Does your bathroom look old and tired? A full bathroom renovation can cost and arm and a leg which is why most people tend to shy away from it. Getting plumbers, tilers and other professionals are usually needed to do the work.
In saying that, having a really nice bathroom can make a huge difference to your home. Not to mention enjoying the added luxury of enjoying a beautiful bathroom.
While the bathroom is certainly not the most important room in the house, there is something about bathrooms that says a lot about the home. For many home buyers, the bathroom often seals the deal.
If your bathroom looks like its been neglected then there is hope for you – and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. All you need is some hard work and a little bit of skill.
Below are some great do-it-yourself ideas to fix even the worse bathroom. You don’t have to redo the whole bathroom to make it look good. Just a few simple touches can make all the difference. Far too many people give up on their bathrooms, especially after getting quotes for bathroom renovations from professionals.
Its true that replacing baths, installing showers and moving toilets is a job for a professional plumber but when it come to some basic design and decorating, anyone can do it (if you want a laugh, check out these funny DIY Fails). Some nice shelves (see number 13) or a lick of paint (see number 11) can totally transform the look of your bathroom.
These are also some great options if you are looking to sell your home and need some cheap fixes to make it more appealing to potential home buyers. The bathroom is an important room that usually leaves a lasting impression on people. Don’t let your bathroom leave your guests unimpressed!
1. Creative Toilet Paper Storage
You don’t have to hide the toilet paper or use some cheap looking storage roll. By using a wall frame it actually adds something to the bathroom and its really functional.
2. Magnetized Makeup Storage
If your make-up is always all over the place and you can never find anything then this will change your life. A framed, magnetized board so everything can just snap on to the board. This way you clear all the space on the bench as well.
3. DIY Enamel Vases to Add Some Color
Enamel vases are not cheap, but they are very much in style. You can make your own for a fraction of the cost by simply painting the inside of a cheap glass vase.
4. Give that Dirty Old Shower Floor a Fresh Look
Pebbles can be bought from almost any hardware shop and its really inexpensive. You don’t need to be a good tiler either. A bag of smooth and flat pebbles (comes in a variety of colors) will give your shower a new lease of life.
5. Use Floating Shelves
Floating shelves has a very clean look and you can use them in even the tightest of spaces. Keeping your bathroom clutter-free will help to transform the look.
6. Use Drawer Dividers to Organize Clutter
Bathrooms are full of “little things” and for most families there are just hundreds of things laying around everywhere. It seems like there’s never enough drawers and the ones you do have are just more “buckets” of stuff. By making some simple dividers you can fit more into your drawers and keep everything better organized.
7. Keeping The Bath Toys Organized
Bath toys can quickly spread all over the bathroom and stepping on that toy duck can become a real nuisance. By simply installing a shower rod and hanging some baskets you can keep everything neatly organized.
8. Make Your Own Vanity Unit
An old dresser can easily be turned into a modern vanity unit. Simply cut your new sink into it and add a lick of paint.
9. Wall Mounted Storage Baskets
Who said baskets need to be stacked on the floor. By mounting woven baskets to the wall they can be used as shelves and they look great!
10. Mason Jar Storage
Using part of an old wooden crate, some cheap mason jars and a few hose clamps can transform your make-up organization and add a nice touch to your bathroom.
11. Paint The Linoleum or Tiles
When you renovate a bathroom, re-tiling the floor or walls are probably the most expensive component. Using some floor paint however can totally transform that old tired-looking floor and transform the look of your bathroom. You even get tile paint now so you can paint old tiles as well.
12. Frame Your Bathroom Mirror
You can create a really interesting “frame” for your bathroom mirror by gluing on some mosaic tiles. There are so many mosaic tiles to choose from so your only limit is your imagination.
13. Use Crown Molding to Make Shelves
Crown molding can be used for more than just door frames. Its the perfect size for bathrooms shelves – its quite narrow so it fits in some of those tight spaces but still is wide enough to store bathroom products.
14. Decorative Glass Jars
Beach-style shabby chic decorations can look really great in a bathroom. By covering some old jars with netting and adding some beach sand and candles it can make for some great decorations.
15. Hidden Mirror Cupboard
Hanging a mirror in from of a shallow cupboard is a great way to save space. You don’t need deep cupboards in the bathroom to store a lot of things and this makes for a real win-win.
16. Make Use of Dead Space
The space under shelves are often unused. By simply mounting a towel rail under your open shelves you can add some more storage space.
17. Re-purpose Flower Pots
Wall mounted flower pots can be a great decorative and functional addition to your bathroom. Just paint it to match and hand it close to the vanity. You can store anything from make-up to toothbrushes and even your hair products.
18. Old Desk Vanity
Re-purposing an old desk to be used as an open vanity can look amazing. Old desks can be picked up for cheap and simply adding a sleek new sink can totally transform the look of your bathroom.
19. Faux Stone Bench
Stone benches are expensive but they look amazing. Now, you don;t have to spend all that money to achieve the same look in your bathroom.
20. Create A Feature Wall
Most people are afraid to use color in the bathroom but a bright color can go a long way. Keeping it to a relatively small wall is key though and finishing it off with some shelving can make a big difference.
21. Framed Shelves
The space above the toilet is often wasted space so having something decorative and useful can make a big difference. Putting a cheap frame over some cheap shelves and painting it white can look really good and filling it with some decorative elements can add a nice touch to your bathroom.
22. Bathroom Divider
If you have an open bathroom the toilet is often an eye-sore. By using an old wooden crate you can create a room divider that hides the toilet and also create some store for the bath.
23. Wooden Crate Shelves
Using old wooden crates and giving them a good dose of white paint gives a rustic shabby chic look that’s also very practical.