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9 Tips for a Quick Bathroom Refresh in a Weekend

Posted by Amy Siders on September 12, 2023 0 Comments

Waterhouse knows that you’re busy.

Really busy.

You want everything to be beautiful, functional, easy, and fun.

We want that for you, too!

While we’re always on board to assist you with a new build or a major renovation, we also recognize that sometimes you just need a little change that brings a major “WOW” factor with it.

We’ve come up with nine easy things you can tackle (because ten things sounded like too much work!) – some in a few minutes, some in a few hours – to up the WOW without the cost and the stress that comes with a major reno.

  1. Paint or Wallpaper


A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into any room, and your bathroom is no exception. White and bright is a quick and easy choice to give your bathroom a classic, clean look, but it’s certainly not the only choice. White makes a great blank canvas for other updates and gives the bathroom a lighter, airy feel. Deeper shades like black, charcoal, or even jewel tones can bring an elegant flair to any bathroom. Wall color changes the entire mood of the bathroom with just a few strokes – it’s easy, inexpensive, and impactful!

  1. Replace Light Fixtures

Task Lighting. Statement lighting. Accent Lighting. Safety lighting. There’s only so much space in a bathroom, so your lighting choices must be multi-taskers. You need to be able to set the mood for a romantic bubble bath, create a surgical space for precise splinter removal, illuminate the way through the dark for midnight bathroom visits – all with the same fixtures!

Lighted mirrors, lighted and mirrored medicine cabinets, sconces on either side of your vanity or hanging above, ceiling fixtures – the options are endless.


Let the lighting experts at Waterhouse help you “see the light.”

  1. Deep Clean

Since you’re moving everything out of your bathroom to give those walls a facelift, now is the perfect time to give it a much-needed scrub. We know you’ve been watching those reels and TikToks about the bathroom deep cleans – try out your favorite tips and get your Mr. (or Mrs.) Clean on! Organize the beauty products, fold the towels, stock the cotton balls and swabs. Toss the frayed towels and anything else you don’t want or need.

Spring cleaning can happen in summer. And fall. And winter.

  1. Change the Mirror

Small change = Huge impact! Mirrors add dimension and light to even the smallest spaces, so don’t be scared to add multiple mirrors.

Switching up the bathroom mirror, whether it be a huge, builder-installed wall-to-wall number with those little acrylic clips, an aging medicine cabinet, or anything that doesn’t bring you joy when you see it should be a top priority.

 Lighted mirrors? Metal-framed round, oval, capsule, or rectangular mirrors in finishes to match your fixtures? A wood frame with a beveled edge to match your painted vanity?

Waterhouse has hundreds of options, from basic to extraordinary!

  1. Upgrade Storage Options

You don’t need a major renovation to add more storage to your space. Hang open shelves to display some pretty towels, unique perfume, or skincare bottles, cannisters of cotton swabs, or plants. Tired of the hand towel being wadded up on the counter? Add a towel ring. We can’t guarantee that the towel will get hung up, but at least the option has been made available. Nowhere to put a drinking glass or your toothbrush? We have accessories for that (some in up to 35 different finishes!)

 Towel bars (even heated ones!) and robe hooks, storage caddies for vanity drawers, flush mount or recessed medicine cabinets (some up to eight inches deep!), linen towers to match your vanity, over johns, and more.

We have storage options for every space, for every budget.

  1. Change Bathroom Fixtures

This one is a no brainer. This is what Waterhouse was born to do!

Faucets, showerheads, hand showers, tub spouts, trim, drains, sinks, accessories – in every finish from Polished Chrome to Titanium to Moderne Brushed Bronze. The options are endless.

Let the Waterhouse team help you find the perfect jewelry for your space.

  1. New Linens

Fresh, fluffy white towels never go out of style.

Small white washcloths rolled elegantly on a tray to replace that single hand towel shared by all?

A new shower curtain rod in any finish you desire.

A new bathmat – you know you need one…

There are a LOT of hard surfaces in a bathroom. Here’s where you add the texture, soften the edges, and up the luxury quotient. 

  1. Add Plants

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can bring plants into your bathroom! Plants are an easy way to bring life and color to a small (or big) space. Some plants thrive in a room with artificial light, low light, and lots of bathroom humidity. Snake plants, ferns, and Chinese Evergreen can handle the ever-changing bathroom temperatures and low light. If your bathroom has bright indirect light, you can get a Begonia, Peace lily, or philodendron.

Bring life into your space. Literally.

Bring living things into your space.

  1. Artwork

Who likes a blank, boring wall? Definitely not us!

Whether it’s a fun collage of small prints to add color and dimension or a dramatic large print that serves as a focal point for the entire space, this is where you add the personality to your bathroom.

Make tasteful and thoughtful choices – you spend at least seven years of your life in a bathroom, so you could be admiring this artwork for a LONG time…

OR you could let your new sink be the art…


The Waterhouse team can help you through 1, 2, 3, or all these steps.

Whether you’re planning a sledgehammer moment, or you just need a quick freshen, we’re here to help you check everything off your to do list.

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