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$100 room challenge week 5 – the pink bathroom reveal

Please ready yourself posthaste for a metric ton of photos because the $100 Room Challenge is over and I took allll the pics to prove it. Big thanks to Erin for hosting this challenge and giving me something productive to do with my New Year frenetic self. Seriously, I loved this challenge and would recommend it whether you blog or not. It’s a great way to take on your house room by room, but to keep yourself on a budget. It feels creatively challenging but wallet-ly manageable. 

Quick recap: I decided to update our bathroom for the challenge for a few reasons. 1) It’s our smallest room, so it seemed like $100 would have the biggest impact in here. 2) I want to repaint our whole house but at the same time I very much don’t want to repaint our whole house, so painting in here seemed like a manageable first step. 3) I already mentioned the frenetic New Year energy. 4) We only have one bathroom in our little rental house, so I wanted to make it look and function better for us and for guests.

To fully catch up, you can find the previous week’s progress posts right here:

week 1: the plan

week 2: budgeting

week 3: painting and purging

week 4: hanging macramé planter

Find a link to all the sources and a full budget breakdown at the bottom of the post!

Even if you have been following along, here’s the before pics as a reminder:

And some side-by-sides, because honestly what is more satisfying in life than a side-by-side before and after photo?

The room got a coat of white paint and the shower got an inexpensive DIY hanging macramé planter.

A little bit of decor and organization went a long way on this side of the room. The brass and wood shelf was a lucky find, and even luckier for me, it was on sale when I purchased. Other than that, the only thing I purchased for decor is the tiny picture frame. I “shopped my house” for the other items, and actually most of them came from the previously cramped bathroom closet. 

I know, I know. You’re like…cool. The basket color changed. But what you don’t see is a ton of purging and reorganizing those little suckers to make them work better for us. Plus, the white just…makes it easier to breathe, somehow. I haven’t mentioned this, but there actually is another cabinet on top of the open cabinet in the picture. I can’t reach it, so it doesn’t exist. I honestly have no idea what Matt puts in there. 

If you voted on the storage bin selection from week 2, thank you for your input! The Target baskets won out of convenience. The other bins were from Ikea and I didn’t want to haul up there just for bins, mainly because I knew I’d leave with significantly more than that. Ikea is only about 25 minutes away from us, but it feels far, which is the excuse I give myself when I’m there. “Well, while I’m here…” 


  • Paint: $9.32
    • I used about 1/3 of a gallon of Marshmallow by Sherwin Williams color-matched to Behr Premium Plus. I’m going to use the rest of the paint for a different project, plus I need every penny of this budget, so I’m counting it as 1/3 of the $27.96 gallon.
  • Lazy susan: $13.99
    • Kind of a splurge for this project, but dangit if it isn’t useful and aesthetically pleasing in the closet.
  • Storage bins: $43.91
    • Yah, I spent almost half of my budget because I wanted my storage bins to be white instead of dark grey + multi-colored. It means something to me, apparently. 
  • Brass & Wood Wall Shelf: $26.10
    • Urban Outfitters heard that I was participating in this challenge, so they made the perfect brass + natural wood shelf to fit the exact dimensions of my space, and then they put all their home goods on sale. Pretty cool!
  • Glitter frame: $3.60
    • Find this tiny frame filled with rose gold glitter and sequins for less than $4 and I dare you not to buy it.
  • Macrame rope + 6 inch gold hoop: $5.01
    • The full budget breakdown on the planter is here.
  • TOTAL: $101.93

Yah, I went $1.93 over budget even with some budget finagling. I think that’s probably not terrible for a first-timer. I feel really good about it, and I think the dudes in that glitter frame are pretty happy with it, too. 

You can find all the bathroom sources on the recently updated Shop Our House page.

There are some seriously amazing transformations happening in this challenge – grab a beverage and have fun clicking through the other participants below. Thanks again to Erin for hosting, I loved being a part of it! And thanks to all who stopped by with an encouraging word. That meant so much and was instrumental in getting me through week 2 with the flu and week 4 with the paint fumes. 🙂

An inexpensive vintage pink bathroom makeover using paint, organization, and decor



  1. I love the white baskets and would have splurged on them as well. And the white paint really brightens up the space. The brass and wood shelf was a great find! Such a pretty space!

    • Thank you so much, Angie!

  2. I love the hanging shelf by the door and all those organized baskets. It’s such a fun space!

  3. This space is so happy! I love how that framed poster pulls in the pink and blue. The white baskets make things feel lighter and brighter and how nice that Urban Outfitters was so accommodating 😉 That shelf is rad!

    • Hahaha yes, very glad UO was so accommodating 🙂 “Happy” is a big compliment to me, thanks so much!

  4. What a great makeover. Using white to brighten up the bath was a great idea. I love a plant in any space or two or three. That shelf, those baskets, all great choices. It came together well. Great job!

    • Thank you so much, Patti. Totally agree about plants, they help so much!

  5. I LOVE this bathroom!! You did a beautiful job!! So fun to follow along on your $100 Challenge journey!!

    • Thank you, Rebecca!! <3

  6. Molly, you know I love this pink bathroom, but your updates just made it sing! The white paint is just right for the space. And how fortunate that UO heard about your bathroom and made you the perfect shelf? 😉 The artwork just looks even more special now. Like I can’t even Pin this fast enough. Love love love!

    • Yay for pink bathrooms, Beth! Lol UO is the best.

  7. Emy Emy

    You did a great job! The bathroom looks fantastic. I love the white walls with the pink tile. And that brass shelf is so cool. How nice of UO! 😉

    • Thanks, Emy!! Love your bright, inspiring office!

  8. You seriously make me smile with your humor 🙂 I am so happy that Urban Outfitters was so thoughtful as you worked on this challenge. I actually LOVE that shelf so much. I think the biggest change in here was the PAINT. Oh my goodness. The white works perfectly with all the pink tile… The beige? Ummm… not so much. I am SO happy you joined the challenge, and hopefully we’ll see you again!

    • Thank you so much, Erin! I think I’m hooked on the $100 room challenge, I’d love to participate again. Can’t wait to see what you cook up in your new home!!

  9. Looks great! I love that little shelf you added to the wall by the sink -cute!!

    • Thanks, Kristen!! Such a lucky find!

  10. The white paint made all the difference! WOW the difference of what a little paint can do! I love all the organizational pieces you brought in here! Great transformation!

    • Thanks, Maria! Organization makes me probably *too* happy.

    • Thanks, Ashley!! Same to you!

  11. I know I’ve said it before, but I’m soooo glad you kept the pink! And I love the way you worked everything together with your accent colors and storage/organization. It looks amazing!

    • Thank you so much, Meredith! Very kind words.

  12. I am in love with your bathroom! The pink tile is amazing and that white paint was the perfect choice to brighten it up in there. The brass shelf is gorgeous and your organized shelves make me want to go buy baskets right this second. I love everything you did – it’s such a fun happy space!

  13. The paint made such a huge difference. I personally love pink, so I love this bathroom too!!!!

  14. This bathroom looks so lovely! I love the bright walls and all of the organized baskets! And how nice of Urban Outfitters to have that shelf on sale for you! (wink) I am looking around as I type wondering where I could put a shelf like that one- so pretty!

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