Anyone who renovates their home bathroom will know that cost is something that is often miscalculated. A few of the things that cause bathroom renovation costs to balloon are the outside help that you hire, as well as the replacement of fixtures like the bathtub, sink and toilet.
The good news is that there are a lot of ways you can save money when changing the look and feel of your bathroom. Once you have enough available time and energy, try to incorporate these into your bathroom renovation plan.
In any renovation made around the house, paint has proven to be an element that can take a room to a different direction. Your bathroom is no different; just slather on a new color for massive impact. It may be tempting to renew the already white color of the walls just to keep the bathroom looking clean, but because you’re trying to breathe new life into it, try using other colors this time. If you want to ensure that your bathroom stays clean-looking, opt for bright shades like golden yellow or light blue.
Earlier, it was mentioned that replacing sinks and toilets can sent you back financially during a renovation, so if your old fixtures are still functioning well, there really is no reason for you to purchase new ones. It would be much better to purchase accessories for these fixtures, as it’s often the small things that create a big impression. First, clean every nook and cranny of each feature. Afterwards, you can dress them up by getting a new toilet seat, new sink faucets and a new shower curtain and rod for the bath.
Don’t replace your bathroom cabinet if it’s still in good condition. You can get it to look like new by sanding it down, painting or refinishing it and then taking out the old knobs and pulls and replacing them with new ones. Kick it up a notch by turning the sink area into a vanity: look for a great-looking mirror in a yard sale or a thrift shop, restore it and mount it on the wall above the sink.
If your tiles are a different color from the new walls, you’re probably thinking that it would be best to retile the whole bathroom. Since this would be very expensive, you can just change the tiles in the very middle of the bathroom so that you create the impression of a rug. If the tiles in your bathroom cover the floors as well as the lower half of the walls, change the tiles on the topmost row on the walls for a nice border. If you want to save even more money, look for hardware stores that are having a sale on tiles and buy your materials from them.
It’s a good thing that these suggestions are simple enough for the average homeowner to do, as it creates the possibility of making the renovation a DIY (do-it-yourself) job. By refinishing the cabinets, painting the walls and retiling the floors yourself, there won’t be any need to shell out money for outside help. To find out how to DIY these tasks properly, visit various home improvement websites and blogs that offer step-by-step guides.
Be careful not to be overly ambitious with your bathroom renovation; starting from scratch by removing everything can and will deplete your budget and then some. It would be much better if you work on the features that your bathroom already has. Be imaginative; strive to disguise or eliminate the shortcomings while playing up the strongest suits. Soon enough, you will have a bathroom that didn’t cost a lot to renovate but looks like a million bucks.
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