Updating a Builder’s Grade Bathroom

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The builder’s grade bathroom in our tract house was in dire need of a makeover, but we didn’t have very much money to spend. We had already taken out the carpet and added tile. Ewwww, why do they put carpet in bathrooms??? We needed to keep it simple and just work with the vanity that we had. It had a giant mirror and a light fixture that was sufficient for open heart surgery, you know the kind. The MDF cabinet doors were swollen from water damage. To sum it up…. it was gag and vomit!! Here is the before….updating-a-builder's=grade-bathroom Updating a builder's grade bathroomThese pictures were taken before I decided to write a blog, and there isn’t enough natural light to get a decent picture anyway as you can tell by all of these photos. Bear with me as I am not a photographer!!! So we decided to put the money that we had into a few details that would make it feel richer.

First we took out the medicine cabinet and took down the large mirror.
Updating a builder's grade bathroomWe painted the walls Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. Which is my favorite greige paint color.

Next up was repairing the cabinet doors. I tried many methods to repair the swollen MDF and THIS is what I came up with.

Then they got a fresh coat of paint. Our trim is Swiss Coffee by Dunn Edwards, but it is very similar to White Dove by Benjamin Moore.

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I splurged on Mercury glass knobs from Pier 1 Imports. They gave it just the right amount of vintage charm that I was hoping for.

8/2017 Update: the knobs are no longer available but I linked similar ones in the sources HERE along with how this bathroom looks now.

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These farmhouse style faucets are my favorite upgrade!!!! They are from overstock at a great price. Shop this linkupdating-a-builder's-grade-bathroom

We decided on two wall mounted medicine cabinets, which I got on clearance at Target for $25 each. They were smaller than I wanted, but for the price I couldn’t justify spending more. One of my favorite combos is white and wood. I really like the contrast that the wood cabinets provided, and the extra storage is very nice!!

For the lighting I had to choose a bar style fixture because we didn’t want to mess with any electrical. Once we took the old fixture down we realized that the box wasn’t centered, so this was the only option. It’s wasn’t my first choice, but still a huge improvement and it kept it simple.

I wanted to do something to make the cabinet look more like furniture. So the simplest plan was to add wood feet. It transformed it!!! See how we did it HEREUpdating a builder's grade bathroom

Instead of going into debt and causing ourselves tons of extra work, we were able to add the details that I really wanted and they made all the difference. We did it for under $500 and it feels like a whole new space! With a little extra effort and imagination we made it work, and I’m very pleased with it. Tell me what you think!!!!

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19 thoughts on “Updating a Builder’s Grade Bathroom

  1. Hi from Instagram:) You did a fabulous job on the transformation of your bathroom!!!! I’m so happy for you with your new blog!!!
    Christina (classy_momma39)

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