Have you ever wanted to update a rental bathroom on a budget, but you weren’t sure how to do it? Today, I’m sharing my modern coastal bathroom makeover reveal.
MODERN COASTAL BATHROOM MAKEOVER REVEAL
Y’all, I can’t even believe it!
This reveal has been almost 1.5 years in the making!
Am I embarrassed to admit that?!
But, it always helps to laugh at yourself… kind of. 😉 And, THANK YOU for being so patient with me while I worked through DIY mishaps, a mom dealing with dementia, and working full-time while I finished this project!
But, I’m here to say… the modern coastal bathroom makeover reveal happens TO-DAY!
Every time I walk into my ‘new’ bathroom, I’m still surprised at how lovely it looks! And I can’t wait to share it with you!
Updating an Apartment Bathroom with Modern Coastal Elements
For today’s reveal, I’m just going to share the makeover and some shopping items. The DIYs will be shared in the coming weeks, and I promise it won’t be a year (or more) before I post them! (Really… you can trust me!)
If you haven’t seen the inspiration for this project yet, check out the design post for creating a modern coastal bathroom in a rental home.
Here’s a photo of the mood board I created for my apartment bathroom makeover.
The elements on the design board include:
- Keep my current vanity, but repaint the ugly yellow cabinets in gray
- Adding a board-and-batten-type accent to the walls
- Use a “leafy-viney” wallpaper to add some pizazz to the upper 1/3 of the wall
- Update the light fixture
- Add open shelving for storage (I’m still pondering this.)
- Update the ugly beige tile shower surround
- Figure out a way to update the flooring that is rental friendly
- Find a new medicine cabinet that’s pretty, not just practical
- Replace the dated faucet
- Purchase new WHITE linens/towels
- Use a color palette that includes a creamy white, gray, green, and black
- Accent with decor in black and green
Now, let’s see how much of this actually was done!
Before and After Tiny Bathroom Update
Okay, there’s nothing like a couple before photo(s), am I right?
The bathroom included outdated vinyl flooring, yellow cabinets, and a ‘Hollywood’ light fixture with a brown plate.
And let’s not forget this
gorgeous tile surround and shower door! The shower tile surround definitely needed an update and was one of the first things that I DIY’d last year.
And now… this is what it looks like!
The fixture is a little hard to see in this photo… but more photos are coming up.
By the way, don’t go making your toilet overflow and messing up a new floor… What do you think… are flushable wipes REALLY flushable?
Okay… let’s take a look at what has changed!
Modern Coastal Apartment Bathroom Elements
So… this picture shows A LOT of the items that were changed!
And here is the ‘checklist’:
- Kept my current vanity, but repainted the ugly yellow cabinets in gray The counter had to stay, so I worked the vanity color around that, as the counter has some taupe and gray flecks in it. (DONE!)
- I started to add a full board-and-batten, but it was just too busy. So, a simple ‘chair-rail’ style trim was added.
- Using a stencil was the original idea for the upper 1/3 of the wall… but it proved to be WAY too difficult… so another option was used. Can you tell what it is?
- Update the light fixture (DONE!)
- Add open shelving for storage (I’m STILL pondering this.)
- Update the ugly beige tile shower surround (DONE!)
- To update the floors, loose lay vinyl plank was installed. (DONE!)
- Find a new medicine cabinet that looks pretty, not just practical (DONE!)
- Change out the dated faucet (DONE!)
- Purchase new WHITE linens (DONE!)
- Use a color palette that includes a creamy white, gray, green, and black (DONE!)
- Accent with decor in black and green (Doing!)
Decorating a Modern Coastal Bathroom
This corner is not finished. The little black basket shelf will go next to the toilet, and I have plans to hack an IKEA Rast for more storage on the left wall.
What do you think… Does the wall where the towel hanger is mounted need a little sumpin’-sumpin’? Maybe a hook rack for towels? Or a shelf above the rail???
Do you love the hanging planter as much as I do?
The beaded hanger is from Hobby Lobby and the pot and plant are from IKEA.
Here’s a close-up of the wall treatment… any guesses?
And here’s a clearer photo of the flooring… this is actually what it looks like… nice and light!
This is loose-lay plank vinyl. A dear friend from church actually installed it for me! It’s the perfect solution for a rental home or apartment, whether you use it in a bathroom, kitchen, or even through-out your living space!
The chrome water fixture is actually the exact one I had on my mood board. And I installed it all by myself!
The medicine cabinet is the exact one that was featured on the design board, too!
The watercolor painting created by my niece, along with my DIY rustic wood frame, is one of my favorite things in the bathroom! (And if you didn’t know, the frame is made with NO power tools!)
Adding some faux ranunculus to an inexpensive bottle-vase adds a pop of color!
These faux flowers look so real! Got ’em at Hobby Lobby!
And, of course, Bridgewater candles are a must!
And, I decided to order this pretty green container in Afternoon Retreat. Even though it’s not my home signature scent, it smells amazing!
This made a HUGE difference in the my small apartment bathroom…
And I almost forgot to share this detail!
The shower door is still there! However, I added a waffle weave shower curtain with a decorative rod to the wall just a wee bit in front of the shower door! It actually makes the bathroom look larger!
The waffle weave curtain has two different textures of weave. I had tried one with just the regular weave, but it looked too much like a hotel! 😉 The one I decided to keep adds more texture and interest to this tiny bathroom update, don’t you think? And the gauze-type weave gives it that coastal vibe!
And one last after photo!
In case you are wondering what type of budget I had for my tiny modern coastal bathroom makeover…
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Here is a Source List and Budget Breakdown:
- Wall Paint: Behr Premium Plus Satin Satin Enamel in “Beach House” $32 (the coastal name was a coincidence!)
- Shower Tile Surround: Behr Cabinet and Trim paint in “Beach House” $20 (here is the DIY tutorial)
- Cabinet Paint: Nuvo Cabinet Paint Kit in “Driftwood” $69 (another coincidence, and you can find the DIY tutorial here)
- Loose Lay Vinyl: Achim Flex Flor Loose Lay Vinyl in “Whitewash” $240
- Light Fixture: Ephraim 3 – Light Dimmable Vanity Light $133
- Medicine Cabinet: Kohler K-3073-NA Archer Frameless Medicine Cabinet $100
- Faucet: Delta Linden Centerset Faucet $86
- Cabinet Pulls: I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby several years ago, but here are some similar
- DIY Rustic Custom Wood Frame: DIY tutorial is here, about $25
- Bridgewater Candles in Sweet Grace and Afternoon Retreat $26
- Tiered Basket: Hobby Lobby $35 (on sale 50% off)
- Bath Rug: Target Threshold Bath Rug $20
- Wall Treatment: TBA
- Wood Trim: Home Depot $10
The whole makeover was just under $800. I know some would think I’m a bit crazy for investing that much money in a bathroom of a rental home. BUT, I consider it an investment for the blog, as well as making my home a lovelier place to live in!
PLUS, many of the items can go with me when/if I leave… including the flooring!
So… what do you think? Like I said, I’m in love!