Refreshing Your Bathroom Without Remodeling

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 So, I have a confession to make.  I have absolutely HATED my bathroom for the last year.  I’m dying to remodel, but there’s just no way that’s in the budget or the schedule right now.  When it comes to single-momming, DIY is tough to accomplish from both a time and money perspective.  Why have I hated my bathroom, you ask? Well, pictures tell a much better story…try not to cringe, because there is a happy ending to this tale of bathroom woe!

Before Collage

 I want to cringe even putting those photos on the internet – but that’s what it was like.  Crazy disorganized, since this is the bathroom the girls use, a dingy shower curtain, a broken toilet seat from the girls dropping a toilet paper holder on it, and don’t even get me started on that towel pile.  

Something had to be done!  Which is why I was so excited to embark on a Mega Summer Refresh of my bathroom, starting with getting rid of that toilet-seat killing toilet paper holder.  Don’t get me wrong – my girls use more toilet paper than would seem humanly possible, so I was happy to find Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® Mega Rolls and Quilted Northern Ultra Plush® Mega Rolls at Target.  I’m hoping that my tips here after my experiences will help you get YOUR bathroom in tip-top shape without embarking on a major renovation.  

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Tip #1: Make Your Life Easier with LESS work!  Quilted Northern Ultra Soft and Strong Mega Rolls are the PERFECT start to any bathroom refresh, because they are 4 regular roles in one! This means I can change the roll less often, it looks fuller, and I don’t have to worry about visitors running out of toilet paper.

QN collage

In fact, I ditched the unsightly toilet paper roll holder and swapped it for this cute basket that I found at Target, which is perfect for holding extra hand towels for guests and a few extra rolls, which last SO long.


Tip 2: Pick a Theme to Decorate Around – The basket was just the START of our Mega Summer Refresh at Target.  The girls and I had SO much fun building a bathroom based on one of Quilted Northern’s character –  Daddy Gator, Little Miss Puffy Tail & Sir Froggy.  We chose Miss Puffy Tail since we thought our woodwork went best with her rustic, country/shabby chic look.  We started by getting rid of the pile of towels and storing them under the sink in a storage basket….sooo much better than piled on the window area.  This freed up that area for a cute little tray with some fun accent pieces – we found ALL of these cute things at Target!
Tip 3: Organize, organize, organize.  Next we tackled the task of organizing the shower and closets, which was easy with some awesome shower caddies and bins from Target.
Organizing Collage
Tip 4:  If nothing else, replace the shower curtain and rugs.  Then we hit up my favorite part – replacing the icky shower curtain and rug! It’s AMAZING how just this one little change can make a HUGE difference in how fresh, light and clean the bathroom feels.  If you have one change that you can make this summer in your bathroom, give this one a try!
Tip 5:  Choose details that support the theme you chose.  Finally, we added the finishing touches, like a toothbrush holder, new towels, and a soap dispenser which we really felt brought the whole room and theme together – and cleaned up the sink area in a major way.  And we all LOVE the adorable paper flowers that we found in the home decorating area of Target!
Decoration Collage
I have to say I am really in love with our new refreshed bathroom.  If you would like a chance to do a Mega Summer Refresh on your bathroom, Quilted Northern is also giving you a chance to win an AMAZING prize package.  It’s easy to enter! Vote on your favorite Quilted Northern character-inspired bathroom [Daddy Gator, Little Miss Puffy Tail & Sir Froggy] for a chance to win a $1,000 Grand Prize or $250 Target GiftCard! Sweepstakes runs from 6/19-8/1.

#MegaSummerRefresh #Sweepstakes (6/19 to 7/31)

 If you win, you can show us your before and afters!  And make sure to take advantage NOW of some awesome deals at Target! You can save 10% off Quilted Northern Mega Toilet Paper on Target’s Cartwheel app from 6/20-7/8, and when you buy 3 Packs of Quilted Northern Mega Toilet Paper, you can get a $5 Target Gift Card (valid 6/18-6/24)!  It’s a great time to stock up for summer – no one wants to have to run to the store because you are out of TP!


How would you refresh YOUR bathroom if you could? And don’t forget to vote for your chance to win a $1,000 Grand Prize or $250 Target GiftCard!    


  1. says

    One of my favorite things is to refresh our bathrooms. The kid bathroom frequently gets a little refresh every few months. It’s also the guest bathroom so I like to keep it looking new.

  2. My Teen Guide says

    If I won I would work on storage cabinets and shelves. Your bathroom did turn out great! It did look like a brand new bathroom!

  3. Neha Saini says

    Well for the people like me who can spend hours in bathroom for the me-time, the bathrooms should also be of the remarks. But every time we can’t afford to remodel it. So the better option is to make it refreshing. Your new refreshed bathroom is great. I should try this at mine too.

  4. Sharon Wong says

    Remodeling is very tedious work. I wish I could remodel my own bedroom since it feels to cluttered. I’ amazed that you could create a larger space with your bathroom by just organizing a few things and refurnishing it with decorations. It looks brand new without the cost of remodeling. :)

  5. says

    Lovely re-make of your bathroom. Mine could do with all the help I can get and will use some of your tips. I am especially loving adding the mini basket for tissues

  6. says

    I’ve been working on refreshing my bathroom and I’d like to work on some sort of shelving unit for it. I love your new look, I bet it feels amazing to have everything organized.

  7. says

    It’s amazing how a few refreshes can make a bathroom look completely different. Getting everything organized is definitely the key when refreshing a bathroom. Your bathroom looks so good!

  8. says

    I love setting out an organizing spaces. Especially if my mind has been feeling cluttered, I look around at my living spaces and start decluttering to help ease troubled thoughts.

  9. robin rue says

    I did a little refresh a few years back. All I did was paint the mirror, get new nobs and a few pieces of art and it looks brand new.

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