5 Easy Ways to Makeover A Bathroom {DIY}

Remember last month when I wrote about my $500 bathroom makeover plans? Well, I got started!

There are 5 ways to make sure your bathroom makeover dollars work smart and hard. Here’s what I learned while making over my guest bathroom. Over the summer we have family come over, lots of get togethers, game nights, etc. and it’s always nice to have a clean, fresh, gorgeous bathroom.

Ours was SO not that when I started on this project.

DIY Bathroom Makeover

As you all can see, I removed ALL the wallpaper! YAY! Removing the wallpaper instantly brightened up the bathroom.

Here are the 5 things I felt made the most impact for little money:

1.) Paint: I painted the wall and ceiling. People forget the ceiling, but for about $60 you can give your bathroom a whole new look in a weekend.


The paint color I ended up choosing is Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams.

2.) Accent Wall: I used a stencil to create an accent wall. This is fun in this particular space because the mirror faces that wall, so it sort of feels like I stenciled 2 walls, if that makes sense.


3.) New accessories: Use what you have! A simple DIY project is taking satin ribbon + Glue Dots and adding it around vases or apothecary jars you might have on hand. Using Glue Dots makes the DIY project non-permanent so you can easily re-use accessories for the holidays, etc. Also, a decorative bag of potpourri can give your bathroom a fab smell + you can use the potpourri as vase filler like I did below. Another tip, use votive holders or even toilet/paper towel rolls to put in the center so you don’t need quite as much filler. No one will ever know!



4.) New towels: Towels can be as cheap or expensive as you’d like them to be, but nothing beats the feel of a fancy towel. We bought the white ones seen in the photos at Marshall’s for about $4-$6 a towel and they are heaven in a towel. Or if you don’t want to buy new towels, maybe check out the awesome Kleenex hand towels. They come 60 to a box, and are perfect for guest bathrooms. My sister-in-law sometimes stays over and she has a 3 year old and 1 year old…they have to wash their hands a ton! Kleenex hand towels make it easy on all of us. I don’t worry about random kiddy things on my nice towels and she can wash their hands up to 30 times a piece before I run out.



The nice thing about the Kleenex hand towels are that they easily fit on a normal towel bar.


5.) New light bulbs! Yes, new light bulbs. With the affordability of CFL’s these days, there’s no excuse not to get some that either create bright light, daylight, warm light, etc. So many options, and an easy way to bring new light to your space. Literally. These silver items always had a yellow cast to them before we switched to the CFL’s. Now it’s bright and shiny.


And bonus tip: Clean! This one is so obvious, but there’s nothing like a clean bathroom. Your fixtures will look brighter, your sink will sparkle. Such an easy fix, and if you have kids, you can bribe them to do it.

Hope those tips help you get your guest bathroom ready. Remember, the holidays are only a few months away…better start on these projects now!

I’ll be back with more photos of my bathroom makeover sometime soon. I could only get this part done in time, so I still need to revamp the other half of the bathroom which contains the shower and toilet.

What do you do to make sure your guest bathrooms are guest ready?

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  1. JSalyers
    July 29, 2012 / 8:47 pm

    Thank you for this! I have twin 4 year-olds and I'm running out to get these Kleenex towels right now!!

  2. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    July 29, 2012 / 10:47 pm

    Love the stencil. Looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  3. Anonymous
    July 30, 2012 / 1:07 pm

    Wow your bathroom looks fantastic! I need to redo my guest bathroom. I think it will be a project for me to do when my husband starts hunting season in a month or so =] I'm afraid to do an accent wall like that! It is hard to do??

  4. Monica @ MonicaWantsIt.com
    July 30, 2012 / 1:14 pm

    @runtspickins: I won't lie…stenciling was tedious and so time consuming. That small wall took me about 15 hours or so. The result looks amazing, but I don't think I'd do it again. Sure beats wallpaper though!

  5. Traci
    July 31, 2012 / 1:18 pm

    I really love your stencil pattern. Great job!

  6. Traci
    July 31, 2012 / 1:19 pm

    I really love your stencil pattern. Great job!

  7. Jae
    August 6, 2012 / 11:18 pm

    I love what you've done. Have you considered painting the door?