Bathroom DIY Projects – Why Didn’t I Think Of That?

by Rachel Laurendeau on April 24, 2013

With more and more people jumping in on DIY home improvements, we thought we’d put together a list of some of our favorite do-it-yourself bathroom projects. These are so simple you’ll be wondering why you didn’t think of them yourself.

  1. Upgrade a plain plate-glass mirror by framing it. Adding a frame to a large bathroom mirror can add drama to the space and really anchor the mirror, making it a focal point in the room. You can buy a frame kit (check out MirrorMate, for example) or use moulding and construction adhesive. There are lots of tutorials online, Lowe’s has a simple one that is easy to follow. Be sure to select framing material and paint that will go with the existing casings and color scheme in your bathroom.
  2. Create more space in your small bathroom. Need more space? Look up; we often forget to use vertical space. Simply hang a shelf above the bathroom door, add some decorative baskets and voila! Instant storage. While the height might not make this practical storage space for items that you use daily, you could certainly store extra toiletries and linens up there.
  3. Build a niche or cabinet between wall studs. Niches, recessed shelves and built-in cabinets are another great trick for small bathrooms. This is not a DIY project for the novice though, so if you aren’t experienced, I would suggest enlisting the help of a professional bathroom remodeler with this one.
  4. Use vinyl for backsplash. If you live in a rental or in a home in which you aren’t quite ready to invest the cost of major bathroom remodeling, you can certainly perk things up by painting and adding a faux backsplash. Vinyl backsplashes are becoming more readily available, we love this one that we found on Etsy. Simple and affordable!
  5. Play up the vintage qualities of your home. If you live in an older home, make the most it and highlight its history. One simple way to do this is to use vintage cut-glass doorknobs as towel or robe hooks or even use several smaller ones to make a jewelry rack.

There are innumerable DIY home improvement projects that you can come up with around the house. For best results: be realistic about your skill level, use the right tools, and talk to an expert if you have any questions.

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