7 Easy Bathroom Upgrades You Can Afford Even on a Piddly Salary

published Sep 20, 2019
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So you want to make over your bathroom without spending a ton of dough? We’re with you. And we’re happy to report that it is totally doable, thanks to a few awesome DIYs we found by scouring the internet and the AT archives. One of them costs just 90 cents. Ninety cents!

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Install temporary wallpaper

Renter Ariel of PMQ for Two spent $230 to transform her bathroom into a glam getting-ready center. The biggest (and inexpensive) change: removable black and white wallpaper.

Credit: Karen Palmer

Add a micro backsplash

For just $10, you can install a stylish and functional backsplash to your sink. No more wet walls!

Credit: Diane Henkler

Make over your medicine cabinet

Unable to dedicate time and money to an entire room? Focus your attention on one particular area. Diane Henkler of In My Own Style gave her medicine cabinet new life using supplies from discount and dollar stores.

His and hers it up

Decorating for two? We love how Haeley Giambalvo of Designed Improvised used two different types of wallpaper to customize both her and her husband’s medicine cabinets—for her, a peppy floral print, and for him, a bold cactus pattern.

Credit: Lindsey Thomason

Frame your mirror

By gluing wood pieces around her medicine cabinet’s existing frame, Lindsey Thomason of Everyday Originals upgraded her mirror for less than a dollar! While this makeover was especially affordable because Lindsey already had some of the materials on hand, she estimates that it would run just $15-20 if someone was purchasing everything from scratch.

Credit: Boobalootchi

Paint a bright accent

Bathrooms are often dark and dingy. Anne-Claire brightened hers up with a $130 makeover that included a big wall of sun.

Credit: Jonesville

Install shelves

Adding new shelving is cheap and easy, and opens up more storage options. This bathroom already had amazing bones (we’re loving that black tile!), but the addition of more shelves and some fun accessories took it from good to great.