There's a big price difference between a designer shower curtain and a basic white one. To get a custom look for less, purchase a plain curtain and add the embellishment yourself — all you need is a pretty ribbon and some fabric glue. Use the same technique to dress up basic bath towels.
Make Your Own Rustic Towel Bars
Using reclaimed materials in the bathroom is a trend that's both chic and budget-friendly — especially when you can repurpose almost-free or found objects. These easy-to-make reclaimed wood towel bars, fashioned from recycled packing palettes, will add warmth and a sense of history to your loo.
Create Found-Object Art
Everyday objects can become focal points in your bathroom if you look at them with an artist's eye. When the design team at Birdhouse Interior Design opted not to use an original door in this 1910 farmhouse remodel, they repurposed it as an art piece in the bathroom. It's coated in chalkboard paint and scrawled with a whimsical Dr. Seuss quote. Photo by Dana Damewood
DIY Crate Shelves
Display shelving doesn't have to be pricey; in fact, all you need to make these crate shelves is a few craft-store crates and your favorite hue of paint. Staggering the cabinets creates additional storage space atop each crate and allows the shelves to double as wall art.
Dress Up the Ceiling
If you're searching for a way to create a wow factor in your bathroom, just look up! Stenciling the ceiling, like Michelle of 4 Men 1 Lady did here, adds height and interest to the most-likely-to-be-ignored surface in the bath. Transform yours with a bucket of paint, a graphic pattern and a few hours.
Hide Clutter With a Sink Skirt
Pedestal sinks are ideal for tight spaces but often show exposed plumbing and offer little storage. An easy-to-sew sink skirt will solve both problems, providing style and function to a bathroom. Choose a trendy, patterned fabric, like damask, ikat or suzani, for maximum visual impact.
Think about it: the older a towel is, the softer it gets. So why ditch your set just because it's a little threadbare? Instead, turn seen-better-days towels into a recycled rag rug with a plastic base and a couple hours of knotting. Use one color or a mix of hues; either way it will keep your toes toasty, look chic and save you money to boot.
Revamp the Vanity
Whether your vanity is outdated or just drab, think beyond paint to dress it up. Textured wallpaper, like this luxe snakeskin print, adds both color and interest, and modern fixtures complete the transformation. In a rental? Try removeable wallpaper such as Tempaper.