How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Beautiful on a Small Budget

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How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Beautiful on a Small Budget
A fresh coat of paint can transform an entire bathroom for very little money. (red bathroom image by Jeffrey Sinnock from

For someone doing her own decorating, a small bathroom comes with its own set of problems: no room for storage, no place for knick-knacks, and limited space to decorate. Add to that a small budget, and the task gets even more complicated. You can invest in strong accents to create the bathroom of your dreams and organise clutter to give the illusion of more space while you stay under budget.

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Things you need

  • Baskets or bins
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Clean rags
  • Paint
  • Paint trays
  • Paintbrush or roller
  • Grout cleaner/sealer
  • Tile appliques
  • Shower curtain and liner
  • Window curtain or flat sheet
  • Light globes
  • Candles
  • Decorative soaps
  • Towels
  • Artwork

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    Clear your cabinets of old bottles of lotions and cosmetics that should be replaced. Throw all the old junk in the trash, or wash out and recycle the containers. Clearing clutter leaves you with a clear space to envision your decorating plan.

  2. 2

    Use baskets and bins to organise the items that are left to keep everything from finding its way back to the countertop. Second-hand and dollar stores are loaded with cheap containers.

  3. 3

    Wash the walls, ceiling, tub, sink, and every surface that you can reach. Cleaning the surfaces ahead of time allows you to paint or stencil without having to stop to clean each surface as you go.

  4. 4

    Paint the walls and ceiling the same or similar light, bright colour. Light colours make a small room appear larger. Fresh paint is an inexpensive way to enhance the room, and using trendy colours automatically updates the room.

  5. 5

    Clean and reseal or repaint the grout in between wall tiles to freshen it up and eliminate the dinginess of old grout. Apply appliques to the tiles to give your bathroom a custom look. You can find tile appliques at home improvement stores.

  6. 6

    Replace your old shower curtain and liner with an inexpensive coordinating curtain. Use colours that compliment the walls, which will make the room appear larger. You can replace old window curtains using flat sheets or even another shower curtain to match the tub enclosure.

  7. 7

    Replace the cover on the lighting fixture to update it. You can buy glass globes for a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire light. A new shape or frosted glass can make the old light look like new.

  8. 8

    Add accessories such as candles, decorative soaps, and pretty towels. Hang a piece of artwork that matches your decor. An inexpensive poster in a refurbished frame can withstand the moisture in the bathroom, and you won't worry about ruining a good piece of art. Accessories bring the entire look together without costing too much money.

Tips and warnings

  • Shop at yard sales and flea markets for unique bathroom accessories.

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