Budget-Friendly Fixes for Your Rental Bathroom

Budget-Friendly Fixes for Your Rental Bathroom

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Nancy Mitchell
Jun 8, 2015

Sometimes you find a great apartment with a kind of awful bathroom. That's the life of a renter. But even if you don't own your place, there are still (affordable!) things you can do to make your bathroom not super terrible. Here are a few suggestions.

Replace light fixtures.
Some of the worst light fixtures in the world can be found in apartment bathrooms. But replacing light fixtures can be surprisingly easy, and can have a huge impact on the overall look of the room. Here's how to remove your old fixtures and install new ones.

Get a new toilet seat.
It may not change the look of your bathroom much, but this super-simple fix will definitely make your bathroom feel new.

Paint the walls.
Adding a little color can be just the thing to bring a little life to a dreary bathroom. Alternatively, if your bathroom is a dark or less-than-desirable color, a coat of glossy white can make the space feel bright and clean.

Paint the vanity.
When replacing a vanity cabinet isn't an option, just painting it can make a world of difference. Just be sure to check with your landlord before you make any improvements that can't be reversed.

Add new hardware to your bathroom cabinets.
This is a simple fix that will perk up a tired space — and you can take your new pulls and knobs with you when you move, and re-use them in your next apartment.

Get a new mirror.
If you think about it, the mirror is one of the things in the bathroom that you see the most, because it's right above the sink and it displays your lovely mug. Replacing your dreary bathroom mirror with a cool garage sale find could be just the thing to perk up your space — just check with your landlord first.

Get your grout super clean.
Probably everyone who's ever rented has experienced this — the bathroom with the gross grout that, no matter how many times you clean the shower or mop the floor, never really looks clean. Here are some ideas for ways you can get your grout super clean — and transform the look of your bathroom in the process.

Re-caulk.
Another common rental-bathroom culprit? Nasty, mold caulk. Re-caulking is surprisingly easy, and will make you feel like a home-improvement badass.

Add textiles and art.
They may not be as permanent as some of these other fixes, but brightly colored towels and art can go a long way towards livening up a dreary room.

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