4 Ideas to Liven Up Your Bathroom on a Budget

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bathroom renovationAre you tired of your bathroom, but the thought of a makeover seems too daunting to tackle? Instead of neglecting the idea and putting a bathroom remodel on the backburner, embrace it. Take a look at these affordable and creative ways you can jazz up your bathroom so you will not only love it, you’ll add value to your home too.

Spice up your mirror

If you have a large, double-vanity mirror on your wall, you probably know it’s not easy to remove, partially because of its size and partially due to the way it’s secured to the wall. Removal will result in damaged drywall, leading to extra work when you have to patch and repair the wall before hanging a new mirror or two. A simple solution to get a new look in your bathroom  is to keep the existing mirror and dress it up with molding. You can use any kind of molding, but a great option is using a type that has a rabbet on the back. The rabbet is an area of overhang that will reach the edge of the mirror and extend past it. This will give the mirror and frame a polished look, especially if you miter the corners.

Give your cabinets a facelift

If the bathroom cabinets look a little dingy but are still functional, there isn’t a need to feel stuck if you’re on a budget. Even if you have laminate covered cabinets, there are ways you can freshen them up. You can purchase kits that come with primers and paint, or you can sand, prime and paint the cabinets with regular materials. Before you start the job, remove the doors, drawers and hardware. Work on painting them in a clean space where they won’t wind up with debris on them. It’s smart to use foam brushes or rollers for a smooth finish and top the painted cabinets with a coat of polyurethane. To complete the new look, install some new pulls or knobs. Similar to giving your home’s exterior a new roof and a new look with the help of commercial roofing contractors, the knobs are the icing on the cake when it comes to giving your cabinets that finishing touch.

Change your lighting

A light fixture is a really important piece in every room of your home, and the bathroom is no exception. The lighting you choose can make or break any room. If you have the eyeball style of light fixture with five light bulbs across, it’s time to move on. Upgrade to a fixture (or multiple fixtures for layered lighting). Choose lighting that is more exciting than what you have, such as a chandelier in combination with a vanity light bar or pendant lighting. The lighting you select should work well in your bathroom and provide great light too. If you’re on a tight budget, get a can of spray paint and buy a few glass bulbs and you can give a drab, outdated fixture a total transformation.

LED and fluorescent fixtures are available for bathroom lighting and are energy efficient options that are cool to the touch and provide even light distribution.

Add layers.

liven up your bathroomLayers are one way to overhaul the look of your bathroom on a budget. If you don’t have much cash to spend, focus on the layers. Think of things like a nice shower curtain, a classic window treatment if you have a window, hooks, shelving and artwork. Give the room some dimension and pizzazz by adding layers.

When you’re changing up your bathroom, remember to look for inspiration before executing. Keep in mind that a remodel is not a race. Take your time and choose pieces you love and focus on ways you can both refresh the space and make it function better too.

 

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