Hi y'all, Bama Here! Reviving a tired, outdated bathroom needn't require a total overhaul. There are several simple things you can do to give your bathroom that much needed facelift without stressing out your pocketbook.
First things first, get all of your current decor and toiletries out of there! You will need to thoroughly clean all the nooks and crannies before getting started. Here are a few of my tricks to getting the most out of a tiny budget and a weekend.
Step 1: Don't Like It? Paint It!
A fresh coat of paint goes a long way in any space and gives you a clean slate to jumpstart your update. I highly recommend you go with a paint that includes a primer, which will run you about $28 per gallon. For just a few extra dollars, you will save the time of multiple coats. If you're working with a small bathroom (as most are), go with a lighter color. This will help keep the space from feeling tiny and dark. Even though it's a pain, take the time to tape off and cover everything. You will save yourself a lot of heartache later.
Step 2: Trim It Out
To add more interest to your space, consider adding decretive trim or beadboard paneling made of PVC around the perimeter of your space. This will not only help make your bathroom feel cozy, but it will appear larger.
Step 3: Vanity Touch-up
If your vanity is looking a little blah, give'er a fresh coat of paint or stain. Be sure to sand and clean your surface thoroughly before applying any new paint or stain. For one, you don't want crud in your finish; and two, you want your finish to stick. Then install new knobs or pulls to give your vanity a whole new look for less than it would cost for to replace. To add that final touch, choose the appropriate size mirror for your space. Now, I know mirrors can be a bit spendy but there are ways around that. For example, you can adhere a frameless mirror to your wall and then install decorative molding to frame it in. My favorite is to hang several vintage mirrors in a grouping.
Step 4: Get Organized
You might find most of your bathroom woes are due to clutter and misused space. Keep your counter items to a minimum and store all of your other toiletries away. A great tip to keeping things organized and at your finger tips is by picking up a few inexpensive storage baskets. If you have a little extra cash , consider investing in pull-out cabinet organizers. They may take a hot minute to install and you will wonder how you ever did without them.
Step 5: Accessorize
The right accessories can really make a big impact! When choosing pieces, think outside the box and repurpose unique items that you might find at a flea market or an antique store. Use an old wooden ladder for a towel bar; use a blanket with a cool pattern as a shower curtain, or use vintage bottles. Don't like the vintage look and want a more modern touch? Pull in polished silver or brass items. Just be sure to spray any wood items with a clear coat of polyurethane, preferably matte.
See? Bringing your bathroom back to life doesn't have to cost you a pretty penny. If you play your cards right you can stretch $100 a long way with any one of these five tips. You're just a few hours or a weekend away from having that tranquil retreat.