When I joined the $100 Room Challenge in January, I had high hopes for my guest bathroom remodel. I was so pleased with how much I could accomplish for $100, and surprised that we could get it all done in a month! But once the $100 was spent (with breathtaking speed), there were still a few more touches I wanted to add, to really finish off the room and complete the look I envisioned in my head.
If you’re interested in seeing how the majority of the remodel went, check out my previous posts:
The main things I didn’t get to finish were framing the mirror and adding pulls to the cabinet. I also ended up sealing the concrete sink and counter top, and added a couple more towel hooks to make sure this bathroom was welcoming and useful for guests.
Framing a Wall Mounted Mirror
I was inspired by this post from Jeanie at Create & Babble, and I followed her great tutorial to frame my mirror.
I decided to use thin strips of stained pine, to get a modern farmhouse look. To create the look of weathered wood, I simply used layers of Minwax stain in Classic Gray, English Chestnut, and Dark Walnut, and finished with furniture wax.
Tip: When you’re selecting wood for a project like this, be sure to find the straightest pieces you can! Real wood can warp and twist, so look each piece over carefully before going to all the trouble to stain, cut, and build your frame. When I’m at the home store, I lay all the pieces I’m looking at on the ground and turn them over, making sure they are flat on each side. Don’t worry if you get funny looks while you’re doing this. People are probably thinking what a genius you are. At least that’s what I tell myself.
Cost: The wood strips only cost about $8 total and I had the stain from previous projects.
Finding the Right Cabinet Pulls
You guys, I looked high and low to find the right pulls for these cabinets. I wanted something a little new and different, but still with a classic feel to them. I finally found these mercury glass pulls at Hobby Lobby, and they happened to be half off. Score!
Cost: regularly $4.99 per pull, but at half price the total cost for six was about $15.
Finishing the Concrete Countertop
I realized after the sink and countertop was done that they needed to be sealed, so I used Quikcrete’s Concrete Cure and Seal. I had hoped I wouldn’t need to seal them because I liked the color of the raw concrete, but once I was done, I fell in love with the concrete’s soft satin sheen and deeper, warmer color.
I had a moment of panic when I put the first brushstrokes on because the wet sealer looked like Elmer’s glue, but then it dried clear and looked great. My advice is to do 2-3 light coats of sealer. Once the surface is sealed, more coats won’t help and may turn the concrete a milky color. You can tell if the surface is sealed by lightly spraying it with water. If you get dark spots, that’s where you need more sealer. If it stays the same color, you’re done!
Adding Convenience with Towel Hooks
Finally, I added a couple of towel hooks that I found for $3.99 each at TJ Maxx. I thought they added a nice rustic touch, and I really wanted to make sure that guests have enough places to put things when they stay.
Cost: about $25 for the sealant (they only sell it in one-gallon containers and I used about 3 ounces of it. Anyone need some sealant?) and $8 for the hooks.
I love how it all turned out, and I already can’t wait for the next $100 Room Challenge! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss that one.
Also, several of my favorite creative bloggers are currently halfway through a current $100 Room Challenge. If you’re looking for some decorating, DIY, and thrifting inspiration, take a look at what they have going on. You can find all the details on my friend Erin’s amazing blog, Lemons, Lavender & Laundry.
Go get inspired, and then start your own project! I know you’ve got a room you’d love to fix up, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, and I’d love to see what you do with your own home. As always, feel free to send me questions and/or pictures of your projects!