More before pics here.
Step 1: Prime walls. I used Valspar Bonding Primer (Lowe's, $25) because it is supposed to adhere well to glossy surfaces, such as gross plastic tile.
Step 2: Paint with Faint Flicker (Olympic) ($30)
Step 3: I purchased two identical shower curtains from TJ Maxx for $15 each. One went up on the shower (which is impossible to photograph because of the narrowness of the room) and the other I cut down to the size of the closet opening, then stitched down the rough edge.
Then I installed a tension rod in the closet doorway (Target, $6) and hung up the curtain using some hooks I had leftover from another project.
With the remaining fabric from the shower curtain I whipped up a valence for the window.
Oh, also got the bathmat from TJ Maxx. $7.
Step 4: Storage. I solved the storage problem by putting two stackable plastic drawers under the sink for our toothpaste, combs, deodorant, and whatnot. (Lowe's, $9.48 each)
Step 5: Install new flooring! I went with Style Selections Luxury Vinyl Plank in Antique Oak ($1.18/sq ft, Lowe's, $53.75 for the whole project). It's hard to believe this floor is a stick-on! It doesn't look any more fake than a laminate does, and that's good enough for me.
This was the first time I've ever done stick-on flooring. I actually liked the process, although there were some ridiculous cuts to make, such as around the door frames.
On the whole it was fun, like doing the world's simplest jigsaw puzzle.
HOWEVER. As a result of cutting 2mm vinyl all day, I got a nasty blister/cut/wound on my scissor-wielding hand that has yet to heal, and I finished the flooring nine days ago! If you ever do a project like this, be smart like I wasn't and pre-Band-Aid where the scissors come in contact with your fingers!
Total expenditures for the project = $164.72
I'd say that the bathroom's aesthetic has improved at least that much!