Remember my Leap Year Challenge Post? If not, I’ll refresh your memory. Two clients of mine put me up to a challenge last month. They asked me to renovate two bathrooms in their rental unit condo by the end of February for around $5000 total.

With only a little time and budget, I’m happy to say MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! 

I finished up the final touches yesterday (March 1st!) and can’t wait to share.

Here’s my design inspiration page to jog your memory.


Here are some before and after pictures:

Guest Bathroom

Before………….and…………….After
Master Bathroom

Before………….and…………….After

By far, the tile made the most difference. We installed a travertine looking porcelain 13″ x 13″ run in a brick pattern and purchased it from Buy Floors Direct for less than $3 a square foot! I chose porcelain for its durability and longevity, and I selected a nice sandy gray neutral color for the tile that will accommodate any renter’s decor.
I updated the bath and cabinet hardware with polished chrome hardware as well as installing new light fixtures (nothing dates a bathroom like bad lighting). I chose all from Home Depot. Buying from Home Depot is an economic and smart way to save money. While the store may seem to have a skimpy selection, their website sells the majority of main stream manufacturers.  I selected the Prescot Pivoting Wall Mirror for $79.00, towel bars and hand towel holders from the Preston Bath Hardware Collection for under $20 each
, the Two Vanity Light Swirl Glass Vanity Lights for $59 each and the Brushed Nickel Flush Mount Ceiling Light for just $45! What a steal!
A fresh coat of paint (Moth Gray from Porter Paints) was put on the walls. Also, the trim and cabinets were repainted in a crisp white paint (Gypsum from Porter Paints).
It’s amazing what new paint, hardware, lighting and tile can do to a bath. This bathroom is ready for its renters…anyone?

Here are some great things to decorate this bath!
Head Over Heals Bathmat $38 from Anthropologie        

Waterfall Ruffles Shower Curtain $68 from Urban Outfitters

Clear Glass Pharmacy Jars $14-$48 Restoration Hardware
Vintage Faucet Soap Dish $14 from Urban Outfitters
Little Birch Jewelry Stand $26 
from Urban Outfitters                    Pool Locker Baskets $39-$59 from Restoration Hardware


Upholstered Swivel Stool $199 from Ballard Designs
This Leap Year Challenge was a breeze thanks to the flexible and hard working team of contractors, home owners and Nashville resources! Thank you to all my readers that kept me accountable to my deadline…I couldn’t have done it without you!