Bathroom Remodeling on a Shoestring

Bathroom Remodeling on a Shoestring
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    We know that the bathroom can often be the most expensive room in your home to remodel.

    Luckily, there are ways to cut corners when giving it a stylish new look, but this involves careful planning and putting in the effort yourself.

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Here are several tips that can help you revamp your bathroom without spending excessive amounts of money.

Tiles

Old, cracked or broken tiles, as well as missing grout all negatively affect the look of your bathroom, so make sure you fix everything that can be fixed first and you’ll be more than pleasantly surprised at the improvement. Also, learning to place tile and fix grout isn’t so hard – all it takes is a little bit of trial and error and in no time you’ll feel confident doing it yourself. When it comes to tiling, it’s crucial to be patient and meticulous – it’s definitely not a job that can be rushed. You might also consider changing the color of your tiles, as this can give your bathroom a completely new feel.

Walls

A new coat of paint can really do wonders for your bathroom. If you’re planning to paint over existing paint, remove all sticky, flaked, dirty spots by cleaning and gently sanding over them, and see that the walls are free of dampness and mildew before painting. Place masking tape over the edges you don’t want to paint (tiles, wood, moldings, etc.), and cover the tub, shower and furnishings with drop cloths to catch splashes of paint. Paint stains spoil the final look, so you should do your best to avoid them. When it comes to paint colors, remember that neutral colors are the smartest choice for longevity of any bathroom style, while contrasting paint colors can be used to highlight areas, such as bathroom cabinets and window sills.

Taps and Shower Heads

Upgrading your plumbing fixtures can be taken care of in a matter of hours. Know that changing your taps, shower heads and soap holders can really add spark to your bathroom. However, don’t forget to match the colors; say, a bit of silver with a bit of brass would definitely be a mismatch that can tough to remedy. In case you need help with upgrading your plumbing fixtures, it is good to know you can even get advice from professional plumbers free of charge, such as from a reputable plumbing service.

Hardware Fixtures

Add new cabinet and door handles, light fixtures and towel racks, or a new mirror and see how your bathroom will get a totally new look. Naturally, by ‘new’ I don’t necessarily mean ‘brand new’. Cruise your local thrift stores and flea markets and check online auctions every now and then, and you’ll find both modern and antique fixtures for a bargain. Repainting your dingy old cabinet and changing its handles is nothing short of having a completely new cabinet.

Accessories

As the icing on the cake, replace all your rugs, towels, shower curtains and curtain rings. You can either purchase everything you need separately, or go for matching sets. Additionally, you can hang a couple pictures or plaques on the walls, but you certainly don’t want to go overboard with it. A new wastebasket or hamper also sounds like a good idea. Know that a carefully selected assortment of fresh accessories may well enhance the look of the bathroom even if you don’t do anything with the walls and floor. Read this lovely article to learn more about clever bathroom storage ideas.

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