Mar 222012

If you don’t have enough time or money to completely overhaul your bathroom, don’t despair. There are many things you can do in a single weekend to update the space. Plus, these ideas won’t break the bank.

Add a fresh coat of paint.

Painting your bathroom is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to update the space. If your bathroom is small, try picking a light color to visually open the space. Be sure to prime thoroughly before painting. You may want to use mildew-resistant paint and primer for the space as a precaution.

Replace old vinyl flooring.

Vinyl flooring can easily be damaged or start looking grungy after several years of use. Think about replacing it with durable ceramic tile. If you choose a neutral color, there is no reason you should not enjoy this update for decades. If you have some home improvement experience and are detail oriented, don’t be afraid to tackle this project yourself.

Consider painting the vanity.

Older double bathroom vanities are often made of light-colored oak, which is closely associated with interior design from the 1990s. If the vanity is in good condition, try painting it and any matching cabinets white or a dark espresso for an updated look.

Replace the light fixture.

If you have a light fixture in your bathroom that you don’t love, replace it with something that will complement the space. Most homeowners can complete this job without the help of an electrician.

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Buy new accessories.

A new soap dish, toothbrush holder, or other small accessories can help update your entire bathroom. Instead of matching these accessories with other elements in your bathroom, consider purchasing accessories in a different accent color to make them pop.

Replace the tub.

Replacing the tub can be a big project, but if your tub is chipped or an odd color, it may be the best place to invest your money. If you live with someone who has accessibility issues, you may want to consider walk in bathtubs for their ease of use.

Add new towels or a shower curtain.

Fresh and fluffy towels are a great way to make your bathroom look new again. If you need a shower curtain for your tub, consider updating it as well.

Try a new mirror over the vanity.

Oversized mirrors that cover the wall above the vanity can make your bathroom look too utilitarian. Consider removing the mirror and replacing it with a smaller, framed mirror instead. Bathrooms with a double vanity can benefit from a pair of smaller mirrors as well.

Replace the toilet.

Although some toilets can be thousands of dollars, a basic toilet can still be found for less than $200. You’ll probably want to hire a plumber to do this job, but the expense will be worth it if your toilet leaks or has hard water stains.

Add a new faucet.

Faucets can be found at all price points and are easy to install by yourself if you have some plumbing experience. Just be sure to pick one that complements the color of the hardware already in the bathroom.

About the author:

Miguel is an avid blogger, father of 2, and recent proud homeowner. He loves studying architecture, home design and decor and plans to one day buy a custom house plan to build his dream home.

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