As we head into November and the time when many people have overnight guests, I wanted to focus my next two posts on tips for getting ready. This week let’s focus on the bathroom guests will use.
Recently, I was working with someone who wanted to remodel their guest bathroom. It was your standard builder tub with drab tile in the shower area. She wanted a contemporary but not trendy look, and I decided it would be fun to share this experience with you and offer some tips. The dilemma is how to update a small old bathroom with no window to have a contemporary but not trendy look and easily compatible for resale. Here are a few ideas:
Are you tired of looking at your old builder’s bathroom? If you want an update and don’t have the resources or time to do a complete renovation there are five things you can do this weekend to offer a brand new look!
Remove the Builders Faucet
There are many options available, and you can go to your local home store and find something that you like. If you know how to turn your water off this project may not be as complicated as you think! For online options, click here for ideas from FaucetDirect.com.
Add a new Hardware Set
Replace that old hardware with a new and updated look! Wayfair has some beautiful online options, click here to view. If you need some help installing holders and towel bars, click here for step-by-step instructions. If you have the old brass or silver builder light, consider spray painting it to match your new hardware set. Replacing the light is not a big cost item, click here to view some options. I found this idea from an online decorator where they replace the strip light unit Hollywood bulbs with Edison bulbs for an original look.
Add a Shower Curtain
If you have an old builder’s shower door, cover it up with a tension rod and shower curtain! There are many lovely options in any color combination you could imagine! Click here to view ideas from Overstock.
Add or Replace Cabinet Knobs
Frame that Mirror
Do you have one of those builder’s mirrors? You can transform that mirror with a frame! I found a resource online that offers beautiful framing options for standard size bathroom mirrors click here to view. If you are handy, this is a project you can complete yourself by using molding from your local home store, click here to see DIY instructions from HGTV.
All of these items can be done in a weekend and transform a drab bathroom into a fresh and updated look! If you have the time and resources, consider a fresh new paint color! For some paint color inspiration, click here to view ideas from Pinterest. If you need help with a redesign, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or email.
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.
Are you planning on entertaining or having overnight guests this upcoming holiday season? If so, you may want to consider a guest bathroom makeover. If your bathroom is timeworn, you may want to consider a complete renovation. However, if you don’t have the funds or time to take on that project you can transform your bathroom by doing three things: change the paint, lighting and accessorizes.
Let’s start with some inspiration! There are so many options out there that it can be difficult to narrow down, so you have to decide what feels right for you. Lowe’s offers a tool to help you with this makeover, click here to review. I created an Idea Book on Houzz for you to get some great ideas on adding storage or flare to your bathroom, click here to review those pictures. Click here for the finalists in the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s 2014 competition also a great place to get some ideas.
Guest bathrooms are small and can be painted in a couple of days. A fresh paint color can instantly change and update the look and feel of your guest bathroom. Here are some inspiration sources for you to review, click on the link below and have some fun!
To add an extra customized look consider adding a wall decal. The nice aspect of this idea is that it isn’t permanent and can be reused. Any place that sells wallpaper will offer wall decals, but you can purchase online at sources such as Trading Phrases or customize your message at Right On The Walls.
A new light fixture, or a color change of an existing light can completely change the look and feel. Bob Vila offers instruction on painting a builder-installed brass light fixture, click here to review. I love the idea of adding real chandeliers into a bathroom, or consider adding a lamp that would fit the scale of the room. Peruse these ideas from Lowes to see the many options available.
One of my favorite areas of decorating … accessories! You can change out your shower curtain (replace the liner at the same time), throw rugs and towels and completely update your bathroom. If you are pinched for time and not able to paint, this is the way to go! If you want to transform the room completely, consider replacing all the hardware in the room. Click here to review an online source, Faucets Direct, for various ideas. If you are unsure how complicated that the project is, click here for a brief video explaining the process, it doesn’t look too bad! Consider replacing your cabinet hardware, click here for some ideas from Knob Deals.
Other Ideas if you have the time and funds, consider replacing your flooring. Tile seems to be the go-to option; however, you will be surprised with the faux wood look that the very durable and water-resistant luxury vinyl offers. The Armstrong website provides an excellent tool that allows you to choose various floor colors with bathroom paint colors. Click here to use the tool; I love being able to visualize the result!
If you need help selecting a paint color or using accessories that you already own for a redesign, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com or call 610.955.8202 to create the room of your dreams!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.