Bathrooms are one of the most expensive rooms to renovate in the house—not to mention the inconvenience of not being able to use your shower while contractors are working. Fortunately, there are a few simple upgrades you can do yourself to completely transform your bathroom without breaking the bank.

1) Update sink and shower hardware.

Buying a more modern showerhead or more attractive sink faucet and handles is one of the quickest ways to give your bathroom a lift. There are hundreds of options to match your style, and the best part is that you can install them yourself in less than an hour.

Rainfall Shower Head with Adjustable Arm available from Amazon

2) Replace your mirror.

If you have a dated mirror or your mirror has ghosting around the edges, replacing it can make your bathroom feel more modern and brighter instantly. Oversized mirrors also have the added benefit of making tiny bathrooms feel larger.

Delta Wall Mount Large Square Mirror available from Amazon

3) Update textiles.

Updating raggedy towels, faded shower curtains, or pilling bath mats can make a big difference in your bathroom. If you’re not fond of your existing tile this is also a great way to hide your shower and cover part of your flooring with a pop of color and pattern.

mDesign Fretwork Fabric Shower Curtain and Bathroom Accent Rug available from Amazon

4) Deep clean grout and tile.

Bathroom grout and tile is constantly exposed to moisture and tends to discolor easily and unevenly. Giving your grout and tile a deep clean can help you get more life out of it before a renovation. A drill brush attachment is the easiest way to get evenly colored grout without too much elbow grease.

Drill Brush 4 Piece Cleaning Tool Attachment Kit available from Amazon

5) Try a fresh coat of paint.

A fresh coat of paint can make a lifeless bathroom feel pulled together and cleaner, and a small space is the perfect place to work with bold pops of color. If you’re not loving your dated tiles or your generic bathroom vanity, make a bright accent wall the first thing people notice instead.

FW Brush 10 Piece Paint Brush Kit available from Amazon

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