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Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

The bathroom: It might not be your favorite room in your home, but it sure is an important one. Use your DIY skills to boost the organization and functionality of your bathroom, updating it on the cheap. Here are 10 suggested projects almost anyone can do.

Some of the projects below require more DIY skills or a workshop compared to the others, but most of them will only take a few hours to complete—or even minutes. The linked sites within the articles below also have helpful instructions.

10. Build a Slide-Out Cabinet Drawer in About an Hour

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Instead of kneeling and trying to reach the back of your cabinet, make a slide-out cabinet drawer. The best thing about this project is you can customize it to your organizational needs, with multiple shelves, for example, or to fit odd cabinet widths. Another option is to put a swing-out shelf in your cabinet, which also offers easy access to all your toiletries and such.

9. Create a Stackable Plate Organizer to Declutter Your Bathroom Counter

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Bathroom counters can get cluttered quickly. Keep all your stuff off the counters and attractively presented with a stackable plate organizer. You can buy one, but since we’re talking DIY today, consider making your own DIY tiered tray. (The video in that link isn’t working, however, the instructions are pretty simple: Glue plates and candle holders together.)

8. Control Cords with Mounted PVC Pipes

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Cords are as much of an annoyance in the bathroom as they are in the workspace. Tame them by mounting PVC pipes to the cabinet door, and you can store curling irons and other similar gadgets easily. If you don’t care for the PVC look, a mesh file box or magazine holder can hold all those hair appliances neatly in the bathroom.

7. Add Rope Lighting Under Your Bathroom Cabinet

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom can be dangerous when you’re navigating in the dark. Use rope lighting under the cabinets to prevent stubbed toes and also give you just enough light you need without waking you up completely.

6. Build a Bathroom Storage Unit with a Full-Length Mirror

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

This one might not be for small bathroom spaces, but if your bathroom can fit it, you can add a whole lot more storage with this mirror and cabinet combo. It costs under $100 for all the supplies, and you might be able to recess the cabinet into the wall for more space savings.

5. Add a Second Shower Rod for Extra Bathroom Storage

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

This is about as easy as a DIY project can get: Grab a shower tension rod, add some hooks and baskets, and in about five minutes you’ve got lots more storage in the bath. The second shower rod could also be used to dry towels and swimsuits.

4. Make Your Own Bath Mat

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

If you’ve got a collection of wine corks collecting dust, turn them into a soft and naturally mold-resistant bath mat. You can stand the corks on edge instead for a different look. If wine corks aren’t your thing, you can make a stone bath mat with river rocks for that spa-look and walking-on-a-stony-beach feel.

3. Mount Mason Jars Above the Sink

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

If you have bathroom stuff you want to keep in reach yet not cluttering your counter, grab some good ol’ mason jars. Mount them with hose clamps to a piece of wood for a simple, yet attractive storage solution. They’ll be easy to clean and remove, and you can use the colored glass jars to match your bathroom decor.

2. Make Your Own Android-Powered Smart Mirror

With a two-way mirror and an Android device, you can make your own futuristic mirror that displays info like calendar appointments and the weather when you brush your teeth in the morning or night. This might seem like a daunting project, but the tutorial posted on Adafruit says it’s a beginner-friendly project—even if you’ve never done Android development before.

1. Update the Bath Fixtures

Finally, perhaps the quickest and easiest way to upgrade your bathroom if you have basic home improvement skills: Upgrade your bath fixtures, such as changing the faucet or installing a new showerhead (maybe a rainfall shower head from a CD spindle?). You might even be able to do these fixtures updates if you’re a renter. You might be surprised by how much of a difference these small details can make in your bathroom. You don’t have to spend a lot to spiff up this important room.

Bonus: check out Lifehacker readers’ favorite bathroom hacks.

Illustration Fruzsina Kuhári.


Lifehacker’s Weekend Roundup gathers our best guides, explainers, and other posts on a certain subject so you can tackle big projects with ease. For more, check out our Weekend Roundup and Top 10 tags.

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

The bathroom: It might not be your favorite room in your home, but it sure is an important one. Use your DIY skills to boost the organization and functionality of your bathroom, updating it on the cheap. Here are 10 suggested projects almost anyone can do.

Some of the projects below require more DIY skills or a workshop compared to the others, but most of them will only take a few hours to complete—or even minutes. The linked sites within the articles below also have helpful instructions.

10. Build a Slide-Out Cabinet Drawer in About an Hour

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Instead of kneeling and trying to reach the back of your cabinet, make a slide-out cabinet drawer. The best thing about this project is you can customize it to your organizational needs, with multiple shelves, for example, or to fit odd cabinet widths. Another option is to put a swing-out shelf in your cabinet, which also offers easy access to all your toiletries and such.

9. Create a Stackable Plate Organizer to Declutter Your Bathroom Counter

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Bathroom counters can get cluttered quickly. Keep all your stuff off the counters and attractively presented with a stackable plate organizer. You can buy one, but since we’re talking DIY today, consider making your own DIY tiered tray. (The video in that link isn’t working, however, the instructions are pretty simple: Glue plates and candle holders together.)

8. Control Cords with Mounted PVC Pipes

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Cords are as much of an annoyance in the bathroom as they are in the workspace. Tame them by mounting PVC pipes to the cabinet door, and you can store curling irons and other similar gadgets easily. If you don’t care for the PVC look, a mesh file box or magazine holder can hold all those hair appliances neatly in the bathroom.

7. Add Rope Lighting Under Your Bathroom Cabinet

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom can be dangerous when you’re navigating in the dark. Use rope lighting under the cabinets to prevent stubbed toes and also give you just enough light you need without waking you up completely.

6. Build a Bathroom Storage Unit with a Full-Length Mirror

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

This one might not be for small bathroom spaces, but if your bathroom can fit it, you can add a whole lot more storage with this mirror and cabinet combo. It costs under $100 for all the supplies, and you might be able to recess the cabinet into the wall for more space savings.

5. Add a Second Shower Rod for Extra Bathroom Storage

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

This is about as easy as a DIY project can get: Grab a shower tension rod, add some hooks and baskets, and in about five minutes you’ve got lots more storage in the bath. The second shower rod could also be used to dry towels and swimsuits.

4. Make Your Own Bath Mat

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

If you’ve got a collection of wine corks collecting dust, turn them into a soft and naturally mold-resistant bath mat. You can stand the corks on edge instead for a different look. If wine corks aren’t your thing, you can make a stone bath mat with river rocks for that spa-look and walking-on-a-stony-beach feel.

3. Mount Mason Jars Above the Sink

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

If you have bathroom stuff you want to keep in reach yet not cluttering your counter, grab some good ol’ mason jars. Mount them with hose clamps to a piece of wood for a simple, yet attractive storage solution. They’ll be easy to clean and remove, and you can use the colored glass jars to match your bathroom decor.

2. Make Your Own Android-Powered Smart Mirror

With a two-way mirror and an Android device, you can make your own futuristic mirror that displays info like calendar appointments and the weather when you brush your teeth in the morning or night. This might seem like a daunting project, but the tutorial posted on Adafruit says it’s a beginner-friendly project—even if you’ve never done Android development before.

1. Update the Bath Fixtures

Finally, perhaps the quickest and easiest way to upgrade your bathroom if you have basic home improvement skills: Upgrade your bath fixtures, such as changing the faucet or installing a new showerhead (maybe a rainfall shower head from a CD spindle?). You might even be able to do these fixtures updates if you’re a renter. You might be surprised by how much of a difference these small details can make in your bathroom. You don’t have to spend a lot to spiff up this important room.

Bonus: check out Lifehacker readers’ favorite bathroom hacks.

Illustration Fruzsina Kuhári.


Lifehacker’s Weekend Roundup gathers our best guides, explainers, and other posts on a certain subject so you can tackle big projects with ease. For more, check out our Weekend Roundup and Top 10 tags.

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

The bathroom: It might not be your favorite room in your home, but it sure is an important one. Use your DIY skills to boost the organization and functionality of your bathroom, updating it on the cheap. Here are 10 suggested projects almost anyone can do.

Some of the projects below require more DIY skills or a workshop compared to the others, but most of them will only take a few hours to complete—or even minutes. The linked sites within the articles below also have helpful instructions.

10. Build a Slide-Out Cabinet Drawer in About an Hour

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Instead of kneeling and trying to reach the back of your cabinet, make a slide-out cabinet drawer. The best thing about this project is you can customize it to your organizational needs, with multiple shelves, for example, or to fit odd cabinet widths. Another option is to put a swing-out shelf in your cabinet, which also offers easy access to all your toiletries and such.

9. Create a Stackable Plate Organizer to Declutter Your Bathroom Counter

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Bathroom counters can get cluttered quickly. Keep all your stuff off the counters and attractively presented with a stackable plate organizer. You can buy one, but since we’re talking DIY today, consider making your own DIY tiered tray. (The video in that link isn’t working, however, the instructions are pretty simple: Glue plates and candle holders together.)

8. Control Cords with Mounted PVC Pipes

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Cords are as much of an annoyance in the bathroom as they are in the workspace. Tame them by mounting PVC pipes to the cabinet door, and you can store curling irons and other similar gadgets easily. If you don’t care for the PVC look, a mesh file box or magazine holder can hold all those hair appliances neatly in the bathroom.

7. Add Rope Lighting Under Your Bathroom Cabinet

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

Middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom can be dangerous when you’re navigating in the dark. Use rope lighting under the cabinets to prevent stubbed toes and also give you just enough light you need without waking you up completely.

6. Build a Bathroom Storage Unit with a Full-Length Mirror

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

This one might not be for small bathroom spaces, but if your bathroom can fit it, you can add a whole lot more storage with this mirror and cabinet combo. It costs under $100 for all the supplies, and you might be able to recess the cabinet into the wall for more space savings.

5. Add a Second Shower Rod for Extra Bathroom Storage

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

This is about as easy as a DIY project can get: Grab a shower tension rod, add some hooks and baskets, and in about five minutes you’ve got lots more storage in the bath. The second shower rod could also be used to dry towels and swimsuits.

4. Make Your Own Bath Mat

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

If you’ve got a collection of wine corks collecting dust, turn them into a soft and naturally mold-resistant bath mat. You can stand the corks on edge instead for a different look. If wine corks aren’t your thing, you can make a stone bath mat with river rocks for that spa-look and walking-on-a-stony-beach feel.

3. Mount Mason Jars Above the Sink

Top 10 Easy DIY Projects to Upgrade Your Bathroom

If you have bathroom stuff you want to keep in reach yet not cluttering your counter, grab some good ol’ mason jars. Mount them with hose clamps to a piece of wood for a simple, yet attractive storage solution. They’ll be easy to clean and remove, and you can use the colored glass jars to match your bathroom decor.

2. Make Your Own Android-Powered Smart Mirror

With a two-way mirror and an Android device, you can make your own futuristic mirror that displays info like calendar appointments and the weather when you brush your teeth in the morning or night. This might seem like a daunting project, but the tutorial posted on Adafruit says it’s a beginner-friendly project—even if you’ve never done Android development before.

1. Update the Bath Fixtures

Finally, perhaps the quickest and easiest way to upgrade your bathroom if you have basic home improvement skills: Upgrade your bath fixtures, such as changing the faucet or installing a new showerhead (maybe a rainfall shower head from a CD spindle?). You might even be able to do these fixtures updates if you’re a renter. You might be surprised by how much of a difference these small details can make in your bathroom. You don’t have to spend a lot to spiff up this important room.

Bonus: check out Lifehacker readers’ favorite bathroom hacks.

Illustration Fruzsina Kuhári.


Lifehacker’s Weekend Roundup gathers our best guides, explainers, and other posts on a certain subject so you can tackle big projects with ease. For more, check out our Weekend Roundup and Top 10 tags.

Banish Brutal Bathroom Smells With Your Own Homemade “Poo-Pourri”

Bathroom odors can be traumatizing whether you caused it or not. Products like Poo-Pourri and Just A Drop can help keep the stench at bay, but you can easily make your own smell-be-gone spray at home.

In this video from the HouseholdHacker YouTube channel you’ll learn how to make your own pre-poop spray with essential oils and few other things you probably have lying around your home. Mix 3/4 of a cup of water with 2 teaspoons of rubbing alcohol, 2 teaspoons of hand or dish soap, and mix it all together with 40 to 50 drops of your preferred essential oil (lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, etc.). Then put in a spray bottle to keep near your porcelain throne. Just like with Poo-Pourri and Just A Drop, you add the spray to the water before you go. By the time you flush, there will be no nose-worthy evidence of the business you just took care of. You can even add food coloring to the spray so you can see the smell barrier and get some extra peace of mind.

http://lifehacker.com/use-everyday-t…

Smell-Be-Gone Poop Spray! | YouTube

Clean Your Reusable Razor in a Snap with a White Vinegar Soak

Clean Your Reusable Razor in a Snap with a White Vinegar Soak

If you have a reusable razor, you already know you should clean it periodically, maybe every time you change blades. What you may not know is instead of fancy cleaners, a quick soak in white vinegar and water will do the trick just as well.

This brief soak will help remove scum and hair build-up—not just around the razor itself, but the assembly and handle. YouBeauty explains how:

The next time you replace the cartridge, take a good look at the razor’s mechanism. You will probably be grossed out by what’s in there! So it’s a good idea to clean it from time to time, though you won’t need to do so with anywhere near the frequency with which you should clean body scrubbers.

Soak your razor in a solution of either bleach and water or vinegar and water (don’t mix bleach and vinegar together, it creates a chemical reaction that produces dangerous fumes) for 5 to 10 minutes. If using bleach, dilute a teaspoon in four cups of water; vinegar can be mixed in equal parts with the water. Both have disinfecting properties and which you use is a matter of personal choice.

After the razor has soaked, scrub it with a toothbrush while it’s still submerged to remove any built-up debris. Then rinse it in hot water and dry it with a towel.

Cleaning your reusable razor is especially important if you use it in the shower, an environment more prone to mold and mildew.

Pretty Clean: How to Care for Your Skincare Tools | YouBeauty

Image from mjtmail.

Conserve Water at Home With This Stylish Toilet Top Sink

Conserve Water at Home With This Stylish Toilet Top Sink

If you’re interested in conserving some water at home, this custom sink re-routes the fresh, clean water that fills your toilet tank so you can wash your hands with the same water each time you flush.

This design, from Jonathan Odom at the Instructables Design Studio, replaces the lid from your toilet tank with a sink that activates each time you flush the toilet. On average, a single toilet flush uses around three gallons of water. Why let that water go to waste? Odom used Plyboo wood and a Moen 90 Degree high arc vessel faucet, but you could construct yours out of any type of material and a much cheaper faucet. You’ll also need vinyl tubing, wood glue, construction adhesive, and a few other components. It’s quite the project to take on, but once it’s complete, you’ll be saving water every time you use the toilet. You can find the complete guide and a video of it in action at the link below.

Toilet Top Sink | Instructables

Build a Slide-Out Cabinet Drawer in About an Hour

Build a Slide-Out Cabinet Drawer in About an Hour

Typical cabinets often aren’t the most efficient storage solutions—too many things get lost forever at the back of the cabinet. Solve that problem with a little DIY.

Slide-out cabinet drawers are really just boxes with drawer slides, but they can cost an arm and a leg if you order them premade or custom made. Jill from The Rozy Home shows us on Remodelaholic how we can make them ourselves for half the cost.

It’s a pretty simple project but one with lots of possibilities:

Build a Slide-Out Cabinet Drawer in About an Hour

Check out the full how-to below.

Easy Slide-Out Under Cabinet Storage Drawers | Remodelaholic

Install a Humidity Sensor to Automatically Control Your Exhaust Fan

Exhaust fans help prevent mold and mildew in bathrooms and basements, but when left on, they waste electricity. Automate this process by installing a humidity sensor to replace the fan switch.

A humidity sensor includes a manual fan switch, but if your sensor is setup correctly it should turn on and off based on the humidity in the room. With most sensors you can also tell it how long it should run when it senses a certain level of humidity.

Installing a humidity sensor is a DIY project, but you must first determine if your switch box has a neutral wire, which is required to install a device like this. Watch the video above to check out the full instructions. The Leviton humidity sensor shown runs $31.49 from Amazon.

How to install a humidity sensor | Home Repair Tutor (YouTube)

Poopfiction Finds the Perfect Story to Read While You’re on the Toilet

Poopfiction Finds the Perfect Story to Read While You're on the Toilet

Aesop’s fables are engaging, bite-sized stories you can read and ponder in a short amount of time. In other words: great bathroom material.

If you’re like most people, you use your phone in the bathroom: a few Facebook likes, a quick move on Words With Friends, hell, maybe even an email reply. Poopfiction can help you use that time to catch up on some reading, too. It selects a piece of literature for you to read, depending on how long you’ll be on the can.

Many of these are simply short fables; others are essays or stories that are several paragraphs long. All of these stories are public domain works from Project Gutenberg.

Poopfiction Finds the Perfect Story to Read While You're on the Toilet

Of course, you can’t go wrong with a good old magazine or an informative article, but this is great if you don’t have any on hand, and you find yourself on the toilet without anything to read (perish the thought). Plus, it’s nice to actually finish reading something on the toilet.

Next time nature calls, check out the site at link below.

PoopFiction

Most Popular Shower Head: Delta In2ition, Plus Alternatives

Most Popular Shower Head: Delta In2ition, Plus Alternatives

Delta’s In2ition Two-In-One line of flexible, practical, feature-rich shower heads rinsed away the competition, taking 35% of the vote and the title of best shower head.http://co-op.kinja.com/five-best-show…

Delta’s shower head lineup, and the lineup of the market in general, is a mess in terms of model numbers, naming schemes, and the like. Your nomination was “In2ition 6-in Brushed Nickel Showerhead with Hand Shower,” which unfortunately doesn’t narrow it down. Models start around $40 and go all the way up to the $155 58471-PK. Not every model in the line has the well-reviewed H20kinetic feature either.http://www.amazon.com/58471-PK-H2Oki…

Speaking of H20kinetic, your third place winner has it, and costs around $20. An easy budget recommendation if you don’t need the option to go handheld.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00…

More Bathroom Gear:

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