Give your bathroom a quick update on the cheap

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on December 25, 2019

If you’ve had a few days off over the holidays, you’ve probably walked through your Southern Maryland home and looked at all the different ways you could improve it.

That’s pretty typical – just like it’s typical to feel frustrated when your ideal upgrades and your budget don’t jive.

Thankfully, there are a few rooms that don’t require a huge sum of money to revamp, including your bathrooms. Some of these fixes are so simple and inexpensive that you could have them done by Valentine’s Day.

Deep Clean

We don’t know anyone who likes cleaning the grouting in their bathroom, but taking the time to do this task will instantly transform the way your bathroom feels.

Get the gloves out and give the room a top to bottom deep clean, including light fixtures, hooks, and under the counter. You’ll feel better immediately.

Need some time-saving yet effective tips? Check this out.

Consider your cabinets

Paint is a miracle worker. Whether it’s put on walls or on cabinets, fresh paint instantly transforms a room.

The predicted hot colors for 2020, according to the Milan Design Show, include champagne, light yellow, and pumpkin red. Since these are rather “in your face” colors, consider painting the walls a color that’s a little less intimidating and using the bolder colors in your accessories.

Painting your bathroom vanity may seem like a huge job, but watch a few DIY videos and you’ll have it done like a pro in no time. Here’s a good walkthrough and you’ll find another here.

You can’t grow wrong with gray, ebony, or white paint for the vanity, according to Check out Benjamin Moore’s Kid Gloves (and see it in action, here) and Sherwin-Williams Lazy Gray.

Deep pockets?

If you have a decent budget, consider some of the trends that designers are forecasting for 2020:

  • Brass finishes
  • Deep soaking, freestanding tubs (make it a black tubif you want to be on trend)
  • Travertine or limestone floors
New accessories

A new shower curtain will breathe life into your bathroom, but there are other purchases you should consider, too. A proper waste basket (not a cheap plastic solution) can make a big difference. There are also new lighting fixtures, faucets, towels, and rugs to consider.

Take some time to browse the Internet for ideas and create a décor scheme that works for you — and your bathroom — before heading out to shop.

Think outside the bathroom

When shopping for bathroom accessories, most people only look in the “bathroom” section of the store. But don’t stop there — when you add unusual objects to this space (treating them accordingly for the moisture of a bathroom), you can make a statement while making this room more functional.

Consider a small gallery of framed art, perhaps a dining chair, or lighting designed for a home’s exterior. No matter how small these items may be, they will make everyone smile.

Just remember to take stock of everything you want before leaving the house, and create a budget before shopping. It will keep you on track as you update your home’s bathroom.

Speaking of shopping

Consider attending yard sales and shopping at thrift stores for these types of accessories.

As you shop, remind yourself that a drapery rod finial can make an interesting accent piece when set next to a potted plant or other décor item, and that cute glass and brass espresso cup would look amazing holding your toothbrush. offers up more thrift-shop-finds-as-bathroom décor, here.

Then, hit the dollar stores in your area. But, first, watch this brilliant video of a DIY bathroom makeover with products purchased from those discount stores.

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