Despite a tough economy, many families are considering bathroom remodeling and are often willing to pay hefty prices. However, you don't have to break the bank to create an attractive, comfortable bath for your family. Remodeling your bathroom on a budget often requires a good deal of planning and creativity. There are several ways you can approach refreshing and updating your bathroom without spending an excessive amount of time or money on the project.
A fresh coat of paint can breathe life into your new bathroom. If your bathroom walls are covered in outdated wallpaper, remove the old paper with a steamer (you can rent one for the weekend.) If you're painting over paint, remove all flaked, sticky, dirty areas by cleaning and lightly sanding over them. Ensure that the walls are free of mildew and damp before painting''if you do have recurring mildew, check the source and add mildew inhibitor to your paint.
On a low-scale budget, white paint and accessories are the way to go because manufacturers make more of them. If you're willing to spend a little more, light colors make a bathroom inviting and spa-like. Painted stripes are also an excellent way to update a bathroom, as they look great with subtle neutral colors.
Refurbish Existing Cabinets/Storage
Once you have completed the painting process, you can refurbish existing cabinets/storage. Before painting, staining or varnishing cabinets be sure to fix any dents or broken parts. Dents can be done using wood putty of the same color and then painted over. Loose parts should be nailed or glued back into place firmly. Anything loose should be screwed back on the wall or other backing to avoid any further loosening. After you have checked the cabinets for any dents or loose parts, sand the wood on your existing cabinets and stain it, or sand the wood and repaint it with a color that complements the bathroom walls. Regardless, be sure to use waterproof latex paint and consider using white paint.
Add More StorageAdding more storage to your home can be beneficial, especially if you are trying to update your bathroom on a tight budget. If you are looking for cheaper pieces that will add character to your remodeled bathroom, bring in old furniture or go hunting around at local flea markets. Paint a bookcase and use it to store towels, bath soaps, candles, magazines, and anything else. Hang an old drawer on the wall and use it as a bookshelf or hang a curtain around a small table or the sink and store anything under there.
Accessorize & Treat Yourself
For a clean and unified look, update small items such as towel bars, toilet paper holders, shower nozzles and shower curtains. You can compliment these features with towels, soaps and other accents like soaps or candles. Replace all your towels, curtains and rugs. Of course, you can purchase everything separately, or shop for coordinating sets. An assortment of new accessories can change the look of your bathroom even if you don't touch the walls and floor.
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Don't forget, ultimately, the remodeling process is supposed to make you feel more comfortable about your bathroom. After you have completed the more difficult steps like painting and refurbishing, don't be afraid to spend a lot on one or two new items. A steam shower or relaxing new bathtub are two of the most popular items homeowners are willing to spend more on. If you are into appearances, a gorgeous new granite or marble countertop will do wonders. As long as you consider the investment, you should not shy away from treating yourself.
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