I have renovation on the brain this month with two kitchens and two bathrooms in the works, so I’m dedicating this week to the topic of remodeling bathrooms! As we all know, updated bathrooms increase a home’s value and help sell your home quicker than similar houses in the market.
A fresh coat of paint on the walls goes a long way, and the quickest way to update a builder grade vanity is to refresh with a quality paint job. Bathrooms are personal spaces and an opportunity to inject your style, however most experts agree if you plan to live in the home for less than 10 years, take into account how the space will appeal to a future buyer when making permanent choices. Beyond paint, here are five ways to update a bathroom with some fantastic examples of great design !
Replace the Flooring. This is a big job which requires removing the toilet and sometimes the vanity if it’s a freestanding version. There are several options available for replacement, my favorite is tile, there are so so many gorgeous patterns available from elaborate to simple. As an upgrade, consider radiant heat flooring especially in climates where it gets cold! Vinyl planks are another option, versions that mimic wood warm a bathroom space. Sheet and peel and stick vinyl are budget friendly options and easier to DIY.
Replace the Vanity. Vanities range in price from several hundred to thousands of dollars. With research, you can find many with a countertop to go with. Freestanding or floating versions are contemporary look which requires the tile extends underneath.
Update the Mirrors. Wide span mirrors with clips are basic to most bathrooms but ubiquitous. A framed modern mirror wonders to update a bathroom. You can frame the existing mirror in place with a DIY project or a custom version from Mirrormate. If replacing, removal of the large builder grade mirror is best done by a professional since it’s a dangerous process. Once removed, repair any wall damage and hang a new one with a modern shape!
Replace Countertop or Tile. A repurposed or repainted vanity gets a new look with a modern solid surface countertop. Quartz, marble, laminate, even waterproofed wood are all products that can be used in a bathroom. A contemporary application of tile to the ceiling is another dramatic update.
Update Faucets, Fixtures or Frames. Old fixtures date a bathroom quickly, with so may choices available, faucets are an easy switch that takes an afternoon using existing holes. Modern shower heads and dials upgrade a shower space, also consider a more contemporary framed or frameless shower enclosure.
Add Practical Attractive Storage. Medicine cabinets and shelving are sources of additional storage for toiletries and towels, but so are niches ! Mandi shares a great tutorial on finding space in drywall to create more storage, and if you’re redoing a shower, knock out some space to store shampoos and soaps!
Check back tomorrow for Five More Ways to Update a Bathroom. As with any renovation, if you have DIY skills then by all means make the improvements yourself, but never hesitate to hire a professional to get it right.
What are your favorite elements in remodeled bathrooms? Have you recently made improvements to your bathroom? Feel free to share, I’d love to see pictures! …