When we are considering house renovation, we tend to skip the bathroom because, besides the kitchen, it is the room you need to invest the most money in. Bathroom is also one of the most important rooms, and the first one you should renovate to increase the value of the home if you intend to sell. So, is there a way to avoid the gigantic expenses, but still successfully remodel it? Of course there is. Just reconsider the materials you will use and how you will use them. For instance, marble in the bathroom is an unnecessary luxury, rather than a must. Here are some tips on how to revamp your bathroom without spending too much money.
Use Antique Cabinetry This one not only saves you money, but also gives your bathroom a dose of chic you could never get with modern vanity cases. You can easily find old cabinets and dresser, at a local flea market, garage sale, etc. and modify them into storage units or sink vanities. Even if you find some worn out pieces, if they are not too damaged, you can refresh them with sandpaper and paint. Just make sure the cabinetry you choose matches the overall style of the bathroom and flows naturally with the prevailing décor in the rest of the house.
Make Wood Your Stylish Pop Using plywood in the most unexpected places in the bathroom can soothe the cold look of the tile and add some warmth into the entire space. It is a nice way to add a modern touch, without going bankrupt. Just think about it, you can use it on top of the bathtub to keep your baths, sea salts, etc. well organized, underneath the mirror instead of a shelf to keep your makeup, or behind the toilet as a decorative element.
Cheap Tile is not Necessarily Bad Most people consider tile replacing to be the most expensive part of bathroom remodelling, because people usually tend to choose granite or marble. However, there is nothing they can do the regular old ceramic. If there is no need for replacing the floor and shower tile, you can use mosaic tile to bathroom countertop. Here, it is important to have a bed of caulk if the vanity bellow is made of wood to keep the water away from it, advise at Blue Lagoon Bathrooms.
Metal Plate the Fixtures If you need to update the look of old and worn out fixtures, instead of simply replacing them, you can save some bucks with metal plating. You can try the DIY plating, or leave it to professionals, and still save money. Some of the items that could benefit from the plating are shower set and sink faucets. Depending on the plating you choose you can modernize your bathroom or enhance the retro chic appearance.
Add Wooden Trim If you want your bathroom to have some depth and texture and to look pleasant and warm, rather than cold and sterile, you can decide for wood baseboard, which can meet your needs and it is incredibly inexpensive. You need to choose your wood carefully, though, otherwise you will have problems with moisture. Pine, for instance, can be very cheap, but it does not stand moisture as well as poplar. An extra tip: Finish up with oil based paint, because it is much easier to clean.
Reglaze, Not Replace If your bathtub, shower or sink look dated, you are probably tempted to send them all to the garbage and buy completely new ones. Do you really think there time is gone? Maybe they just need some refreshing. Note that if you want to tackle the glazing yourself, you will need to wear a mask and the room needs to be well-ventilated, because the chemicals you need in order to refresh the bathtub can be very hazardous.
As you can see, it is possible to give your bathroom a facelift without completely desolating your wallet. Just be open-minded about using old, second-hand items and cheap alternatives to the usual bathroom materials.
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