The bathroom is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to decoration. It’s not a room that everyone sees all of the time, like a foyer, but it nonetheless needs to look warm and inviting to your family and guests alike. Because of this, I’ve always avoided putting too much effort into my upstairs bathroom – I’d rather spend money on seasonal downstairs decor, and no one except my family and good friends go up there anyways. As you can see from these photos, it didn’t look bad, but I always knew I should eventually add some color.

The other day, as I was taking a stroll through Old Time Pottery looking at all of their great harvest decor, I decided to take a peek in the bathroom aisle just for fun and was amazed at their huge selection! Unfortunately, I was close to my budget for this trip to OTP, so I decided to make a challenge for myself – redecorate my bathroom for under $50!

I was a little unsure of where to start off, but I went back to my early design teachings from my mom – anytime I wanted to shake things up in my bedroom growing up, she would just change the accent colors (mothers really do know best!).

First things first, I needed to choose a color. One of the things I love most about my upstairs bathroom is how airy and breezy it feels with the huge window and white door/cabinets. I was thinking something in the blue family might work best as an accent color, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I decided to look in the shower curtain section since I was thinking I might choose one with a pattern, and I absolutely fell in love with a pretty teal shower curtain. Having this first piece picked out really helped with choosing items for the rest of the room!

Next, I decided I needed to pick out a bath mat set for my shower and toilet. I turned the corner to look down the bath mat aisle and was overwhelmed by the color selection! Thank goodness I had my shower curtain picked out – it made it much easier to choose a color that complemented the overall look. From there, it was easy cruising to find hand towels in the same color scheme as the mats.

I had been having so much fun picking out items I’d almost forgotten about my challenge to keep things under $50. I started panicking and looking over how much everything cost, and was amazed that I was still under by about $15!

Now that I had the essentials, I decided to add some fun accent pieces to really dress up the room. I’m one of those people that hates the look of pre-bottled hand soap you buy at the store, but I had been putting off purchasing a reusable dispenser for a while (even though they save you money in the long run). I decided to just take a quick look, and was so excited they had one in my color scheme!

I was still $10 under budget and was just going to call it a day, but I really wanted to squeeze every drop out of that $50. I had been sick of my bare walls for a while, so I decided to look in the wall art section and saw the cutest starfish painting, and it kept me right under budget.

Once I was home I went straight upstairs to get to work. I’m honestly thrilled with how it all turned out. Everything matches so well, and I am in love with the starfish painting – I really think it pulls the whole room together!


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Written by Sarah Moore

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  1. Victoria Elder September 16, 2017 at 3:25 PM Reply

    Nice job, Sarah! Move that star picture down closer to the toilet! Too small to be up so high in all that vacant wall. Or leave it and hang something else between the picture & the toilet like a shelf. When you have the time/money frame the mirror. I just found a 5′ long rug for my small bath on sale at OTP for $10 that I LOVE. Handles stepping out of tub/shower, under feet when using the toilet as well as under feet while standing at sink, It would look good lined up in front of your nice, dbl vanity (but you probably wouldn’t score your exact shade of blue.)

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