Bathroom Makeovers

If you've been following me for awhile, you know I'm no stranger to bathroom makeovers. Ok... that may be a slight understatement. It's probably more accurate to say that I live for a good all-out, down to the studs, bring out the sledge hammer kind of renovation. (And for the record, there's still more to come!) Over the past 1 1/2 years we've tackled everything from large renovations like our guest bathroom and powder room  in our lake house to smaller bathroom updates in our condo. Over the course of these renovations, I've picked up a thing or two about remodeling a bathroom, and have a better sense of how to make a room look nice while still allowing it to be functional. I want to share with you some lessons I've learned along the way, as well as some awesome makeovers other people have done. You can check out the details of these makeovers by clicking the board below, but I'll highlight just a few.

One idea I adore in bathrooms (however haven't yet done myself) is re-purposing a dresser into a vanity. It's a great way to dress up a bathroom a bit and to add a touch of sophistication. Seeing as re-purposing furniture is my thing, I really have no excuse as to why I don't have a dresser vanity. Now that I think about it, I feel a bit silly that I don't have one of these in my house!  Hmmm...the wheels are in motion; I'm already envisioning another makeover coming soon! Check out this example from Kim at Tidbits & Twine. The vanity really becomes the focal point of the room and adds a touch of elegance.

Since a bathroom needs to serve a purpose, it is necessary that you are mindful of storage space. If you opt for a pedestal sink, or have limited counter top space, you have to get creative with finding functional storage space. 

If you leave items out in the open, just be sure to keep things tidy. A good way to do this is to keep items in baskets or containers. Traci from Beneath my Heart did a great job of storing towels and toilet paper out in the open while still making it blend with the decor.  

Since bathrooms are usually smaller spaces, I think they're a great room to test out new decorating ideas or do something a bit out of the box. Check out the gallery wall wallpaper Jen from Librarian Tells All chose for her bathroom makeover. How fun is that?!

Although makeovers can seem daunting, I think the most important thing to remember is they don't have to be huge or cost a lot of money. For a couple hundred dollars, you'd be amazed at the drastic updates you can make to a room. Susan from Living Rich on Less exemplifies this beautifully. Check out the makeover she did for just $88!

Overall, there are a couple takeaways. First, set a budget. Yes, I said it. That dirty little "b" word that always comes in and sucks up all the fun! Next, prioritize. Figure out what the most important upgrades and changes are that you want to make and start with those items. While doing this though, you also need to consider what changes will get you the biggest 'bang for your buck'. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - paint can do wonders, people! Also, replacing hardware and fixtures is usually a relatively quick and inexpensive upgrade that can bring a space up to date.  If you're on a tight budget, figure out where you can skimp a bit without cheapening the space. Often times stone and tile stores have scrap pieces of material (granite, quartz, etc.) from projects that didn't require the entire slab. They usually sell these scraps at deep discounts. Check out those options as well as discontinued products. And finally, make the space yours! Your home should be a reflection of you, and when people walk into your space, they should see your personality shining through...even if that means they're seeing it in your brand new toilet bowl!