Give a tired vanity area simple, stylish updates. Paint, tile, and hardware work wonders on a budget. Use the savings to revive a tub and shower, too.
Throw a Few Curves
This vanity comes with an engineered-stone countertop, curved backsplash, and a vitreous china sink bowl -- all for about $500. Pair each vanity with a medicine cabinet. A new towel holder wears the same brushed-nickel finish. Replace worn-out wall coverings with Valspar Crystal Sea paint, glass mosaic tile, chair-rail tile, and subway tile. Glazed porcelain floor tile looks like marble for less than $2 per square foot.
The sable-finish vanity offers more than just good looks. Opening the doors reveals valuable storage, including a drawer at the bottom.
Swap out your old sink faucet for an elegant and economical widespread model. The brushed-nickel finish resists fingerprints and water spots.
See your bath -- and yourself -- in a new light by upgrading the vanity light fixture. At less than $200, this model features a brushed-nickel finish and a pleasing mix of curves and angles.
No Mere Mirror
Get a mirror and more for less than $150 with this medicine cabinet. Adjustable glass shelves provide flexible storage for bath needs. You can have the door open on the right or left -- just rotate the cabinet before mounting.
Shake Up Your Shower
Invigorate a tub/shower with a bright new tub and tile surround. For the lower walls, use the same combo of mosaic tile, chair-rail tile, and subway tiles as in the vanity area. Then set off the upper walls with inexpensive subway tiles. For less than $200, a new tub/shower faucet delivers spa style and savings. The shower curtain, brushed-nickel rings, and gray rug are affordable upgrades, too.
Turn traditional subway tile on its head by setting it vertically on the upper shower walls. At about $2 per square foot, the subway tile is a chic look for less. Once the new tile is ready, shore up shower storage with a versatile caddy that hangs on the showerhead.
By deviating from the straight and narrow, this curved shower rod adds a little elbowroom. Use the double-rod to separate the liner and curtain or hang a towel on the outside rod.
Use new hardware to provide the finishing touches for your bath redo. At about $20, this robe hook offers high-style lines and a brushed-nickel finish.