affordable bathroom re-do


I’ve been working on this affordable turquoise stencil bathroom re-do for months and am thrilled to be D-O-N-E!!  I love that it’s checked off my list and I’ve since completed my next room: my daughter’s coral polka dot tween room, whoot!  Hey!!-if you’re not keeping up with us on Instagram or Facebook, you’re missing out on random sneak peeks of our running list of projects and the occassional desperate cries for advice (;

This bathroom remodel was slow and steady to do a cop’s salary.  And because I wasn’t able to gut it and start over, I wasn’t super excited about it so I let other projects cut in line.  But you know what?- I think even if I were a rich gal, I know me and I’m such a sucker for a good challenge that I’d still do it as cheap as possible.  Note: Ideally I’d love to gut it and start over BUUUUT…remember that cop pay we’re dealing with? Mmmmhmm!  Here’s the rundown of the process for this updated bathroom.

  • Instead of a new counter top, I painted it to look like real granite.
  • Instead of replacing the vanity, I painted it SW Sea Salt.
  • Instead of ripping the beadboard down and starting over, we added to it and finished it.
  • We stenciled all 4 walls. This actually didn’t allow me to accessorize since the trim is so tall but the stencil is just enough so it’s all good.
  • Instead of replacing the mirror, we framed it with inexpensive foam trim.
  • We also ripped out the ugly medicine cabinet and created mason jar storage in its place.
  • We replaced the 70’s light fixture too!

The only new accessories purchased were:

  • 1 sheet bead board, trim + drop cloth from Home Depot. [$50]
  • Light fixture from Home Depot. [$25]
  • Rug, owl hook + 2 hand towels from World Market. [$24] 
Here’s a look at the drop cloth curtain turned shower curtain.  I hate hate hate that ugly 30 year old shower bath combo behind it.  BUT it’s not in the budget to replace for now so I chose to hide it until I can have a pretty subway tile dream.
Total cost to re-do this small bathroom? Less than $100! Whoop!!

 We have to give credit where credit is due.  We are so in love with Cutting Edge Stencils.  For real, they have made a HUGE difference in our homes!  Kelli’s dining room wall has not only gotten a lot of attention BUT it makes her happy walking in there every morning.  Kristi’s stenciled curtains made it possible to match her house exactly and saved her quite a bit of money on custom drapery.

CES was kind enough to sponsor our trip to our most recent blog conference trip as well, EVO.  After spending all weekend with like bloggers, we made a big decision regarding our blog which was life changing for us and our families.  So Cutting Edge Stencils, thanks for being more than a cute home decor accessory company, we can’t say enough good things about you!

Their customer service is amazing and their product ROCKS.  We counted 8 friends who have bought a stencil through them after our dining room review and all 8 are happy to report they love the end product just as much.  Wahoo!

Hope you like this fun turquoise bathroom redo!  We love fun, bright colors that make our home feel cozy.  We hope you’ll subscribe to our RSS feed so you don’t miss any projects from us in the future (:


Lolly Jane
Meet Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters and authors of Lolly Jane. We are two busy wives + mommas who are makers of all things pretty. From signs to home decor and holiday crafts or redoing furniture in between soccer practices, we do it all all while armed with an ice cold Diet Coke. Join us in our DIY adventures! XOXO
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  • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. - That is gorgeous! I love the stenciled walls and the color you chose! Can you come re-do mine? So jealous!ReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - I’m on it, Jill! (; Okay truth, funny enough yesterday a friend asked if she could hire me to paint a stencil for her. As flattering as it was, I had to say no. If you’ve ever painted a stencil, you know it bleeds slightly so it’s not “perfect”. It doesn’t bother me at all as I’m not a perfectionist BUT I think I would feel bad if it wasn’t perfect for someone else. (:ReplyCancel

  • Tausha - LOve it all!ReplyCancel

  • Laura / Pet Scribbles - Love your bathroom! The stenciled wall is gorgeous – looks like wallpaper! I’m pinning this to my “bathroom ideas I love” board on Pinterest for all the projects you did here. :)ReplyCancel

  • Cara - Love, love, love your bathroom. I just told my friend today that I wanted to move so I could start over on decorating projects. Ha,ha maybe not but I love this! The colors, the trim, the beadboard. Great job sister♥ReplyCancel

  • Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe - Looks absolutely fantastic, Kelli!! With all the style I’ve come to love from the Lollyjane gals. :) I think its great you showed how to add to and makeover what you’ve got without spending tons of money!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandee - LOOKS so MUCH better than when I lived there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good no GREAT job kel!!!ReplyCancel

  • Janel from NellieBellie - Love the stencil and colors!! You rocked it!ReplyCancel

  • Kara - Gor-to the-geous!!! Great job Kelli!!! I need me a stencil. Stat!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie @ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom - Wow, how gorgeous is your bathroom!

  • Shar - Love this! I’m using it for inspiration for my bathroom re-do. How easy is it to remove your mason jar toothbrush holders to clean? (So cute!)

  • michelle@somedaycrafts - Looks SO cute! Love the color, stencils and everything about the room!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Now come do mine! :)ReplyCancel

  • Megan - I LOVE this bathroom!! Great idea for toothbrush storage! I think I might do something like it for my boys’ bathroom that I’m redoing right now. You can come visit me at my blog! I’d love to hear what you think about my bathroom redo:)ReplyCancel

  • Tori - I LOVE what you’ve done!!! That is a beautiful color scheme =) The only thing I would add is trim to your vanity. I would get some hardboard ($8-9 per 4×8 sheet at Lowes) and cut 2.5″ strips to frame out the cupboard doors. It would update the look of the vanity, giving it a bit of craftsman look. Just my ho!ReplyCancel

  • Giveaway Alert! and Some Heavenly Herringbone Visions « Stencil Stories - […] a number of stencil projects under her belt from her  dining room, to her curtains and even the bathroom), she assures that any rookie can complete a stencil project like this. Hey, why not give it a […]ReplyCancel

  • Harmony Damask Stenciled Bathroom Makeover « Stencil Stories - […] So put down that sledge hammer because there will be no demo’ing today.  Instead lets ease our way on over to this makeover project that was done by Kelli, one of the amazing crafty DIY girls behind the blog Lolly Jane. […]ReplyCancel

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