10/04/12 7/27/09 POPSUGAR Living Home How To How-To: Take Your Bathroom From Simple to Swanky July 27, 2009 by Home 13 Shares Chat with us on Facebook Messenger. Learn what's trending across POPSUGAR. View in slideshow Bathroom and kitchen renovations are often the most expensive kind. But with dated cabinetry and tiling plaguing homes across the country, they're also often the most crucial! Su Casa member Ckim8120 has taken the matter into her own hands, showing us that you don't need a contractor or a loan (!) to take your bathroom from simple to swanky. For well under her initial budget of $350, she transformed a spare bathroom into something that looks straight out of the pages of House Beautiful. You can do the same to your overlooked bathroom with just a few simple and affordable steps. Choose a cool and sophisticated paint color to liven up white walls. Then, for a dramatic change, pick up MirrEdge (available at Lowe's and Home Depot for $38), a do-it-yourself mirror framing system to bring architecture to a plain mirror and hide deterioration. Applying these simple strips and corner plates to your mirror is easy to do and makes something modest instantly glamorous. This cool color, Valspar's Misty Morning Dew, adds depth and makes the sink fixture and mirror stand out. Give dated, worn cabinet doors a face-lift by removing hardware, priming them, and painting them in a clean white. For an extra luxe factor, go with high-gloss white paint. Using paint or leftover black velvet ribbon like that used here, outline the façade of your cabinetry with black trim to create a tailored, traditional look. Check out your local hardware store, eBay, or Anthropologie for ornate door knobs to add a little glitz. Set a mirrored tray or even a small mirror on your countertop to house crystal perfume bottles and elegant jars of soap and lotion. You can build a slim, feminine console table that's ideal for a petite bathroom with an Ikea LACK Wall Shelf ($19.99) and two VIKA FINTORP legs ($10 each). Begin by painting them white. If you want extra polish, have them powder-coated. LACK Wall Shelf $19.99 from ikea.com Buy Now VIKA FINTORP legs $10 from ikea.com Buy Now Simply screw the legs into the shelf and fasten the table to the wall. Accessorize your table with candles, a hurricane filled with potpourri, and a basket to hold guest towels. For an industrial-chic look, use basic tin cans as vases for bouquets of flowers. Look for affordable mirror picture frames at discount stores or clearance aisles. Make a dated finish more modern by painting it white. Find affordable art like this Keep Calm and Carry On silkscreen poster at Etsy. Add a bit of sparkle with a glass chandelier like the Ikea KRISTALLER Chandelier ($39.99). Etsy. Add a bit of sparkle with a glass chandelier like the $39.99 from etsy.com Buy Now Ikea KRISTALLER Chandelier $39.99 from ikea.com Buy Now Paint the inset molding of your door with your wall paint to add depth and character. Install a crystal door knob; try eBay or salvage shops for antiques. Pick up some pretty hooks to hang your towels on. Install a small wall shelf for vases and other accessories. Use black grosgrain ribbon as tie-backs for simple white curtains to coordinate with your cabinet doors. Enjoy your glamorous life, girl! Be sure to check out ckim8120's great blog, A Sweet Concoction. Home How ToBefore And After ProjectsBathroomsHome RenovationSu CasaHow-To Get Inspired With Our Living Newsletter You're subscribed! Sign Up For Our Newsletter Select topics that interest you DIY Vegetarian Home Food Tech Love and Sex Sign up with facebook By signing up, I agree to the Terms & to receive emails from POPSUGAR.