A basement bathroom makeover on a 100 budget. Yep, you read THAT right.

100 dollars.

After doing our powder room last year, I could not turn down the chance to do it again! I mean, not only is it fun, but it gives me the chance to update my -super dated- bathrooms and also forces me to stay on a reasonable budget.

“Thank you”- says my husband.

Before I start let me just say, trying to take pics in the basement is a STRUGGLE, so hopefully you get the gist of this makeover and know that it looks even BETTER than the pictures show.

Without further ado.


This is the wall where the towel bar was, but fell off.

Basement Bathroom Makeover for $100

Basement Bathroom Makeover for $100


Here is the bathroom after $100 worth of improvements.

100 dollars can go a long way! Check out this dated basement bathroom transformation.

Not bad, huh?? It’s a pretty small space, so the only way I could get everything in the photo was to use the mirror.

Let me take you through each of the projects I did to update the space. No plumbing or electrical work was done.

All easy DIY!

I didn’t even paint the room because it had been painted white last year. That is the only improvement we had done on this bathroom in 15 years! The color of the vanity is a medium grey. Keep scrolling for a better photo of its TRUE color and links to the products and accessories I used.

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Basement Bathroom Makeover- Shelf with Ornate Brackets

I started with this fun little shelf. I found these awesome brackets for $4 a piece! So, that was a score! The wood was from my scrap wood pile. I love how it dresses up the plain white wall.

100 Basement Bathroom Makeover! I can't believe how much you can do for $100!

Love the detail on the brackets!

Easy Wall Shelf with Ornate Brackets

Basement Bathroom Makeover- Bathroom Vanity Update

I painted the vanity with two coats  General Finishes Grey Gel Stain, followed by two coats of Flat Top Coat I had on hand. I am a BIG fan of this brand and I am not getting paid to say this! It is so easy to use, thick, not messy, great coverage, and you get such a smooth finish!! Best of all, it is very beginner friendly. Painting is not my thing, so I love that there is a product out there that can get a great, smooth finish with imperfect technique. You can use this paint with a brush or you can use it in a sprayer.

I decided NOT to fill the knots on the wood this time, like I did in my other bathroom and I am still happy with how it turned out.

This photo shows the true grey shade of the paint. And of course, crystal knobs are my favorite. They are like diamonds on furniture:) So pretty and very affordable!

100 dollar basement bathroom makeover!! It's amazing how much you can do with $100!!

This mason jar cost me zero dollars. Gotta love when you find stuff laying around and steal some branches from your garden!


$100 dollar basement bathroom makeovet

Basement Bathroom Makeover- Accent Wall

I’m saving my favorite for last! I created this DIY accent wall   for CHEAP. No joke. I had some plywood left from my entry way project  Ripped plywood gives a shiplap look on a budget. I don’t think I will miss my towel bar!

DIY Plywood Wall
I put together a 2 minute video on how created the wall

These metal hooks go perfect with the look of the metal on the crystal knobs on the vanity. You can find the RELAX rope sign here!.

The shower curtain is from IKEA! Unfortunately it is not available online. A steal at only $12.99!

$100 Basement Bathroom Makeover! It's amazing how much you can do for $100!!

My teenage daughter uses this bathroom every day. I fell in love with the words in this sign and thought it would be a great reminder before she heads off to school every day!

Here are a few more pics of the finished bathroom!
$100 Basement Bathroom Makeover

DIY Faux Shiplap Wall



$100 Basement Bathroom Makeover Expenses

Ornate Brackets $8.00

Shower Curtain $12.99

RELAX rope sign  $6.49 (on sale)

It’s a Great Day Sign $14.99 (on sale)

Metal Towel Hooks ($2 each on sale)= $6

Crystal Knobs $2.99 each=$14.95

General Finishes Grey Gel Stain $24.99 (bought locally)

Wood Trim for Accent wall $9.03

Total spent: $97.44

I didn’t add on tax, so there you go. With tax, I probably went a wee bit over budget.

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Janice| Sawdust Sisters

Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to "dare to try". Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.

This Post Has 25 Comments

  1. Toni | Small Home Soul

    Janice your bathroom turned out lovely, I love that shiplap wall! And you’re right, you won’t miss the towel bar. The color of the vanity is perfect and that adorable little shelf and relax sign, I totally want it :)

    1. Janice

      Awe Toni! Thank you!!

  2. Lisa

    You hit a homerun with this makeover. It looks amazing! We might just give that ripped plywood a try in the boy’s’ bathroom this summer.

    I love it all!

    1. Janice

      Thank you Lisa! And thank you for heading up the challenge. It was fun!

  3. Great bathroom redo! Love the wall (with the very practical hooks) and the “Great Day” print. I should get something like that for my kids bathroom, although currently only 1 out of 3 could read it!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Victoria! It won’t be long before all can read it! Don’t blink! :)

  4. Sue at Blu

    Under budget to boot! Wow! Just beautiful! You’ve convinced me to add some faux shiplap to my home…at least one wall. Your attention to detail is fab…those knobs and the patina on the brackets! Swoon!

    1. Janice

      Thank you so much Sue!! You are so sweet. I appreciate the kind words!

  5. Stephanie

    Great job Janice! That wall with the towel hooks is beautiful!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Stephanie!!

  6. Sarah

    This is fabulous, Janice! I have been dying to try ripped plywood as shiplap! You’ve inspired me to give it ago – hopefully the summer!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Sarah! You should definitely give it a go!

  7. Sarah @ Sugar Bananas

    Ahhh, Janice! It turned out so beautiful and relaxing. I’m also loving the gray wood stains lately. Great job!!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Sarah! I’m obsessed with grey stains!! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Denise

    Janice……this bathroom turned out perfect and I love all the details. That shiplap wall is amazing. Great job.

    1. Janice

      Thanks Denise!

  9. ARod

    This bathroom looks awesome now. Love the ship lap and crystal knobs great job putting this all together.

    1. Janice

      Thank you so much!!!

  10. Susanne

    Your shiplap wall is awesome Janice! And I just love those crystal knobs on the vanity . Your bathroom looks great ?

    1. Janice

      Thank you Susanne!!!

  11. Kim

    Janice, this room is amazing! I love the painted vanity and especially the shiplap wall! Those knobs give me all the heart eyes though. Awesome job!!

    1. Janice

      Thank you Kim! You are so sweet to stop by!

  12. Cindy Ann Butterbaugh

    Looks awesome! Did you sand the vanity before you put on the grey gel stain. I have a cherry dining room table I am wanting to do but do not think it would withstand alot of sanding.

    1. Janice| Sawdust Sisters

      Hi Cindy! I did bit with very light sanding. Just enough for the stain to grab. I hope this helps!

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