Small Ways to Change Up Your Bathroom + a Waterpik Giveaway


My hall bath is one of those rooms that never feels quite right to me. It’s a perfectly nice room, but the major components – cabinetry, light fixture, etc – just aren’t really my style. So while a major renovation isn’t in the budget right now, I like to switch up the smaller pieces (RE: inexpensive) to make the space feel more like my decorating personality.



When I bought my house all of the plumbing fixtures were shiny and new… and cheap. I replaced all of the sink faucet sets within the year, but the showers went by the wayside. In fact, I thought I had really awful water pressure until I switched them out a few weeks ago! Now I actually look forward to showering, and having a handheld showerhead makes bathing my two dogs loads easier. I’m definitely regretting waiting so long to own one. (BONUS: No tools needed to install!)



Bathrooms usually don’t have more than ten or so hardware fixtures, so it’s a relatively easy update that makes a world of difference. Think of it as changing up the accessories you wear with your favorite outfit – it changes everything! I went with a simple brushed nickel knob to keep with the same finish as the rest of the room.



Bathroom walls can be overlooked and neglected if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, but that doesn’t have to be the case. I recently swapped out a few small pieces for the work of my friend, Jaime Derringer. I opted to use small pieces of double-sided tape to secure the piece directly to the backboard of my frame rather than mat it because I love the natural feel of the brown. I already owned them and the art was a gift, making this a zero cost project.



Because this is my hall bath and doesn’t require a lot of necessities on the countertop, I brought in my small collection of glove forms to dress up it up. Not only do they add a dose of my personality and style to the space, they also cost nothing because I simply moved them from another area of my home. Zing!


As a little bonus design expert Cassandra LaValle of coco+kelley has answered a few of my own design quandaries – maybe they’re yours, too!




Did you know that May is Home Improvement Month? Cause it is. And in celebration of changing up the space you live in, Waterpik is giving away a home improvement package to one lucky Design Crush reader! You have the chance to win a Waterpik Rainfall+ showerhead along with a bunch of other goodies ($100 value).


Congratulations to Cassandra!

To Enter:
1. Tell us about your latest home improvement in the comments section.
2. Leave a valid email address in the form. (For notification purposes only.)
3. Do it all before 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, June 2, 2013.

Giveaway Rules + Disclosures

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  • Rachel

    May 27, 2013 at 9:28 am

    We just finished up renovating/landscaping the backyard. Now its on to the master bathroom!

  • sydney85

    May 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Just moved to Chicago and will be painting walls and changing flooring from carpet to hardwood.

  • Nadine

    May 27, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Latest home improvement: new potted plants out front!

  • kelly rae

    May 27, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Our house was a custom build so we spent every weekend for about 6 months coming to look at everything. We live about 40m away and with a new baby.

  • Jaime

    May 27, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Hey, thanks for using my art in your bathroom!

  • Courtney K

    May 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I feel like we’re always doing something! Latest was probably beginning the front yard landscaping… yay plants!

  • Ashley P.

    May 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    The last home project we took on was re-landscaping our front yard and doing some electrical work in the garage.

  • Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist

    May 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    We’re working on styling our kitchen. We rent, so we’re looking at artwork, changing knobs, and other small things to make it feel like home.

  • Kayla

    May 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I just bought a new house (and my first one, at that!) and will be completely renovating it, leaving no surface untouched. Item number one on the list: fixing the AWFUL 1959 authentic bathroom!

  • Ashley S

    May 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    We just bought a giant clock and I think it completed the room!

  • Jessie C.

    May 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    We are getting new tiles for the bathroom and paints for the kitchen.

  • Laura M

    May 27, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I haven’t done any major house upgrades (live in a new house) but I just redid my filing cabinet and loving the hint of glam in a industrial piece.

  • Bailey

    May 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    We rent in a prewar building in NYC. I dream of one day ripping out all of the ugly brown tile and completely redoing the bathroom. Since that may never happen, your suggestion of replacing the shower head is a great idea. I’m under the impression that we have awful water pressure. Your experience has me inspired to give a new shower head a whirl. Our last home improvement was installing a home jewelry studio space in the living room.

  • Vilija

    May 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Our latest home improvement project has been refinishing baby furniture. I have been scouting cabinet hardware for our next improvement. Our kitchen could use a little update.

  • Jen

    May 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    We just put closet doors on all the closets that didn’t come with them! Ceiling high!

  • jess

    May 28, 2013 at 7:02 am

    We have just finished re decorating the bathroom! it was gutted even the walls have been replaced! it was painful but its looking good now just the door to go on now!!

  • Danielle

    May 28, 2013 at 8:14 am

    we have so many improvement plans! we just bought a house and have so many ideas, right now im trying to get better lighting in out closet and some paint!

  • Jennifer

    May 28, 2013 at 8:42 am

    We just rebuilt our deck and we’re in the process of installing a new hot tub.

  • Heather

    May 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

    We are seeding our lawn and replacing some of our fixtures

  • Terra

    May 28, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Currently in the process of wrapping up some light landscaping to boost curb appeal.

    We just moved into our new home this weekend and when I turned on the shower in the master bath…the head came right off!! Needless to say, the bathroom is next on our project list.

  • Andrea

    May 28, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Our last project was putting in hardwood floors in our kitchen, dining, living room, hall and office by ourselves!

  • Cassandra

    May 28, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I’ve been planting! The latest was a cute succulent garden for my door step. It makes me smile each time I walk past it.

  • Ryan

    May 28, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    I bought a $40 dining room table on Craigslist and just finally getting around to refinishing it.

  • tamera

    May 28, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Our house is from 1836, my life is home improvements! We’re currently ripping out gross 80s carpet in the stairway, replastering the walls, painting the stairs, and adding a gorgeous new runner. We’re also rewiring an old Hollywood Regency lamp for the entry. Can’t wait to finish!

  • Carol

    May 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Since we rent we’re limited to what we can do to the place. I cleared out the front yard and planted a bunch of Oregon natives instead. There are Snowberry, Lupine, Bunchberries, Bleeding Hearts, Trilliums, and others.

  • Danielle T

    May 28, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    we want to put a new tile back splash behind the stove

  • Vera K

    May 28, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Latest home improvement was putting a sink in the basement. Vera khule at gmail dot com.


    May 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    My latest home improvement project was decorating my sons room, caulking the bathroom and creating some shelves

  • allison w.

    May 28, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    we’re moving into our new place in 14 days! since this is our first official place together, i’ll be making sure to invest in quality pieces for the home that we can take with us wherever we go. no more cheap stuff that falls apart after a year!

  • manda

    May 29, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Painting the downstairs bathroom!

  • Leah

    May 29, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I’m working on brightening the master bathroom right now – new paint and fixtures are the first order.

  • joanna

    May 29, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    i want to get a bunch of abandoned pallets and paint them write to make into a platform bed! that’s at the top of my list once i get settled into my new apartment.

  • Grace

    May 29, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    A painted fence! (An eggshell colour)

  • Mmarxen

    May 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    We are adding additional shelves in our pantry. It’s amazing how much wasted space can be reclaimed by adding a few extra shelves ( and 1/2 shelves) that allow you easier access and better visibility.

  • Cheryl

    May 30, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Where to begin with the projects that are currently ongoing in our 114 year old house??? My husband is finishing up the craftsman-style pillars that he built between our living and dining rooms. All they need now are some primer and paint! Then we can move on to the next project! 🙂

  • Sarah D.

    May 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Our bathroom doesn’t have very good ventilation, so we need to replace the old fan with a new one. However, modern fans do not fit, and thus, we have to replace the whole vent! So that’s our latest project for our place!

  • Jessica

    May 30, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I share a great apartment with my fiance, but we decided to try for a mortgage this year. When closing didn’t go through on the house we’d begun planning projects for, we turned that energy towards our apartment and what started as a small closet reorganization turned into a lot of new ideas for the rest of our current space. It turned out we had neglected to put artwork in both bathrooms and the one we don’t shower in doesn’t even have a shower head. To save for a larger down payment for next year, we took on a roommate who will be joining us at the end of June; I was on Pinterest looking for bathroom ideas to make ours and our roommate’s bathrooms feel more organized and useful and came across this post!

  • rebecca

    May 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    adding a brightly colored cabinet to the living room. makes a big difference!

  • Sharon

    May 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I’m in a rental so my updates all need to be more or less superficial but my latest project has been repainting my bathroom and putting in new shelves and towel holders.

  • JSW

    May 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    We replaced the hardware in the kitchen and it looks WAY better.

  • Athena Roth

    May 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Putting up our Wooly Pockets! 🙂

  • Allison Downes

    May 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I am going to paint my kitchen a light blue

    Thank you for the nice giveaway!


  • Sandra Stock

    June 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I am putting in new tile flooring throughout the house.

  • latanya

    June 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    We just put down some hard wood floors

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  • Stacey Roberson

    June 2, 2013 at 8:55 am

    We are about to redecorate and paint our upstairs bathroom. staceymeusebio at gmail dot com

  • Theresa J

    June 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Right now we are in the process of replacing our kitchen faucet again

    ninajanke at gmail dot com