15 Cheap Ways to Freshen Up Your Bathroom This Weekend

Low-cost and high style? Yes, please.

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Haute Hardware

Switch out your dated, dusty knobs and pulls and replace them with their chic, shiny counterparts. This quick, low-cost project (can you even call it that?) has the power to transform the entire aesthetic of your bathroom design. Proof: this, white double vanity with inky countertops and bright, brass hardware that oozes glamour. That builder-grade brushed nickel doesn't stand a chance.

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Reframe Your Reflection

Work with what you've got and craft a custom frame for your bathroom mirror. This remodeled master bathroom features a white built-in makeup vanity, a wood framed mirror and two sconces positioned above. Pro tip: opt for a natural wood frame to bring instant warmth and coziness into otherwise all-white spaces.

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Not Your Mama's Wainscoting

Mix trendy with traditional this weekend and create a powder room that packs a punch by installing crisp, classic wainscoting to the lower half of the walls. Line the top of the room with bold, removable wallpaper or roll on an unexpected paint color.

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White-Out

All white linens = fresh, fresh, fresh. Purge your powder room and master bath of all your ratty, mismatched, rainbow-colored and/or busy-patterned towels. Replace the lot with crisp, cloud-white cloths and towels to evoke a unified, clean, spa-worthy aesthetic.

Snag Chic Sconces

A wide, double faucet sink gives a unique look to the vanity set up of this country bathroom and we're very much here for it. The top takeaway here, though? Those uh-mazing sconces. Take note and toss out (or donate) your basic vanity lights and replace them with cool, contemporary sconces that better suit your hip design.

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Cohesive Containers

You'll be shocked how much fresher your bathroom looks, and how much more "together" your life feels when you come home to cohesive-yet-stylish storage containers. Use wicker baskets, as seen here, to create texture or opt for sleek acrylic boxes or wire baskets to lean into a more modern design.

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Up Your Storage Game

Who doesn't need more storage space in the bathroom, right? Stop procrastinating and check this shelving project off your to-do list ASAP. Natural wood open shelves keep the bathroom airy and spacious while also providing much-needed, easily-accessible storage.

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Lay the Groundwork for Coziness

From sparse to stylish, give your en suite a fresh, new look by rolling out the red carpet. Or blue. Or green. Whatever floats your boat! Recycle your hallway runner to your bathroom to create a gorgeous pop of color and an ultra-soft spot for your chilly feet in the morning.

Wow-Worthy Window Treatments

Drape your bathroom in drama by adding fancy, floor-to-ceiling drapes. The simple elegance of the ivory sheaths in this master bath makes it the perfect place to escape, relax and hide from the kids.

Paint Your Vanity an Unexpected Hue

Get out your paint brush and roll up your sleeves. Transform your vanity from drab to fab with just a few coats of your go-to bold color. You have our full permission to copy the gorgeous, gumptious green featured here. If you don't, we will.

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Create Cool Contrast

Use black paint to paint your bathroom's window trim for a show-stopping upgrade. The high-contrast results are undeniably cool and, the best part? This transformative paint project costs next to nothing to complete.

Find the Best Light

Do yourself a favor and rid your bathroom of dated ceiling fans and/or light fixtures. Find your best lighting and replace played-out pendants for a bright, bold chandelier, packed with pizzazz. This gold, star-shaped pendant dangles dreamily over the soaking tub, totally elevating the otherwise sparse, white bathroom design.

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Switch to Stylish Circle Mirror

See yourself, and your bathroom, like never before with a brand new vanity mirror. Chuck your old, square mirror (note: be careful not to break it!) and fasten an oh-so-trendy, round mirror in its place. The results will instantly lift the look of any bathroom vanity from so basic, to so pretty.

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Peel + Stick Wallpaper

Take years off the sad, forgotten hall bathroom with a few hours and your favorite removable wallpaper! We're currently drooling over this bold-yet-classic look created with a simple, black and white floral paper.

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Refine Your Shower Rod

Replace your generic white shower rod (read: the ultimate eyesore) with something a little fancier. We have hearts for eyes over how this gleaming little brass rod looks in this squeaky-clean, white bath. Swapping for a stylish brass, chrome or matte black rod will ensure that your bathroom always looks sophisticated, even when the curtain is pulled back.

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