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We’re sharing the ‘before’ pictures of our master bathroom, along with all the details on this budget refresh! [post contains affiliate links, which means we may make a small commission, at NO additional cost to you, if a purchase is made. thanks for supporting north country nest!]

If you haven’t gathered by now, we (well, in this case just me, Kelly) cannot leave well enough alone.

Case in point: over the next few weeks, I’m tackling out master bathroom and giving it a little refresh with all sorts of anyone-can-do-this DIY projects.

Originally, our plan was to completely renovate our master bed and bath this year. But, after securing the home equity loan, we decided we’d rather allocate those funds (and our time) towards the kitchen, which meant the master bed/bath was put on pause.

Our change of heart turned into the perfect opportunity for a little experimenting – with both style and DIY projects.

Before we dive into the plans, I don’t think we’ve shared much of our master bathroom… So, let’s first give you the quick and dirty tour.

As soon as you walk into the bathroom, the toilet is staring right at you. So welcoming, huh? 😛 Revamping the layout was our first to-do when we talked through the renovation. Obviously, this won’t be happening with this refresh.

Moving on, there is a wall-to-wall vanity with a sink in the center and an overhead light hanging from the ceiling. There was one light on either side but one of the hooks fell out during the popcorn ceiling removal and we just haven’t gotten around to fixing it.

The saving grace in this room is the one window that brings in quite a bit of natural light!

Opposite of the vanity (to the left of the toilet) is the tub/shower combo and a narrow closet.

Okay, now that you know what we’re working with, here’s what we have planned for the bathroom refresh:

  • My goal is to not exceed a $200 budget. Thankfully, we have a small army of paint already on hand, along with basic DIY tools so I don’t think this will be an issue.
  • I am not a fan of the tile floor, so this is a great chance to try out painting tile! I’ve found some great tutorials online and have been checking out a few stencil options. This tribal one, this classic honeycomb or this one that may be a little too girly. 
  • I’d love to keep the wood of the vanity but refinish it with a different color stain – I’m looking at Varathane in Briarsmoke.
  • For the walls, I’m thinking a neutral gray or taupe color and possibly making the wall with the window and mirror an accent color.
  • Rustoleum has a tub and tile refinishing product and I’m looking at painting the vanity counter.
  • The biggest expense will be the rug – I found this one at Target and I am obsessed.

Here’s what I have for the budget breakdown:

  • Vanity counter paint: $25
  • Vanity stain + sand paper: $20
  • Floor paint: $45
  • Floor stencil: $10
  • Wall paint: already on hand
  • Trim paint: already on hand
  • Light fixtures: already on hand
  • Rug: $60
  • Mirror + window frame paint: already on hand
  • Shower curtain: $40

Total: $200

I know how much paint can make over a space so I am really, really excited to see how everything turns out! I’ll be sharing some real-time progress on our Instagram Stories, so be sure to follow along there!

All our best,


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