Our small bathroom needed a change but we didn’t have $10,500 (average cost of a bathroom remodel) lying around. As a stay-at-home mom, I dreaded that small talk song-and-dance that inevitably comes with hiring out for bigger projects: “It sure is cold, huh? Need anything?” You know. So what’s a girl to do? A bathroom refresh, that’s what.
Here’s four ways we changed the look of our small downstairs bathroom, with an eye towards making it look as spacious and airy as possible.
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Refresh To Death
Change out the hardware
- Bonus points if everything matches. New towel racks/hangers, knobs, light panels, etc, are subtly impacting changes. Like getting eyelash extensions. Everyone will be asking what your bathroom’s secret is, is it getting more sleep?
- Use home store apps, watch sales, search for coupons on Google and Groupon, and browse thrift stores to get the best prices. Hell, see a janky free dresser on the side of the road? Pull over and check out the knobs on the drawers. They could be hardware for your new bathroom.
Reglaze, Don’t Replace
- Replacing tubs and showers is expensive, time intensive, and requires strangers in your house. That’s a nope from me. Clean your tub like you’re mad at it and reglaze it. Now it’s as shiny as its showroom days.
- Ever hear the advice of buying chic new accessories to save money on clothes? The argument being that you could wear the same dress different ways with new accessories, no need to buy multiple outfits. Same applies to bathrooms. Right now we can’t afford a new floor or sink counter top; rugs, art work, shower curtains, towels, organizers, etc, are more feasible.
- Pick a large, busy pattern on the shower curtain to make the bathroom seem bigger.
This is the shower curtain we got
I Made Myself A Selfie Room
- The biggest change we made to our bathroom was the wall color. Painting is the cheapest (use the same techniques as when buying hardware) and most effective way to uplift a bathroom.
- Our bathroom was a darker color, using a lighter color creates the illusion of more space.
- Use a special bathroom paint designed to withstand heat and humidity in a satin finish.
- Pick a color you know looks good on you. I put my makeup on in the bathroom. Why not stand in front of a flattering backdrop while doing so? You’ll never take a selfie anywhere else in your house, swear to God.
- You can’t shower for a few days. Whatever, it’s worth it.
Our bathroom refresh was a weekend’s worth of work and cheaper than we thought it would be if we hired a professional remodeling contractor. I’m thrilled.
What projects are you excited to tackle this winter? Let me know in the comments below! Share this article so your spouse knows you’re gonna need them for some painting.
Let’s start the New Year off right.