If you purchased your home 20 years ago there is probably a bathroom in your house that is in need of a complete makeover! Depending on your budget and how much time you want to invest in this will help determine the project. Click here to read a great article on understanding your renovation budget from HGTV. The next step is to create a drawing of your plan. You will need to draw the exact measurements of your bathroom and the placement of items. You can save a substantial amount of money if you can keep the basic layout of the bathroom and not move the fixtures around. Once you determine the layout and a realistic direction you want to go in, you will next need to decide on your budget. Who will do what in your project? Are you handy? Or will you need to hire a contractor to complete the project? For a great article on choosing a contractor, click here.
If you are unsure what direction you would like to go in, get some inspiration by looking through magazines, check out websites such as Houzz.com or Pinterest.com that display an array of decorating ideas. Click here to view bathroom style ideas from Better Homes & Garden.
Once you have decided on your budget, come up with a plan and style you’re looking for, check out Overstock.com or FaucetDirect.com to help you find fixtures, vanities, and other bathroom necessities at a reduced price. In terms of flooring, click here to read about the different types of flooring and advantages and disadvantages to them.
If you’re just looking for a quick weekend change.
Pick out a new paint color; be sure to select a paint that can handle the moisture in the bathroom. Each paint line will offer one that is designed for baths, be sure to ask the sales associate for help!
Remove clutter from the counter. Throw away old cleaners, makeup, etc. All items should be stored in accessible bins (by task) in a cabinet or shelves. If you don’t have a place for everything, your bathroom will remain cluttered looking. Click here for a great article on keeping your bathroom clutter free and clean.
Change the mirror! If you have a simple builder’s mirror, consider adding a frame to match the style of your new look.
Consider changing the lighting! Add something unexpected such as a chandelier! Also, if you are redoing a guest bathroom consider a lovely nightlight to help your guests find their way in the night!
Just remember decorating or remodeling should be fun! Get your family involved, add some whimsy and enjoy the fabulous end result!