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Five Ways To Dress Up Your Bath, In A Flash, For Little Cash

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Group

Often the bathroom is one of the most overlooked rooms in the home when it comes to decorating. We tend to see it as a utilitarian space, even though we spend quite a lot of time here. (More, if you have teenagers!) Take an afternoon to turn your bath into a relaxing and soothing retreat for yourself and your guests, without spending a lot of cash.

1. Paint the whole room, including the ceiling a deep, rich color. Even though this is a small room, a deep color on the walls allows them to fade away, and at once makes the room cozy and seems more spacious.

2. Get rid of the clutter! If you can’t get most of the makeup and shaving cream under the sink, (and who can?) pick up a few baskets from the dollar shop and corral them in. Make sure there is a hamper. If you are short on space, use the kind that hangs on the back of the door. A large drawstring bag would work for this also. (He might actually even use it…ok, it’s a dream.)

3. Dress up that large frameless mirror. Hang swags of fabric from cup hooks to hide and soften the edges of the mirror, and to give it a “frame”. Or actually use cut lengths of 1x4 lumber, and attach them to the wall over the edges of the mirror to simulate a real wood frame. You can paint or stain them as well to coordinate with your cabinets.

4. Speaking of cabinets, how about giving them a quick redo? Paint them black for a sophisticated look, or white with sponge painting for a country theme. Try any of the hot faux finishes. You can even paint the Formica counters. Just clean well and use a special primer first such as BIN or KILZ. Then seal with 4-6 coats of polyurethane after the paint dries. Should last for years!

5. Lastly, add some detail to the room. Sew fabric edging to your towels, add a shell for a soap dish, and stitch up a pretty shower curtain to cover that vinyl one. Hang some calendar pictures on the wall in dollar store frames…perhaps of a faraway place you can dream about as you soak away your cares? If you have natural light in the room from a window, add a plant or two.

Now light up some candles, turn on some music, and fill the bath with sweet smelling bubbles. Your getaway awaits!

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Rebecca, Would love to see a few photos of your "updated" bath ideas.


Oct 11, 2011 03:12 PM
Stefanie Cohen
Coldwell Banker Realty - Boynton Beach, FL
"I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows"

Rebecca - These are some great ideas!  Creative thinking can make such a huge difference to a bathroom!

Oct 11, 2011 03:18 PM
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

Great ideas!  Have any pics to post of some of them implemented by any chance?

Oct 11, 2011 03:21 PM
Charles Walk

Very nice post. Some sellers can't see the clutter even when you point it out to them.

Oct 11, 2011 03:45 PM
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Great ideas for updating a bathroom easily and inexpensively. Thanks for the tips.


Oct 11, 2011 03:59 PM
Ted J. Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Milton, GA

REbecca - What a great way to spice up the bath, and it is inexpensive. I like many of your ideas, wonder why there are only women commenting and then there is me.

Oct 11, 2011 04:19 PM
Amy Shair
Cary Apex Durham NC Referrals - eXp Realty - Duke University, NC
Award-Winning Agent 25+ Years

Dressing up that frameless mirror is a big help! And it helps if the mirror has the imperfections along that edge that come along with age. I've had clients purchase mirror frame kits off the internet for great prices and it's pre-stained the right color.

Oct 11, 2011 04:33 PM
Allen 2222
Austin, TX

Hi Rebecca - a little elbow grease can go a looooong way in making a bathroom more inviting. Even a deep cleaning and a fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference like you've said. 

Oct 11, 2011 04:35 PM