Before and After: A $19 Amazon Find Is the Star of This (Paint-Free!) Bathroom Makeover

published Jan 23, 2024
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Sometimes, all a room really needs to shine is a few cosmetic swaps, and this bathroom makeover by Rachel Reinhart (@ourlittletosahouse) is a prime example. 

All of the “big-ticket fixtures,” as Rachel calls them, like the vanity, sink, faucet, and original 1940s floor tile, were neutral and in great shape. Rachel says she “looked for ways to decorate around them instead.” 

“We wanted big impact with a low budget, and also wanted to focus on details we could update easily down the road when we need a change,” she adds. Here are her small changes that made a big difference.

A $19 Amazon window cling adds character.

One of the items that Rachel and her husband and two daughters definitely wanted to change was the dated ‘80s window treatment in the bathroom. “This was the last room in our house to lose the broken 1980s plastic venetian blinds,” Rachel says. Rachel says they thought for a while about how to add privacy without sacrificing style, and the answer was actually a $19 Amazon window cling that looks like stained glass. “The design has both visual and tactile patterning that keep the look classic, rather than cheap,” Rachel says of her (totally removable) find that looks more expensive than it is.

A salvaged marble shelf is an upgrade from the wood one before.

And speaking of budget-savvy additions, the chic new shelf behind the toilet was totally free. 

“Hot tip: Periodically search “free marble” in Facebook Marketplace,” Rachel says. The marble shelf that replaced the wooden one was left over from a neighbor’s renovation, and it brightens the room and makes it feel more high-end.

“We love the slight antique Parisian vibes now, but down the road if we want to change up the aesthetic, it will be a snap!” Rachel adds.

Ditching the towel bar made room for a gallery wall. 

Lastly, Rachel and her husband made some hardware swaps, taking down the clunky towel bar and toilet paper holder. Instead, they added a small towel bar below the sink and replaced the toilet paper holder with “minimalist antique brass hardware that better match[es] our faucet,” Rachel explains, adding that the new towel bar makes room for a few more framed art pieces above the toilet. “I always love a tasteful nude in a bath!” Rachel adds. They also replaced the chrome light fixture.

She’s thrilled with the way the whole reno came together — and for not much money at all. “Removing the towel rack and the window blinds really opened up the room visually and added so much light,” she recaps. “If you have a small narrow bathroom like we do, then every inch counts.”