My apartment bathroom redo is now complete. Yes, I rent this apartment, but I consider it an investment in both my future and my peace of mind to have a bathroom that I love. There is no point in living with rooms that you hate if you can make improvements on a budget. If you don’t like your bathroom, it doesn’t hurt to ask management if you can pay yourself to update it a bit.
I like having a higher vanity because I don’t have to stoop over now when I brush my teeth. It is at the right height for me. This is my only bathroom, so it was important to me to make changes so that I could be happier with it.
I’m not as happy with my paint job. I wish I’d used matte paint instead of semi gloss. But I can redo that another day. As far as I’m concerned, it is done. Maybe spotty in places, but good enough.
I didn’t realize how the sheen of the paint would look in a room with no window. Lesson learned.
I chose more of a cottage style for this bathroom. I hung all of my Janet Hill paintings, which I love, in this small space. I have never seen one of her paintings that I did not immediately fall in love with.
I brought in my light blue tool caddy to hold candles, etc. It is a versatile piece that I’ve used all over my apartment. I would rather have decor in a container I can lift up to clean rather than dust around a lot of littles.
So let’s look at what I accomplished in this bathroom:
1. New vanity ($299.99 Home Depot)
2. New lighting ($59.00 Home Depot)
3. New faucet ($49 Home Depot)
4. New mirror ($21 second-hand)
5. Paint ($35 Lowes)
I paid the maintenance man $130 to install all of these things, and I did the painting. I consider this a modest low-cost redo. Total cost was just under $600.
What was important to me was to get rid of the outdated vanity, sink and lights. I had a new taller toilet and a hand-held shower nozzle installed before I moved in. They did not charge me to install those items. I added the red and white gingham shower curtain a few years ago, and I have not grown tired of it.
I love not having that long generic apartment mirror that was literally glued on. The maintenance man had to rip it off, but it didn’t do any damage to the walls, thank goodness. I much prefer this smaller mirror that I found at such a great price at an antique mall.
I didn’t have to add these things; I chose to. I’ve lived here for three (updated: now four) years and probably will live here many more.
My advice to you is this: Please don’t postpone life, telling yourself, “one day I’ll have a better bathroom.” Or whatever your dreams may be. It’s important to be happy in the now.
Do what you can afford to do to be more content with your space. You don’t have to go into debt to update a bathroom if you do it wisely.
It is important to be able to say that “you love where you live.”