Creating a beautiful, thriving home, life, and business. March 22, By justagirlabby 6 Comments 5 Simple and Inexpensive Ways to Update a Builder Grade Bathroom These 5 simple and inexpensive ways to update a builder grade bathroom will help you create a space you love without spending a ton of time and money!
As I was working on our master bathroom that I shared earlier this week , I started thinking… I have worked on a lot of builder grade bathrooms between our two houses! You could do most of these in a day… or at least a weekend! For more information, see my disclosures here. I am always amazed at how much a simple coat of paint can transform a space. In our last house, I painted the vanity in both our powder room and our master bathroom.
Again, it was an easy update, but in both cases, it made a big difference! They were taken in early with a cheap point and shoot camera before I knew anything about photography.
You can see the entire transformation here. Upgrade the Mirror In many of our bathrooms we have just had the very large, plain builder grade mirrors, which work fine, but if I have the chance, I always like to give them a little update!
In our townhouse master we did a simple DIY and framed in the existing mirror … I actually planned on doing the same thing and framing in our current master bathroom mirror. We even bought some reclaimed wood boards to do it. But even though we tried our hardest to select the very straightest boards, they were still a bit bowed, which would have made them hard to attach to the mirror.
When we realized this, we decided to save the boards for another project, removed the mirror which was super simple— we just had to pull off the clips and the mirror came right down , and put new mirrors up in its place. We were even able to give the old mirror away to a friend who was planning on using it in their workout room, so it was a win for everybody.
This last mirror upgrade kind of combines my first and second update ideas: The mirror in our townhouse half-bath was chintzy and gold and looked really outdated. I simply painted it white, and I think it ended up looking pretty charming! Plus, there was a medicine cabinet hidden behind it, so it was really functional too! Change Out Hardware Changing out hardware is a quick, easy, and inexpensive fix, and it can really go a long way to change up the look and feel of the piece.
The vanity in our townhouse master bathroom actually went through a couple transformations before I got it right, but we got there eventually! Add Pretty Shelves I may be a bit biased because shelves are one of my very favorite ways to decorate the walls in any room, but I think they look especially lovely in the bathroom.
The vertical space above the commode just seems made for them! You can see how we did it in this post. And finally, when we were doing the recent refresh in our master bathroom , I snagged this cute cabinet , which gave me a little display shelf and a place to store our toilet paper all at the same time! Organize You probably could have guessed that this one was coming.
My most favorite way to update any space is with organization. When I clear away the clutter and create an easy system for all of our must-have items, it always just feels like a breath of fresh air to me, and I immediately feel better about the space. We also added cube bins in our guest bathroom to help keep our cleaning rags neat and tidy… In our last house we had a big, open vanity space, so stacking drawers similar to these were the perfect way to store everything we needed.
Add Board and Batten Bonus time! You can get the step-by-step tutorial for adding board and batten in a bathroom in this post. In our townhouse guest bathroom , we added a simple board with a little ledge and some hooks, and even that small update went a long way in improving the look and feel of the space. Plus, then our boys were able to hang up their towels all by themselves!
See all of our previous bathroom upgrade projects by clicking the links below: