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Skip the Reno: More Ways to Improve Your Bathroom on a Budget

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

This is the time of year when, as you’re getting ready for the holidays, you might start to think of your living space in terms of how visitors will view your home. Especially if you’ve inherited a bathroom straight out of the 70s or 80s but really can’t afford to do a major renovation right now, it might really start to bug you as we make our way toward Thanksgiving, Hanukah and Christmas. But you don’t have to be stuck with it entirely. Especially if it’s some color that has long since gone out of style, some simple, inexpensive changes like a little paint or new towel and bath mat sets will go a long way improve the look and feel of your bathroom without spending a lot of cash or time.

Choose Classic Colors

The quickest way to change the mood and appearance of a room, the bathroom being no exception, is to paint. Some might say neutrals are “boring” but soft shades of white, gray, beige and tan tend to brighten up the space while adding a soothing or tranquil element. Even if you’re stuck with outdated fixtures, classic colors like antique cream or pearl gray can neutralize the impact of the avocado tub-toilet-sink trio and transform the bathroom from outdated to updated.

Cosmetic Touchups

Whether you opt to paint or not, do a quick inspection of the tub/shower area and any other place in the bathroom where there is tile, including the floor. Does it appear dirty or dingy? Like adding a coat of paint, recaulking the bathtub and/or tile can whiten the tile work, and have a big impact on the bathroom’s overall outlook.

While the walls might be a neutral hue, accessories like matching towel sets, bath mats and decorative items like bottles, vases, jugs, etc. can be as colorful as you would like them to be. Some people don’t like things in a bathroom out in view, taking up counter space, particularly if the bathroom is a small one. But keep in mind that when you accessorize a bathroom (it actually applies to any room in your home), you are adding character and personality, which makes the room inviting.

You might not be able to invest in the time or money it would take to replace the bathroom vanity, but how about a new medicine cabinet or a new bathroom faucet?

Buy Basic then Customize

If you do have room in your budget for a vanity, consider purchasing an inexpensive bathroom vanity, then spending a little bit of cash to customize it. By replacing the countertop with a marble veneer one or buying more stylish hardware, you will create the look of a custom or high-end vanity at a fraction of the cost.

From the Design Files of Heather B – Bathroom Makeover

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Design Question

Hi, I have a difficult question about paint colors. I have a 43 year old canary yellow bathroom sink and cast iron bathtub. I redid my floors in a light beige tile. I also used the light beige tile for the tub surround. I accented with some darker beige pieces. My cabinet is dark wood. I used the darker beige tiles for a back splash. My trim is white and the wainscoting is white. I don’t want a pink glow on the tub surround. What color should I use to paint the wall? Should I repaint the cabinet or leave it dark? And what color accessories should I use? We could not afford to take out the tub. So we left the tub and sink to match. The bathroom is very small.

Design Answer

Because the bathroom is small, I would stick to a more neutral shade that will match or complement the darker beige tiles you selected for the back splash, such as cream or even a pale hue of chocolate or mocha should you want some color in the room. Since there is already white in the room in the trim and wainscoting, you could repaint the cabinet white to give the bathroom a lighter appearance. However, see how it looks first once you’ve made all of the other changes. They don’t have to bright hues, but you could choose primary colors like blue or red as the predominant color for your accessories.

Thanks for writing in. Hope this has helped. Let me know how it turns out.

Skip the Reno: Ways to improve your Bathroom on a Budget

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Maybe you were in the middle of planning a spa bathroom make-over when your second eldest child announced that she was accepted into law school. Perhaps the décor has been fine in the past, but now you feel that your bathroom could do with more color and new decorations. And especially if you have a small bathroom and fantasize about knocking down a wall or two to accommodate a whirlpool bathtub, but can’t go that route for whatever reason, you might think it’s a lost cause. However, with a little creative thinking, elbow grease and some serious bargain hunting, you can give your bathroom a new look without it have to be a costly or time-consuming venture.

 Take Inventory then Spring Clean

Of course you clean your bathroom on a regular basis, but if you’re like many of us, stuff tends to accumulate in the bathroom vanity drawers and our bathroom cupboards can become cluttered with old medicine prescriptions, abandoned beauty products and multiple bottles of the same brand of shampoo (because we thought we were running out and we weren’t). Sort through all of your bathroom storage space and throw out or recycle everything that you no longer need or use.

Once you’ve finished spring cleaning your bathroom, take a few minutes just to look around and assess the room as it is now. What jumps out at you? Do the towels look a little shabby? Has the shower curtain had its day? Are the lighting fixtures the original ones from the 70s? Make a list of all the things you would like to change; then prioritize the list in terms of what you can do in the near future and what will have to wait. 

Refresh and Renew

Since most bathrooms are typically smaller in size in comparison to the other rooms in your home, one of the easiest and cheapest ways to give your bathroom a new look is to paints. Particularly if the walls haven’t been repainted in seven to 10 years, it will be worth your while.

Re-accessorize. Buy several sets of new towels that you can change with the seasons; replace the worn-out shower curtain and bath mat; add decorative lotion bottles, a soap dish or a new bathroom mirror. You’d be amazed at how any one of these little changes can make a big difference.

Has the caulking around the shower or tub turned gray and dingy and/or become cracked and unsightly? Remove it and replace it with new caulking.

Purchase a new vanity and install a new sink. If that’s not in your budget right now, replace the sink and/faucet. For a stylish, cohesive look buy matching taps and shower head for the tub/shower.

Giving your bathroom a new look doesn’t have to involve an expensive renovation. Pick one or more of these simple ways to give your bathroom a new look while on a budget.

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