This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Do you have a space in your home that you have neglected for so long that you no longer see it? For me, that was our primary bathroom. Builder grade bathrooms are notorious for being plain and boring. This year I decided to show ours some love! I partnered with The Home Depot to give our primary bathroom a makeover over the last few months, and I’m so excited to share it with you today. This is not a remodel, but a budget friendly makeover with fresh paint, cabinet hardware, faucets, light fixtures, wall molding, and bathroom decor. Need affordable bathroom makeover ideas? I’ve got you covered!

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Primary Bathroom Makeover: Before

before

Look familiar? If you live in a builder grade new build, you may have the same view! The only changes I made to this space in the last five years were painting the walls white (not the best choice in retrospect). I was so excited to swap out the mirror, light fixture, and faucets.

before

What is this nook, you ask? We opted not to add a tub to our primary bathroom since we knew it would just collect dust. So we have an awkward nook beneath the window. I knew that this space could be more functional and pretty!

Primary Bathroom Makeover: After

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Ahh, so much better! Our builder grade bathroom went from plain to pretty with picture frame molding, a few coats of mauve paint, and new fixtures, lighting, and decor from The Home Depot! Compared to a renovation, this primary bathroom makeover was budget friendly and mostly consisted of DIY projects. Keep reading for all of the details!

The Mauve Paint & DIY Wall Molding

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To begin this bathroom makeover, I painted the walls with Behr Marquee’s Postmodern Mauve in satin finish. I use the Marquee line every time because it covers in one coat as long as you choose a Marquee color! It is also low odor and easy to clean and maintain.

Next, I added PVC wall molding to give the bathroom dimension. This is a great project for beginners and does not require a saw! Learn how here: Easy DIY Picture Frame Molding.

The Vanity, Mirrors, & Lighting

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One of the best ways to give your primary bathroom a more custom look is by replacing the lighting. Many builder grade bathrooms come with one large fixture in the center, but swapping it for two fixtures over two mirrors is a stylish upgrade. These brushed gold vanity light bars have a vintage look that I love. I hired out the electrical work, but patching the hole in the drywall was an easy DIY.

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Next up, the mirrors! Since builder grade bathrooms lack architectural design, I used arched mirrors to break up all of the straight lines. These rustic arch framed mirrors did the trick, adding warmth and interest. And since our vanity did not come with hardware, I added vintage brass knobs.

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Our builder grade faucets were not high quality (or design). I swapped them for these brushed nickel bathroom faucets and cannot get over what a difference they made! We used the same one in our powder room and I plan to install them in our guest bathroom as well.

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Finally, I finished off the vanity makeover with bathroom decor and basics including towel hooks, hand towels, a pitcher vase, and brass switch plates (outlet plate).

My cozy cotton robe is also from The Home Depot!

The Awkward Tub Nook

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Now for the awkward tub nook (without a tub). This storage bench with drawers was the perfect size and helped give this space a purpose! It is a perfect spot for a cup of tea in the morning, or for my kiddos to hang out while I’m getting ready. These pale blue pillows cozy things up.

I also covered my window with this driftwood bamboo roman shade from The Home Depot! These shades come in so many sizes and can be mounted inside or outside the window.

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Finally, these lidded seagrass baskets are perfect for storing clean towels and bathroom essentials. I actually converted the smallest one into a trash can by simply placing a plastic can inside.

The Shower

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A while back I removed our glass shower doors. Builder grade showers are not the prettiest and it is easy enough to swap the doors for a curtain. For this refresh, I decided to use two of these khaki shower curtains for a full look. It is also nice to include a hook near the shower for a towel or robe.

Check out even more decor finds from The Home Depot here!

Primary Bathroom Makeover: Before & After

And now for a before and after comparison:

I cannot believe how different this space looks without any major renovations! I think my favorite upgrades are the light fixtures and mirrors. What do you think?

Primary Bathroom Makeover Product List

Thank you so much to The Home Depot for sponsoring this post! Here are all of the items I used to complete our bathroom refresh:

Do you have a space in your home that you have been wanting to make over? I would love to hear in the comments below! XO,

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