We have a 2000’s builder grade powder bath downstairs that gets a lot of use. We wash our hands in it before dinner and most guests that drop by end up seeing the powder room. I was tired of the builder grade look and wanted it to feel personalized.
We made a few inexpensive changes to the powder room to update it before sinking a lot of time and money into the things I would really like to do like, marble tile, a console vanity and bold wallpaper.
For now, it’s a perfectly cozy powder room that has more of a spa like feel than a basic build or a rest stop bathroom, so we have that going for us!
Tips for a Super Simple Bathroom Update
1. Swap out the builder mirror
Change out the builder frameless mirror for a Home Goods framed mirror or a Project 62 mirror from Target for around $39. Remove the old mirror. Pull the anchors out of the wall. Patch the holes with DAP and let dry. Sand until smooth and level with wall. Paint and hang the new mirror.
2. Slap a little paint on the walls.
One of the most impactful decor changes you can make on a tiny budget is to buy gallon of paint and repaint those walls. Use an edger for clean lines and cling wrap the toilet so that you don’t cover it in paint. When you are finished painting, unwrap the toilet for easy clean up and a paint free base. In the powder bath, we used Sherwin Williams Sea Salt for a spa like feel.
3. Change out the cabinet knobs (pictured below).
World Market has a great selection of knobs and pulls that you can mix and match and buy individually, which is perfect for a small project where you only need 2-4.
4. Buy a pretty hand soap.
Another World Market win are the beautiful floral wrapped bar soaps. (We keep a pump soap under the cabinet for the kids).
5. Hang the perfect towel.
My go to store for towel bar and toilet paper holders is Anthropologie. While it may seem a little pricey for a DIY, the quality is unbeatable and the hardware looks and feels expensive. It’s less mass produced than the hardware store and has a custom feel.
As for the hand towels, I snagged these (set of two) striped blue towels at Walmart in the kitchen section, from the Better Homes and Gardens line. They are the softest, most durable hand towels. I bought two sets because I loved them so much. These hand towels look like their expensive boutique store counterparts, but come in at only $10 for 4. *Better Homes & Gardens Fringe 4-Piece Kitchen Towel Set*