When you think of completing a DIY project, do you head to a big box home store? If so, I want to encourage you to think about completing your next project at Fred Meyer instead! Today I’d like to show you how I transformed my kids’ bathroom for $125 by shopping at my local Fred Meyer store!
Here’s the “before” shot:
As you can see, it’s your basic boring bathroom. Really no color on the wall or much of anything. It’s a nice space, however, and my kids share it. Since I have a boy and a girl I wanted to keep the color gender-neutral. I also didn’t want to make it too juvenile because I’d prefer not have them outgrown it in a couple years.
After contemplating colors, I came up with the perfect idea: Menchie’s green! I snuck in a green Menchie’s spoon to my local Fred Meyer to match up the paint colors. Dutch Boy “Flip-Flop” seemed like my best bet.
As I was painting a bathroom, I wanted a finish that would withstand the humid, moist conditions without streaking. I also needed to be able to clean it easily. So I opted for the high gloss sheen. I ended up paying about $40, but Fred Meyer does put the Dutch Boy on sale from time to time, and there are frequently mail-in manufacturer’s rebates that would drop the cost a bit for you, too. I do like the quality of Dutch Boy paint!
The prepping was the most tedious and least fun part of my project. Even so, I had the room taped off in about an hour’s time. I can’t emphasize the prepping enough! The more care you put into prepping your painting area, the better the final result.
I love the way the color turned out! It was exactly what I was wanting…. a bright, fun color, but gender-neutral and not too baby-ish. Don’t be afraid of color, either! I’m glad I chose a vivid color versus something more muted.
In between paint coats, I worked on some inexpensive, but fun projects for the bathroom decor. I found a simple fish shape online, print it out and traced it on cardboard. Then, I let the kids decorate the fish.
Here’s another inexpensive decor idea I came up with:
These look like spendy prints, don’t they? Here’s my secret: I purchased the frames very inexpensively at Fred Meyer (they are almost always on some sort of a sale!), and then I simply cut up a piece of gift wrap I had for the fish heads. All told, I bet I spent about $10-12 tops for both pictures. I just love how they turned out! Plus that, if the kids outgrow the fish at some point, we can easily swap out with different photos or artwork.
Here’s something else we picked up at Fred Meyer to complete the room off:
Did you know Fred Meyer sells shower curtains? Yes, they do! I love this giant goldfish shower curtain the kids agreed on! It fits well with the fish theme.
Here are some images of the completed painting project:
Maybe you have a room that you’d like to remodel, but you don’t have the funds to replace fixtures, counters, or furniture. Might I suggest PAINT? The picture above is a great example of how a new, fun color can really transform a room, and for a relatively small cost and time commitment.
Between the paint and necessary supplies, new towels, bath mat, shower curtain and frames, we paid $125 at Fred Meyer! To further keep costs down, we made some of our own decor. I think we did pretty good to transform this room!
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One lucky Coupon Project reader will receive a $25 Fred Meyer gift card! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. For fun, I’d love to hear what room needs the biggest change in your house or maybe how you’d use the gift card at Fred Meyer to freshen up a room or space. Please leave only one comment per person, thank you. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments on Monday, June 3 12pm PST. The winner will be notified by email (so please do enter an email in the form below you actually check!). Good luck! Disclosure: Fred Meyer provided me a gift card for the purpose of this review as well as one to give away to a reader. All opinions are my own (in fact, I came up with the concept for today’s post!). For more information on how this site makes money (and does NOT make money), please read my Disclosure Policy.