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Are you thinking of renovating your Chicago bathroom but are concerned that the costs for the changes may be out of your price range? Updating your bathroom doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to gut it and start from scratch. There are many things you can do to completely change the look and feel of your bathroom without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips:
Painting any room significantly changes the look and feel instantly. Be aware, however, that even though the bathroom is usually the smallest room in the house, it’s the most labor intensive to paint. Due to the small size of the room, it’s best to choose a lighter color to make it appear larger. Be prepared to tape off the tile as well as exposed pipes around the back of the toilet, tub, and sink. Since the bathroom typically contains a lot of moisture, it’s best to buy a better quality paint with a satin finish or mold deterrent.
Replace the Fixtures
A quick, simple, and inexpensive upgrade is to replace your fixtures. Changing out your light fixtures will easily take your bathroom from sterile to stylish. You can also replace your handles and shower head to something a little more elegant and modern, or you can update your drawer pulls with some that are a bit more unique. You could even add some towel racks and robe hooks for your convenience. These small changes can easily elevate the look of your bathroom without breaking the bank.
Clear the clutter by adding some storage to your bathroom. Organize your essentials by using under the sink storage bins or floating shelves. Add hooks to the wall or on the side of your vanity to hang bathroom appliances such as blow dryers and curling irons so they don’t clog your countertop. Switch out that old medicine cabinet with one that has more style. Old milk crates are a great addition for towel and toilet paper storage – whether you choose to stack them on the floor or hang them from the wall, they’ll add character and function to your space.
Replace the Mirror
If your bathroom is one of those with a large mirror which is solely functional and without charm, swap it out for a new mirror with a more decorative frame. Depending on your taste, you can choose a modern frame with sharp lines or one that is highly ornate and traditional. If you like the mirror you currently have, consider adding some molding to frame it.
Tub and Shower Options
Replacing a tub or shower can certainly be a large expense. If your existing shower or bathtub is looking a little grungy, consider having it relined – it will look like new at a fraction of the cost. If you own an older home with vintage fixtures that are made from porcelain or cast iron, you can refinish them with a little elbow grease. Claw foot tubs can be a show stopper in your bathroom by simply adding a couple coats of spray paint to the exterior.
Updating your bathroom doesn’t have to break the bank. Just because your bathroom is often the smallest room in the house doesn’t mean it should lack your style and taste either. Follow these tips and give your bath the facelift it deserves. What are your budget friendly, bathroom upgrade suggestions?