When we moved in over a year and half ago, we were just focusing on getting every wall painted (yes, every wall of the 3600 sq ft that is our house…. painted), nursery done, kitchen done, and great room… done. We weren’t focused too much on our bathroom; we just picked a paint color, hung up some new lights, bought some new rugs and towels and called it a day. I was never really a huge fan of our bathroom because it just seemed so… blah. It’s quite large but I never really felt like it was a “master bath”.
This is what the bathroom looked like when we moved in.
This is what it looked like after adding some paint and new lights.
Always looking for a DIY project because 1) it’s more fun when you put your own sweat into it (Chris’ sweat in this case) and 2a) we are on a serious budget and 2b) it’s just so much cheaper to do it yourself.
That being said, here are This Grey House’s 6 quick ways to update your bathroom!
This is the easiest thing you can do! Add some cabinet hardware and bathroom hardware (towel bars, etc) or replace existing hardware to give your bathroom a nice updated look.
2. Framed Mirrors:
Framing in your mirrors makes a world of difference! It’s a cheap way to dress up your mirror without having to replace the whole thing!
Who doesn’t love beadboard? Wall molding/wainscoting just adds so much more of a luxurious feel and it really doesn’t cost much to do.
4. Light Fixtures:
We had those awful basic bulb light fixtures that builders love to put in every home. They do nothing for your bathroom. You can find some really nice fixtures for a good bargain at Lowes or Home Depot.
5. Painted Cabinets:
I am not a huge fan of the existing cabinet color that is in my house so I wasn’t hesitant at all to paint them. Also, adding hardware (or replacing old hardware) is a really quick and simple way to make a difference!
Last but not least, add some decor! It ties everything together and is the funnest part 🙂
Using these 6 ways, I started realize I started decorating our bathroom as soon as we moved in. We picked out new light fixtures, paint, and hardware immediately. I also bought some new towels and rugs but didn’t really have a vision in mind. About 6 months later, we framed in our bathroom mirrors. This helped immensely!! I highly recommend doing this if you have a big, boring mirror. We saved the harder projects like beadboard and painting the cabinets until now.
I hit the bargain stores for some decor items and really wasn’t sure what I was looking for. Going somewhat coastal seemed like a natural fit since we have blue walls and now white beadboard and the stuff is everywhere in the stores right now.
After spending Memorial Day Weekend and then some working on this project, we are so happy to say we are DONE!
As I said, we decorated our bathroom in stages to make it easier on ourselves (and our wallet).
Here is a rough idea on how much we spent on each project:
Framed Mirrors: $50 for both mirrors
Cabinets (Hardware and Paint): $120
Bathroom Hardware: $60
Light Fixtures: $160
Paint (blue for walls and white for trim): $60
Towels, Rugs, and Decor: $100
That gives us a total of $650. Seems pretty steep when I write it all out but again, we took our time! We have been in this house for almost 2 years so it’s been spread out 🙂
We are so happy on how everything turned out!!
I hope you can find some inspiration to update your bathroom!