Bathroom Facelift 01:02

Here are the DIY Basics on giving your bathroom a facelift.

Watch an Overview Video

Step 1

Gather Your Materials and Tools

interior wall paint, satin and flat finishes
paint rollers and covers
paint tray
poster board
antiquing glaze
plastic wrap
fine-grit sandpaper
ceiling light-and-fan combination fixture
wall sconces
CFL bulbs

Step 2

Paint the Walls

Start by finding a new wall color.

Experiment on poster board with sample jars of paint to save money.

Pro Tip

To make room seem larger, paint walls neutral color or white; for comfortable feel, choose sunny, warm color; to make space relaxing, choose ocean blues or greens.

Satin finish is easier to clean than flat finish, and paint that resists stain and mildew is best for a bathroom.

Step 3

Antique An Old Vanity

To tie in with walls, use same base color but in flat finish.

Go lighter or darker with glaze. For stripes, use brush to wipe off glaze; for texture, wipe glaze with different materials, like plastic wrap, newspaper, or cheesecloth.

Use fine-grit sandpaper to "age" corners and nail to create faux wormholes.

Pro Tip

Flat paint absorbs glaze better than satin finish.

Step 4

Add Hardware and Lighting

Finish with new faucet and new hardware.

Install decorative ceiling light-exhaust fan combination. Install matching wall sconces on either side of mirror.

For extra light, trade frosted bulbs for clear bulbs.

Pro Tip

CFL bulbs will save money and energy.