keeps telling me to hire a professional otherwise it wont turn out nice. any tips?

    Posted 9.24.14 Reply
  4. ohh i cant wait to see what you have in mind! our rental bathroom is superrrr vintage — yellow + black tiles! i decided to just embraced it and use black and white stripes for the shower curtain + a patterned rug. xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    Posted 9.24.14 Reply
  5. Sounds good to me! Can't wait!

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  6. I can't wait to see what you come up with! I know it will be gorgeous!! When we redid 3 of our bathrooms, we used an epoxy grout instead of the standard. It's a little more expensive, but it's much more waterproof and stands up to stains much better. Definitely worth the extra bucks! 🙂

    Posted 9.24.14 Reply
  7. Tis' the season for bathroom renovations! I have some great tips and tricks for you! Too bad I'm in a dentist chair getting a cleaning and there are too many to write will have to email you!

    Posted 9.24.14 Reply
  8. Top to bottom!? I cannot wait to see what you do!!

    Posted 9.24.14 Reply
  9. Exciting! Remodeling a bathroom can be scary; especially b/c of what you could find hiding (hello rotting walls!). We did a total gut job on a bathroom years ago. I loved the end result, but it was definitely a lot of work (especially those rotting walls). Excited to see the design board!

    Posted 9.24.14 Reply
  10. Can't wait to see what you do! We are in the process of redoing our guest bathroom too! We started busting up the old tile this week!

    Posted 9.24.14 Reply
  11. So excited to follow this! As someone who recently tackled a bathroom with big box store things, I know you can do it! It's sure to be beautiful!

    Posted 9.25.14 Reply