A bathroom makeover is expensive. I don’t care who you are. It’s always a challenge to come up with beautiful, functional AND affordable. This is our third (and final) bathroom renovation in this house. I wrote about our Master Bath renovation and our Hall Bath renovation. The smartest thing I did for both bathrooms was to start buying one piece at a time up to a year in advance. That way the money is spread out over months and not in one giant lump sum.
Vintage Shopping Sources
The second smartest thing I did was shop my favorite sources for vintage and designer bargains. I make a list of items I’m searching for and begin the treasure hunt. The first thing I bought for the basement bathroom was a pair of Robert Abbey wall sconces from EBTH – back in January.
As a matter of fact, EBTH was my source for many of my bathroom finds. And MANY of my previous bathroom finds. If you aren’t familiar with them, I’m going to change your life. It’s an online estate sale auction. They have a local office in Nashville, so I usually shop the local sales for big heavy pieces but I shop all the sales for art, rugs, lighting, accessories and one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. My advice would be to always check the shipping price before you bid on something. Factor that amount into your highest bid and you should be able to catch some bargains.
These sconces and the vintage bamboo mirror are from EBTH.
A very simple update you can make in your bathroom without doing a full remodel is to change from a light bar at the top to a pair of sconces. One placed on each side of the mirror. Instant style upgrade!!!
I also scored some original art from EBTH. I set up a custom search for “bamboo frame” and they sent me an email every week to let me know what was for sale in my search. I was able to buy a pair of Japanese inspired embroidered textiles in bamboo frames for $26.
And this original painting in the bamboo frame for $56.
Another great source for vintage items is ETSY where I was able to find this amazing bamboo trash can and towel holder. I warned you people in week one that there would be as much bamboo as the law would allow. I plan to deliver on that promise.
Room for one more? Check out this cool bamboo guest towel holder from Parker Kennedy.
They have an Instagram sale every Thursday where you can find affordable, chic items.
If you are looking for an easy way to update your current bathroom, GET RID OF THE BUILDER GRADE TOWEL BAR.
There are usually way more of them than you need and they are placed in the weirdest places. Upgrade your style by adding hooks instead like this one we found on EBAY.
I’m hoping to use this one I already have, but I have to see how it works once everything else is done. Luckily, I have several friends who sell vintage rugs but you could also try ETSY, EBAY or the Flea Mkt.
And of course I’ll be using my blue and white porcelain.
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Thanks for joining us for week 4 of the One Room Challenge. You can check out our previous three weeks here. WEEK 1– WEEK 2– WEEK 3. You can follow along over 250 design bloggers participating in the One Room Challenge by clicking the logo below. Each blogger is making over one room in just seven weeks.
Next week I’m going to be sharing some of the stencil painting we are doing. If you scroll back up t0 the photo of the mirror, you can catch a glimpse of what we are doing in there. You can also check out our FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM for updates on our progress with the bathroom. Spoiler alert—-THE STENCIL LOOKS AMAZING.