Sure, 10-foot garden tubs, walk-in steam showers, heated towel bars and hand-painted custom fired sinks would turn your drab bathroom into a showplace, but what if your budget looks more like a washtub and a garden hose? Well, even if the piggy bank is empty and the cupboard bare, you can change your bathroom into a unique and elegant space. Here are just six ideas on how to decorate a bathroom on a budget. These are really nice to try.
How to Decorate a Bathroom on a Budget: Six Tips
Shelving – If you have a metal shelving unit in your garage, re-purpose it for the bathroom! Paint it a glossy red or black with a can of spray paint and use it for towel and toiletry storage! Add some scented candles and baskets full of decorative soaps for an inviting look.
Shower Curtain Magic – Make a shower curtain out of a sheet or bedspread from a discount store. Low thread count linens usually make the best shower curtains! You can make ties to attach to the rod from a package of matching bias tape cut into 10-inch lengths and sewn to the top of the sheet at 12-inch intervals. For ties that are even more economical, you can even use yarn scraps treaded through grommets placed on the top of the sheet. If even that is too expensive, just thread the rod through the deeper pocket at the top of the sheet!
Custom Towels – Cut long strips from a matching sheet and sew along the bottom of inexpensive towels to give a custom look. You can brag to all your friends about how you made custom towels “with your own little hands.”
Mirror, mirror – To provide the illusion of a larger space in your bathroom, add a large mirror above your tub. Just don’t place it where you can see those “love handles” when you get into the tub. You can mount a mirror meant for the back of your closet door. They are available at most discount stores for under $15. Simply arrange it horizontally to add width and space. Mount a shelf under the mirror for toiletries, candles, washcloths and soaps. A simple wood plank mounted on brackets will do.
Storage – If you need extra space for storage, bring in a mismatched bedside table from a garage sale or thrift shop. Paint it a matching color and place next to your tub or commode for towel or paper storage. Place a candle in a pretty thrift shop saucer for a feminine touch.
Vanity – Want an unusual vanity? If you have an old buffet or dresser with a damaged top, cut a space in the top to fit your sink and cover the top with broken mosaic tiles. Just grout the tile – ask your home improvement store for the supplies. You will have to cut a space in the back for plumbing, but the overall look can be gorgeous!
Vanity too – For another inexpensive vanity idea, a scrap plank of wood such as an old fireplace mantle or the butcher block top of an old portable dishwasher can be used as a shelf to hold a vessel sink. Just mount to the wall with metal brackets, cut a hole in the middle to hold the sink and you have an upscale-looking vanity.So with a little imagination, you can find the right answer of how to decorate a bathroom into a beautiful space on a budget. Now put that piggy bank back before your child discovers it’s gone.