ONE of the best aspects of staying in a high-end hotel is enjoying the clean, classic design, which may send you home with visions of home makeovers dancing in your head.
A DIY expert transformed her guest bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary, but while you may mistake the room for an upscale hotel, she didn't pay luxury prices.
Sara Jane runs YouTube channel ChicOnTheCheap, where she shares her inexpensive finds and DIY tricks to elevate bargain buys.
With 549k subscribers, Sara's channel is beloved for its easy, clever tutorials.
Recently, the DIY star showcased a bathroom revamp she completed using Dollar Tree items.
PUT A LID ON IT
To begin, Sara collected some lidded containers from her local Dollar Tree. Your local store may have different availability, but at Sara's location, she found two types of clear containers: round glass jars and square plastic boxes.
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At the Dollar Tree, she also bought a bag of marbles.
"All you have to do is hot-glue a marble to the center of each lid," Sara explained.
The marbles gave the containers a more complete look, but also made the lids easier to lift, Sara explained.
"I would recommend only using a small amount of hot glue for this so the connection between the marble and the lid looks seamless," she added.
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If you like an all-clear look, then you can end the DIY there.
"Feel free to leave them just like this if you would like," Sara said. "The next step, which is optional, is to spray paint all of the lids."
She chose to accent her jars in matte white and set the lids aside to spray them. The flat paint gave the lids an even more cohesive look.
You can fill the finished canisters with makeup wipes, cotton swabs, or any other bathroom accouterments that you need to have on hand.
LABEL THIS TIP 'BRILLIANT'
Because Sara was organizing her guest bathroom, she broke out the travel bottles for her next DIY.
After buying packs of the clear bottles at her local Dollar Tree, all Sara had to do was print off some pretty, minimalist labels she had designed herself.
Using plain printer paper and strips of clear packing tape, she affixed the classy labels to the bottles.
"To make things a bit easier, you can take some Mod Podge and lightly coat the back of each label," Sara instructed.
Before you add packing tape to waterproof the labels, make sure "the label is flat and that it has no wrinkles," she reminded.
First, Sara started small, decanting face wash, moisturizer, toner, and makeup remover into the travel bottles for guests.
But then, demonstrating the technique on larger bottles, Sara showed how well it worked on hand soap and lotion dispensers, as well as shampoo, conditioner, and body wash – all from the Dollar Tree.
In fact, if you see pump shampoo bottles or fancy soap containers you like at the Dollar Tree, you can transform them at home using Sara's trick.
She showed viewers how she transformed a soap dispenser she bought at the Dollar Tree, which was similar to one she ordered from Amazon.
Sara bought a pack of two plain soap dispensers for $10, but said she wished that she had waited and bought the cheaper versions instead.
"I saw these soap dispensers at the Dollar Tree that looked very similar," she explained.
Though the budget products came with brand labels, she just heated them with a hair dryer and easily peeled the labels off.
GENIUS SERVED ON A PLATTER
Another easy way to elevate your space is by placing containers onto a decorative tray.
Sara spray-painted a rectangular metal tray in the same matte white as her jar lids.
But she wanted a larger tray as well, and actually made a set of two for pennies each.
At Dollar Tree, Sara bought stove burner covers, which came in packages of two for a dollar.
"All you have to do is flip them upside down and hot glue three marbles around the perimeter," she instructed.
Then, she spray-painted the trays in a flat white to match. "I just love the way this looks," Sara said.
Sara put the smaller bottles on the long tray to give her guest bathroom "a hotel-like feel."
A HOT DISCOUNT
"This next bathroom decor idea is inspired by these floating glass candle holders from Pottery Barn," Sara said, showing a product page from the home decor website.
The candle holders, which created an illusion of "floating" candles, came in multiple sizes that cost anywhere from $19.50 to $59.
"You can totally recreate this look using Dollar Tree products," Sara explained.
While at the Dollar Tree, she discovered that smaller, fluted glass candle holders at the store fit inside the taller glass hurricanes.
Sara showed that shoppers can use fluted or regular-top candle holders to create their own stylish displays and get the floating-candle effect.
GOOD THINGS IN STORE
Finally, Sara tipped off Dollar Tree shoppers to a clever organizational hack she uses in the bathroom.
Sara bought cloth window storage bins in pretty patterns for just one dollar.
"One of these bins fits eight jumbo-size rolls of toilet paper inside," Sara explained.
She stuffed the bin full of jumbo toilet rolls, and the extra supplies looked neat and tidy in the corner of her bathroom.
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Sara said that you can keep the organizer next to the toilet or under the sink, but wherever you store it, the bin's handles will give you easy access to additional toilet paper.
"It's an attractive way to store your extra toilet paper using a product that only cost a dollar," she said.
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