Transform Your Bathroom With DIY Decor

When it comes to redecorating the bathroom, a little elbow grease can save a ton of cash. We found 8 clever DIY projects to help you create a designer look without the high-end price tag.
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November 25, 2014
By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Molly Winters

Photo By: Photo by Dana Damewood

Embellish a Shower Curtain

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. Personalize basic bath towels, too, by adding a monogram.

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. Vintage spigots also bring character and charm.

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. Hang rustic wire baskets instead to achieve an airy, cottage look.

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.

Make a Recycled T-Shirt Rug

Think about it: the older a T-shirt is, the softer it gets. So why ditch an old tee just because it's a little threadbare? Instead, turn seen-better-days t-shirts 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.

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