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Bathroom Mega Summer Refresh

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We have a small and boring bathroom in our tiny apartment that needed an update. I wasn’t going to spend much time and budget, with summer vacations lined up. But I knew it needed a bathroom mega summer refresh. So it was decided – no DIY’s, no renovations (also because this is a rental). I needed a refresh that I can do in one afternoon and with things I can easily pick up at Target – just across the street where we live! Challenge accepted. Game on!

Bathroom Mega Summer Refresh Inspiration

This bathroom summer refresh was perfect timing because Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® Mega Rolls is holding a sweepstakes where you can vote on your favorite Quilted Northern character-inspired bathroom (Daddy Gator, Little Miss Puffy Tail, and Sir Froggy) for a chance to win a $1,000 Grand Prize or $250 Target GiftCard. The sweepstakes runs from 6/19 to 8/1. Make sure to join if you like – those prizes are awesome and you only have to vote. But I also wanted to share with you the sweepstakes to share the style inspo for this refresh. You can click here to see each bathroom style that I was considering.

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

If you know me well, then you might think I would go with Sir Froggy’s Stately Sanctuary style – upscale, modern, and elegant. But, the summer season is all about fun and color, and I wanted that to reflect in our bathroom. So instead, I went with Daddy Gator’s Elementary Escape – a fun, bright, colorful, and whimsical aesthetic – but with elegance. Let me share with you some before and after shots or our bathroom update.




Let’s Go Over the Bathroom Mega Summer Refresh in Detail

Decorative Storage

Perhaps my most favorite part of this bathroom is this shelf from Target. Simply because it adds more storage in an otherwise small bathroom. Plus, it adds a decorative element too. However, it was just way too cluttered before. It was full to the brim with hair products – sent to me for review and feature here on my blog. I needed to keep it neat. So I made room in my closet here to transfer all the hair products that weren’t being used yet. I only kept a few that somehow matched the new colorful decor.


Before, I didn’t know what to make of that last shelf level. It was curved. So I kept smaller products laying down on top of each other. But now, it makes perfect sense to keep my Quilted Northern mega rolls in there.


It’s just the perfect spot for the bathroom tissue rolls. That way, guests can easily see it too when they need to change the toilet paper roll. Even though let’s be honest, these mega rolls are like 4 regular rolls in one. That means, they last longer. So you won’t have to change the toilet paper that often. It’s one less thing to worry at parties – not having to check on the bathroom often to see if there’s still toilet paper! Get it at Target and save 10% off on Quilted Northern Mega Toilet Paper with the Cartwheel app from 6/20 to 7/8. There’s also another offer from 6/18 to 6/24 when you buy 3 packs of Quilted Northern Mega Toilet Paper, you’ll get a $5 Target Gift Card. I’d say use that towards your bathroom summer refresh!


Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® Mega Rolls and Quilted Northern Ultra Plush® Mega Rolls at Target

Colorful Palette with Gold Accessories

If this new “Hello Sunshine” shower curtain doesn’t scream colorful, fun, and whimsical, I don’t know what will. They are from Target where I also found these striped towels and blue floor mats. I went with navy blue so it doesn’t show up dirt easily! Since I went with a fun and colorful palette, I wanted to add in glam and elegance with gold accessories. I wanted it to be playful and quirky, but still classy and upscale. I added some gold hooks that I found at Target. Not only did it make sense to add more towel hooks for when guests come over, it also added a decorative touch to that huge wall. It matched my gold rounded shelf. And when the colorful towels are hanging there, it makes the whole bathroom look more cohesive.


I also got new bathroom organizers in gold accents: a liquid soap dispenser, and toothbrush and toothpaste holder – all from Target!


I also replaced our teeny, tiny waste bin with a regular-sized, gold-colored one!


Bench or Hampers?

See that tall filing drawer? I know, I know. Not a pretty sight to see in a bathroom. But see, we don’t have a linen closet in here. AND as a beauty blogger, I have a TON of bath products that needed room. I thought about moving it elsewhere in our small apartment. But this corner just makes more sense because it holds all bath and grooming products. So I decided to keep it there and add something to somehow distract the eye. At first, I added in a mirrored bench next to it. A small bench is pretty handy for when you need to put down clothes, or when guests come over and need additional surface to put down a cosmetic or toiletry bag, among others.


But then I thought, how about putting these basket hampers here instead? You can still rest clothes on top of it. You can still temporarily lay a cosmetic bag on there. Plus, I get to hide our dirty clothes in a stylish way!


But I thought the two hampers were too much. So I decided to just put one. What do you think? Makes more sense? Plus the basket hamper screams summer to me. It was the perfect contrast to the colorful theme and the gold accents.


So which one would you have went with? The bench, two hampers, or just the one hamper? Let me know! I’d love to hear your feedback on this.


Love this Bathroom Mega Summer Refresh? Then make sure to pin the image below as reference for your next bathroom update! Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fresh bathroom just in time for summer? Plus, you don’t have to do anything major or do any DIY at all. It’s an easier and more affordable way to brighten your bathroom! Don’t forget to pin!


How about you? What theme will you go for your next bathroom refresh? Are you going for modern, country, farm-style, boho, or bright and colorful? I love to play with different styles. So I’d love to hear what style you’re loving at the moment. Until the next home refresh post. Keep your home stylin’!

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  • Reply KellieRose Wilson June 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    This is such a dream bathroom! Love everything about this!

    • Reply Cris Zaragoza June 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you! It was fun decorating it. Glad you love it. 🙂

  • Reply Anna Pry June 22, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    the colors are so fun, what a difference a few changes made

  • Reply John Joseph June 22, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    I love the bright colors in the bathroom and good choice of toilet paper!

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