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A Bathroom In Transition Gets a Much Needed Makeover

by Jennifer Farley

A Bathroom In Transition Gets a Much Needed Makeover

Our guest bathroom needed help the day we moved into our home. But, as things go, it got ignored. There were so many more important things to do in the home, and the bathroom wasn't actually in truly awful condition. I know the picture above looks horrible, but one we got the estate sale leftovers cleaned up, the only real problem was the floor.

Eventually,tThis little bathroom will  be gutted and we'll start over from scratch. So, we didn't want to spend a ton of money to in getting it usable. But seriously - let's get this thing functional!

So, last week, we gave this little bathroom a little refresh and turned it into a space we'd be proud to invite our house guests into. Check it out!    

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17 Bathrooms That Prove the Shower Plant Trend is Here to Stay

by Holly Wade
17 Bathrooms That Prove the Shower Plant Trend is Here to Stay
Photo by I Spy DIY

Shower plants are a big trend in 2017, and you can't browse Pinterest these days without seeing a few plant-filled bathrooms on your feed. If you're anything like me and struggle to keep even the most durable plants alive, this shower plants trend could actually be the key to adding a little greenery to your home because it helps you remember the key to keeping plants alive: watering them often. 

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Round Up: 6 Ways to Cover Ugly Ceiling Light Fixtures

by DIY Maven

ceiling light covers that are easy to DIY

We've all seen our fair share of ugly ceiling light fixtures. We've also see our fair share of DIY ceiling light fixture cover ups. Here are six of our favorites ceiling light covers, all of which can be adapted to various styles so they serve as much as how-to's as inspiration for our own creations. Enjoy!


Maegan's Eame's inspired light fixture cover
Photo: Love Maegan

Maegan used a hanging wire planter to make this delightful Eames-inspired ceiling light cover up. Visit...

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Print These! Minimal Bathroom Wall Art

by M.E. Gray

Printable bathroom wall art: Scrub-a-dub

Decorating a bathroom can be tricky business. Not only is wall mostly space occupied by unmovable objects (like towel racks, shelving, or the tub) making the space tricky to decorate, but the washroom is also the most humid room in the house! When it comes to hanging wall art, you have to find pieces that are either moisture-resistant (like metal or acrylic), or pieces that don't need to stand up to the test of time. This is where printable bathroom wall art comes in. Talk about non-committal decor! Here are two, free designs to choose from, or to hang as a pair.         

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Tips to Style A Plain Jane Builder Grade Bathroom

by Jennifer Farley

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Here's a typical rental bathroom. Builder-grade materials; not offensive, but very plain and basic. It could be worse, of course, but a lot of rental bathrooms are devoid of style and character. But I like to look at this little room as a blank canvas just waiting for some personal touches. If you're a renter living with a plain bathroom like this one, or maybe you're heading off to college where a dull dorm bathroom awaits, here are some easy and affordable styling tips that will brighten your space.

 

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Start with some color

Much better right? These bathrooms tend to be super neutral. They need a big dose of color! The easiest way to get a color into the bathroom - without painting - is the shower curtain. If you're a pattern person, the kind of person who would cover a house in wall paper or textiles, your shower curtain is how you make your pattern statement.

To make this small room look taller I used a 84-inch shower curtain (that's a bit taller than standard 72-inch height). You can order taller shower curtains that are intended for a shower door opening, but they don't make any wide enough to cover a shower/tub combo. So my trick is to buy two curtain panels and sew them together. When your curtain is pulled back, no one's the wiser. When your curtain is pulled closed, no one should be in your bathroom with you!!!

Note: shower curtains aren't waterproof, so you'll also need to buy two tall shower liners (the cheap ones will do). I make sure the curtains I purchase are back tabbed. I attach the liner via the shower curtain ring to the back tab. Voila, your curtain is functional and waterproof.

I used these sweet little stitched edge curtains from Target.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

If you choose to make a window curtain and liner curtain work together, you'll need an extra-sturdy curtain rod. Tension rods usually can't hold the weight, so you'll have to use a rod that screws into the wall.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Add smart storage

This bathroom needed a little more storage, and the best place to put it was over the toilet. I love wall-mounted shelves over the toilet, but some of you won't be able to get permission to do that, so you can do free standing versions instead. Here's a trick: instead of buying a cabinet made to go over the toilet, use a tiered shelving unit and take off the bottom two drawers. I used an Ikea Lerberg shelf, which, sadly you no longer can get at U.S. IKEA stores.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

 

 

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

 

The Ikea Hyllis is not tiered, so it would work well if you needed more towel storage. This white, tiered bookshelf from Overstock is great if you need even more storage. Since these are not made to go over toilets, they will not have a hidden bar that goes behind the toilet keeping the shelving unit from falling. Make sure you secure the unit to the wall.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Baskets are perfect for storing extra toilet paper, makeup bags, and anything else overflows from the vanity.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

It's easy to think that small photos or artwork will work well in a small space. Not always true! The reality is that small wall hangings can make a small room feel even smaller. Instead, go big and use the largest frame that will fit naturally in the space. It will fill up a blah wall with something personal while making your bathroom look bigger.

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Run around your house and grab little storage containers and bowls to use for all those little bathroom items you need to keep on hand. If you need to buy something, skip the bathroom section and head to the kitchen storage section to find little storage bins.

Use the opportunity to upgrade to more stylish bathroom storage. These make-up bags are super cute (from Target).

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Plants always bring a little color and life to a boring bathroom. Succulents are my favorites, especially for a bathroom that has no natural light.

Use space wisely

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

If you have an awkward space underneath your mirror there are lots of great ways to make it more functional. I headed to Target's office section and got a cute little marble dry-erase board. I like to write little reminders and quotes to keep in mind. It's nice to keep your family values top of mind while you brush your teeth, right?

By the way, my go-to hand towels are these cheap dish towels from Ikea. They wash well and are meant for drying so they're perfect hand towels. Embroider them and add some pom pom trim and you've got a cheap wedding gift!

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

 

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

 

Another way to fill the space between a countertop and bathroom mirror would be to install a small shelf. The shelf above is from Home Depot, and looks very easy to install. I also think a grid organizer like the one above from Target could be a fun way to clip on reminders, quotes, and pictures.

 

Have fun with your bath mat

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

Bathroom floor mats have come a long way in the last ten or fifteen years. In days past, bath mats were always soft and fluffy, but your rarely found inexpensive and stylish ones. I love the look of vintage rugs in the bathroom, but my slightly more messy reality requires one I can easily throw in the wash. That's why I like this rug from Target. 

Resist matching

One way to make bathroom decor look really stylish is to resist the urge to be too matchy. Just because the floor is black and grey doesn't mean you need a black or grey mat. The same is true for the shower curtain. Just because the shower curtain is dark blue doesn't mean the floor mat needs to match. 

Tips for Styling a Plain Builder Grade Bathroom

(On another note the floor is not tile, it's vinyl. This basket weave pattern from Mannington floors is seriously amazing. I think the bathroom floor cost less than $100 including install. Even better, it was installed in less than an hour!)

TIPS FOR STYLING A PLAIN BUILDER GRADE BATHROOM

Some other tips

There are many more things you can do to make a boring bathroom better. Here are some to consider:

 

  • Hang a Huge Gallery Wall 
  • Add Dark paint or removable wall paper.
  • Add hanging plants (if you have the correct lighting)
  • Install a metal shelf above the fiberglass tub/shower for more storage, like this one. Hanging it higher than your tub and showerhead so the towels don't get wet. 
  • Add a cute stool for sitting (especially if you are a parent who has to help with baths) or a storage basket for easily accessible towels.
  • Add new hardware to your cabinet
  • Swap in a new mirror. I love this mirror from Ikea because the frame of the mirror can serve as the shelf! 
TIPS FOR STYLING A PLAIN BUILDER GRADE BATHROOM
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Now go out and make that boring bathroom stylish!

If you liked the idea of plants check out this Roundup of bathroom friendly plants.

 

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Make a DIY Bathroom Rug in 1 Hour or Less

by Holly Wade

Make a DIY Bathroom Rug in 1 Hour or Less

Having a cushy rug under your feet is the coziest thing I can imagine, and it's nice to be greeted with a fluffy bathroom rug as soon as you get out of the shower or as you stand at the sink to brush your teeth. It just adds to the relaxing feeling of a well-designed bathroom! In order to bring that coziness into your home, you can make your own bathroom rug in just one hour or less using a simple technique for weaving yarn through netting. 

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10 Gorgeous Bathroom-Friendly Plants

by Faith Provencher
10 Gorgeous Bathroom-Friendly Plants (With Pictures!)
Photo: Marie Claire Maison

The bathroom may seem like a challenging place to grow houseplants, but it's actually one of the best spots in the house for certain types of plants. The key is identifying which will work best for the lighting in your particular bathroom. Click through to check out a variety of ideas for both low-light and sunny bathrooms.   

 

For Low-Light Bathrooms

 

10 Gorgeous Bathroom-Friendly Plants (With Pictures!)
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1. Bamboo - Bamboo is a low maintenance plant to begin with, and it needs very little light to survive. I keep mine in a vase of water and it has thrived for years. Check out more ways to display bamboo in your bathroom here.

 

10 Gorgeous Bathroom-Friendly Plants (With Pictures!)
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2. Peace Lily - Peace lilies also grow best in moist, shady areas similar to their natural rainforest habitat. And their white blooms look pretty against their dark green leaves. Check out BobVila.com for more low-light plant ideas.

 

10 Gorgeous Bathroom-Friendly Plants (With Pictures!)
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3. Cast Iron Plant - The cast iron plant is not finicky about water and moisture, making it a great low-light choice for the bathroom. Learn more about easy-to-maintain indoor plants at NewPro Containers.

 

10 Gorgeous Bathroom-Friendly Plants (With Pictures!)
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4. Spider Plant - The spider plant is well-known for its low maintenance characteristics, and it is no exception in the bathroom. Hang it from the ceiling if you're short on space. For more ideas, be sure to check out this article from BobVila.com.

 

10 Gorgeous Bathroom-Friendly Plants (With Pictures!)
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5. Snake Plant - The snake plant is sometimes referred to as Mother-In-Law's Tongue, and it is another plant which is difficult to kill. It doesn't need a ton of sunlight and prefers to be pot-bound. Check out lots more info at  Homedit.

 

For Sunny Bathrooms

 

10 Gorgeous Bathroom-Friendly Plants (With Pictures!)
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6. Jade - I've had a jade plant on my bathroom windowsill and it has grown and thrived for years. Here's the key: only water it when the leaves start to feel limp. Learn more over here.

  

10 Gorgeous Bathroom-Friendly Plants (With Pictures!)
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7. Orchid - Orchids enjoy sunlight, but it should be indirect. And they only need about a quarter of a cup of water every week or so. Once the blooms wither, cut them off and continue watering as usual... it should bloom again next year (or sooner for certain varieties). For lots more ideas, check out Decoist.

 

10 Gorgeous Bathroom-Friendly Plants (With Pictures!)
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8. Aloe Vera - Aloe is a wonderful plant for the bathroom thanks in part to its medicinal qualities. Cut off a small leaf and rub the gel on a sunburn for instant relief. And the plant itself will thrive in a sunny, moist area. For additional ideas, check out PopSugar.

 

10 Gorgeous Bathroom-Friendly Plants (With Pictures!)
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9. Air Plants - Who knew? I certainly didn't. But it makes total sense, since they normally grow in the South American jungle. Read more at Better Homes and Gardens.

10 Gorgeous Bathroom-Friendly Plants (With Pictures!)
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10. Heart Leaf Philodendron - The heart leaf philodendron is extremely easy to grow, and it has dramatic multicolored leaves that will add some color to your bathroom. Put it in a bright windowsill and water it lightly so that the soil stays moist. Find more ideas at Better Homes and Gardens.

 

10 Gorgeous Bathroom-Friendly Plants (With Pictures!)
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10 Ways to Love Your Rental Bathroom

by M.E. Gray

Ugly apartment bathroom solutions: From moldy caulk lines to ugly shower doors, here's one renters take on how to deal with an unsightly restroom.

If you have ever leased a home, you know the struggles that can plague a rental bathroom. Unless it's a brand new building, the restroom is likely going to have a unique set of unfortunate details. I've been a renter for all of my adult life. I've seen my fair share of bizarre bathroom situations - from lime green walls to landline phone accessibility next to the tub (true story). My current apartment bathroom has it's own flaws that over time I've either figured out how to disguise or how to live with. Here's my advice on how to deal with an unsightly apartment bathroom, from one renter to another.      

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IKEA Hack! Add Gemstones to Glass Storage Canisters

by Holly Wade

IKEA Hack! Add Gemstones to Glass Storage Canisters

My small bathroom leaves much to be desired, but we make the most of the space we have. When we moved in, we added two small glass shelves to hold perfumes, candles and bathroom essential stored in frosted glass canisters from IKEA. While its functional, the canisters just seemed a little boring for my taste, so I added gemstones to the storage canisters using agate slices. 

 

This was a simple way to upgrade simple glass canisters and bring a little more personality to a traditionally boring rental bathroom. I love the look of agate and used painted beads to give them height on the canister tops, so it's easy to use them as a handle. 

Materials:

  • IKEA glass canisters, flat topped 
  • Wooden beads, painted gold
  • Small agate slices, about 2 inches long
  • Hot glue gun

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Clean the tops of the canisters to ensure the glue will stick well to the surface.

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If desired, paint the beads gold or another color. Use the glue gun to attach the bead (hole facing down) in the middle of the top of the canister. 

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Then glue the agate slice to the top of the bead. Both holes in the bead should be covered now. 

The canisters are ready to be filled with bathroom supplies like cotton swabs and displayed on a shelf. Now your bathroom storage is a lot prettier!

 

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15 Solutions to Small Bathroom Organization Woes

by Holly Wade
How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products

Having lived in apartments for several years, I've learned how to optimize the storage in small spaces, especially in the bathroom. In our last apartment, we did not have a medicine cabinet, and the under-sink storage was very narrow. Nonetheless, there are so many great products out there for organizing small bathrooms, and these are the must-haves for optimizing your space!

 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo by IKEA

1. No drawers? Use containers like these stackable bins from IKEA to create easy-to-access organization.

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo by IKEA

2. See-through glass shelves like these thin ones from IKEA are great for adding shelf space while keeping the small space feeling open. 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
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3. Sometimes the biggest space is under the sink, but what do you do with such a wide, seemingly unusable space? These under sink shelves are adjustable and perfect for making the most of that weird space.

4. Again, if you don't have drawers, you can make them! Add these mesh drawers in any cabinet to create drawer space. 

5. When you have too much makeup and not enough space, using a makeup organizer can help you organize the clutter. This clear acrylic one helps organize your makeup and keep the space feeling clean and open. Plus, it comes in multiple sizes! 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo by Amazon

6. Take advantage of the empty space above a toilet by inserting an over-the-toilet shelving unit to hold extra towels, toiletries, etc. 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo by IKEA

7. When you have a lot of stuff but no space, it can be difficult to store the main items you use every day. Try storing bathroom items on a rolling cart like this thin one from IKEA to easily move your must-have bathroom items in and out from your bedroom or hallway. 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
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8. Hang one of these over-the-cabinet baskets to create a little extra space inside of a cabinet, perfect for holding cleaning supplies and anything else you need to grab conveniently. 

9. For bulky items like hair dryers, curling irons and hair straighteners, store them in a caddy that hangs over a cabinet. This way, they're easy to access and don't need to stay on your countertop. 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
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10. Command Hooks are great for multiple areas of your home, and the bathroom is no different! Use heavy duty Command Hooks to hang towels on the wall or on doors, so there's no need to drill in shelving or hooks. 

11. Instead of using Command Hooks, you can simply use over-the-door hooks to add storage without having to drill anything. These are easily removable and add several hooks for towels, robes, etc. 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
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12. Save valuable counter space by hanging a suction cup toothbrush holder on the bathroom mirror. Now that's one less thing cluttering the counter!

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo via Amazon

13. You can also create even more storage with small suction cup shelves! Available in multiple colors, these will stick to your mirror as well as shower tiles to create extra shelf space. 

How to Organize a Small Bathroom with these 15 Must-Have Products
Photo by Target

14. When your shower doesn't have enough space for your toiletry bottles, create more with a tension rod corner shower caddy. Tension rods hold it in place and create 4 extra shelves to store all of the necessities. 

15. Keep even the smallest drawers organized with small containers so that every item has a place. You can move them around as needed to fit the drawers in your bathroom.

And there you have it! Hopefully you can get past the small bathroom woes and use these tips to create the space you need and live a comfortable life. 

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Four Natural Skin Care Items You Can Make from Super Simple Ingredients

by Lexy Ward

Before the new year, I made a resolution to try not to blow my money on needless skin care items. I have an abundance of lotions, lip glosses, and more, and felt that I really needed to take stock of what I am putting on and in my body.

Simple DIY skincare recipes

After spending an afternoon gutting my bathroom, I saved a few skin care items from each category, and even added in a DIY or two for something a little more natural! It's easier than you think to create...

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