Redoing Your Bath Without Winning the Lottery: Affordable Bathroom Remodeling Tips
While it’s true that remodeling a bathroom is one of the best investments you can make in your home, it’s also one of the more expensive! So, while that drab or outdated bathroom may be giving you the “blues,” a shortage of “green” can make the idea of sprucing it up seem hopeless. Not to worry: avail yourself of expert advice from consultants at Diamond Kitchen and Bath, and you’ll find ways to brighten your bath without breaking the bank! Here are just a few tips:
1. TRY ON SOME NEW COLORS.
Sometimes, all you really need to do to upgrade a bathroom is change an outdated color scheme to one that’s more contemporary: switch out forest-green and honey oak cabinets, for example, for sky-blue and pristine white. Bathroom walls in a smooth semi-gloss finish repel stains, spots, and moisture while reflecting additional light, a boon for small, closed-in spaces.
If you don’t want to redo the entire color scheme in a room, think about using a vivid color as an accent. Three cream-toned walls with a rich raspberry accent wall will give you sophistication without overwhelming. And don’t forget the floors, either: strip old tile or linoleum and try one of the new laminate, cork, or cement floor options. They can bring in not only fresh color but a warmer feel underfoot!
2. SWAP OUT JUST ONE CABINET.
Yes, completely redoing cabinetry in a kitchen, family room, or bedroom can be a sizeable outlay…but in a bathroom, that smaller scale is your friend. Replace a tired, worn, or chipped oak vanity with a suave dark cherry or mahogany finish for instant glamor. With pre-fabricated cabinets — a real option in small spaces — you might even save enough to splurge on great quartz or marble countertop! You can find these economical options at many sources, from big-box stores to custom craftspeople. Shop around and you might be amazed what you can find for a “song” — since you don’t need a huge roomful of it.
3. FIX THOSE FIXTURES.
How many times have you seen a room look completely transformed with nothing more than new fixtures? Faucets, sinks, and lights may not be the glamorous end of décor, but they’re the heart of the bathroom; even resurfacing a tub or redoing a shower enclosure will give the room a boost. Let’s face it: after several years, not only do faucets, drains, shower heads, and commodes start to show signs of wear and tear — but newer incarnations of these use water and energy more efficiently as well. Bringing in new fixtures, then, not only increases the sparkle factor…it saves money in the long run. Priceless!
4. REFLECT ON BETTER GLASS.
That first glance in the mirror in the morning may not be something you want to dwell on too much — but don’t blame it all on your “bed head.” If your vanity mirror sports a few nicks, think about replacing the entire thing with a new version; a lighted one can be even better. Combine it with a more spacious cabinet below and you’ve not only refreshed the dated “medicine cabinet” but now can have a better outlook first thing in the morning.
The same thing goes for that fogged shower door, too. Over time, many shower doors develop leaks, which can lead to those blurry spots that never quite go away. Upgrade the door to a frameless mode with a rainforest or low-flow showerhead, and you’ll be amazed at the difference. Or, make the change to a garden, soaker, or jetted tub, one that doesn’t use a shower door at all. It’ll be one less thing you have to worry about trying to keep shiny!
5. TEAM UP WITH SOME CREATIVE SOULS!
You don’t have to be a DIY expert to get a fabulous bathroom makeover “on the cheap”; you just need to put your heads together with the people who are pros at making your home the best it can be. Give the folks at Diamond Kitchen and Bath a call, or stop in at their Web site, and you’ll be on your way.