You don’t need to spend a fortune OR do a major renovation to give your bathroom a little refresh. With our bathroom, we didn’t do any major structural changes, we just “prettied” it up. I’ll share some easy affordable things you can do in your bathroom to make it feel more your own style, more current and turn it into a space you love without a massive budget.
See bottom of this post for BEFORE pics.
- Paint – paint can make a HUGE difference, it can really brighten up a space and give it some new life. In our bathroom we color matched our paint to Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore. Pretty much any paint brand can be color matched. I also painted my backsplash!! Such a great way to save money!
- Light Fixtures – Updating light fixtures is always at the top of my list for upgrading a space. It is such a great way to personalize the space with a fixture that is your vibe. There are many great options available. I’m often drawn to Hudson Valley Lighting’s Mitizi line. My sconces are CARRIE in aged brass. In my toilet room, we have their PAIGE in aged brass.
- Linens – new hand towels, bath matts, or shower curtain can help add color, texture or patterns and they are such an affordable and fun swap. We have my favorite towels displayed on hooks outside of our shower so it is nice to look at and it is also functional.
- Wallpaper or Decals: This is an easy way to add something personality or fun to your space. A statement wall with an interesting design or pattern or some fun decals would certainly add new life to an old space. Personally I love wallpaper and decals and I think a small room like a bathroom is a perfect place to do them!
- PLANTS: I love a plant in every room and I have four plants in my bathroom. They look amazing hanging in a corner in my opinion, or in a little basket or plant stand 🙂
- Mirrors: another easy way to personalize your space, I’m very much into the arches and I found my mirrors locally but here are a few similar mirrors: Gold Mirror, White or Black Mirror, Long Black Mirror. If you happen to find a mirror you love, vintage or at a yard sale don’t hesitate to paint the frame. That is what I did with mine, I shared the colour I used on my Bathroom Reveal Post.
- Hardware: We swapped out our hardware on our cabinets before we moved in. We used these brass handles, they come in many different sizes depending on the look you’re going for. We also swapped out our hand towel holder, bathroom tissue holder and faucets (the faucets are much more modern). Lastly, we swapped out our sinks. Since we previously had vessel sinks, we replaced them with vessel sinks to save any further repairs or evening having to purchase a new countertop.
- Outlets – We upgraded our outlets and switches to these beauties from the Legrand Adorne Collection. We already have many of their products throughout our home (bedroom, Kitchen, + Bar) and I’m hoping to slowly pick away at other areas in our house. I am obsessed with the details and these products are such a nice upgrade from regular switches. They are available in 46 finishes and also custom finishes. We went with the Powder White finish.
- Shiplap or Wainscoting – this is another great way to add some texture and have some fun with an otherwise boring wall. We almost did a shiplap wall by our bath tub but never got around to it. It is still on my “to-do” list.
- Wall decor: We had a picture ledge custom built to fit our small wall. A picture ledge is a nice way to display art other than the usual nail in the wall way. It also allows you to swap out art without putting more holes in the wall – great for someone with commitment issues like me.
- Cute + Functional storage: Since storage in the bathroom is key. Many bathrooms don’t have a closet when you’re forced to do without, you have to get creative. Baskets for storing items like extra bathroom tissue or other cleansing or personal products. Bookshelf to hold items like towels and other items. You can also find a nice towel hook or rack and display towels on shelving or like I’ve done here or add shelving like we added in our toilet room. It is functional for all the little things, it has some nice knickknacks and it makes this room feel more comfortable.
- Rug: I went with this runner and this vintage rug. It took me a long time to find the right vintage piece but I couldn’t be happier with the colors and pattern. This one is from Velvet and Loom.
- Vanity Styling: I used a rattan tray to hold everything so that my bathroom vanity doesn’t get out of control. We found a new toothbrush holder and soap dispenser. This is a nice place to add a plant, vase or more knicknacks.
Touching back on the Adorne Outlets, we love them and have a couple other finishes throughout our home. For me it is all in the small details and these really look and feel very high end. There are many options available for the switches, from tap, touch and wave. We went with mostly tap and touch with dimmer options in our bathroom. They also have pop out outlets in their collection and they are incognito when they are not in use. The Adorne collection are very stylish and elegant and I honestly never thought I’d be so excited about switches and outlets, but these details really do have a big impact!
HOW TO SAVE MONEY:
We wanted a quick fix to our bathroom while not spending a lot of money. One tip is to keep all your plumbing where it is. We didn’t move anything, the layout was functional before so we left everything in the same locations, just made some upgrades. We kept our existing countertops which I find pair nicely with the flooring and the rest of the bathroom. The natural pattern provides a nice element and breaks up the white (plus hides some dust LOL.) Our old backsplash was dark and glass so we painted it. I used a special product called Beyond Paint to paint the glass, but if you’re working with tiles, you could use tile paint. See my Master Bathroom Reveal Post for more details about how to use this product.
Remember it is not a race. And be patient. Have fun incorporating things or elements that you love or that hold meaning. Do your research. Read reviews. Look for inspiration. My favorite place to draw ideas and inspo is from Pinterest be sure to follow along!
Just for fun here are before photos of my bathroom 🙂
*I’m thankful for the opportunity to partner with HVG Mitizi (lighting) and Legrand (switches + Outlets) on this bathroom refresh post. These items were generously donated in exchange for coverage on the blog. Thank you for supporting the sponsors and partners who support us. As always all opinions are my own.