I live with 2 teenage boys and 1 hubster. That means roughly 100 showers a day are taken in this house! OK…I’m exaggerating, but not by much! For some reason teenage boys seem to think they need to take a shower BEFORE and AFTER….everything! In addition to being hard on the utilities budget, this shower situation is also becoming a major pain!
The problem is this: the “boys bathroom” doesn’t have a traditional shower stall….it has a tub shower…and they don’t like using it. Consequently ALL these showers are being taken in MY bathroom and frankly it’s beginning to cramp my style. ;-)
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I’ve made some half-hearted attempts to make the “boys bathroom” more enticing to use….like a “fancy” rainshower shower head. They hated it. :-/
So a couple of days ago I decided it was time to get serious. I decided a “Bathroom Makeover” was in order…but not your typical bricks and mortar and paint makeover. This would be primarily cosmetic and I wanted to keep it affordable.
Well…approximately $130.00 later and afternoon’s worth of effort…here is what we came up with:
Here is the cost breakdown. I was shooting for between $100 and $150 and landed almost smack dab in the middle!
- Shower Caddy
- Shower Curtain Rod
- (4) Bath Towels – $3.97 each
- (3) Bath Mats – $3.47 each
- (4) Hand Towels – .97 cents each
- (4) Wash Cloth – .47 cents each
- Over-The-Toilet Shelving
- Shower Curtain Hooks
- Shower Curtain
- Fabric Shower Curtain Liner
- Framed Art – FREE (removed old artwork from existing frames, replaced with pictures printed on my home printer, and moved them to the opposite wall)
- Various woven and wire organizing baskets – approximately $3 at the thrift store
GRAND TOTAL: $133.76
(I’ve added a few links to SIMILAR items to the ones I purchased at Walmart. In most cases I couldn’t find ONLINE the exact same thing I bought in the store.)
Here are a few more “before and afters” that hopefully capture all the details (because I’m too lazy to type them all out!) ;-)
Eventually I plan on doing a few more DIY projects in here….like switching out the cabinet knobs and adding moulding around the stock builders mirror. (Got the tutorial bookmarked and everything!)
But for now…..at least I have “lured” the boys back into the “boys bathroom”. They LOVE the new shower head and the new shower curtain/shower rod combo. It’s the curved kind you find in some hotels that dramatically increases the amount of room in the tub shower! BIG HIT with the shower crowd!
Oh…and the new “fluffy” towels were a crowd-pleaser too. They were very inexpensive but I washed and “fluffed” them with homemade fabric softener and they were a BIG improvement over our current towels which are all in pretty bad shape. Definitely need to pick up some more for my bathroom.
So bathroom peace has been restored in our home with a few simple changes that took an afternoon to complete and less than $135.00 out of my pocket. I’m chalking this one up to SUCCESS! :-)
A few more random “After” pics….