Eric and I have owned 3 houses now, our first was an old 1920s Victorian (loaded with charm!), and the second two were new construction. When we built each of our new construction homes, I was dreaming big (it’s what I do!) and we had to crunch numbers and really watch our budget to keep the house in our price range, so that meant we went builder grade on just about everything and decided we’d renovate as we had the money. Builder grade is fine and functional, but usually lacks any style… let’s be honest, they’re almost always boring and generic!
Lowe’s challenged me- and 2 other bloggers- to each take on a builder grade bathroom (picture above), and transform it for only $1000. Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand $1000 is a lot of money, but compared to the 2015 average master bathroom renovation cost of $18,000, it’s peanuts!
Here are a few more pics of the builder grade bathroom I started with… as Coldplay would say, “It was all Yellow!”
Let’s go through the builder grade bathroom checklist shall we?
Fake tile linoleum flooring: CHECK
Honey wood tone vanity: CHECK
Hollywood Style Makeup Vanity Lights: CHECK
Yucky paint color- AKA Mustard walls: CHECK
Rather than just tell you about the makeover, check out this video to watch the full transformation! It’s like a mini little dose of “Knock It Off!” – Check it out!
So, what’d you think??
It could possibly be my very favorite makeover to date. It all came together just as I was picturing it in my head and I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty proud of how many projects I was able to include with only $1000!
And you know I wouldn’t leave you hanging- I worked with Lowe’s to create detailed project tutorials for each of my projects. You can get all the tutorials and product information in one place right HERE. Let me tell you a little about each one…
Vinyl Plank Accent Wall
Peel and stick flooring has never, ever, ever looked so good! I carried the vinyl planks from the floor all the way up the wall and then added copper tacks for added detail and to make it seem even more like authentic wood.
And see that wall hanging? It’s actually a Nate Berkus bathroom floor mat wrapped around a piece of copper pipe! It worked perfectly!
Check out the accent wall tutorial HERE.
DIY Vanity with Pieced Wood Countertop
Instead of just painting the existing vanity, I wanted to challenge myself to design and create something that would look completely custom and still provide storage.
This piece was super easy to build- no advance skills required- and the pieced wood top is quite possibly the coolest thing in the history of bathrooms!
Check out the vanity tutorial HERE
Geometric Patterned Door
It’s become one of my passions in life to transform all the hollow core doors in the world, one door at a time! You might remember my DIY hollow core barn doors? For this bathroom, I went geometric and bold! It’s a huge difference and only cost me paint and tape!
Check out the door patterned tutorial HERE
I took a risk with this DIY flooring project- I’d never heard of anyone trying this before, but I really believed that peel and stick tile could look insanely fancy with a little work! Cutting the hexagon shapes took some patience, but oh my word, the result is so worth it!
Check out the Hexagon flooring tutorial HERE
I loved taking part in this challenge from Lowe’s and I’m so thankful to partner with a company that is committed to providing consumers with attainable, budget-friendly, DIY projects! If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, but you don’t have to spend a ton of money to have great style and this Blogger vs. Builder Grade challenge completely proves that!
I’ll be sharing more about this makeover in the next week or so, but until then, be sure to check out the other bloggers’ builder grade bathroom transformations with Lowe’s!
If you have a builder grade bathroom, I hope that all 3 of our bathroom makeovers, inspire you not to settle for “fine” any longer. You can totally DIY your way to the bathroom you’ve always wanted!
I’d love to know what you think of this makeover? Do you have a favorite project?
*This was a sponsored collaboration with Lowe’s Home Improvement. Although I was compensated for my time, all opinions are 100% mine. Thanks for supporting the brands that make East Coast Creative possible! *
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