Inexpensive Updates to the Bathroom

by Karianne WoodMay 30, 2017

When selling or listing a home, it’s important to recognize that bathrooms and kitchens are at the top of most potential buyers’ lists. To maximize your home’s value, you always want to put your bathroom’s best foot forward. Have a bathroom that’s a little outdated or needs a refresh and the budget is tight? Here are a few easy tips and ideas to inexpensively update a bathroom.

1. Paint the walls

A gallon of paint typically runs between $30 and $50. You’ll want to select the highest quality paint the budget will allow. Choose a satin sheen for easy clean-up and durability. When selecting a color, whites and lighter neutral colors, such as grays or taupes, open up a smaller space like a bathroom and make it appear larger. Refresh moldings and door frames with a coat of trim paint in a semi-gloss to add a simple refresh in the bathroom area.

2. Organize the space with creative storage

Banish the clutter and update the bath with these clever storage ideas. Add a wooden peg rack to a wall for an inexpensive alternative to a towel rack. Stack towels in a vintage wire basket for storage that adds a retro look to the space. Add over-the-faucet organization in the shower to keep bath products neat and tidy. Don’t forget about the back of the bathroom door. This is an easy place to add an over-the-door organizer to provide additional storage.

3. Change out the vanity

If your budget permits it, changing out the vanity is an option that can completely transform the look of a space. Look for a vanity with storage, similar to the classic navy vanity shown above. Drawers and storage are at a premium in a bathroom and an important factor to buyers when looking at a home. In addition, a vanity like this helps keep counters free of clutter.

4. Add greenery


The addition of greenery to a bathroom helps freshen the space on a dime. It doesn’t have to be fancy or overwhelming. Here’s a simple idea anyone can add to a space in minutes. Start with a grouping of glass bottles, mason jars or vases. Cut sprigs of greenery from the yard. Fill with containers with water and tuck the branches into the glassware. It’s an easy, inexpensive refresh that makes a big impact.

When listing your house on the market, don’t overlook simple ideas to help show off your spaces to their best advantage. Whether it’s a larger change, like switching out a vanity or painting the space — or something smaller like organizational hooks and greenery, take a moment to treat your bathroom. Your buyers are sure to notice. is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country.

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About The Author
Karianne Wood
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm, from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.