Six Bathroom Design Ideas You Can Do In A Weekend

Great bathroom design ideas don’t have to cost an arm and a leg…and, they don’t have to involve moving walls.

Looking for quick and inexpensive ways to give a ho-hum bathroom a face-lift? Here are 6 bathroom decorating ideas that use creative wall treatments, flea market finds and creative bathroom colors to create a new look now. Even better you can complete these projects in a weekend and for under $300.

1. Furniture Style Vanities — Make a sleek retro or stylish Victorian bathroom vanity out of an old desk, dresser, 60′s vintage stereo console…or, you fill in the blank.

Find them at Flea Markets, yard sales and second-hand stores. I look for ones with deep drawers. Use a jigsaw to cut out the sink template. Home improvement centers have stock stone counter-tops that work with under-mount sinks. Paint your new vanity or stain it natural or leave it as-is for the “distressed” hipster look.

2. Mirror, mirror — Dump that old wall to wall mirror with the clips…They’re dated!

Instead hang smaller, framed mirrors over the sinks. Many stores have these on the floor, in stock. I saw one last weekend at a home improvement store that was 24 inches by 34 inches (61 cm by 86 cm) for $90 US. For a more custom look, you can create a frame at a frame shop and buy a mirror to fit it at a glass store.

3. Accessorize! — Add towel holders with metal finish to match bath fittings or add cabinet pulls to boost both function and looks. Then, to spice things up, treat yourself to new towels with accents of color–See our pages on how to work with color. This is an easy upgrade that shows, can be done in a couple hours and, is so affordable.

4. Washable wallpaper — Color, texture, pattern and more can be yours with a coated wallpaper that’s easy to clean and can stand up to high humidity…Many of the thicker, textured papers can be installed right over a thick texture or older plaster wall with cracks without the imperfections showing through.

5. Lighting is everything — Give your bathroom a boost with improved lighting. Good lighting makes the most of bathroom colors and lifts your mood…especially in the morning as you start your day. Install a light bar over the vanity sink for shaving and makeup… wall sconces on dimmers to set the mood for a relaxing soak.

Match the finishes to the faucet for a cohesive look…For an element of surprise, do something different. A Vintage chandelier hanging from the ceiling is a bathroom design idea with a sophisticated grin.

6. Floor matters — Install new pre-finished wood flooring or new inlaid vinyl floor-covering for a bathroom design idea that will make a big impact for a small investment.

Because the floor area in most bathrooms is small, your material costs will be minuscule… For example, floor-covering at $20 a square yard (square meter) for a 6 foot by 10 ft bathroom runs about $130 US. And, you can find great deals at half that price if you watch for them. New vinyl floors that don’t require adhesive are very doable for homeowners with basic skills.

Pre-finished wood flooring is comparable in price. It’s also relatively easy for the homeowner to install. Look for a weekend how-to workshop at your local home improvement center…If you’re installing pre-finished wood flooring, you’ll have to pry up the plywood or particle board underlayment first or your toilet will sit too high when you re-seat it and then slowly leak around the drain flange.

Now run a bubble bath or curl up next to your loved one with a good movie and congratulate yourself on accomplishing so much with so little.