35 Easy & Gorgeous DIY Rustic Bathroom Decor Ideas on a Budget

Last updated on March 11, 2020

Rustic bathroom decor ideas are among the first you’ll try when you decide to get your hands dirty, so to speak. Here are 35 gorgeous DIY ideas.

When it comes to DIY home decor, rustic bathroom decor ideas are among the first you’ll try if you decide to get your hands dirty. Rustic elements in the bathroom create an appealing impression of a complete decor, which often becomes whimsical and pleasantly surprising.

Rustic style is appealing in many ways, mainly because it makes your home look warm and cozy. The style also makes it look like it’s handcrafted and unique. That’s precisely the kind of look you want to get when you decide to DIY your decor. So why not try making something gorgeous to decorate your bathroom with some of these 35 ideas.

Rustic Bathtub Surround with Airstone

 Bathrub Surround with Airstone for rustic bathroom decor
Tutorial: lovelycraftyhome.com

Your bathtub will look so much more visually appealing if you cover the standard white tub with the airstone. As a material it is light and visually looks like real stone. The effect is an authentic rustic farmhouse bathroom stone bathtub that will surprise your guests.

Rustic Reclaimed Wood Box Shelves

 Reclaimed Wood Box Shelves for rustic bathroom decor
Tutorial: beauty4ashes-ellie.blogspot.com

Cutting and screwing a couple of reclaimed wood boards don’t take long and the look you get by building these box shelves for your bathroom is authentic. It comes in a rough, rustic style which is as warm as it is whimsical.

Rustic Bathroom Organizer

 pallet wood bathroom organizer for rustic bathroom decor
Idea via: www.diyncrafts.com

We don’t have the plans to build this rustic organizer, but if you’re crafty enough, you can figure out how to create it from pallet wood (if you do, drop us a line, and make some money). The organizer is very functional even in small bathrooms, and it comes with a lot of rustic appeals.

Rustic Bathroom Mason Jar Organizer

 Mason Jar Organizer for rustic bathroom decor
Tutorial: www.skinnymeg.com

You can make great rustic decor accents with mason jars, and if you use pallet wood (or lookalike) to build it, you get a real decor statement which can transform a small bathroom completely. Check out this version of a wall organizer made with boards from IKEA. It works as a great DIY makeup organizer.

Rustic Bathroom Towel Hooks

 Towel Hooks for rustic bathroom decor
Tutorial: www.lizmarieblog.com

There are many ways you can add towel hooks to a bathroom wall, and this is a gorgeous version with repurposed barn wood and big hooks. While it doesn’t take the use of space as a concern, it makes a powerful rustic decor statement if you have room to spare.

Rustic Bathroom Rope Trash Can

 Rope Trash Can for rustic bathroom decor
Tutorial: www.twoityourself.com

With some rope and hot glue, you can transform a cheap wire basket into a beautiful rustic bathroom accent. It’s straightforward to build, and the result looks quite fancy. The trash can will not become a decor eyesore ever again.

Pallet Wood Shelf

 Pallet Wood Shelf over the toilet for rustic bathroom decor
Idea via Pinterest

Pallet wood as a material gives you a lot of flexibility to create rustic decor, especially in the form of storage units. Here’s how you can utilize the space over the toilet and make it look terrific. It becomes a space not only for storage but display too.

Rustic Bathroom Sign

 Rustic Bathroom Sign for rustic bathroom decor
Tutorial: mycottagecharm.com

Add some charm to your home decor with beautiful rustic signs over the bathroom door. It’s not so much to guide your guests to the right room (although it certainly helps) as it is to create whimsy in your decor.

Mason Jar Sconce Light

 Mason Jar Sconce Light for rustic bathroom decor
Tutorial: robbrestyle.com

You can turn a regular builder grade sconce light into a rustic accent mason jar light fixture. It’s an unexpected accent in an unexpected place, and that’s what makes it a great unique decor decision.

Toilet Paper Holder Shelf

 Toilet Paper Holder Shelf for rustic bathroom decor
Tutorial: diyshowoff.com

If you think a toilet paper holder can only have one function, think again. The clever decor is all about multifunctional details and elements, which is what this holder shelf is. It can be used to keep small handy bathroom accessories or to create attractive displays.

Mason Jar Wall Shelves

 mason jar wall shelves for rustic bathroom decor
Idea via Etsy

First seen on Etsy, these adorable rustic mason jar shelves are no longer available for purchase, but you can use the rough idea to build something like this yourself. Check out some of our mason jar projects to learn how to paint and install them.

Pallet Wood and Galvanized Bucket Sink

 galvanized bucket and pallet wood sink
Idea via Pinterest

Let’s turn it up a notch with a full out rustic design sink made from a galvanized bucket and pallet wood. Perhaps it’s not a project for everyone, but it indeed is a fascinating design. Rustic through and through.

Rustic Bathroom Shower Curtains

Rustic  bathroom decor shower curtains
Idea via Via Pinterest

Choosing the shower curtains is a straightforward way to add rustic accents to your bathroom decor. If you add a rustic wood board to cover the rod for a built-in look, it will make an even stronger statement.

Rustic Bathroom Vanity Cabinet

 rustic bathroom vanity cabinet
Idea via: Instagram

Making a piece of furniture takes a higher level of skill but if you’re one that can pull it off, why not try building a rustic DIY bathroom vanity cabinet. It can easily be the focal point of your entire bathroom decor. Alternatively look for someone to handcraft one for you.

Rustic Bathtub Caddy

 Bathtub Caddy for rustic bathroom decor
Tutorial: ehow.com

A bath caddy is an easy way to add a rustic accent to your bathroom decor as well as a convenience for your bath time. It’s easy to build from a single board and makes a beautiful warm decor detail.

Rustic Bathroom Plank Accent Wall

 Plank Accent Wall for rustic bathroom decor
Tutorial: www.blesserhouse.com

For a strong rustic decor accent, consider making a full plank accent wall. The wood planks add another material into the mix which makes decor look complete, and the rustic finish helps create a warm, cozy mood.

Rustic Vanity Storage Unit

 Vanity Storage Unit for rustic bathroom decor
Tutorial: www.homedit.com

As a way to make use of dead space, add a rustic storage unit by the side of the bathroom vanity. It’s the perfect space to hide unsightly bathroom items, and it makes a great warm accent.

Rustic Suspended Shelves

 suspended shelves for  bathroom decor
Idea via: www.blesserhouse.com

You can add suspended shelves just about anywhere and sprinkle your bathroom decor with rustic accents that way. They’re easy to install, so it’s one of the quickest ways to improve your decor.

Rustic Toilet Paper Storage Basket

 toilet holder basket for rustic bathroom decor
Idea via: www.aplaceforeverything.co.uk

As a very functional and useful decor item, you can use this toilet paper basket as a holder and as a storage unit. Its attractive design will make a pretty decor accent, and you can get a ready-made one or make one using this idea.

Rustic Bathroom Barrel Vanity

 Barrel sink for rustic bathroom decor
Idea via: www.brummelhuishout.nl

The unique design of this bathroom vanity made from a barrel makes a beautiful focal point and rustic decor statement. It’s certainly not for everyone but makes unique bathroom decor if you go for it.

Rustic Industrial Toilet Paper Holder

How to make a quick and easy  industrial toilet paper holder
Tutorial: thefarriersdaughter.blogspot.com

Industrial style often goes hand in hand with rustic, and the combination of the two is always visually enticing. Making something as little as a toilet paper holder is easy but the industrial look of piping will give you a great decor accent. Check out the full tutorial on how to make one.

Rustic Towel Ladder

 Rustic Ladder
Tutorial: ourvintagehomelove.blogspot.com

A rustic ladder is easy to build, and it can be used as a towel rack anywhere in the bathroom. It takes little space and can be moved around, so it’s especially useful in a small area. It makes a great warm rustic accent in your bathroom decor too. Check out the tutorial to learn how to make it.

DIY Rustic Bathroom Wall Art

 Bathroom Wall Art
Tutorial: cherishedbliss.com

Add DIY letters to decorate the walls for an accent and a personal touch. The weathered paint look creates a brilliant rustic bathroom decor accent.

Towel Hooks

 Vintage Towel Hooks
Tutorial: michellewhitlow.typepad.com

We prefer towel hooks instead of bars for two reasons. For one, they make organizing towels so much easier, and secondly, you can use these gorgeous crystal knobs as hooks.

Rustic Bathroom Pebble Tiling

 Pebble Tiling
Tutorial: somethingfromnothingdiy.blogspot.com

Instead of tiles, try using pebbles for some areas such as the shower floor.

Rustic Bathroom Shelves

Since bathrooms are usually small and they require storage for many bathroom accessories, shelves are welcome in bathroom decor. And this is where you can get creative. Use (or re-use) wood for nice rustic shelves.

 Window Box Bathroom Storage
Tutorial: www.ourfifthhouse.com

Use baskets for a rustic accent.

 Mason Jar Shelves
Tutorial: thediyplaybook.com

Our beloved upcycled mason jar shelves make an appearance in bathroom decor as well.

 Crate Shelves
Tutorial: www.hgtv.com

Crates make great shelves too.

Upcycle Bottles

Upcycle Bottles
Source: curlybirds.typepad.com

There are many uses for bottles in a bathroom, and you can make it count, such as this whiskey bottle being used as a liquid soap dispenser.

Rustic Storage Racks and Cabinets

 Wooden Box Cabinet
Tutorial: blog.homedepot.com

Old wooden boxes make great cabinets. Use them for a cheap alternative and a rustic accent.

Rustic Storage Racks and Cabinets
Source: www.countryliving.com

It’s easy to make one out of reclaimed wood too.

Rustic Storage Racks and Cabinets
Source: diyready.com

Ladders make natural towel racks.

Rustic Bathroom Vignettes

 Bathroom Vignettes
Source: www.homedit.com

It doesn’t have to be all functional. Create vignettes for that art deco element.

Old Bicycle as a Vanity

Old Bicycle as a Vanity
Source: www.atticmag.com

Who would’ve thought that an old bike can make such a beautiful DIY bathroom vanity?

Make It Personal

Make It Personal Bathroom Decor
Source: www.decoratingyoursmallspace.com

Hanging pictures and arranging decorative accessories for display is a great way to make bathroom decor personal. There’s no reason why it should not get the same decor benefits as your other rooms.


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