The bathroom should never become the forgotten room of the home. A clean, well-decorated bathroom can make getting ready for day a bit more tolerable. In addition, your guests will appreciate an attractive bathroom when visiting. To spruce up your bathroom, consider five simple DIY ideas.
1. Update lighting
Nothing is worse than walking into a dark bathroom. Brighten the space with new lighting fixtures. Many can be installed with a few tools such as screwdrivers, needle-nose pliers and wire cutters. Remember—you MUST turn off the power at the circuit breaker before doing any electrical work. Consider updating vanity lighting with sconces placed on either side of the mirror. This type of lighting offers a more even light across your face when shaving or applying makeup. Upgrades like CFL and LED lights are becoming very popular these days. If you are purchasing in bulk, you can also find wholesale deals online at sites like this.
2. Change cabinet hardware
Scratched, out-of-date cabinet hardware can make a bathroom look old and neglected. Changing the drawer pulls and door handles to a new style revives the room’s overall look. Depending on the room’s style, choose cabinet hardware in bright, bold colors or sleek, chrome models for a modern yet classic look. With stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s, there’s a huge selection available to choose from for any look or price range.
- Lowe’s Bathroom Hardware Section
- Home Depot Bathroom Hardware Section
TIP: Check the sales section of these sites to save money. Sometimes there are bargains that are only available online and not in stores.
The easiest way to revive any room is to repaint. A fresh coat of paint—even if it is the same color, can make a room feel brighter and cleaner. When painting the bathroom be sure to keep the room well ventilated and opt for interior paint that is VOC-free. If you’re new to painting, check out some online guides like this one from Valspar.
- Dark paint in small space can make a bold statement, but it also can make the room feel smaller.
- Avoid using flat paint. It absorbs moisture and is not the best choice for bathrooms.
- Semi-gloss and high-gloss paints typically are recommended for bathrooms.
- If considered with mold issues, consider a mold-resistant paint designed specifically for bathrooms.
4. Add or change color with accessories
If painting seems like too big of a task, change the color and look of your bathroom by adding or changing the color of your accessories. Bath towels, hand towels, area rugs, window curtains and shower curtains can be changed to create a completely new look for your bathroom. Consider pairing a second color with your current primary color. A popular accessory upgrade is efficient shower heads that save water, which you can find tons of at Amazon.com
5. Deep clean
There is nothing like a deep clean to spruce up a bathroom! Make every chrome surface shine by removing lime and soap buildup. Use a commercial cleaner or try a home remedy such as white vinegar. You can detach your showerhead and soak it in white vinegar to remove lime and soap build-up—this also will improve water flow as well. White vinegar also removes soap scum from shower doors. Re-grouting tile improves the look of the shower or backsplash without having to spend a lot of money. Take the time to clean the overhead vent and fan, which also improves airflow to the room.
Get Started Updating Your Bathroom Today!
Sprucing up the bathroom doesn’t have to mean a complete remodeling job. With a little creativity and a few hours on the weekend, you can have a fresh, updated bathroom.
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