Painting walls, shelves or a vanity can be an inexpensive way to update your bathroom without having to make any other big changes. Use a water-based primer which will keep moisture off your drywall and prevent mildew. You'll also want to look into a mildew-resistant paint – I suggest using a semi gloss paint because it repels moisture and is easy to clean.
Even a great bathroom can feel drab and depressing when the lighting isn't right. Start with the least expensive lighting fix. Trim thick shrubbery outside your windows, or replace thick curtains with some that let in light while retaining privacy.
Changing hardware and bathroom accessories may be the easiest and most inexpensive way to spruce up your bathroom. Choose drawer pulls in bright colors or unique materials to make a bold statement on a plain vanity.
Half-empty bottles of shampoo, abandoned beauty supplies and perfume samples pile up fast, taking up valuable space in bathrooms. Storage solutions aren't always attractive, so save yourself time, money and space by editing your bathroom supplies. Take a realistic look at what you really need each day, and store or get rid of the rest.