The 10 Best DIY Bathroom Projects
Find new ideas and some tried-and-true ways to make over your bathroom.
Photo By: Norman Pogson
New lighting can give an old room a fresh look. Install new LED strips as back lighting around a mirror or inside glass cabinet doors. New pendants in front of the mirror will reflect light around the room and make the space brighter. A hanging fixture or chandelier above the tub or in the center of the room can add a spark of personality.
Gain Square Footage With a Pedestal
In a small bathroom or a half bath, a pedestal sink makes sense because it will open up floor space, making the room seem bigger. Plus, pedestals come in many different styles and price ranges, so you can pair them with most any decor and budget.
Replace Tub With Walk-In Shower
If you have a large bathtub that doesn't get used much, replace it with a walk-in shower. Not only will it look more luxurious, it's more practical. And with a set of clear glass doors, a walk-in shower will make the room feel bigger.
Buy or Convert to Dual Flush
You don't need to replace the entire toilet to save money on your water bill. Dual flush converter kits cost about $25, take less than an hour to install and are available at most hardware stores. If you are in the market for a new toilet, dual-flush models are in the medium-to-high price range, but what you'll save on your water bill should make up for the extra cost.
Get Creative With Storage
Think outside the box when it comes to storage. Here, a wooden barrel was sliced into four pieces, inserts were added, then they were mounted onto the wall.
Add a Towel Warmer
Even if your bathroom isn't as luxurious as this, a towel warmer can make you feel like it is. Wall-mounted models are easy to install and plug into a standard outlet. It makes a great gift too buy one for your honey so you can share.
Rope lighting tucked up on the underside of the cabinet illuminates the floor, making it easy for those middle-of-the-night visits.
Re-Tile the Shower
Re-tiling a shower doesn't have to cost a lot if you mix and match materials. Here, the more expensive smaller mosaics are paired with less expensive 12" x 12" tile and the results are stunning. If you mix tile, you only need a small amount of each, so you may be able find some bargains at closeouts, Craigslist or salvage yards.
No matter the style, a vessel sink will add a touch of elegance. Vessel sinks in stone, glass and metal have come down in price since they first became popular. Smaller bowls are perfect for half bathrooms and powder rooms.
Here is a clever vanity idea: An inexpensive butcher-block kitchen island was morphed into a vanity by retro-fitting it with a generous-sized sink and a laminate countertop.