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3 Inexpensive Renovations For Your Bathroom

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If you do not have the time or money to completely demolish your existing bathroom, but want an updated look, do not lose hope. There are many options available to make your bathroom feel new again, without unnecessary expenses or days of disruption to your home.

Update Your Tub Or Shower

The most obvious sign of an older or worn-out bathroom is the shower or tub, since it is usually the most noticeable item when you walk into the bathroom. Replacing your tub can cost several thousand dollars, and may require changing the plumbing. If you only have one bathroom, days or weeks of extensive renovations to your bathroom may not be an option. Liners are a simple and functional way to improve the look of an existing tub or shower. A liner is placed over your existing tub or shower to give it a fresh look, without the additional costs and time of a full replacement.

Similarly, the wall that surrounds your shower or tub can be updated with a simple overlay. Tub surrounds give you the flexibility of various design features that can enhance the functionality of your wall. You can choose a tub surround that includes shelving to keep hair or body products readily available. This is a good option if you need to maximize space in your bathroom, but cannot add cabinets.

Updating the tile on your bathroom wall can be equally simple and affordable. If you want to install your own tile, look for styles you like that are already mesh-mounted. Tile that is ready to install can give you more design freedom, without the concerns of matching patterns or appropriate spacing between tiles. If you are on a tight budget, you can remove old tile and install new sections a little at a time, while continuing to use your bathtub or shower.

Install A Vanity

Adding a vanity can enhance the look of your bathroom, while creating storage space. There are many styles to choose from and even small spaces can be accommodated. If you are interested in achieving a classic look for your bathroom, consider installing a vanity that has a wood laminate finish. The look of wood is often associated with the kitchen or living room flooring, but can add substantial character to your bathroom, while adding color.

A wood-finished vanity can range from classic oak, to a richer cherry or mahogany. If you prefer a traditional bathroom, you can opt for a vanity with a laminated finish in white or natural colors. Additional enhancements for your vanity can include choosing unique materials for your vanity top. You can choose tile that matches other areas of your bathroom, or a top with granite or marble appearance. With many styles available, you are likely to find the right vanity that will seamlessly integrate with your current bathroom sink.

Don't Forget To Accessorize

Bathroom accessories can have the most impact for the least amount of money. Lighting can affect the way your bathroom looks, but also the atmosphere of your bathroom. Consider installing light fixtures that hang from the ceiling, instead of limiting fixtures to over the bathroom mirror. This can allow light to spread out evenly throughout the bathroom, without being overwhelming.

If it is important for you to have a bathroom that emphasizes relaxation, you will want a way to incorporate soft, diffuse light. When you are purchasing light bulbs for your light fixtures, choose soft white light to create a calming mood, especially at night. Furthermore, soft white light will give you more accurate makeup or clothing color when you look into the mirror. Add a large mirror over the vanity to help create the illusion of more space. Many bathrooms are small, and once you add items during your renovation, the space can seem even smaller.

Updating your bathroom does not require a substantial demolition project. There are numerous small improvements you can do on your own, or that can be done by a bathroom remodel contractor, at an affordable price and in minimal time.


27 January 2015