How to Refresh Your Bathroom with $100

How to Refresh Your Bathroom with $100 | Diary of a DIYer

If you’re just getting your feet wet in the home décor world, a quick bathroom update is an ideal project to start with. Refreshing your bathroom can make all the difference, and better yet, you don’t have to spend an unreasonable amount of money.

So, do you have an extra Benjamin laying around to take on this project? I promise, that’s all it’ll take to give your bath a quick update. Keep reading to find out which updates will give you the most bang for your buck.

New Hardware

A quick and easy way to make your bathroom look more luxe than what it might be is to install a new bathroom hardware collection. Ditch the builder-grade polished chrome and opt for stylish satin nickel or oil rubbed bronze finishes.

The Lakefront series includes a towel bar, toilet paper holder, towel ring and robe hook…in other words, all your bathroom bases will be covered. Satin nickel finishes are my favorite because of their modern yet refined look. The Lakefront set will run you $24.95.

A Fresh Coat of (Oops) Paint

If your bathroom is feeling a little drab or cramped, it might be time to repaint the walls. A fresh coat of paint will help brighten the room. It’s an easy way to freshen up the space and make it look like a new room.

When you’re looking to save money in your bathroom update, check out the returned paint section at your local hardware store. You can find gallons of this “oops paint” at prices much lower than retail cost.

Let’s say you find a color you love (like Denise from Salvaged Inspirations did) for only $9. What a steal! That’ll bring our total up to $33.95 – not a bad start.

Mirror, Mirror

I think we can all agree: that builder’s grade mirror on your wall isn’t doing you any favors. Instead of spending hundreds upon hundreds on a new mirror, work with what you’ve already got.

While you’re at the hardware store looking for paint, pick up some cheap molding to install around your mirror. For just a few bucks you can make that mirror look more expensive than what it’s actually worth (even more if you choose to paint the trim).

The mirror in my bathroom is 30” x 39”, so I would need about 11.5 feet of material. At $1.35/ft., this crown molding would cost about $15.23.

Momtastic has a helpful guide to framing your bathroom mirror.

Plush Bath Towels

Feel free to splurge on quality towels. You’ll be using them every day for drying your hands, face and body, so they might as well be quality.

Funky designs can help give your bath some personality, which is a must in smaller rooms. I love the patterns in this HipStyle towel set as well as this Intelligent Design set. Both 6-piece sets come in at $49.99.

And the total is…

It’s time to reveal the grand total of this bathroom refresh project. Drum roll, please!

For a whopping $99.17, you can update your bathroom to rejuvenate the space. And if you’re really serious about updating your bathroom, this project can easily be completed in a weekend.

(Just don’t spend the leftover 83 cents in one place.)


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