Ideas For Updating A Plain Bathroom

I must say coming up with ideas for updating a plain bathroom was a lot easier than taking photos afterwards. With every project I complete I learn something new, which is one reason why I love a challenge.


Fresh new satin paint.


The challenge for me, was taking photos in a tiny space with very little natural light. Hopefully you can see enough of the details in this skinny bathroom and forgive the shadows.

Of course, I don’t share all my DIY projects, just the ones I think you might enjoy hearing about.  For example, painting over the wall murals in this bathroom and replacing the light fixtures last fall was kind of boring.


Updating a plain bathroom with a gallery wall.


At the time, I had zero inspiration for the plain vanilla bathroom and decided to just live with it for a while. Finally, I was inspired to paint the vanity which started the process of selecting a color and the rest of vision fell into place.

To give you an idea of where I started, here’s a photo of removing doors and drawers to prepare for painting.


Before photo of bathroom before painting the vanity.


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After picking a bright shade of blue to coordinate with the navy walls around the corner in the entry, I made a list of ideas for the space.

Ideas For Updating A Plain Bathroom

For the longest time, my idea was to create a gallery wall reaching the ten foot ceiling. Unfortunately a small budget can only stretch so far. That’s where the idea of using posters or charts came to mind like the map I have in the entry.

For ideas on charts and maps see the post Updating The Entry Table With Flowers.


Updating a plain bathroom with paint and hardware.


The poster artwork has a vintage look with captivating colors that contrast with the bright blue vanity. Not wanting to stick to a particular theme, I picked sea creatures, botanicals and an astrological chart (sources below).


Updating a plain bathroom with art and towels.


Hanging the artwork was fast and easy with poster kits, but you can also make your own with dowels. To vary the look I painted some of the dowels, and left others in the natural wood finish.

There’s not a lot of space to decorate in the bathroom but I did manage to hang six posters. I can still squeeze in small artwork here and there as the gallery wall evolves. In fact, I already changed the clip board adding a postcard and other watercolors.


Watercolors and a post card on a clip board.


Just for fun, I switched the tropical plants and octopods posters. Nothing more amusing than having those eyes follow you. What do you think? Do you like the octopods here or on the gallery wall?


Updating a plain bathroom with art.


Simple Updates

When updating a bathroom don’t forget about little details such as cabinet hardware. I can’t think of a better way to show off that crisp satin finish paint than with shiny new pulls.


Decorate walls with posters.


Another way to update a bathroom is by caulking around the tub and toilet. This one simple step makes the room look clean and fresh again.



Fluffy new towels in white complete the bathroom update and can be hung out of the way on door hooks. For more bathroom ideas see the post Fun Ways To Accessorize A Bathroom.

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Get ideas on updating a plain bathroom by painting cabinets.


Thanks so much for stopping by. Let me know what you think about the blue vanity.



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6 thoughts on “Ideas For Updating A Plain Bathroom

  1. Cindy says:

    Loving the blue on your cabinets!! I am such a paint person and I think it is the easiest way to change a room with a few dollars. Your watercolors are so beautiful Michelle!! That starfish is just so lovely!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Cindy, you’re so right about how easy it is to change a room with paint. I’m still so excited about the bright blue cabinets. Thanks for noticing the watercolors! 🙂

  2. Katarina - says:

    The posters are so beautiful and creative idea! They add personality and character to the bathroom, while the blue cabin makes it more peaceful and relaxing, which is exactly what everyone needs after a long day. A true modern oasis! Thanks for sharing this!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Hi Katarina, I like your description of a “modern oasis” which is exactly how this bathroom feels. Thanks so much for the sweet comments!

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