How to Update a Bathroom on a Budget

Changing the mirror above the vanity and updating accessories give your bathroom a whole new look.
Changing the mirror above the vanity and updating accessories give your bathroom a whole new look. (Image: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

If your bathroom has seen better days, but so has your checking account, make a few changes that give you lots of bang for just a few bucks. What could be better: easy, fast and affordable.

Things You'll Need

  • Shower rod and curtain
  • Faucet
  • Light fixture
  • Mirror(s)
  • Glass bowls
  • Rocks and candle
  • Soaps or bath salts
  • Paint
  • Shelf

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Paint the walls; if you have old, ugly wallpaper, remove it and cover walls with a fresh coat of a neutral color for a soothing, spa-like effect. Or paint the walls in two tones for a smart look. Paint is inexpensive but has an instantly dramatic effect.

Change out your bathroom faucet and light fixture for an immediate update. It's fairly easy to do this yourself.

Hang a new shower curtain and hooks. A shower curtain is inexpensive but rarely replaced. Choose a solid or softly patterned curtain for a soothing effect in a color or pattern that complements your newly painted walls.

Replace the mirror over the vanity or sink. Discount and home improvement stores offer nice, wood-framed mirrors for an affordable price. Alternatively, hang several unframed oval mirrors of different sizes in a grouping on the wall above the sink for a modern look.

Add inexpensive accessories. Place a glass bowl full of smooth rocks on a shelf above the toilet and add a candle to the middle of the bowl. Place another bowl full of bath salts, pretty soaps near the sink or vase of fresh flowers on the vanity. Use small containers you already have like unused sugar bowls or baskets for attractive organizers.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have extra money to spend, splurge on a nice, new set of large, fluffy towels.


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