The task of planning a bathroom makeover can be a very daunting activity as you’ll need to do a lot of research before you can even start. For starters, you’ll need to figure out whether to rip out everything and start over completely, or if you can get away with just minor tweaks. Once that has been determined, you then need to consider your budget. Overwhelmed? Here we make it a little easier, by showing you the things you need to know before you start.
1. Be Realistic
You need to be realistic when it comes to remodeling your bathroom. Cost should definitely be a major factor, but if your bathroom needs to be gutted 100%, then that’s what you should do. Only doing things half way will guarantee another remodel a few years down the road — which could cost you more money in the long run. Example: don’t replace your tub and sink if you know that you’ll have to replace the flooring eventually.
2. Color and Paint
Modern bathrooms need color, there’s no doubt about it. However, if you pick something too bold, you might get sick of it quickly. Instead, you should stick to pale and nude tones to ensure a calming room that will blend well with the new and/or old features. You also won’t have to worry about buying new towels and shower curtains to match the new color (if you’re low on funds). If you don’t have painting skills, hire a professional. Nothing is worse than a bad paint job.
3. New Sanitary Products and Fitments
Any new bathroom should have modern bath tubs and accessories to ensure a long-lasting modern look. Add new towel racks, taps, shower heads, and even a toilet depending on the initial design. You don’t have to move them around as this may increase your cost. However, you should ensure that your pipe work will fit with any new products.
4. Give Your Bathtub a New Look
The bathtub is the most important feature in any bathroom. If the bath is worn out, chipped or leaking, you can either buy a new one or repair it. To repair an unattractive bath, consider using a liner. These liners actually cover your old tub so you don’t have to remove it. Just make sure you hire a plumber to prevent mishaps. A new bath is pointless if the water doesn’t work!
5. Splash Backs and Glass Screens
Install new and modern glass screens and splash backs to give your bathroom a splendid modern look that will be comfortable, effective, and efficient for the makeover. These products will increase light and will create the illusion of more space.
Here’s the best part when it comes to remodeling your new bathroom! Since you’ll most likely be low on funds when you get to this point, you’ll have to get creative. Instead of spending tons of money, go to affordable stores like IKEA, Target, Home Goods, and Marshalls. All of those stores have great bathroom accessories (like bath mats and shower curtains) under $20.
Have you ever remodeled a room in your home on a budget? Let us know in the comments below!
*We teamed up with ABL for this post.