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Economical Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

Jan 19, 2008
If you don't have to repair anything in your bathroom that requires a plumber and just want to change the look, then you can effectively do so with cheap bathroom remodeling ideas. The secret to keeping the remodeling cheap is not to touch the sink, toilet proper or the bathtub. Everything else, however, is fair game. And, since this is cheap bathroom remodeling, if you don't like the end results, it's really no big deal to change. If you are on a budget, choose small bathroom remodeling options and turn your old bathroom into a new one by changing bathroom accessories and mirror and perhaps the color of bathroom walls, shower curtains and window treatments. You may want to change your bath tub and wall systems that can be installed on top of your present installation to give them a new look.

Moisture resistance is a major issue when deciding what to do with the walls of your bathroom. You can wallpaper a new design on your bathroom walls for an instant change in atmosphere, but you have to be sure it is not only easily cleanable, but can put up with the vast amounts of humidity in the room. If you don't pay attention, the wallpaper will soon peel off. Peeling wallpaper is fun to play with for a little while, but does not add to the value of your home.

Because of moisture issues, most people prefer to have painted walls as a cheap bathroom remodeling idea. Not only can you choose a different color or a different finish, but you can also create new textures with your paint strokes. Play around with it and see what shapes you can easily recreate with the paint brush. Painting a wall by brush instead of roller or power spray painter takes longer, but the effect is worth it. A simple thing to do (if you have the patience), is to make half circles with each stroke. This brings out different shadows and highlights along the walls or ceiling depending on how the light hits it.

Colored staining can also give a new look to your bathroom vanity or wood cabinets such as a light-colored stain for the background and brighter and bolder stains for the drawers. Bathroom remodeling does not only mean breaking and reconstruction. Adding little things and rearranging things may also give a new look and feel to your bathroom. You can put some potted flowering plants or fresh flowers neatly in a unusual vases such as wall vases, window boxes or even old watering cans on your vanity countertop to give a new look to your bath. You can replace the door of your bathroom cabinet with a Victorian screen door or a framed trellis. A beveled mirror over the sink framed with tiles and tiled mosaics add a creative touch to your bathroom decor.

Another often overlooked cheap bathroom remodeling idea is getting either a new toilet seat or a toilet seat cover. Unlike a lot of other fixtures in the home, a toilet seat is relatively easy to take off and put on. You do need to have a couple of screwdrivers, though. You can get a cover to match a new rug or a set of towels. This will give a new, softer unity to the look of the bathroom. Another cheap bathroom remodeling idea is also a humorous one. Let your kids put stickers all over the walls. Encourage them not to put them on the windows or mirrors, as they take ages to clean up, should you have to sell the place. That way you can sit back and relax, letting someone else handle the remodeling.
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