With the devaluation of homes in today’s real estate market, many homeowners are turning to remodeling their exiting home instead of selling and purchasing a new home. If you want to update your bathroom without spending a lot of money, look for inexpensive projects that will give the room a facelift without requiring expensive structural modifications. Choose a remodeling option that is within your skill level or hire a professional, licensed contractor to do the work.
Here are a few simple ideas to updating your Bathroom or Kitchen if you are working on a limited budget! A lot of “Bang for the Buck” and freshen the look of your home.
Powder Room Half-Bath: Change out that simple “builder grade” pedestal sink and faucet in the Powder Room. Go with a larger, more stylish pedestal sink in a new color or consider a cabinet free-standing sink base with legs for an elegant look.
Hall and Master Bathrooms: Change the vanity top on the existing bath cabinet. Consider a granite or quartz surface. Add an under-mount porcelain sink (white, biscuit, or black) or maybe a stylish new vessel sink.
Add a stylish new bathroom faucet; go from a 4″ spread faucet to a more elegant 8″ spread faucet. Many people are adding new convenient hand-held shower fixtures or a rain shower head for a spa like shower. Traditional bathroom fixture finishes were chrome or polished brass. Today’s new finishes include: White, Biscuit, Brushed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, Midnight Chrome, and Rustic Pewter!
Be sure to change the finish of the bath cabinet hardware to match the finish of the new bathroom faucet and bath fixtures. Also, change the bath accessories (tissue holder, towel ring, or towel bar) to match the new fixtures as well.
Toilets: Change your existing toilets. Look at a new “Energy Saver” low flow or dual-flush toilet. Go with a toilet that has an elongated bowl in lieu of the old round front toilet. I recommend a “Comfort Height” or a handicap height toilet, we’re all getting older. There are new finishes such as biscuit or black. A variety of different styles of toilets and toilet seats will complete the look.
Bathtub/Shower Refinishing: Refinishing can give sparkling new life to old, worn and stained bathtubs and showers. Choose a color that matches your toilet and other porcelain surfaces. Consider floor slip protection for the tub when you have the work done.
Beadboard Wainscoting: Wainscoting is especially popular when combined with a chair rail to give a vintage look to your bathroom. Pick out the style of beadboard from a building supply store. The panels come either ready-to-finish or prefinished.
Vanity Mirror: While you are at it change the standard plate glass vanity mirror. A picture framed or vintage vanity mirror adds a great new look without spending a lot of money.
Bathroom Light Fixture: Change out the bathroom lighting to give the room a fresh new look. New lighting can make the room brighter, more modern or more reserved whichever you prefer. The light fixtures should match the finish of the faucets and cabinet hardware.
Paint: Pull down that “70’s” wallpaper and buy about a gallon of paint and paint those walls a fresh, new color.
Linens and Décor: Changing the linens can add new flair to the bathroom. Consider new decorative towels, bath mats, and shower curtain. Candles, artwork, and silk flowers can warm up the room.
Electrical Switches: Install new rocker electrical switches, a dimmer switch, and new face plates… a nice final touch to your project