Hey Hey! I know it’s easy to get bored with rooms in your home, that happens to everyone!. Especially with bathrooms. These rooms work hard but are often overlooked in the decorating department. Luckily, it doesn’t take much money or time to kick those spaces into high gear. I took my 13 year old daughter’s bathroom from “ho-hum” to “hello, fun” in just one weekend. A weekend bathroom refresh is totally do-able on a tiny budget and with little time to spare.
On a Saturday we did Step 1 + Step 2 then on Sunday we did Step 2 + Step 3. I’d say total, with cleaning, purging, planning, shopping and decorating, we spent about 6 hours on this bathroom refresh. Not too shabby! Here is our process, I hope it helps you pull off a space that makes you happy!
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Step 1. Clean the bathroom COMPLETELY OUT! Yes COMPLETELY. Everything must go. I mean it. EVERY. THING. You know, except the toilet, sink and tub of course. Then, Scrub-a-dub-dub. Clean the bathroom from top to bottom. My favorite products to do this with are Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner (Basil scent is my fave!) + Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. I order both of these items in bulk so that I never run out. With my love of white walls, which you can see here, here and here, these do the trick when it comes to getting the grime off. And trust me, in a teenage girls bathroom there is makeup. EVERY. WHERE.
Step 2. Purge your stuff. My kiddo, Abigael, LOVES makeup but she hoards it! And she has so much (thanks to a monthly Subscription box that she got for Christmas) that she doesn’t really use it all in time recommended. So we threw a lot away! She also had things stuffed every where that just were not needed anymore. Really look at your things in your bathroom and make sure you use them, love them or need them.
Step 3. Make a storage plan. Obviously you are going to want some cute containers like jars, baskets, boxes or a combination of those. We used 3 types of jars. The white chalkboard labeled jars with the yellow lids I already had from another Michael’s clearance sale. Always shop the house first! Plus, two black memory boxes and a jewelry holder from Home Goods. To stay within your budget make sure you go to the store with a detailed plan of what storage items you need. I can tend to get carried away and buy too many items OR not buy the appropriate items for my needs because storage and organizing stuff is cute!! The great thing about bathroom storage is it can be USEFUL and BEAUTIFUL!
Step 4. Decorate! Think dual-purpose, especially when the bathroom is small like my daughter’s. Start by shopping the house and thinking outside of the box. We already had a shelf we needed and it’s actually a spice rack from IKEA that had seen way better days. Abigael had two decorative “A’s” in her bedroom along with some smaller black picture frames. We also added a FRACK mirror from IKEA between her medicine cabinet and shower so that she could use it in and out of the shower. I bought two clearance window panels from JCPenney and used those as her shower curtain with an EXTRA LONG clear liner behind it so we could hang it high. There are many more details to the bathroom that I will share on Friday along with the full reveal and price break down!
Are you ready for a quick + painless weekend bathroom refresh?
It really is this simple! Even if we had needed to paint, in a small space like this it doesn’t take long or cost very much. A quart of paint would have been plenty. Friday I will share the cost breakdown and the final pictures! What do you think of the color scheme Abigael wanted? She loves lilac and I love black + white. We had to work with the tile that was in here but I think it all turned out great. Still kind of minimal like I like things but pretty and fun for a 13 year old girl who loves makeup, fashion and…..boys. Goodness. Somebody have an easy plan for that last thing?