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Simple Bathroom Makeover Tips

If you’re ready for a new bathroom but a major renovation doesn’t fit your budget, try these simple tips for an easy makeover.

Paint the Walls

New paint will transform the look of any room. When it comes to bathrooms, use a semigloss. It’s simple to clean and stands up well in high-moisture areas.

When you’re painting with a brush, use smooth, even strokes and finish back into the area you just painted. When rolling, load the roller evenly with paint and make a “W” pattern on the wall. And just like using a brush, finish back into the area you just painted. Take your time to avoid splatter.

To avoid messy cleanup, use painter’s tape and tarps to protect anything that you don’t want painted. It’s also helpful to remove cover plates, towel racks, or anything else that might get in the way.

Repair Drywall

Feel like swapping out your old towel rack or shelves? Don’t worry about the old holes in the wall. You can fix them with a little patch compound. Just apply it with a putty knife, let it dry, sand smooth, and touch up with primer. For tips on repairing larger holes, check our How to Repair Drywall video.

Paint Your Cabinets

Is your vanity scratched and dinged up? You have two choices — replace it or paint it. Replacing a vanity really isn’t that hard, and there are many options available at Lowe’s. You can learn how to replace yours by watching our Install a Vanity and Sink video.

For the crafty types, painting might be your preference. And you can be as creative as you want. Find all the steps and great ideas in our Cabinet Door Makeovers section.

Add New Hardware

Add a decorative touch to your bath with new pulls and knobs on doors and drawers. This project takes almost no time at all. All you’ll need is a screwdriver to replace them.

Frame Your Mirror

For more style at the sink, update your mirror with a new one or create a custom-made border. To learn how to install a new mirror, check out the Install a Bathroom Mirrored Medicine Cabinet and Vanity Light video.

Adding custom border to your existing mirror is a great DIY project. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1

Sometimes it’s easiest to first remove the mirror from the wall. Remove the mounting screws and pull the mirror out. If you have a surface-mount mirror, we’ll give you some tips in the next few steps.

Step 2

Cut moulding to fit around the edge of the mirror. Use 45-degree miter cuts for the corners.

For a recessed cabinet, the moulding should be flush with the edge of the mirror so the door can still open.

Step 3

Paint all sides of the moulding, including the backs.

Step 4

Check the pieces for fit, and then set them aside.

Step 5

Apply construction adhesive to the mirror. Try to run it about 1 inch from the edge of the mirror.

Step 6

Set the moulding on the mirror and gently press the pieces against the glass. To do this step on a surface-mount mirror on the wall, use tape to hold the pieces in place.

Step 7

If there are any gaps at the corners, you can fill them with wood putty and touch up with paint.

Step 8

Some beveled mirrors might show a large gap behind the moulding. Fill it in with paintable caulk and paint it.

Clean or Replace Your Showerhead

No more crusty showerheads. Here’s a cleaning trick to help make your showerhead shine. Remove your dirty showerhead. Put it in a large freezer bag and fill the bag with vinegar. Close it up. Let it soak overnight, and by morning you’ll have a shiny showerhead.

Sometimes there’s no saving your old showerhead, so it’s best to swap it for a new one. Unscrew the old one and then simply screw on a new one. Here’s a tip: Don’t use metal pliers to attach the new one. They can scratch the finish. Just use your hands or a rubber strap wrench if required.

The latest fixtures can really change your shower experience — some have massagers, some simulate rain, and some even have speakers so you can play your favorite music.

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Add a New Curtain and Rod

A bold-patterned shower curtain will definitely pop in your bath. Some curtains are not only stylish, but they’re also mold-resistant.

And try this: Replace your old curtain rod with a curved one. Curved curtain rods will give you more room in the shower. And some are really easy to install — just twist and lock in place.

Add New Caulk

Moldy caulk must go. Not only is it ugly, it can be harmful to your health. Here’s how to get rid of it. Then, you can apply some fresh, new caulk.

Step 1

Scrape off the old, moldy caulk. A putty knife or a soft synthetic abrasive pad and mineral spirits will do the trick.

Step 2

Once it’s off, wipe the joints dry.

Step 3

Apply new caulk. To get straight caulk lines, mask off the joints with painter’s tape. Run the bead of caulk, smooth it with your finger or a finishing tool, and remove the tape.

Step 4

Wipe up any excess.

Organize and Accessorize

Storage can be a big issue for tiny bathrooms. Cabinets can help keep all your bath necessities tidy and tucked away. Tall, skinny cabinets, over-the-toilet storage cabinets, and floating shelves work great in a bath with limited space. And for more storage under the sink, attach a cabinet organizer inside the vanity door with just a couple of screws.

And don’t forget the details. Lowe’s has a lot of accessories to complete the look of any bathroom — from soap dispensers to rugs to heated towel racks. You can even find a great piece of artwork to complete your bathroom transformation.

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