Spruce Up the Bathroom in 5 Easy Steps

Living in New York is fantastic. Living in an old apartment building, I could sometimes do without. Last month, I came home one night to a huge flood in my bathroom. Part of the ceiling had collapsed, due to burst pipe, and there was plaster, paint and water everywhere. Ugh.

The bathroom was quickly fixed and given a fresh coat of white paint. While the flood was not ideal, I saw it as an opportunity to spruce my bathroom and give it a new look. Here are a few tips.

1. Get Rid of Excess Products: Before the flood, I had collected tons of extra products; makeup that wasn't quite the right shade, every volumizing hair product I could find and half-empty travel sized shampoos and conditioners, among other things. The flood forced me to throw out a lot of these extraneous items. I replaced the most necessary and used bins and baskets to organize everything else in the cabinet and under the sink. Instant transformation.

2. Get a New Bathmat or Shower Curtain:  My bathmats were damaged in the flood and I couldn't wait to replace them with something new. I spotted an adorable mat at Anthropologie and didn't look back. T.J. Maxx and Bed, Bath and Beyond also have great, affordable selections, too.

3. Hang Some Pictures (or Paint!): Just as you hang pictures in your living room or bedroom, your bathroom needs a little character too. I often rotate prints into my bathroom from other parts of my apartment to give it a fresh feel. Painting is also a great option, as bathrooms tend to be smaller and more managable to paint.

4. Fresh Flowers: Flowers are the finishing touch in any room, just like a great lamp or throw pillow. Placing a single flower in a bud vase for guests, or even for yourself is a wonderful, inexpensive treat to wake up to everyday.

5. Wallpaper the Inside of Your Bathroom Cabinet: The flood left the inside of my cabinet with small rust spots. To spruce up the interior, I used some double-sided tape to pin up some vintage wallpaper I'd found at Housingworks. The entire project took me about 15 minutes to do and transformed an often neglected part of my bathroom.

Good luck with your own bathroom revamp!


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