refresh your bathroom for under $25

Freshen Up Your Bathroom for Under $25!

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With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the bathrooms in our house get messy, disorganized and pretty much.. blah! I wanted to do something to the bathroom that all of our guests use to freshen it up but it needed to be affordable, I did not want to break the bank. I wasn’t interested in painting, new fixtures, etc – I just wanted to find ways to refresh the look and come together with one main theme; the ocean. So I challenged myself to refresh our bathroom for under $25 and I was successful – do you want to find out how? Read on!

refresh your bathroom for under $25


This is what our bathroom looks like most days. Lennox tends to use this bathroom the most, as it’s right next to the living room and playroom – and as you probably already know – 4 year olds aren’t the best at picking up after themselves! Exhibit A, B & C:

truth-before-bathroom-pictureUndies on the floor, magazine or book on the ground, toilet paper thrown about, no hand towel (she probably left it on the floor!), misc. items on the shelf. 

Re-decorate Your Bathroom for Under $25

The very first thing you need to do is pick a theme, or at least a color that will be your main focus for the bathroom. We live in Texas, but we live in a “Cape Cod” inspired neighborhood and home – so I try to incorporate as much of “back home” into our new home! 


  • Hand Towel – $6: Head to your local home decor store or your favorite store that has a home section. I found the perfect hand towel that went with my ocean theme for only $6 at HomeGoods.
  • Hand Soap – $2.50: Soap doesn’t just have to be for washing hands! Decorative hand soap, such as the new Softsoap Liquid Foaming Hand Soap, is both useful in a bathroom setting – but also an attractive addition to any bathroom sink.
    instoreWhen I saw looking at hand soap in Walmart, I noticed that Softsoap Liquid Foaming Hand Soap had just released three new scents: Jasmine and White Cotton, Whipped Cocoa Butter and Kitchen Citrus Bliss (this is currently in our kitchen too!).
    softsoap-liquid-foaming-hand-soapI knew that the Jasmine and White cotton would go great with my bathroom refresh since it is a premium product at a great price! 
  • Trash Bin – $1 + Rope ($7): For our trashcan – we have always had the simple white trash bin that you can find at your local dollar store. I wanted to find something I could do to make it look fancier than it really is. I decided to take the rope from my nautical/ocean theme and incorporate it with the trash bin.
    How to make a nautical themed trash can, DIY rope trash can, DIY Pottery Barn Trash BinAll you have to do is buy a large (50 yards) roll of rope and wrap it around the trash bin, hot gluing it down along the way. Here is a picture showing how it progressed and the final product! For $8 I’m really happy with how it came out – and I love that it is still plastic on the inside, so it is easy to clean when needed!
    diy rope trash bin under 10 dollars
  • Toilet Paper Roll Holder – $1: Usually we have the package of toilet paper sitting on the floor somewhere in the bathroom – so finding somewhere to put a few spare rolls was on my list – I found a blue bin at the dollar store as well, that fit perfectly between the toilet and the wall – with just enough space for 2 rolls and some baby wipes. Easy and organized!
  • Decor – Glass Dish ($1), Seashells ($4), Candle ($2): Finally it was time to add some decor to the room. I had 3 shell pictures already that I hung on the wall.
    wall-decorI also purchased a blue candle for $2 at Walmart, a glass dish (which I hot glued some of the left over rope to) at the dollar store for $1 and some sea glass and seashells for $4 that I found at HomeGoods.

Total Spent: $24.50 – Success!


Forget about what you saw in the before pictures – little girl undies on the floor and all! I now have taken the steps to refresh our bathroom and I’m pretty happy with the final product! What do you think? It may not be a dramatic change – but it does look more put together, more of a cohesive theme and much more presentable when that drop-in guest asks to use the restroom!

Which of the three new Softsoap Liquid Foaming Hand Soap scents would go great on your sink?

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29 thoughts on “Freshen Up Your Bathroom for Under $25!

  1. Shauna

    That trash can is just awesome. Oh my goodness, I am totally going to try to make that, it would look awesome in our guest bath.


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