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Updating Your Bathroom on a Budget

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  • November 8, 2016

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Is your bathroom stuck in the past? Bring it into the 21st century with these inexpensive ways that’ll add both style and character to your bathroom, without breaking the bank.960x160_WorkTheWallsPaint is the easiest and cheapest way to change the look in your bathroom. As with all painting projects, preparation is key. Painting around tubs, toilets and fixtures takes time and patience. Be sure to stock up on plenty of painters tape before you start. Also consider upgrading to a specially formulated mildew-resistant paint, like Beauti-Tone Kitchen & Bath paint. The high-adhesion and longevity of this type of paint is worth the expense, especially in a bathroom. Because let’s be real, you’re never too old to splash in a bathtub, right?

Tiling is another option for walls, but it can get expensive, especially if you hire someone to install it. However, tiling is a great DIY project for the handy homeowner and this all-in-one tiling kit has everything you need to get started. Try a backsplash first to limit material costs and to test your ability. White subway tiles are a classic and economical choice.

If tiling is out of your comfort zone, bead board wainscoting is an easy-to-install DIY option that can add interest, texture and charm to your bath.960x160_VanityUpdating your vanity is a relatively cheap way to instantly increase style and function in your bathroom. There are a wide variety of options to suit any style and budget. If your vanity is still in good shape, a new countertop can instantly freshen up an old vanity. Since the surface area is usually small, you can opt to use a pricier stone or quartz material.960x160_FixturesIt’s the little details that can make a huge difference. Take a look at your fixtures and maybe take a deep breath and reassess. Lighting, faucets, towel racks, toilet paper holders, even drawer pulls can be easily upgraded to more modern materials or styles. This can change the entire look and feel of your bathroom. For cramped quarters, a curved shower rod is a great way to make the bathtub area feel more open.960x160_GetWaterWiseIf you’re considering upgrading any fixtures, save on energy costs by choosing low-flow faucets or showerheads. Did you know that toilets account for up to 30% of your home’s water usage? Upgrading to an energy-efficient or dual-flush model can save up to 70% more water. And, in most cases, you can install a new one yourself. For Expert Advice on choosing a water efficient toilet, check out our blog post.960x160_CaulkingAn easy finishing touch on any bathroom project is to remove old caulking and add clean, straight lines of fresh caulking in the tub and around your sink. For a few dollars, you can make your bath feel sparkly and new.960x160_LuxuryOnce you’ve updated your bathroom for the better, assess your budget. If you have a little left over, a new shower curtain, fresh fluffy towels, and sleek accessories can make a big splash without spending a lot of cash.

A bathroom renovation may seem daunting, but it isn’t as expensive as you may think. Being one of the smallest rooms in the house, a few changes can make the world of a difference and have you waking up with a smile every morning!

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