A More Budget-Friendly Version of our Master Bathroom

August 27, 2018

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A few weeks ago, we revealed all of the after pictures of our master bathroom and then a week later, we tallied up every last invoice and receipt and shared how much it actually cost. Since then, we have received countless messages and DMs requesting a “low version” of our bathroom (similar to what we did for Polly’s nursery here).

A big chunk of our budget was labor, but we also splurged on a custom vanity and handmade tile and luxury faucets. If you strip all that away, turns out, you can actually achieve very close to the same look! All sources linked below.

1. Marble Floor Tile – $8.40/sq. ft

2. Wall Art – $48

3. Triple Swivel Towel Hook – on sale for $21

4. Towel Ring – $7

5. Hand Towel – $6

6. Soap and Lotion Set – $17

7. Mirror – on sale for $38

8. Cabinet Knobs – $6

9. Vanity & Sinks – $699

10. Sink Faucets – $90

11. Wall Sconce – $116

12. Shower Head – on sale for $74

13. Rain Shower Head – on sale for $411

14. Wallpaper – $40

15. Flush Mounted Light – on sale for $49

16. Toilet Paper Holder – $29

17. Toilet Bowl – on sale for $128 | Tank – on sale for $92

18. LED Vanity Mirror – on sale for $46

19. First Aid Box – $27

20. Shower Tile – $3.48

You can find all the actual sources for our bathroom right here.


What do you think?

  1. Jennifer MacDonald says:

    Love you guys so much. Just a quick question, the buget-friendly wallpaper seems to be a lot more expensive than the original wallpaper you used. Can you help with what I might be missing? Thank you for all your hard work!

  2. Kimberly says:

    I love that Target mirror! I hung it in my not-fancy-at-all bathroom and it makes the bathroom feel super special now. It’s crazy what something simple can do. Also pinning your bathroom like crazy for when we’re ready to gut our bathroom.

  3. Emily F says:

    Your bathroom is so beautiful!!! I love the budget options!!! I saw this at Ikea the other day and it reminded me of the swivel hook ups bought!!! Another good option for those near an Ikea!

  4. Chris says:

    Love this! Do you use a bath mat when you exit the shower? One you’d recommend?

    • Julia says:

      We’ve gotten so many questions about bath mats! We currently don’t have one (we just dry off on foot at a time before stepping out of the shower) although I’m not opposed to one! I’ll have to hunt for some favorites.

  5. Laurel says:

    Have to agree with Leslie and Shannon, love you guys, don’t love the changes.

  6. Anne S says:

    Absolutely love posts like this. Having a budget friendly source list can be so helpful for those of us somewhere in the middle – not quite on the upper end but not lower end either – because it give us two choices for each selection (your own master and this budget replication) so we can mix and match on the items most important to us. Thank you!

  7. Sabha says:

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Thank you! ????

  8. Bethany H says:

    Thank you for putting this together! This feels a little more attainable for my budget!

  9. Shannon says:

    I appreciate this post, but the content was overwhelming. Your page has become very cluttered with advertisements and rolling videos. In no way shape or form am I being critical of having advertisers on your page! But when the ads are interspersed throughout your post, it really clutters up your message. An ad for a Chevy Equinox totally derails the rhythm of your post. And then half way through your itemized list of budget items, a video of Chris pops up and he’s telling me how to epoxy a garage floor! Then you keep scrolling and the list starts again. Maybe I’m old, but it’s. just. too. much. I love your blog and your content and I wanted simply wanted to share that your beautiful designs and great writing are starting to get lost in the visual chaos.

    • Leslie says:

      It’s perhaps worth noting as well that as a reader, I see the heading ‘Our Latest Videos’, but it’s always some random yahoo/buzzfeed/etc type of video that I see, nothing CLJ is ever in that box when I read. (Today it’s Ariana Grande.) It’s definitely distracting and I don’t quite understand it!

  10. Courtney says:

    Thanks for this! It’s always so helpful. However, I wouldn’t recommend the mirrors. We used them in our bath remodel at our old house and they’re definitely cheap. They look nice, but the mirror part was kind of…wavy? It wasn’t great.

  11. Sam says:

    YES! Thank you thank you thank you! More More budget friendly posts please :)

  12. Jeni says:

    Looove this!
    But that Target mirror is a tease! 20×24” is way tiny.

  13. Julie S says:

    Could you perhaps edit this post to clarify what is exactly the same as your bathroom and what is a similar option for less? Rather than having to toggle between two source posts… Thanks :)

  14. JG says:

    How do you decide what is worth the extra cost to you? For example the flushmount light is a $400+ difference and I think it’s tucked away in the water closet. To me that looks like a good opportunity to save a bit and spend the money on the more exposed elements. What drives your decision making when it comes to items like that?

    • Chris says:

      Oh, goodness. I’m not sure there’s any way to answer that because it’s so subjective. Where we really loved the light, to you it seemed like a good place to save. So every person really has to decide that for themselves and we’re huge advocates of that.

  15. Kelsey G says:

    Thank you for taking the time and effort to provide more budget friendly options!
    I love your style, but I can’t love myself into bankruptcy :)

  16. I installed that swivel hook on our front porch for the dry cleaning, and I can vouch for the fact that it is a very high-quality product. (Not that you need a “voucher.” ha!) The swivel hook is the perfect mix of function and beauty.

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