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Guest Bathroom Refresh

Have you ever looked at a room in your home and just been completely uninspired by it?  I believe spaces in your home should make you happy by being functional, relaxing and beautiful.  Last week, I was getting our basement bathroom ready for my sister’s upcoming visit when I realized that although the bathroom was functional, it was neither relaxing or beautiful.  I decided to do a quick overhaul to make the tiny space a bit more fun.

 Below is the bathroom Before.  Yes, we have had some leaking up by the shower entrance.  No longer leaking, but the repairs are in process.  I have had this shower curtain for over 10 years, so as much as I still like it, I feel like it is time for an update.  I believe I got it on a good clearance at Target, also.

1. Change the shower curtain.  The first item of business was to replace the shower curtain.  I found a shower curtain on clearance at Target for $5.98.  It adds some softness and bright colors to the little room, and hides the ugly tile that I can’t yet replace.  If you aren’t a fan of adding colors or patterns, I recommend a thick white waffle-weave curtain to give your bathroom a luxury hotel vibe. 

2. Tweak the vanity.  The sink and vanity in this bathroom are on my hit list, but until a new one is in the budget, I need to work with the one we have.  I have an embarrassing stockpile of pretty pots of sample paint.  I searched through my stash and found a dark teal blue that coordinated with my shower curtain.  In less than 15 minutes, I had the first coat of paint on, and the second coat was finished after my kids went to bed for the night.  It was a super quick and budget friendly fix, and the crooked little vanity looks so much happier.


3. Add new towels.  Instead of rounding up some mismatched towels, I took advantage of a spectacular sale at Shopko last week.  I bought two bath towels and two hand towels for less than $14.  It is pretty refreshing to step out of the shower and have a soft fluffy towel waiting for you.  I store the towels on an open metal wall rack right next to the shower.

4. Keep toilet paper and washcloths visible.  No one wants to go searching for toilet tissue in someone else’s bathroom.  I like to keep an extra roll or two in a basket on the back of the toilet, along with several washcloths.


5. Switch up the art.  I have a set of prints hanging in the bathroom that I have had hanging in one room or another for over 10 years.  I still really like them because they remind me of travels with my sister, but they are a little neutral and boring for the space.  Instead of finding something different, I added some color to the prints with a watercolor wash.  Shop your own home for unexpected art that can add a fun twist.


6. Think cozy underfoot.  Thankfully the bathroom doesn’t have carpet, but that does mean toes can get chilly on the concrete and linoleum floor.  A soft rug or two keeps feet happy and warm while also adding a potential spot for color.

There you have it!  Time and budget friendly updates that make a big impact on the look and feel of an often neglected room.