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Update Your Bathroom with 5 Easy Tips

Bored with your bathroom? Not afraid to do it yourself? If you’re looking to liven up your bathroom, consider one of these inexpensive DIY home décor projects.

Paint your faucet

You’ll be surprised at what a change this seemingly small project will bring to your bathroom. All you need is a can of paint that will adhere to metal, a small paintbrush, and painter’s tape.

  1.     Clean the faucet thoroughly.
  2.     Tape off the area surrounding the faucet. You may want to consider covering the wall or mirror above the faucet to avoid accidental splatter spots.
  3.     Paint the faucet using a small paintbrush, being sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.
  4.     After it dries, remove the painter’s tape and admire your handiwork.

Alternately, you could uninstall the faucet, spray paint it in a well-ventilated area, and reinstall the faucet after the spray paint dries. Either way, your newly painted faucet will make a big impact without putting a big dent in your wallet.

Remove fake drawers and make them functional

Bathroom vanities often have fake drawers. (That’s because a real drawer would hit the sink.) If you hinge the fake drawer front, you can add a little basket to hold hair elastics, toothpaste, or makeup. You can also or add magnet strips inside to hold your bobby pins!

  1.     Remove the fake drawer fronts.
  2.     Attach small baskets on the inside of the drawer fronts. (You can also add a self-adhesive magnet strip for bobby pins).
  3.     Install hinges and reattach the drawer fronts.

Build recessed shelving between wall studs

Maximize the space in your bathroom by utilizing wasted space between wall studs. The shelves or drawers won’t be very deep, but they’ll be perfect for toiletries, hair and makeup supplies, bath toys for the kids, or small decorative accents. This is the most intense DIY home decor project on the list, but if you are up to the challenge, it’s a great way to increase bathroom storage space and clear up clutter. A few tips before you begin:

  •    Identify the location of your wall studs using a stud finder.
  •    Map out your design by drawing it on the wall.
  •    Make sure you turn the power off before you get started.

Once you’re ready to go:

  1.     Cut into the wall slowly, being wary of possible plumbing and electrical lines.
  2.     Install 2x4s cut to fit the opening into the top and bottom.
  3.     Line the back and sides with wallboard and paint.
  4.     Install pre-made laminate shelving if you don’t want to custom build the shelves yourself.
  5.     Add trim along the front edge to give it a finished appearance.

Add mirrored tiles

Mirrors are a great way to make a small space feel larger. A great way to get the benefit of mirrors, without the risk of overwhelming the room, is to add mirrored tiles. The tiles reflect the light, giving the room the feeling of being larger than it actually is—but the edges of the tiles break up the reflection. The simplest way to install mirrored tiles is to use the self-adhesive kind. If you’re placing the tiles in a mosaic design, it helps to draw the design out on the wall first.

Upgrade your shower head

Upgrading your shower head is an improvement you will enjoy every day. You can get a massaging shower head that will help loosen up sore muscles, create an in-home spa experience with a rainfall style shower head, or even jazz things up with a shower head that has built-in color-changing lights.

Although some of these DIY home decor bathroom projects are more time consuming than others, any of them can make a dramatic impact in a bathroom. Whether you tackle one or all five of these projects, you will be able to add big updates without spending a lot.


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