- $100 Room Challenge – Bathroom Makeover
- $100 Room Challenge – Updated Bathroom Light Fixture
- $100 Room Challenge – Rustic Bathroom Cabinets
- Truth in Makeovering – Low Cost Rustic Bathroom Makeover
Have you ever heard of Truth in Lending Act?
The main purpose of the Truth in Lending Act is to assure the meaningful disclosure of consumer credit and lease terms, including those in advertisements, so that consumers can easily compare terms and shop wisely for credit.
….The Act requires that the advertisement tell the whole story. ~In Gov
Well, here is the Truth in Makeovering.
A good $100 room makeover is hard to do and there are some secrets.
TRUTH: Yes, a lot of us are pulling from a supply of items we already have on hand ….sanders, paint, and baskets oh my!
When we choose to do our bathroom, we have tried to stick as close to the $100 as possible. Yes, we have used some items that we have built up over time……BUT we didn’t want to say was……here’s a $100 makeover however someone gave us a $15,000 bathtub for FREE, and include that. That wouldn’t be very realistic. The items we included, as free, are ones that are fairly basic to a DIY’er or home décor person.
(Note: We did NOT get a donated bathtub!!!)
TRUTH: Hanging head in shame……we did end up going over our budget.
We used a gift card for Christmas, but that is still money spent/part of the cost. Depending on your point we may or may not have met the challenge. We shared the breakdown below.
How can you get your cost down? Look for coupons, thrift stores, ask for discounts on damaged materials you can still use, dumpster dive.
TRUTH: Doing a low cost makeover can take some skills.
Most DIY’ers learn skills from others, free classes, Pinterest, or reading tutorials online. Our bath might not be your cup of tea, but we wanted to share the possibilities with just a few things around your home, inspiration, a little cash, and some time.
TRUTH: Yes, this does take some time.
We did the challenge over the month however it wasn’t everyday. Because we did mostly cosmetic stuff, it wasn’t a ton of work. Saturday’s were our work day. Occasionally a bit more, but that’s about it.
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So now that we have fully disclosed the truth in makeovering, onto the challenge:
LOW COST RUSTIC BATHROOM MAKEOVER~
When we last reported, there was an open “case” of “misuse” “allegations” from the LPA, Lumber Protection Association, on our rustic cabinets. We are happy to report, all charges have been dropped! The evidence showed that these cabinets would have been otherwise discarded without our so called “abusive” help.
Here’s what we did this week:
- Took down the vent cover and painted it- FREE
- Painted the spot where we took down the cabinet. – FREE
- We painted the floors with one coat of primer and 2 coats of floor paint, using this tutorial. – $26.00
That takes our total to $37.54 + $26.00 = $63.54 leaving us with $36.46 leftover.
*On the painted floors, they are very white so we will have to see how clean they will stay. If you have any particular questions or tips on it, please leave us a comment.
We really didn’t care for the yellow cultured marble in the shower (and counter) but alas we had no budget to change out. Painting it is a possibility, but not enough time or money on this challenge….so cover it up it is!
The idea was to put up a shower curtain. We put up a rod on this laundry room project and NO JOKE, the leftover rod was the EXACT size we needed for this. Otherwise a new one would have run $20 and up. We did need a closet rod flange set which set us back $5 (total $68.54).
Since there is a glass shower door, we didn’t need anything waterproof. We looked for actual shower curtains but at the store…nothing (online much better selection). Drop cloth and material to sew our own were possibilities……UNTIL, a walk down the curtain aisle and the heavens opened up. You know with the light and all!! Well, maybe it was just a checker turning on their light for a manager….but still!
Here is where the budget went over…kind of……….
The panels were $23.74. If only one was needed, we would have been good in the hood. Nope, we needed two……….not…quite…long…enough. Bringing our total to $116.02.
This is when we dipped into the gift card fund. AND since we were dipping, we threw caution to the wind, to finish this room by changing light switch/outlet covers and made a toilet paper holder with galvanized pipe. Born to be wild #alwaysasong!!!!!
Just so you don’t think we are totally reckless, we did kept the rugs we already had, even though they are flat and matted.
Finally, the room was decorated with items…you guessed it…we already had.
FINAL TOTAL – (with panels, toilet paper holder, and outlet covers) $154.93
($100 our money and $54.93 from a gift card)
An average bathroom makeover is $11,364. Although we would have loved to thrown stick a dynamite in there and closed the door, this was a great low cost alternative…making the best with what we have.
*License plate was my Dad’s
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If you enjoyed this salvaged, rustic, misused, industrial, farmhouse, rustic look, here are some options for you if you can’t/don’t want to DIY it. We have also provided links to just about everything we have used through out the process.
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