Make Over Your Bathroom for Under $150

By Barbara Pronin


No, that won’t cover the new spa tub you may yearn for, admits Miami decorator Laura Drucker. But the small investment of $150 or less can spruce up a tired bathroom enough to lift your spirits.

Dale suggests six inexpensive bathroom makeover tips that can make a big difference:

Clear the counters – Nothing makes a bathroom more uninviting than a clutter of brushes, make-up, and accessories. Prowl the nearest drugstore, home or department store for a few inexpensive cosmetic storage containers. Get rid of the almost-emptys and the stuff you rarely use and organize the rest in your new mini-bins. Put a hook or two in a cabinet or behind the door to hold shavers, hair dryers, and the like.

Paint a wall or two – Fresh paint wakes up any room. Go for a forest green or burgundy-colored wall for a touch of elegance, or paint all the walls aqua or a pastel shade you like for a calmer, more spa-like atmosphere.

Make it rain – Invest $40 or $50 in a new shower head to turn your shower into a rain forest. It’s a cheap massage, and one you will treasure morning after morning.

Buy a great shower curtain – There are hundreds of patterns available out there. Toss out that boring, old solid-colored curtain and choose one that adds a bit of glamour or, at the very least, makes you smile.

Get a seriously comfy bathmat – The new memory foam mats are pretty to look at and they absorb water and dry quickly. Or choose a seriously plush one you can sink your feet into to feel like you are walking on cloud nine.

Breathe it in – Candles are a great way to add a touch of luxury and ambiance to any little bathroom and, if you choose the right candle, make it smell delicious. Clear off part of a shelf or windowsill, or hang a small shelf on one wall and pick out you favorite scent. If you’re not a candle person, or fear the possibility of fire, find a pretty diffuser to place in the bathroom instead.

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