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    14 Bathroom Reno Ideas That Are Totally Doable

    Paint your fixtures, add paneling to your tub, and hang shelves above the toilet.

    1. Paint your shower fixtures if switching them out isn't in your budget.

    Once you've covered the surrounding area with painter's tape and a plastic drop cloth, lightly sand the surface so it's not as slick — this will give the paint something to hold on to. Use an automobile primer to help prevent rust and a high gloss lacquer to maintain the shine. Leave the fixtures to dry for a few hours, then use a box cutter to score the tape around the fixtures, so you don't pick up the paint when you peel it away.

    Get the full tutorial here.

    2. Remove a shower door that's seen better days.

    This isn't the easiest project, but it will definitely have a huge impact. First, take the doors off their tracks and remove any screws holding them to the wall. Gently scrape away the caulk around the tracks with a utility knife, being careful not to hit the tub or wall. (Prepare yourself because there will be a pretty substantial buildup up of scum and mildew. Gross.) Remove any extra build-up, soap scum, or caulk with an old gift card or flat razor. Fill the screw holes with fresh caulk and you're done!

    Get the full tutorial here.

    3. Turn a regular curtain into a shower curtain if you can't find one that fits your style.

    All you have to do to turn a curtain into a shower curtain is cut slits into the inside layer of the curtain. Then, hang it on ball-style hooks! And FYI, since the curtain won't be waterproof, you'll also want to hang a regular shower liner.

    Get the full tutorial here.

    4. And hang two curtains instead of one to create a more elegant look.

    Put curtain hooks on either side or just let them hang! It looks nice either way.

    Get the full tutorial here.

    5. Stick your hot tools, brushes, and hair products in hanging flower pots so they're always within reach.

    These pots are so much cuter than those organization drawers you were eyeing. Get a four-tiered hanging pot from Amazon for $26.99.

    Get the full tutorial here.

    6. Hang a spice rack upside down so it doubles as a shelf and a towel rod.

    And hang a second (and a third and a fourth) rack above it for your nail polish or extra shower products!

    Get the full tutorial here.

    7. Refinish the tile in your tub if the color isn't looking as fresh as it used to.

    First, open the windows and use a fan for ventilation. Clean off any mold and mildew with a bleach solution, rinse that off, and follow it up with Lime-A-Way to get rid of any water damage. (This is a good idea even if you're not planning on painting, because it'll make your tiles look good as new!) Scour the surface with sandpaper — the gloss can make it tough for paint to stick so this step is important. Mix the refinishing kit and apply the mixture with a roller. Use a small foam brush for the corners, then let it dry for an hour before applying a second coat. You'll need to leave the surface to set for three days, then re-caulk.

    Get the Rust-Oleum Tub and Tile Refinishing Kit at Home Depot for $25.97.

    Get the full tutorial here.

    8. Hang shelves above your toilet to create extra storage space.

    Floating shelves are a great beginner DIY project, because as long as you use the right tools and carefully plan your project, they're hard to mess up. Use measuring tape and a level to plan out where the shelves are going to go. Attach two brackets to a piece of wood with screws, then attach the brackets to the wall. Use anchors if you're hanging the shelves on drywall. Finally, fill them with towels, extra toilet paper, toiletries, or decorative items.

    Get the full tutorial here.

    9. Build a bath table out of scrap wood, so you've got somewhere to rest your book during a relaxing soak.

    Cut two pieces of wood to the same width as your bathtub and attach two blocks to hold them together. The blocks should rest on the interior walls of the tub so the table doesn't slide. Finally, use a stain or furniture varnish to make it waterproof.

    Get the full tutorial here.

    10. Tie tumblers to a plank of wood to create a pretty organizer for your makeup.

    Drill six holes in the board and install picture hangers on the back. Wrap leather lace (or another sturdy string) around the lip of the cup and thread the ends through the holes. Make a knot so the cup sits flush against the board and staple the ends to the board for extra security.

    Get the full tutorial here.

    11. Paint your cabinets and give them new hardware to give your bathroom a whole new look without actually doing a big reno.

    First, take off the doors and remove all the hardware. Use tape to label each piece so you don't get confused when you put it back together. Sand down the doors to take off any polish and apply a primer to the doors and frame. Paint a coat, wait 24 hours, and paint the second coat. Leave everything to dry for 48 hours, then put the cabinet back together. Gorgeous!

    Get the full tutorial here.

    12. Give your tub beadboard paneling, so it blends tastefully with the rest of the room.

    Nail two boards to the walls surrounding the tub and use those to mount the wood frame. Use nails and liquid nails to attach the beadboard to the frame, and the baseboard to the beadboard. Finally, use liquid nails to attach the top PVC board to the frame and caulk the cracks so water can't leak in.

    Get the full tutorial here.

    13. Roll up your towels and store them in a decorative basket so you don't have to dedicate a whole shelf.

    Roll your towels just like they do at the fancy spas and hotels. They take up less space than folded towels and look so much nicer!

    Get the full tutorial here.

    14. Glue rope to the outside of a cheap trash can to make it look like something from Pottery Barn.

    Add a stripe of hot glue every few inches as you tightly wrap the rope around the trash bin. Easy!

    Get the full tutorial here.

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