How to Upscale a Rental Bathroom

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I’ve moved four times over the past four years – that’s quite a lot of moving in a short amount of time! Granted, I just graduated from college so that’s partly due to dorms but there’s also two apartments that I’ve lived in since I was a wee freshman. I’ve picked up some decor tips and tricks for dealing with the rental situation throughout the years (and thank you to my gorgeous Pinterest board for its never-ending inspiration). Decorating an apartment or condo that is rented is a tough job – you don’t want to do too much because you ultimately want your entire security deposit back, but you still want it to feel like home and like it represents part of your personal taste. So, today I’m showing you how to upscale a rental bathroom and how I keep mine fully stocked!

How to upscale a rental bathroom – the best tips and tricks

Here’s a before with just my shower curtain up…

How to Upscale a Rental Bathroom
…and after!

How to Upscale a Rental Bathroom

How to Upscale a Rental Bathroom
Let’s start with the sink:

-Invest in a set of a toothbrush holder, soap dispenser, and soap dish if need be. These are instant upgrades and are much more upscale than your toothbrush hanging out on the counter next to a plastic jar of offbrand hand soap!
-Are you a hoarder of makeup brushes, too? Invest in a cute holder: this is a candy jar that I filled with pearl vase filler and is a new, chic way to store my brushes and show them off.
-Finally, keep your sink clutter free. I store all of the hair ties, bobby pins and ALL the makeup that would normally be floating around on this counter in a chic makeup bag that I can simply zip away the clutter!


How to Upscale a Rental Bathroom
Above the toilet:

I find that rental bathrooms are always way too small to hold everything it needs to so I like to maximize on space, and that includes above the toilet!

-Specialty order a set of monogrammed hand towels. This takes your bathroom from “just pretty”, to “perfectly fabulous” for under $20
-Store things like cotton buds and pads that you reach for often in a small tray on top of the toilet – this way things are hidden but still very functional


How to Upscale a Rental Bathroom
Lastly, add a shelf!

I was really starting to run out of space in this bathroom and since I didn’t want to put shelving on the walls (I was not in the mood to pay for those holes in the walls, later!) and I wanted something that would make the space look even more put together and chic, so I invested in a three tiered, wrought iron shelf that is the perfect place to store my jewelry tree, perfume sample stash, and have towels at the ready!

How to Upscale a Rental Bathroom
Any upscale bathroom isn’t complete without the right necessities – I keep a stash of Quilted Northern® Ultra Soft & Strong® with Cleanstretch (9 Mega Rolls) on the bottom tier of my shelf just in case I end up having extra guests over or I have a big night to get ready for, you can never have enough Quilted Northern® nearby to fix random mascara smudges!

I found mine at my local Walmart, in the usual paper products aisle!



How to Upscale a Rental Bathroom

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Finding the right decor and supplies for a rental bathroom is definitely not an easy task, but no matter if you’re moving into a dorm, your first apartment, or your second like me, it is possible to take your bathroom from drab to fab with a few easy decor tips and tricks!

I’d love to know, what’s your favorite way to upscale a rental bathroom and will you be stocking it with Quilted Northern®? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,
Kelly xoxo

Kelly Baum

About Kelly Baum

Kelly Baum is the founder of A Thing of Beauty, a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog founded in April 2011. Kelly is a designer and photographer and freelancer in her spare time.

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