4 Easy Steps to a Bathroom Refresh

HOW TO: Quick and easy bathroom refresh!

If you’re feeling that itch to do some sprucing up now that spring has (kind of) arrived, the bathroom is a great place to start.  It’s a smaller room and therefore a totally manageable #sundayfunday project; and since it’s more of a side-dish room than a main course, you can definitely have some fun.  Here are my 4 steps for a bathroom facelift:

  1. Go clear with your shower curtain.

OK, I know what you must be thinking: If you only have one bathroom and you have kids or a roommate, the clear shower curtain might be a little tricky, but if you’re cool with getting really comfortable with your house-mates, the clear shower curtain is a game changer.

Here is my shower curtain gospel: For small bathrooms, a clear shower curtain makes the space feel twice the size!  Say goodbye to an opaque curtain literally chopping your room in half. (And if you’re anything like me, you can finally relax in the shower instead of worrying that while you’re lathering up your shampoo there’s a psycho-style killer with a knife creeping up on you.  I clearly can’t handle scary movies.) You can get heavy-duty clear liners online from Amazon or Bed Bath & Beyond that come in extra-long styles so that you don’t need that outer curtain layer. And if the clear curtain ever starts to look cloudy from soap build-up, just throw it in the washing machine and it’ll come out looking brand new!  I recommend not using any soap when you do this- just a teeny splash of bleach and the water from the machine will do the trick.

A bonus to the clear curtain move? It also means you can have plants in the shower (I have two: a hanging fern and a potted trailing pothos) because they’ll get plenty of light (you do need to have a window for this to work).  Who doesn’t want to feel like they are in one of those early 2000’s commercials for Venus razors where the girl takes a magical shower in a jungle waterfall?


(photos and design are my own)

  1.  Give your walls some temp tats.

If you’re renting, or just want to avoid the hassle of painting or putting up wallpaper, vinyl wall decals are the perfect solution.  They easily stick on and peel off, so you can play around with placement and easy remove them if you’re moving or just want to change things up again (shout-out to my chronic-rearrangers!).  You can choose smaller decals to create a pattern mimicking wallpaper like I chose to do with the paint brush dots in my bathroom, or you can use bigger designs to do more of a mural effect. You could even create a design that frames a vanity or a window.  I used decals from Urban Walls (http://www.uwdecals.com/) and another great source is Walls Need Love (https://wallsneedlove.com/).


      (photo and design are my own)

  1.  Round up some stylish storage.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a realist.  I’m all about practical solutions and not setting unachievable goals.  So for myself, I know that even though I’m an extremely organized person, I also don’t have the time or patience to take out and then put away everything I need when I’m in the bathroom getting ready for the workday.  A bathroom with nothing sitting out on the shelf or sink or windowsill is great for a magazine shot, but it’s never gonna happen in my real life. But I still want my real life bathroom to look as good a magazine shoot!  The solution? Store all your stuff in containers that are attractive enough to look good even when they’re sitting out. I recommend focusing on three core pieces to start:

  1. A stylish makeup bag or dopp kit (aka makeup bags for doods)

Some shoppable options:

This cute, minimal design in a trendy silhouette

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(image via madewell.com)


This tailored number from Zara

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(image via zara.com)


Or this blast from the past: Caboodles! Now available at Urban Outfitters because in case you missed the memo- the 80’s are back, bb!

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(image via urbanoutfitters.com)


2) Sleek vessels for whatever tools you use on a daily basis (makeup applicators,
Q-tips, toothbrushes etc…)

Some shoppable options:

“The Cabin” from one of my favorite brands, Thing Industries:

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(image via thingindustries.com)


This affordable marble number:

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(image via target.com)


This porcelain cup in a classic print:

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(image via handm.com)


3) A basket repurposed as a trash can.  My husband thought I was nuts when I started
doing this in our bathroom several years ago (to his credit I am kinda nuts sometimes,
but not in this case), but he has since become a believer.  He thought a basket wouldn’t
work because of “wet trash” but in truth that really only applies to kitchen garbage and
the rest of the trash we produce is essentially just paper.  The trick is when you’re
looking for a good basket you won’t find it if you search for a trash can.  You have to
search for organizational storage and then select something that you recognize will work
as a trash can.  Here’s mine:


(photo is my own)

  1.  Four is for Floor.  A cute bath mat can instantly take a bathroom from frat-boy vibes to pinterest-worthy.  I have three that I rotate through to keep things fresh and play with different color pops.  

Some shoppable options:

This moroccan-inspired mat with tassel border:

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(image via target.com)


This pricier but delicious anthropologie offering:

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(image via anthropologie.com)


This shaggy round rug:

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(image via urbanoutfitters.com)


This tufted neutral:

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(image via urbanoutfitters.com)



I hope this post inspired you to give your space a fresh spring makeover – Whether you rent or own, it’s never the wrong time to give your home a little TLC.

What are you waiting for?

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