Make It Simple
How do you fix up a time-warp bath with about $700 and 48 hours? Run to the store, grab your toolbox, and load up the roller. In a small space like this one, simple changes make a big impact. So forget about moving anything major. Easy swaps of hardware and fixtures are all you need to set the stage for an eye-popping makeover. Add the finishing touches with fresh colors, a new shower curtain, a reimagined mirror wall, a Roman shade (#338264), and a crisp rug (#364165).
Window treatment: $27
Medicine cabinet: $99
Vanity lights*: $138
Cabinet pulls: $30
Shower curtain: $50
Curtain rings: $8
(all costs approximate)
*Lowe's can help with installation
Do a Double Take
Replace an outdated vanity-spanning mirror with a pair of 31-inch x 24-inch framed mirrors (#45139) on each side of a new medicine cabinet. Helpful hint: Remove the old mirror and patch any dings, dents, or holes in the wall before you paint this section.
Blend It In
With ample storage in the large vanity below it, this 12-inch medicine cabinet (#122985) is just the right size. And its rich wood tones blend seamlessly with the bookended mirrors, making it all look like one piece. The knob works well with the other hardware.
Compare and Contrast
Solid colors and clean lines in a small space need visual contrast. This shower curtain, hung on new rings (#135489) and made from two window panels (#379265), provides the room with a lively pattern and subtle texture in complementary colors.
The walls went from blah to brilliant with a coat of Valspar Signature Classic Royal Blue (#4009-8). The vanity also got a new look with stripped-down doors (mouldings were removed) and a dose of quiet color: Valspar Signature Gray Silt (#6002-1C).
Pull the Switch
New hardware is never a bad idea, especially when you're on a budget and trying to put a new face on an old space. These satin-nickel bar pulls (#215119) help give the vanity a more modern look.
Pack a Basket
Help guests find everything they need, and keep them out of your cabinets, with a basket (#172988, set of three) packed with soaps, shampoos, scrubs, & more. Add subtle citrus aroma to the room with a small lemon cypress tree.
Trim the Bath
For a nod to the season and another splash of color, hang a festive allen + roth wreath (#394458) over a window.
Light It Up
Proper lighting is a necessity in any bath. A pair of brushed-nickel, three-bulb vanity lights (#989) mounted over the new mirrors add an elegant and unobtrusive touch to this side of the room.
Turn on the Charm
If your budget demands you keep your vanity top, freshen it up with a new faucet. This bath features brushed-nickel accents, and the new faucet set (#85800) fits right in. Bonus: This model is WaterSense-certified, which means a 30% reduction in water consumption.