Remodeling a bathroom can cost you some serious cash if you’re not careful. The cost for everything from purchasing tile to plumbing, shower doors to bathroom vanities can easily add up. Before you know it, your little weekend project has turned into a month-long excursion with a hefty price tag. This home renovation expert tells us how not to break the bank when renovating a bathroom.
Having a nicely remodeled bathroom will add equity in your home,* but some homeowners simply don’t have access to the money it takes to create a state-of-the-art bathroom. But that doesn’t have to be a problem. Remodeling a bathroom doesn’t necessarily mean making a large number of expensive upgrades. Instead, consider these simple changes – they’re enough to make a big difference.
The first step to upgrading your bathroom is by remodeling a dated vanity. Give it a face lift by following these 5 inexpensive steps.
When it comes to giving something a face lift, paint is usually the best – and first – option available to you. No matter what material your bathroom vanity is made out of, a new coat of paint is a sure way to upgrade it. Make sure to choose a color that fits the current theme and decor of your bathroom.
If the vanity has already been painted, be sure to sand off the existing paint so that the new color sticks to the material better. Since you’re likely to get water on the vanity with everyday use of the sink and faucet, you may want to consider adding a nice coat of polyurethane to it as well. This will ensure water doesn’t ruin the vanity, which could end up costing you extra money!
If painting isn’t your forte, call a painting contractor to help you out with the job. You’ll still save money since you’re doing a simple upgrade. And let’s not forget – if you DIY and it goes south, it’ll end up costing you more in the long run.
If you have a vanity that has a decent base, then you’re already on the right track. But many great vanities have a countertop that’s extremely dated. If this sounds like your bathroom vanity, consider a new countertop. You have a variety of different upgrade options to choose from:
- Paint the countertop. Your local home improvement store likely carries paint that will make the counter look like it’s granite.
- Tile the countertop. This is a simple DIY and it can make a big difference in the look and feel of your bathroom.
- Buy prefabricated countertop. If DIYs aren’t for you, buy a piece of countertop at your local hardware store. Tell an associate what size you need and they’ll get it ready for you. All you have to do is get it installed. You can do it yourself or hire a handymen to complete the project for you.
Sometimes a bath vanity needs minimal upgrades and only looks dated because of the hardware. Swap out dated knobs, faucets and hinges for a more modern or contemporary look. You’ll be surprised at how different your bathroom will look thanks to these simple changes.
You can opt to buy all of these items brand new at your local home improvement store, or you can give your current hardware a face lift with a can of spray paint. It’s easy to paint bathroom hardware a new color, and it’s a great way to save a lot of money too. To give your bathroom an even greater look and feel, consider changing out the light fixtures and replacing them with ones that match the new hardware colour and style.
Big, oversized vanities can make a bathroom feel cluttered – especially if space is an issue. If this is the problem in your bathroom, revamp your current vanity by making it smaller. Remove the doors and paint the interior a nice color. This open concept will make the vanity look less chunky and add extra space to your bathroom. If necessary, you can even add in your own shelves to the vanity to give you more storage space. Not only will this transform the look of your bathroom, but it will also help you utilize the space better.
While opting for DIY may save you some money, you may have a bath vanity that simply can’t be restored. Maybe you don’t even want to restore it and that’s fine! Buying a brand new vanity is always an option and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune if you look for one at the right places. Scope out sales or whole sale websites. This is a great way for you to get the style and type of piece you need for your bathroom without spending a lot of money.
Home renovations don’t have to break the bank. By renovating smartly, you can easily upgrade any bathroom in your home. The best part? You’ll be adding value to your property!
Excerpt taken from http://www.eieihome.com
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