16 Cheap Bathroom Updates with Wow Factor
You don’t have to spend a fortune to give your bathroom a facelift. These easy, inexpensive changes will make your space feel more luxurious in an instant.
Self-Closing Toilet Lid
Eliminate loud seat banging by installing a self-closing toilet lid. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference this small change makes. Check out some other cheap home-improvement ideas for the rest of your house.
Frame the Mirror
Add an impressive DIY frame to your large bathroom mirror. The shimmery glass tile shown here brings attention to an otherwise plain beveled glass mirror. All you need is an MDF back, wood trim, tile, mirror and grout. We’ll show you how to do it.
Additional Shower Storage
Shower shelves make compact and handy storage nooks for soaps and shampoos. This inexpensive amenity will instantly make your showering experience better! Here are some other great bathroom add-ons.
Photo: Courtesy of Melina Gillies
Give Your Existing Vanity a Makeover
If your vanity has good bones, there’s not need to fork over the cash to buy a whole new one. Instead, give it a facelift with paint. This one went from a cookie-cutter oak cabinet to a charming, farmhouse-style focal point. Check out these other bathroom vanity makeovers.
Super-Simple Bath Cabinet
In many bathrooms, a picture or a small shelf hangs above the toilet. But you can make better use of that space by building an attractive cabinet that offers about three times as much storage as a typical medicine cabinet. Learn how to build this bathroom cabinet here. The simple joinery and store-bought doors make this a great project for the woodworking novice.
Install a Dimmer Switch
There’s more to changing a switch than connecting a few wires. You have to check grounding and box size for a safe, first-class job. It’s easy to install a dimmer switch, but make sure to upgrade the wiring if necessary to make it safer and meet Electrical Code requirements. We’ll show you how to assure a safe dimmer switch installation.
Make More Room with a Curved Curtain Rod
Besides giving the bathroom a sleek look with its gentle radius, a curved curtain rod gives you more elbow room in the shower. You can use your current shower curtain, or buy a new curtain and new rings in the same finish as the curtain rod to complete the new look.
Better Organization Options
If you opt to keep your existing vanity and other bathroom cabinetry, simply adding pullout shelves or drawer dividers will make staying organized much easier. Check out this updated 1950s bathroom.
Towel Warmer for the Win
This inexpensive, easy-to-install accessory will make any bathroom feel like a spa. Warm up towels while you shower, so you have a nice fresh-out-of-the-dryer feeling every time.
Glass Shelves for Bathroom Storage
Install an Extra Pullout Mirror
This cheap upgrade makes a huge different in the bathroom—especially for those households with several people sharing a small space. You can easily mount a pullout mirror to a stud in any wall in a matter of minutes.
Add Some Accent Tile
Adding a pop of colorful tile to the vanity wall or inside the shower creates a luxurious look without having to purchase a full room’s worth of tile. We’ll show you how to install small wall tiles here.
Swap Out the Light Fixtures
Changing the lighting in the bathroom can make a big impact. Here, we’ll walk you through replacing an old bathroom light fixture with two new ones.
Glass Shower Shelf
Replace a Faucet
Trading up for a new faucet or showerhead can give a bathroom a whole new luxurious feel. It’s especially fun to update those fixtures that you use every day. Here’s how to do it.
Install Modern Cabinetry
If you’re tired of that cookie-cutter oak cabinetry in your bathroom, replace it with modern kitchen cabinets. In this article, we’ll show you how to replace old vanity cabinetry with an updated ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinet from IKEA. Check out the before and after photos!