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Remodeling Your Bathroom Made Easy

Apr 28, 2008
Over time, areas of your home will get run-down from continuous usage. One of these areas in your home that is especially subject to being run-down is your bathroom. However, you can remodel your bathroom to make it appear new and "unused" again.

What you can do to remodel your bathroom will depend on how large your budget is. Obviously, the more money you have to work with, the more you can do.

For those who can only spend a few hundred dollars on remaking your bathroom, you will have to learn to live with the molding, flooring, and plumbing. This includes the tiles on your walls and even on your bathtub and/or in your shower. Don't look upon this as a negative though; tilize the parts you can't change and incorporate your new design around those parts.

If those parts are made up of bright and vivid colors, it's better to add subtle accessories. If those parts consist more of neutral colors (like black, white, and gray,) you should add some color that will make people stand up and take notice (bright and deep reds, greens, blues, purples, oranges, etc.)

The quickest and most inexpensive way to remodel your bathroom is to get good-quality paint (around $30-$35/gallon) and do the work yourself. Whether you choose to go with more neutral or pastel colors or if you choose to go with high-impact, vivid colors, make sure to go for an eggshell finish, as this type of finish will hold up better against moisture and the surfaces can be cleaned without staining.

Adding new hardware and accessories can also effectively change your bathroom quickly and inexpensively. Several retail stores provide different varieties of "cheap chic" cabinet pull and knob styles that only run around $10-$15 for a four-piece set. You can also check out your local flea market or look through your closets and cabinets for more interesting and unique accessories, such as glass canisters and trays that can also be used as soap dispensers and toothbrush holders.

While towel bars and toilet paper holders only cost $20 each, if you buy too many of these, you'll quickly eat away at your budget. Instead, you may want to consider using a cute basket or box to hold your plush towels and/or toilet paper rolls. You can also use an old bedside table to hold your towels.

If you have higher budgets to spend on remodeling your bathroom ($500-$1,500+,) you can consider adding a new shower curtain, new bathroom rugs or mats, new light fixtures, a new medicine tablet, and even a new sink and toilet.

What you decide to replace will greatly depend on what parts of your old bathroom you liked and what parts you have already replaced. If you have upgraded the plumbing and like your paint or wallpaper, then you probably should go ahead and lay new flooring. If, on the other hand, you like the flooring as is, then focus on the other aspects of the bathroom, such as the light fixtures and the walls. It's up to you (and your budget) to decide whether you feel you should replace all the aspects of your current bathroom or just certain parts of it.

Your bathroom is one of the most used rooms in your home. Over time, it will start to wear down and will be in need of a makeover. It is usually advisable to mix in some vivid color with some neutral or pastel colors, just to ensure that the bathroom isn't too placid, yet not too vivid where you can't relax in the bathroom either. Your own personal tastes and your budget will help determine what areas of the bathroom should be replaced and what areas should be left as is.
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