Does your bathroom need an upgrade? For not a lot of money, and
without outside help, you can dramatically boost your bath’s appearance
in a weekend — without the need for a full renovation. Small
improvements (as your time and wallet allow) are a manageable
alternative to full-scale remodeling, but have a transformative effect
that’s refreshing and gratifying. Try one of these 8 small-scale
1. Revamp your bathroom vanity. The easiest
way to do this is with paint, but you can also try something more
ambitious like wallpaper (as seen above in this chic bathroom from HGTV).
2. Add texture and interest to the walls, or at least
one feature wall. Wood beadboard is easy to install, or you can achieve
the same look with beadboard-style textured wallpaper (as seen above
from Better Homes & Gardens). If you need a tutorial for the real deal, head over to to the DIY Network.
3. Cover all the walls with art, gallery-style, and
you’ll change the whole feel of the room. This bathroom design has
frames hung on already textured walls for an extra layer of style. The
result is super cozy. Design by Domestic Arts.
4. Remove your dated shower doors and install a fresh
new curtain instead. The space will open up, and you’ll no longer spend
time scrubbing soap scum off of plastic or glass. We did a step-by-step tutorial awhile back to help you out with the project.
5. Build built in shelves into an existing wall, and use it for towels and extra storage. Stacy of Not Just a Housewife shows you her process, and the clean and functional result.
6. Add detail to the bathtub with a surround or enclosure. This remodeled bath, seen on Hazardous Design,
has added crown molding for a custom look that matches the detail on
the rest of the walls. But you could also use wood, stone, tile or
7. Stencil your plain floor to add color and pattern. The DIY Showoff created this painted “rug” in her bathroom several years ago, and the look still holds up really nicely.
8. Customize your bathroom mirror to make it more in
keeping with the rest of the decor. Many vanity mirrors are plain,
frameless affairs, but it doesn’t take much to create something that
looks like it was made for your space. Try “framing” yours with molding,
wrapping it in rope for a nautical effect, or adding subway tile like
this one from House of Earnest.
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