Updated: Sep 24
Welcome to my very first blog post!
Now is a great time to do some quick, easy, and affordable improvements to your tired bathroom. You can visit home improvement stores to buy the items listed in this blog post while still following the safety measures of using a face mask, staying 6 feet away from other shoppers, wiping down your products once you get home and washing your hands thoroughly. If not, you can take the safest option by buying your products online. Without further ado, here are 7 easy DIY projects to spruce up your bathroom!
The first step is to figure out what color palette, patterns, and design style you like by looking through magazines or Pinterest. For my non-window bathroom, I wanted to bring nature inside with crisp white walls, light green vanity, white oak trees and touches of black.
Here you can see my nature-inspired bathroom Mood Board,
Photos: Bloom Sand Branches, The French exchange, Allmodern, Wayfair, Pinterest, Men Style and Etsy.
Here are the 7 trick I used in my client project.
1. Refresh the Walls.
This is one of the most cost effective changes you can make to give the bathroom a whole new vibe. To do this, you have the choice between paint, wallpaper or both.
A- Painting the walls in light colors makes your bathroom more airy, spacious and bright. Think to invest in a high quality paint with a satin finish because mold and mildew develop easily since the temperature and humidity change frequently in a bathroom. Here is an easy guide to explore colors: https://www.homedepot.com/b/Paint-Ideas/Popular/
B- Choose one wall to apply wallpaper, making that wall your accent wall. You can choose a modern removable wallpaper with whatever pattern or color that fits within your schema. This is a good idea if you like to switch up looks often.
2. Update the Cabinets
A- If you find that your cabinet looks old and tired, but do not have enough money to change it, don’t worry! With some paint you can make your bathroom look modern and fresh. You can choose from a wide variety of paints: chalk paint, Behr Simply Sage Satin/Home Depot, or complete cabinet kit.
Check out the right way to paint your bathroom cabinet: https://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/color/how-to-paint-a-bathroom-vanity-and-add-new-hardware-pictures
B- Update doors and drawer knobs. It's magic, your old vanity will look new again!
3. Shower/Tub Walls (tiles or wall panels)
We know that re-tiling a bathroom is not a quick, easy and affordable fix for most of us. However, you have some cost-effective ways to give your bathroom a new look without spending thousands of dollars to change the tiles or wall panels of your shower/tub. You have two affordable choices:
A- Paint: This is the most effective change for me and is what I have done in my project. You can give new life to outdated bathroom tiles or wall panels using a fresh coat of a special paint, like this Tub & Tile Refinishing kit. Here’s a tutorial on how to do this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9m1kBzOjhI
B- Refresh the grout if you don't want to paint your shower/tub wall. This is a cheap expense for a big change. You can easily refresh your discolored grout by cleaning it thoroughly and then adding a coat of restorer marker pen.
In both cases, don't forget refresh the caulk on your shower/tub, this will not only enhance the appeal, but also help prevent leaks and water damage.
4. Shower Door
If you have a vintage shower door with gold or silver edges, the quicker fix is to paint with spray paint.
5. Change Out Your Old Mirror
Change out your old mirror with a new and improved one to make a statement! Choose a big enough one to see your whole face and, if possible, your shoulders -- this will help to maximize the lighting in the bathroom.
6. Light Fixture
The lighting in a bathroom can make or break your bathroom. Lighting is key in the bathroom, adding beauty and making the bathroom look open and airy. It's really important to have good general lighting, thanks to the ceiling light, and good task lighting, thanks to the vanity light. You can either buy new lights fixtures or upcycle the old ones with a spray paint, change the old globe for a new one and finally add new LED light bulbs. I chose to upcycle and paint for my project.
7. Style with Accessories
A- If you have old shower curtains, replace it with new ones.
B- Get rid of your used and mismatched bath mat and towels! Buy new matching ones.
C- Install a new and modern towel rack.
D- Hang some art to your walls.
E- Add some plants and candles for the finishing touches.
Tools and materials
Behr Nano White Satin | Behr Simply Sage Satin | Tub & Tile Refinishing kit | Spray paint | Restorer marker pen | Caulk | Angle Brush | Gloves | Mini paint roller | Mini paint tray | Sand paper (400) | Sand paper (220) | Drop cloth | Tack cloth | Paint roller (9 inch) | Painter's tape, 1 in | Painter's tape, 2in.
Get the Look
Behr Nano White Satin/Home Depot | Behr Simply Sage Satin/Home Depot | Multi Color Birch Tree Wallpaper/Home Depot | Oversized Hub Mirror/Urban Outfitters | 2-Light Graphite Bathroom Vanity Light | French shower door/Home Depot | Sienna Kilim Bath Mat/UO | Chelston Bath Collection/Anthropologie | Mediterranean Organic 6pc Towel Set/Anthropologie | Faceted Ory Knob/Anthropologie | Vanity-marble top and sink/Home Depot | Etched Stone Bath Collectio/Anthropologie | Hanging Planter/UO https://fave.co/2WApb0N | Megan Galante Karten Vase Art Print/UO | Megan Galante Vadim Vase Art Print/UO | Wall Hook/2Modern
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