A complete bathroom renovation can be very expensive, second only to redoing a kitchen. From time to time, every bathroom can use a little fix-up. But you don’t have to spend a fortune to give it a fresh new look. With some smart ideas and a few hours of work, you can give your bathroom a beautiful facelift for under $100.
De-clutter and clean
Start by clearing out and cleaning up. It’s amazing how different a bathroom looks when you get rid of the clutter that accumulates on the vanity and tub deck. Scrub everything: sparkling fixtures and gleaming grout will make it look fresher instantly.
Painting is by far the easiest way to transform a room for very little money. Because the bathroom is usually a small room, it’s a fun place to experiment with colors and paint treatments. You can make the room appear larger by painting vertical stripes, or choose a bolder color than you’d select for other spaces in your home. Paint is also a cheap way to update the cabinets. Add a splash of glossy color, and finish off the look by adding new hardware. It’s the jewelry in the room!
Worn out dingy towels? Replace them with soft and fluffy new ones. Add a little luxury with a bath sheet or Turkish towels. Update your lighting with a new fixture. For under $50, you can find a sleek new fixture at a builder’s store and make a real difference in the room.
If your bathroom requires a shower curtain, it’s time to lose the utilitarian plain plastic curtain and opt for a decorator look. Shower curtains visually consume a lot of area in the room, so choose a new one that brings pattern, texture, color and style into the space! There are literally hundreds of choices available, so select one that defines your style.
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If you have a plain plate-glass builder’s basic mirror, give it a frame! This project is simple: purchase some molding from your local home improvement store, cut to fit, paint it and adhere to the mirror. Fill in the corners with a bit of wood filler, then sand and do your touch-up paint. You get a big impact for just a little time and money!
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You can also find some inexpensive frames, and bring art into the room by grouping some prints, photographs or posters on the wall.
Step on it
Add a new bathroom rug and bath mat. This is another opportunity to add color and softness to the room. Who doesn’t like curling their toes in a plush rug on a cold winter morning? It’s just one more simple luxury.