Tips and tricks on how to spruce up your bathroom without having to empty your wallet.
Fire up the computer
Before you run out to your local home improvement store and start buying the first shiny fixtures you see, take time to comparison shop. Thanks to the web, you can browse from the comfort of your own home. High-end faucets and shower heads can run you hundreds of dollars — but you can find low cost bargains too, if you shop smart. If you order from an online retailer rather than making your purchases from a brick-and-mortar store, keep the shipping charges in mind when calculating your bottom line.
It you don’t have a lot to spend, then repainting will be the cheapest and, perhaps, the most effective way to give your bathroom a new look. Here’s a word of warning, though. It’s going to take more time than you think. Why? Your bathroom may be the smallest room in the house, but you’re going to have to paint slowly and gently around the window, the tub or shower, the sink, the mirror, the toilet, the switchplates, the wall corners, and the floor. This takes time and patience (and a good supply of painter’s tape), so make sure you keep this in mind when planning your renovation. Another thing to consider is the moisture. Since mold and mildew develop easily in a bathroom, and humidity and temperature change often, it’s a good idea to invest in high quality paint with a satin finish. You may also want to go over the ceiling with a special bathroom paint that helps resist the growth of mold.
Let there be light
If the lighting is too low in your bathroom, you don’t have to replace your light fixtures completely. Instead, you can just add additional lighting. New sconces can be added to the wall for less than $20 a pair. This is a simple upgrade that can make a world of difference in your bathroom.
Fix up your fixtures
Next, look at the little details. You can update light fixtures, sink faucets, towel racks, and drawer pulls for a relatively small investment. These items may seem insignificant, but updating them can make a big difference in your bathroom’s look.
When updating your bathroom, don’t forget to redesign with the environment in mind. Low-flow toilets, sinks, and shower heads will not only help you conserve water, but they’ll also save you money. Plus, water-saving shower heads and faucets often cost the same, if not less, than traditional ones. So you won’t have to spend money to save money here. Buying used or repurposing materials is also good for the environment. In addition to searching sites like Etsy for upcycled upgrades, search for ideas and do them yourself. For example, it’s fairly easy to turn mason canning jars into soap dispensers.
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