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15 Great DIY Bathroom Renovation Ideas


Whether you’re replacing bathroom fixtures or making alterations to some of the fittings inside, renovating your bathroom can generally take a huge toll on you financially, mentally, and physically. This may be due to extreme costs, unmet timetables, or the long laborious working days you pull to get the job done.

What many people don’t know is that you don’t need to enlist external help to replace bathroom fixtures at the first sight of a small crack or chip. There are actually many products out there that have been purposely designed to help you out and resolve such problems without needing to spend lots of money employing a professional to do the job for you.

Home remodeling programs may highlight the complete unaffordability of renovating your bathroom, but that’s not necessarily the truth. If you take the initiative to begin completing some major repair jobs or redesign tasks yourself then you will save yourself lots of time and money.

If you’re a little lost with where to begin renovating your bathroom you don’t need to worry! This article is here to help you out through every single step, big or small.

Here are 15 great DIY bathroom renovation ideas for you to consider.

Install A Vanity

One of the greatest things you can do to give your bathroom a bit of an upgrade is to install or change the vanity. This could completely alter the way that your bathroom looks — for better or worse and should be done after you have taken care of the walls in your bathroom.

You can never truly have enough storage for your bathroom products considering how small the space usually is, so installing a vanity is an excellent way to create more storage while also de-cluttering the space. It also allows you to inject some personality into the bathroom regardless of whether you choose to stick with a specific theme or not.

Make sure to install the practical side of the vanity first including the sink and the faucet. Once everything in this system is connected you can then move on to adding the aesthetic parts such as the cabinets, mirror, and trim that can then be placed around your tub or shower.

To save some money for this DIY job, you should completely tap into your creativity. For example, you can paint and refinish existing cabinets in your bathroom and add some new hardware to make the vanity look like it is completely brand new rather than splurging on completely new cabinets.

Replace Tiles

If your bathroom tiles are looking a little dull then you might want to consider replacing them to spruce up the room and give it the makeover it so desperately needs.

One of the main reasons replacing tiles has become such an important and necessary DIY task is due to the grout between your tiles. The grout slowly begins to lose its properties as time goes by which may cause discoloration, water seepage, and even encourage the growth of mold in your bathroom space.

These issues could spell disaster for you and your bathroom. Sometimes it’s in your best interests to completely replace your tiles rather than renew the grout.

If you are fed up with the tiles you have in your bathroom because they are out of date or don’t fit with your style preferences, replacing them is a highly effective DIY task that could completely alter the way your bathroom looks.

You could begin by installing larger tiles to make the room feel more open and look bigger, depending on the color and style that you choose. Or, if you’re looking to make your tiles the focal point of your bathroom, you could also opt to use colorful mosaic tiles as they will easily draw attention from other parts of the bathroom.

Paint The Floor

If you happen to have a wooden or ceramic tile floor in your bathroom then you may probably be at a loss for what to do to redecorate the space. While you can consider covering it with highly decorative flooring such as sheet vinyl, a luxury vinyl plank, or tiles, you should also consider painting over it with a protective enamel to add a pop of color.

  1. Select your preferred paint color for this undertaking. Make sure it fits with the overarching theme of your bathroom and blends in well. 
  2. Make sure the floor is clear of debris and dirt and is completely dry. 
  3. Remove any large pieces of furniture that may be taking up space in the room so that you can access the flooring underneath.
  4. Apply painter’s tape along the edges of the border and other places where you do not want paint. 
  5. Apply a base coat one coat at a time. Once you have coated your floor in your preferred color, wait six hours before adding any necessary touch-ups and allow these to fully dry down.
  6. You should then apply a top coat once the paint is completely dry to add a protective layer for the flooring and to prevent it from flaking or chipping away.
  7. Wait around 72 hours for the floor to officially cure before moving furniture back into the room and putting everything back in its original place.

Install A New Toilet

Plumbers must possess a wealth of knowledge to successfully perform their job. However, bringing in the help of a professional to install a new toilet could be costly and time-consuming, and could cause significant delays in your bathroom renovation. 

As long as you have the strength to carry a toilet into your home, have a set of instructions at the ready, and also possess the right tools for the job then you may be happy to know that it is possible to DIY this entire process!

Installing a new toilet involves only a handful of waterline hookups which means that the inner working of the toilet is not too difficult to connect. The hardest part of installing a new toilet into your bathroom is getting the toilet into the correct position. 

While you cannot physically lift a toilet by yourself, you could enlist the help of a family member or friend as an extra pair of hands to get it into position. This means you’ll be saving money and getting to experience the satisfaction of installing a new toilet without the aid of a professional in that field!

You must also know about the potential pitfalls that could occur during the process. Some of the most prominent ones include sealing issues, leaks, and slow flushing. To prevent or reduce the risk of these from occurring, you should dedicate some extra time and energy to guarantee that you are following the exact instructions.

Paint Walls

Painting the walls in your bathroom is a quick and easy way to guarantee a revival of the space. Interior painting in a bathroom can be done by even the least skilled DIY-er out there due to the generally smaller room size. For bigger bathrooms, you can always enlist the help of a professional.

In a bathroom, a lot of the wall space is taken up by shelving, showers, mirrors, tiles, a bathtub, and cabinets. This means that you only have a few feet of vacant space to paint — which will take little to no time to complete, depending on the type of finish that you are after.

The first thing you must do is remove any mold in the room and then apply painter’s tape around fixtures, mirrors, and any fitting before you begin painting. This will help you to avoid unwanted marks. 

You can then begin applying a primer to the walls. Once this has dried down, you can then apply your preferred color to the areas where you desperately need a pop of color to brighten the room.

Once everything is fully dried down you must apply a top coat (or two) to seal in the color and design. This should be fully dried down within around 72 hours but does depend on the number of paint coats you applied and the size of your bathroom.

Make sure you use suitable paint that works well with wet areas! Your bathroom is susceptible to moisture so you need paint that stops mold growth in its tracks.

Replace Shower Curtain

A shower curtain is an essential accessory in every bathroom. It provides you with lots of privacy as you shower and also prevents moisture and water from leaving the bath or shower.

One of the greatest parts about shower curtains is that they are entirely customizable. From rubber duckies to fashionable pinstripes, there is a shower curtain for nearly every occasion.

Selecting the right kind of shower curtain could make a huge difference in the way your bathroom looks and could open up a large array of potential decorating opportunities.

Replacing a shower curtain is, therefore, one of the simplest and most effective ways to update the interior decor of your bathroom and match it to your preferred style.

Shower curtains do not need to be washed or completely replaced as often as many other items you have in your bathroom. Instead, you should clean it every once in a while. 

If your shower curtain has a plastic liner it will be much easier to see when mildew, mold, or any other buildup accumulates on the material. It also means you can recognize when it is time to purchase a replacement shower curtain. 

If you want to truly change the appearance of your bathroom, you could even switch out your shower curtain for a shower screen. This will become a more expensive initial purchase but will likely last much longer than a shower curtain. It will also add an element of sophistication to your bathroom if that is the look you are aiming for.

Add Storage

If you are taking out a cabinet to completely redesign your bathroom, you will want to ensure that you have adequate alternative storage space.

For example, you could begin by adding several floating shelves for your smaller items such as your toothbrush and toothpaste, and any hair products. You could even fill these shelves with decorative items like fake plants or scented candles.

Adding a linen cupboard to your bathroom may also be a good idea. This will be the perfect storage space for spare bedding, bathroom essentials, and towels of all sizes. You could keep this space meticulously organized by using small storage boxes and baskets for each separate item, making it easier to reach when you need it the most.

You could also add hooks into your room for more storage and to free up some space for the smaller items. In this type of closet, you might even be able to squeeze a laundry basket into the bottom which can be easily hidden but remains still easily accessible when you need it the most.

Other things to consider include a storage bath panel that runs alongside your bath, a heated towel rack, or a decorative container. 

The key to finding storage in your bathroom is to think outside of the box and make the most out of your space. 

Add New Hardware To Cabinets

If you don’t want to splurge on new cabinets, adding new hardware could be exactly what you need to refresh the overall look of your bathroom!

Let’s say you’ve given your cabinets a fresh coat of paint and they are looking as glossy as ever. While this has proven to be a great way of adding vibrancy to your bathroom, there is still something missing from the overall look. This is where adding new hardware to cabinets will come in handy.

Before purchasing new hardware you must consider and take note of the existing holes in your cabinets. If you are unable to change the cabinets you will need to use these holes to fit your new hardware.

The next step is to choose the finish of your cabinet hardware. Try to ensure that the hardware matches in some way whether you opt for wood, brushed nickel, bronze, or something with more sparkle. It doesn’t need to be perfect — just as long as it does not clash!

For instance, if you want to create a more vintage look in your bathroom you should stick with pulls and knobs that come in finishes like brushed nickel, satin nickel, or brass. This will help you to achieve the look that you want.

Essentially, look at the furniture you already have and work out a way to weave it into the bathroom renovation process.

Install A New Shower

Installing a new shower might be another game-changer in terms of your bathroom renovation. This is because it can not only alter the way that your bathroom looks but the general feel of it, too.

For example, introducing a stylish walk-in shower with top-of-the-range shower heads could completely shift your old-timey bathroom into something more modern. This will do wonders for improving the appearance of your bathroom and updating it to fit with the rest of your home.

You could even consider installing a combination of a shower and a bathtub if you’ve got the room to do so. Walk-in showers are now far more appealing to homeowners but you should also keep at least one tub in your home to increase the resale value of your property.

Some of the things you must consider before installing a new shower are:

  • The amount of space you have. If you’re lacking, a bathtub-shower combination may be your best bet.
  • The different people that will use the shower. Knowing who will be using the space will alter the practicalities and general appearance of the shower. For example, you don’t want a hyper-modern shower if only children will be using it!
  • The type of shower experience and look that you want. Try to decide on a theme for your bathroom and ensure that the shower fits in with that.
  • Shower pressure is super important. After all, when you’re showering, you don’t want to be left with a slow trickle of water!  

Once the relevant plumbing has been installed with a compatible shower, putting in a new shower makes for an excellent and highly practical DIY project. If in doubt, seek help from friends and family or a plumber.

Add Some Wall Decor

Wall decor is an amazing way to personalize your bathroom space according to your tastes and preferences. Yet it can also be a quick way to overpower the room and create something that looks a little all over the place.

If you have a large medicine cabinet on the wall with a clunky photo frame underneath, you have already wasted over half of your wall space with decorations that do absolutely nothing for the space itself. To combat this, you can substitute furniture and art pieces with a delightful wallpaper or paint design that introduces something completely new to the bathroom.

Renovating your bathroom means you have endless design possibilities. However, you must reign yourself in. Less is always more provided your chosen decor offers something to look at and immediately draws your attention as you enter the bathroom.

Essentially, you should let the elegance of your bathroom speak for itself instead of covering all available space with decorations and clutter. While it’s tasteful to have some decorative objects, you mustn’t cover the entire room.

You may even want to keep things very minimalistic and instead put your focus on a decorative wallpaper or wall design, without adding decorative objects into the room.

Though we’d recommend keeping things as straightforward and clean as possible, there are no specific guidelines for decorating your bathroom. Though you have full creative control over the design, it doesn’t need to be a difficult task!

Refinish Your Bathtub

Relaxing inside a warm bathtub with a glass of your favorite beverage is the perfect way to unwind after a long and stressful day of adulting. But if your bathtub is chipped, rusted, scratched, or mold is beginning to crop up more often than not, it can become a much less enjoyable experience.

If you are completely renovating your bathroom, refinishing your bathtub will be an essential step that you cannot miss out on. The refinishing process involves refreshing, refinishing, recoating, or reglazing the surface of a bathtub and improving the condition so it looks brand new. 

Refinishing your bathtub also allows you to preserve an antiquated design —if you have an older tub—which will automatically add some character to the bathroom.

We’d strongly recommend trying to refinish a bathtub over purchasing an entirely new bathtub if you can. Generally speaking, it will work to actively save you lots of time and money on having to make such a huge purchase. 

If you are planning to make refinishing your bathtub a DIY job, you need to ensure the area has the ventilation it needs. You can open all of the doors and windows and even turn on a vent to clear the air within the room.

However, refinishing your bathtub by yourself isn’t always the best choice. If you have a relatively recent yet low-quality tub, you will probably get the best results if you replace it with a model of a higher quality. 

Upgrade Your Lighting

Make sure to configure your electrical fixtures and then install your new and updated lighting in your bathroom. Remember that not all lighting fixtures will be the same in terms of their measurements and the way they fit inside your bathroom!

If the dimensions of your new lighting are completely different than the ones you currently have then you might want to adjust the wiring so that everything matches up. This gives you full scope to then fill in any of the cracks that remain in the wall and seamlessly blend everything within your bathroom.

Upgrading your lighting might also involve more complicated processes that require the expertise and input of a professional electrician, such as moving power outlets. However, minor bathroom renovations usually don’t require this step, so you should be able to do a lot of it yourself.

One of the most effective lighting fixtures you may want to consider are LED bulbs. These delightful lights cross the boundaries between art and functionality and could provide a well-needed pop of color to your bathroom without needing to put in a lot of effort.

Feel free to put LEDs around your mirror or across a cupboard for more subtle lighting and to create a better and more calming atmosphere, especially as you bathe.

Install A New Sink Faucet

If you find mold in your bathroom sink or discover that it is cracked and chipped within an inch of its life (and beyond the point of saving) then it might be time to invest in something new!

Installing a new sink faucet could breathe some life back into an otherwise dated bathroom. It could even simply upgrade the appearance of your bathroom, keeping it feeling and looking as modern as the rest of your home.

Like installing new hardware on your bathroom cabinets, installing a new sink faucet is a great trick that DIY-ers and professionals capitalize on to ensure the sink stands out without needing to replace the vanity or the countertops.

The best part is you can pick up your faucet in the morning and have it installed and running by the early afternoon!

Sink faucets are relatively straightforward to install yourself and you don’t generally need to employ a plumber to help you. This means you are automatically saving money on labor costs and are also making the most of your decorating time, which means you can turn your attention to other parts of the bathroom renovation process.

Before you install a new sink faucet, you must consider the following factors:

  • The style of your bathroom. 
  • How a sink will complement the space.
  • The wall mount you will use to attach it to a relevant surface.
  • Sink faucets with an additional storage area so you have backup space should you need it.

Change The Fittings

Unlike bathroom fixtures which are permanently wired or plumbed in, bathroom fittings are smaller elements that you include in your room to decorate and expand the space.

Renovating your bathroom doesn’t need to be a difficult job, and you don’t have to completely change everything inside it. Maybe this sounds like a relatively small change to make but deciding to upgrade the fittings in your bathroom could make the world of difference!

Selecting new fittings doesn’t need to be hard work. All you have to do is focus on how the fittings blend in with the remainder of the features of your bathroom including the stylistic choices, color scheme, tiles, and wall decor.

You could make minute changes to your room including changing the toilet seat (which is relatively simple to install, may we add!) and the color of the hand and body towels in the bathroom. Another easy option is to change the containers where the hand soap and body lotion are kept into those that match some of the other decors in the room.

You may want to simply change your tap fittings to more accurately match the rest of your home. For instance, if you live in a home with more of a modern, minimalistic feel, silver tapware will reflect the light and open up the space in your bathroom to create a more contemporary look and feel, and a high-end finish. 

Re-Grout Your Bathroom

Whether you shower every day or a couple of times a week, showers are always seeing regular use. One thing you may never think twice about is replacing the grout between the tiles in your shower or the rest of the bathroom.

If you want to save lots of time and money on purchasing new decor and design elements for your bathroom, a logical step would be to re-grout your bathroom.

Grout is a buffer between the tiles in your bathroom. It is a great way of creating a sort of waterproof seal that prevents excess moisture from leaking out of your bathroom.

Shower tiles, for instance, will be exposed to lots of heat and moisture from the shower which will cause them to expand. Having a flexible grout in between the tiles will prevent them from hitting against one another.

You’ll need to stay on top of re-grouting your shower, floor, and wall tiles to keep everything well protected and clean at all times. This will also keep mold at bay and may eliminate discoloration of the tiles, too. 

If you do not want to re-seal your grout each year, you can look out for signs of sagging, chipping, or discoloration as an indication of needing to renew the coating. Make sure to clean the existing grout away from between the tiles before applying the sealer otherwise you might be locking in harmful contaminants that could pollute the air.


These are some of the greatest and most practical bathroom renovation ideas that you can employ in your home today. The best part? You don’t need to be a professional to get the job done! They’re relatively straightforward for even the most inexperienced DIY-er.

Whether you are looking to completely renovate your bathroom space or change one small section, such as the wallpaper or wall decor, this article will provide you with solid guidelines to follow. 

As tempting as it may be to go out and buy completely new bathroom fixtures during the bathroom renovation process, this isn’t a necessity. Instead, you should look at the furniture and storage capacities that currently exist in your bathroom and work out whether they can be salvaged and upcycled into the cabinets and countertops of your bathroom dreams.

These 15 bathroom renovation ideas are a great place to start, especially if you don’t have a clear vision of what you want to do, what you want to change, or what your overall expectations are for the renovations.

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