At HomeStars, we understand that the idea of undertaking a home renovation can seem time-consuming and stressful. Even homes in dire need of an update are often neglected due to budget and time restrictions. That being said, there are a number of ways you can quickly and painlessly update your space. Try out these six bathroom projects that can be wrapped up in just one weekend.
Update Your Fixtures
Looking for new accessories or hardware is usually the first choice for homeowners looking for a low-maintenance project. What most don’t realize is that even tubs and vanities can be quickly refreshed without being replaced entirely.
Lighting, Hardware and Windows
The most obvious way to quickly change up the look of your bathroom is to install new lighting, window dressings, or hardware. Any of these updates can be completed in a day or less, however, unless you’re an experienced DIY-er we recommend hiring a pro to handle the installation as there might be important plumbing or wiring behind the room’s drywall. While a handyman can install wall fixtures like towel racks and toilet paper holders, installing window dressings and lighting will require the help of an expert.
Tub and Vanity
The National Kitchen and Bath Association estimates that the average bathtub removal and replacement costs around $3,000. However, homeowners with porcelain, fibreglass and cast-iron fixtures can instead have them reglazed by a professional. Homeowners with tubs made out of any other material should instead consider having it panelled in a unique material. Wood or stainless steel will cover up any wear and tear or stains without the cost of having it replaced. This is an especially great idea for homeowners whose bathroom appliances work well but look somewhat dated. If you choose to go forward with this project, consider having a pro refinish all of your bathroom fixtures at the same time to ensure they match.
Refresh Your Tiles
Being one of the warmest and dampest rooms in the home, bathrooms provide the perfect conditions for mold growth. Often times, the dirty, dingy look of your tiles is actually the first sign of a mold outbreak. Luckily, a pro can have your tiles looking good as new by either cleaning the grout or redoing it altogether. Not only will this weekend project make your bathroom look instantly refreshed, but it will also protect you and your family from any health risks associated with mold growth in the home.
Try a Sliding Door
If you struggle with a poorly designed bathroom, there are ways of maximizing space without moving any walls. Though this trick may not take your bathroom from powder room to ensuite, you can improve the layout of your space by replacing an inconvenient inward-swinging door with one that slides. This is also a great option for homeowners with doors that open into narrow hallways. Carefully consider the best style for your home, and then have a window and door expert install the tracks to ensure your door slides as smoothly as possible.
Double Down on Storage
Another practical and creative way to upgrade your bathroom design is to install some unique storage solutions. Reserve precious cabinet space for your toiletries by adding vertical shelves to hold towels and other bulky items. One of the most budget-friendly ideas we’ve come across is to use square baskets as shelves. Simply screw the bottom of the basket into the wall, roll up some towels spa-style, and enjoy your newfound cabinet and closet space. Again, before drilling into any wall in your home, you should have a handyman come by and confirm you’re not screwing into any important electrical or plumbing.
Rethink Your Cabinets
Another option is to update your cabinets. You can simply replace your hardware, re-paint or stain, or reface your cabinets completely. A pro can install new handles and paint over the existing finish in a couple of days. Resurfacing the cabinets completely may take a little bit of extra planning, but many homeowners prefer this option to having the unit replaced entirely. With any of these options, you’ll end up with a brand new look without paying the hefty price of a complete redesign.
This is a go-to for many homeowners who want to improve the look of their bathroom without undertaking an extensive project. Not only do white bathrooms show dirt and stains, but the colour can make windowless rooms look especially uninviting. Instead, try out soft neutrals or a light blue hue. Powder rooms are a great space for experimenting with colour or a fun wallpaper. If you’re unsure about which colour will work best in your space, there’s no need to contact an interior designer – an experienced painter can also make informed recommendations.
If you aren’t ready to tackle an entirely new colour scheme, you can instead have just your floors refinished or painted. This is a great option for homeowners who don’t have the time or budget to remove and replace existing tile, laminate, or hardwood. Because bathroom floors need to withstand warm, damp conditions, we recommend hiring an expert who understands how to properly prep each surface and who can advise on the right product for the job.
The best part about these projects is that you can complete more than one in a single weekend. With the right pro and planning, you can combine two or more of these to give your bathroom a completely new look by Monday – without breaking the bank or missing a day of work.
Cover image courtesy of The Home Depot Canada.