Are you tired of your boring, outdated, or builder-grade bathrooms and closets? You aren’t alone. The good news is that you can handle this! Updating your space to feel custom and personalized is possible—and without breaking the bank, too. But for the best results, there are a few key steps to follow before you get started.

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Before You Begin...

Choose a Space & Stick With It

For this type of DIY project, most homeowners have the best luck by focusing on a single space and seeing the project through to completion before tackling another area. Determine which area needs the most attention, and prioritize it accordingly. 

Although it might seem logical to take on more than one space at a time so that your home is a “disaster zone” all at once instead of several different instances (for example, simultaneously renovating your primary bathroom and your closets), you're more likely to get overwhelmed. And overwhelm can lead to panicked procrastination and construction zones that last months and months. 

Prioritize What's Important & Set the Budget

Avoid overwhelm by creating a detailed priority list before you break out the hammer and nails. Now that you've chosen where to start, it's time to ask yourself the tough questions. Before you start buying new fixtures and decor, it's important to set a budget. Taking the time to create a budget sheet will actually eliminate stress, because you’ll be able to stay on track and avoid overspending and overbuying. What can you live without? What will make or break the transformation? Be honest and set realistic goals.

Speaking of Budget...DIY or Hire a Professional?

If you're a handy person and enjoy fiddling around with home projects, you can save a lot of money by doing the work yourself. However, some things are best left to the pros—especially when it comes to plumbing and electrical work. The last thing you want to do is make expensive mistakes that will cost you more down the road.

RELATED READ: Hiring a Contractor vs. DIY: What You Should Know

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3 Easy Ways to Incorporate DIY Design in Your Makeover

1. Add A Frame® Mirrors

Want to add custom style and personality to your bathroom or closet without splurging? Consider Add A Frame®! It’s a fast, easy-to-install way to bring an old sheet mirror back to life. This one simple addition can make a huge impact on the overall look of the room (not to mention kick your selfie game up a level!).

Best of all, you can find a frame perfectly suited to your taste. Simply choose from 80+ styles, enter your specific measurements, and we’ll ship it right to your door. Browse all frame styles and select samples here.

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2. Peel and Stick Tile

If your bathroom or closet flooring looks outdated and icky, but you aren’t ready to invest in all-new flooring, peel-and-stick tile is a quick and easy fix. This affordable option comes in an endless variety of colors and patterns, so you're sure to find one that suits your style. Plus, it's easy to install, so you don't need to hire a professional. 

One thing to bear in mind: Peel-and-stick tiles are typically not a great option for bathrooms that get super steamy. It’s a better fit for a powder room or guest bathroom where showers are infrequent.

3. Peel and Stick Wallpaper

In the same vein, peel-and-stick wallpaper can give any room a new look without the time commitment or expense of traditional wallpaper. It’s a no-mess, fuss-free option, but it does take patience to install and smooth out. This is a wonderful option if you’re renting your home or don’t want to make permanent changes!

Armed with these practical and budget-conscious tips, you should feel more prepared to get started. With a little creativity and planning, you can transform your bathroom or closet into a stylish, functional space that puts a smile on your face.

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