Update Your Bathroom In 1 Weekend

We will show you some affordable and cheap ways to update your bathroom in 1 weekend. In just 2 days you could have a better looking bathroom for the price of a family meal (or slightly more – if you do everything on the list). You don’t have to do all of the following if your bathroom is already great. However, if your budget is low or you think your bathroom looks dull and outdated, (or is like one of these terrible bathrooms), you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get a move on!

Update your bathroom in 1 weekend


you don’t need to spend a lot to get an updated bathroom

Great ways to update a bathroom

Paint cupboards white or if you’ve got lots of light coming in, paint them dark green or black for that royal effect.

Paste a mirror on your cupboard doors, or add mirror instead of a wooden door to reflect light coming in. Ikea does some very affordable mirror-cupboard doors.  One of the greatest ways to update your bathroom is with mirrors and lighting. Browse through this range of luxury bathroom mirrors to see how you can update your bathroom.


Place a stylish (or retro) bathroom stool – or chair in your bathroom. It’s a great place to put damp towels or dirty clothes, or even to sit on. My kids like to sit on our bathroom stool to brush their teeth. You can paint an old chair you’ve got stored in your garage.

If you’ve got tiles you can’t bear. You don’t need to re-tile. Just prime and paint with tile paint. If you’re not  a fan of painting, you can always use bathroom wallpaper on one wall as a feature to brighten up the entire room.

If you have heavy curtains, replace them with lighter blinds to let the light in.

Change your shower curtain to something fresher and lighter to complement the rest of the room. The best shower curtains out there for bathrooms are ones like non-mildew shower curtains.  I highly recommend using them.

Buy some storage jars and place them about. Make sure they complement your décor, though. Don’t forget, a cheap way to get new storage containers is to spray paint old ones. Have you got glass jars stored in cupboards? Do you have old, plastic kitchen storage containers you never use any more? How about metal or enamel bowls or large cups? Spray paint works on a variety of materials, so go wild spray painting this weekend. If you’re not up for this, here’s some cheap storage jars I can recommend (image below).

Now, please share with us some things you’ve done cheaply to update your bathroom? How long did it take you and how much did you spend? What bathroom changes would you recommend for DIY Project readers today? Please share your ideas in the comment box below. And of course, please share ‘Update Your Bathroom in 1 Weekend’ with others on your social networking sites. Thank you. 

Check out our other DIY Projects page here. You may find something else you can do in one week-end.


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8 Responses to Update Your Bathroom In 1 Weekend

  1. Danica Green from ShoppingBags March 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    This is a very nice tip in redesigning and giving a bathroom a new look 🙂 Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  2. Orli Shuka from oshplumbers March 14, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Some great tips here. As bathroom fitters we come across lots of people looking to upgrade their bathrooms and not sure what they want. We sometimes suggest rather than going for a refurbishment to just freshen things up with new furniture, shower curtains, and usually a good clean.

    • Anne March 20, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      I’m glad you mentioned ‘a good clean’ sometimes this alone can brighten up shower curtains, taps and walls. Then you won’t have to spend lots of money on new stuff which will only become dirty again. When we moved into the old house we bought a lot of things looked better after a clean.

  3. Manuela from Cottage March 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    Great ideas! I put a frame around my builder’s mirror. I just used molding from a big box store but they have kits that you can buy these days for this.
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  4. Harriet March 5, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    These ideas look great – I’ll show it to my Mum whose just spent 6 months and a lot of money updating her bathroom! I love spending a little money to get big effects so I’ll bear this in mind when I have my own place!
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    • Anne March 13, 2012 at 11:02 am #

      That’s just my area of expertise! I hate paying more than something is worth. A little can definitely go a long way when you know how.

  5. Anne March 20, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Thanks for the mention. Appreciate it.


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