Even though whole-house remodels have been on the decline in recent years, you can still focus on one of the most important and valuable rooms in the house, the bathroom. We all spend a lot of time in the bathroom and they are a key component to the resale value of our home. Most consumers want to change something about their bathroom, so we’ve compiled a few simple things you can do to spice it up and make your bathroom enjoyable every day.
Clean it, Grout it, Seal it – One of the first and most cost efficient things you can do is to give your bathroom a deep cleaning. Scrub away all the years of mold and mildew, then apply a new coating of caulk around your tub and shower walls. You can buy tubes from your local hardware store for a few bucks and it can make a big difference in brightening up your bathroom as well as protecting the joints from water damage. While you’re at it with the caulk, you can also by a grout pen to make the grout in between your tiles stand out and shine like new. These handy little pens are cheap and come in a wide variety of colors so you can add some nice POP to your shower walls.
Paint – Being one of the smaller rooms in the house buying some new paint, tape, roller and a couple brushes won’t hurt the pocket book that much. Spend a day in your bathroom adding some new color to just one wall or the entire room. This will dramatically change the feel and look of the space. Be sure to purchase paint that is rated for high moisture areas and that has a nice semi gloss finish for even more protection.
Faucets– Now that your Tub / Shower is looking great and you’ve got a fresh coat of paint on the walls, how about a new faucet? Bathroom faucets may seem intimidating and expensive at first but there are so many options and price points to choose from. You can spend as little as $40 and get a nice American Standard two handle center set faucet on the low price end. The Moen Brantford widespread faucet is very popular mid price faucet. If you want to drastically change the design of your faucet then check out the Talis C by Hansgrohe, this single hole faucet has a sleek design and a water fall spout for a modern feel.
Showers – One of the easiest upgrades in the bathroom and one that you will feel the results immediately is a new showerhead. You will be amazed at how well a new showerhead functions and feels. Variety and price is also key here, you can replace your old showerhead yourself which is a very easy DIY job and you can also upgrade to a hand shower with a massage function. For the ultimate in shower relaxation but not an easy DIY job, a shower system is a dream come true with water massaging you from every angle. Take your time and shop for a shower upgrade that will make you look forward to your shower each day.
Accessorize – Adding little accents of matching accessories like robe hooks, towel bars & rings and toilet tissue holders are other cost effective way to transform your bathroom into a masterpiece. The right bathroom accessories will save space and keep your bathroom nicely organized. Plus these pieces are fairly inexpensive and come in a nice array of matching collections to complete any taste.
Vanities, Cabinets and Mirrors – The first thing you see when you enter your bathroom is usually the vanity. Vanities come in standard sizes from a single bowl 24 inch vanity for small bathroom applications, all the way up to the double bowl 60 inch for medium to large bathrooms. This upgrade is the biggest expense but will have the most effect on changing the look and feel of your bathroom. If you have the space you can compliment vanities with matching wall cabinets and mirrors to complete the look of your bathroom upgrade. Some vanities come in packages that include the vanity, counter top, sink and even the mirror in some cases. Most of these standard sizes ship in one piece so installation is not difficult. If you have the money in your budget for this upgrade, it’s definitely worth it and will have the most dramatic effect.
Final Touches– After you’ve put in some elbow grease with cleaning, painting and installed a new faucet or beautiful vanity, it’s time for some final touches. Finish off your bathroom upgrade with new bath mats, plush towels and a decorative shower curtain. One last nice touch is to add a curved shower rod. These nifty additions will give you more elbow room in the shower and add a good sense of design to your upgraded bathroom, like staying at a top notch hotel.
With minimal effort and budget you can create a bathroom that you will love and your guests will talk about at your next gathering.