A Bathroom Makeover on a Budget!


As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Handymen, for October’s topic, I was challenged to complete a project involving a bathroom makeover.Lowe's Creative Ideas

Our half bath is long, narrow  and has tall ceilings.  In hopes of breaking up the wall a bit, we previously added a few things (i.e. Decorative Shelf With Crown Molding and DIY Beadboard Picture Frames), but even then, the room still felt like it needed a refresh.  Here’s a look at the bathroom before the makeover. Decorative-Crown-Molding-Shelf

Pre-Makeover-BathroomSo after some brainstorming, we decided to try our hand at a board and batten wall! But that’s not all!  We also decided that it was time to frame in the builder grade mirror with some decorative trim too!  Hey, some people go big or go home, we go big at home!

We made our way to Lowe’s to get the materials we’d need for the bathroom makeover on a budget!  What we didn’t know was that Lowe’s offers a fantastic in-store service that can make your home DIY projects WAY easier! After talking with Alex, a super helpful Lowe’s employee here in Knoxville, we learned that they’ve got a cutting service available in-store!  So, thanks to Alex, I was able to have all of the 1/4″ plywood for the board and batten wall, ripped down to 3″ strips before I even left the store.  And the best part about it….It was FREE!Lowes Cutting Service

Once we made it home, we got right to it!  Using a stud finder and a pencil, we marked the existing studs on the wall.Stud Finder Bathroom Makeover

Since the plywood was already ripped, we cut the strips to length and started placing the horizontal strips. Board and Batten Horizontal Pieces

Then we continued with the vertical pieces, securing them to the wall using liquid nail adhesive and a nailer.  Any place that we could shoot a nail into an existing stud we did.Securing Board and Batten

Next, we began filling nail holes and any place where two pieces of wood intersected with 3M wood filler.  It’s super easy to use and is ready for sanding and painting pretty quickly.Wood Filling Board and Batten

Using Valspar Paint + Primer, we began cutting in the area around the plywood strips.Priming Board and Batten

To finish off the board and batten wall, we added a 1×2 poplar cap to the top and caulked around the edges.Board and Batten Topper

As for encasing the builder grade mirror, we purchased four Pine Rosette Molding Blocks to go at each corner.  We secured them in place using Loctite Mirror Adhesive.Molding Block

The rest was as simple as cutting the wood pieces to fit. Fluted Mirror Molding Install

Until the adhesive had time to cure, we held the wood pieces in place using some ScotchBlue tape.ScotchBlue Holding Mirror Trim

To finish off the mirror, we slapped some paint on the fluted molding and let it dry.Painted Mirror Molding

Then I turned the bathroom over to the talented one in the family, Jacque, and let her work her decor magic.  She added a couple of shelves above the toilet and found a new rug that fit the space a bit better.Bathroom Makeover Decor Collage

Bathroom Makeover on a Budget

The keyword for this bathroom makeover was budget.  The materials  purchased to complete the board and batten wall, along with the framed mirror totaled under $80.  So with a fairly small budget, we were able to completely overhaul our half bath!

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Disclosure: As a Lowe’s Creative Ideas Handyman, I was tasked to complete a project that involved a bathroom facelift.  I was provided a gift card to cover the cost of materials for my project, but I was not told what to write.  All the ideas and words found here within are my own

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  1. says

    Absolutely love what you did with the wall and the mirror! That really gives your bathroom a nice classic style, and makes it look more homey, love it!!

  2. Joanna says

    What a great idea for your mirror. Especially for those of us who don’t have a table saw – much more do-able. I also LOVE the shelves you chose over the toilet. Where did you get those?

    • Matt says

      Gwen, honestly, I’ve not done a lot of projects with MDF, so I never even thought to look at something other than the plywood. You may have given me a new challenge!

    • Matt says

      Hey Cheryl,

      we actually just sanded with a fine grit sandpaper and applied two coats of primer and three coats of Valspar paint and primer. With the thickness of the coats, it seemed to disguise the thin plywood edge nicely!

  3. Wendy says

    Hi, looks great and I love your take on the b&b. Question…where did you use the 3″ pieces? the horizontal or the verticals? it looks like they are two different sizes…I’m thinking the horizontal boards are wider? Thanks so much!

    • Matt says

      Hey Wendy,
      All the pieces are 3″ in width. If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say the wide angle camera lens that we used makes the horizontal pieces look a bit wider!

  4. says

    Hi, I am trying to figure out which way I want to go with my board and batten, your bathroom makeover is so inspiring. I love how it turned out. When you say Lowe’s can “rip” your plywood, what do you mean? Is it cheaper than using the 1×4’s? I really like how yours has turned out.

    • Matt says

      Hey Tasha! All Lowe’s stores have a panel saw, usually in the back of the lumber department. They can cut down your plywood into smaller pieces. we had them cut the 1/4″ plywood into 3″ x 8′ strips. Much easier to transport, plus they’re ready to install! For cost purposes, I would definitely look at using plywood!

  5. Kelly says

    I was so excited to do this project, but I just went to my Lowes and they said they couldn’t do the three inch cuts as it was too many. Any other ideas? Thanks!

  6. Roxanne says

    Thank you SO MUCH for posting this great DIY! I had been trying to decide how to do this same treatment to the wall in my basement dining area. You see, I am almost done building a basement studio apartment for my Mother-in-Law.
    I wanted the dining area/corner to be a clear “zone” so that it would feel like a bigger and more luxurious apartment. I have spent lots of time, LOTS of money, and about the last bit of my energy trying to make this great, but was stumped on the board and batten. The 1×4’s would have been too thick, but I hadn’t even thought about plywood. One of the comments mentioned MDF, and I think that might be the way for me. Also, I think to make more of a statement, I’ll go with 1/2″ MDF. I love the idea of the 1×2″ on top because I wanted to do this as a plate rail. I’ll add a thin piece of molding to the top of the 1×2″ to hold the tilted plates.
    Thanks so much for the tutorial, and giving me the confidence to complete this project.


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