Budget-Friendly Master Bed + Bath Makeover
Updated: Nov 17, 2020
I have a strong marriage with my husband, but if I ever want to test just how strong it is, I add a slightly cumbersome DIY project to his “Honey DO List”.
Last year, I tasked him with hanging peel-and-stick wallpaper in two rooms. After several threats of “never doing this again,” and “you’re cut off from anymore DIY projects,” I now know our marriage is strong enough to handle that task.
Last month, I wanted to test our marriage’s strength once more, so I tasked my sweet hubby with creating a symmetrical grid feature wall in our master bedroom. This involves some carpentry work. To be clear, my husband is many things, but a carpenter is not one of them.
In his defense, he is the type of person I envy. The type of person who can learn something new in five minutes and make it look like he’s been doing it for years in an hour. Creating a grid feature wall was not going to be difficult for him, and I made sure to remind him of this character trait as motivation. After a solid eyeroll, he was off to work!
$60 | 10 Primed MDF boards at 3” wide and 10’ in length
$8 | Caulk
$105 | 3 gallons of paint (we used Behr paints in MAGNETIC GRAY (feature wall) and LOFT SPACE (all other walls)
$24 | New knobs for bathroom vanity
$100 | Wall sconces
$120 | 28” Round brass mirrors
$100 | Bench for end of bed
$40 | Water Hyacinth woven baskets for nightstand
$100 | 12 picture frames to create a gallery wall
$100 | Two bathroom prints and eucalyptus wreath
If basic project items are not listed, like paint rollers or a nail gun, it’s because we already owned them and didn’t need to purchase it. Please keep the tools you will need in mind as you move forward with this project. If purchasing the tools is not an option, most hardware stores offer tool rentals!
As with any painting project, be sure to go around the walls and fill any holes. Let dry and sand down for a smooth wall.
Start by painting all walls (we didn't paint the feature wall and learned what a pain in the ass it was to paint each square AND the boards. It would've save us a lot of time if we had painted this wall before installing the wood). We used the same colors in the master bath as well, and we also carried the color of the feature wall into the bathroom to create a larger visual space.
Measure your feature wall. I strongly urge that you work with an even number of columns and rows for a grid wall (we had six columns and four rows) as this helps make the math and measuring a bit easier. Decide on how many columns and rows you would like. This will tell you how big each box will be.
Using a miter saw, get your border boards measured (the boards that will create the perimeter of your grid). Use a nail gun to secure the boards to the wall. We originally tried using both glue and the nail gun for extra security, but the glue was messy and not as forgiving when it came to misplacement.
TIP: You do NOT need to find a stud to secure the board to the wall, but it is more secure when you can find one. My husband used a certain technique that involves three brad nails in close proximity to one another at varying angles.
Next, get your center vertical board up. Be sure to install the center of the center board of the “center line”. This ensures your wall won’t be lopsided. Install all other vertical boards to create your columns.
TIP: After finding our center line, we then worked with the left half of the wall, and divided into thirds (because we wanted six total columns). Do the math that makes sense for your preferred number of columns. Then, repeat on the right side.
Measure, cut, and secure your horizontal pieces. These will be smaller cuts.
Once the grid is completed, use wood filler to cover the nail holes and seams. Then, use caulk to cover where the wood meets the wall.
Once all is sanded and dried, paint it!
REUSE + REPURPOSE
Surprisingly, the majority of costs to this project have come from decorative items. Because I knew there were certain pieces I absolutely wanted, I had to get rid of the “nice to haves” and repurpose items I already owned into this space.
Here are some items I repurposed:
FOX SUCCULENT HOLDER | This was a candle from Scentcerely Yours in Geneva. When it was completely burned, I cleaned it and repurposed as a plant holder
FLOATING SHELVES | These gems were tucked away in our storage closet for 6 years
TALL WHITE CERAMIC PLANTERS | Again, hidden in our storage closet from the day we moved in, as were the greenery inside them (dusted off those bad boys and repurposed them)
BATHROOM LIGHT FIXTURE | with a can of matte black spray paint, I covered the once nickel fixture, installed it upside down, and purchased new glass at $5 each.
Kept the same bed frame, bedding, dresser, chair, side tables, and nightstands.
BEFORE (brown walls) + AFTER (grid wall)
BEFORE (peach bathroom) + AFTER (gray bathroom)
Now it’s your turn! I would love to see how you guys have done a makeover on a budget in your spaces. Feel free to tag @FamiliesOnTheFox or use the hashtag #FamiliesOnTheFox on social media so I can see how it’s going! And if you have questions, you can find my contact info on FamiliesOnTheFox.com!
Happy DIY-ing, friends!