Real Life Rental Bathroom Woes You Can Solve In A Weekend

Real Life Rental Bathroom Woes You Can Solve In A Weekend

Dabney Frake
Oct 17, 2016
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How do you fix up a bathroom that doesn't really belong to you, but that you have to live with for the next year so? While making huge changes may not seem worth the effort or expense, small moves make a major difference. Here are six renters who took care of what they hated most, and saw a significant style boost in a weekend.

Brady's bathroom was blessed with an ugly built-in medicine cabinet covered with layers of paint. Since he couldn't remove it, he covered the thing up with a beautiful new vintage-style mirror.

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Dated blue tile was just one of this 80s bathroom's unforgivable sins. Although the tile was in fine shape, the color and scale were all wrong so Megan Pflug decided to cover them up with a painted floor cloth.

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Sometimes bathrooms have too much going on, so Sarah Lonsdale's strategy is to strip everything down to the basics. She removed fussy bathroom lighting shades and installed silver-tipped bare bulbs instead. She replaced curtain hooks with spare leather straps. The bathroom is clean, white and much more her style as a result.

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Changes don't have to be large, as seen in this bathroom before & after seen on Design Sponge. Joanna got sick of looking at all the pipes under her sink, so she added a bunch of plants to disguise plumbing. It's now a lush jungle of pretty green instead of a sparse and utilitarian void.

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Swapping out the old white toilet seat cover made a huge statement in this now chic black and white bathroom designed by Elaine Welteroth of Teen Vogue (via Domaine). It helps tie in the black walls and other accessories.

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Emily's rental bathroom was kind of gross and moldy until they got a leak and all the shower tile got replaced. Thankfully her landlord chose decent tile to replace what was there before. She finished it off with some wood and woven accents that really warmed up the room, painted the floor over again, and chose accessories to tie it all together.

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