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Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom remodels can be pricey endeavors or thrifty undertakings depending on what’s done. But sometimes all that’s needed is a simple upgrade to make a bathroom feel fresh. Here, a Houzz reader in Kentucky upgraded her “blah” guest bathroom with a nautical theme, doing all the work herself with supplies that cost less than $350.

Heather McKinney calls herself “as thrifty as they come” and embarked upon the guest bath makeover with a plan to keep costs way down. In total, the improvements cost her a little more than $300, and she saved by doing the design work and labor herself.

Reader Bathroom 11: A Surface Upgrade for $330 in Kentucky
By Erin Carlyle – See more Home Design Photos

Before: Heather and Jamie McKinney had lived in their custom-built home for 2½ years before they got around to finishing their guest bathroom. And in Heather’s own words, the space was “blah, to say the least.” She decided to improve upon the look by giving the room a makeover with a nautical theme.

Reader Bathroom 11: A Surface Upgrade for $330 in Kentucky
By Erin Carlyle – See more Home Design Photos

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After: To give her toilet and sink areas a more finished and stylized look, Heather purchased cedar fence pickets from Lowe’s for about $40. She painted, sanded and stained the slats, then attached them to the wall studs using a nail gun.

Reader Bathroom 11: A Surface Upgrade for $330 in Kentucky