Most of the 12 bathroom makeovers below can each be achieved for around 0 (or less! Depending on what your rental bathroom needs (and your DIY level of confidence), pick a few and get to work! Hang a new shower curtain and liner There are lots of pretty, affordable shower curtains out there (Urban Outfitters and Target are both great sources).If you decide on a curtain with a design, treat it like a wall tapestry, and play with colors from the design in the rest of your bathroom decor.Pick your favorite (we vote French impressionists for a bathroom), print out an 8-by-10 or 11-by-14 photo at your local pharmacy, grab a frame, and voilà!Your reflection won't be the only masterpiece to gaze at while you brush your teeth. Match your fixtures Many bathrooms have a hodgepodge of fixtures installed over the years: a brass toilet paper holder, white ceramic towel bar, and chrome faucet, for instance. Pick one metal (satin nickel or oil-rubbed bronze are safe bets) and either spray-paint your current fixtures (again, seek landlord approval first) or, for a higher price point, install new ones to be removed when you leave (that is, if you can't persuade your landlord to give you a little discount on your rent to compensate for your work).Make sure to replace them every year or so, and machine-wash once a month to keep them fresh. ), opt for a 3-by-5 area rug instead of a bath mat.And, renters with narrow bathrooms may benefit by searching for runners or hallway rugs.Elongated shower curtains will make the room look taller, not to mention hide any less-than-fashionable tiling you've got in the shower. Swap a standard showerhead for a raincan A raincan showerhead is the ultimate quick fix when it comes to adding a little luxury to a ho-hum shower.It can transform your everyday lather into a lavish experience, which is why you'll almost always find them at spas and in luxury hotel rooms.
The fact is, white grout can age over time; even if it's freshly cleaned, the grout may be permanently stained. This handy invention costs less than at home improvement stores, and for just a few dollars and hours of your time, you can totally transform your grout.But if your landlord is just as particular as you are (or you've gotten attached to your pretty sink jewelry), hang on to the old faucet and reinstall it when you move out, so you can take your spiffy new one with you. Hang a (budget-friendly) masterpiece Just because it's a bathroom doesn't mean it isn't worthy of wall art.Print out and frame a free space travel poster from NASA, or opt for an original from the National Gallery of Art or The Met, both of which provide free access to thousands of digital downloads from their galleries.If you have white grout, you can choose just to freshen it up with white paint.Or, with your landlord's permission, you can paint your grout a new color -- gray grout with white tile is having a moment. Install a new faucet Why would you upgrade your landlord's digs with your own money?Attach with some heavy-duty Velcro, so you can remove it when you leave. While you're probably itching to tear it all down, fast, that's not exactly possible in a rental.Get creative with temporary tile Depending on the size of your bath, purchasing enough peel-and-stick vinyl tile to cover an entire bathroom floor could go over your 0 budget -- but contact paper tile can be a quick (and temporary) way to make a design statement.Hate the border of pink tiles circling your bathroom?Or, if you're stuck with the ever-popular Hollywood-style light fixture, buy some vintage-style filament bulbs for an instant industrial-chic upgrade. Frame your mirror Stuck with a builder-basic mirror in your rental? Get some crown molding (or better yet, use some free scrap wood from another project or from a crafty friend) and cut it down to the dimensions of your mirror.Paint it to match your vanity or in a fun color to add a pop to the room.