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Luxurious bathrooms are quickly becoming the next big trend, and as much as you’d love to hop on the bandwagon and recreate your own bathroom space, budget does not always allow for those renovations we dream about. It might be nice to spend thousands of dollars remodeling the whole bathroom, but there are other small touch ups that you can perform that may seem just as luxurious and only cost you a couple hundred dollars instead of thousands. So, how can you update your space and make it feel like something new without completely breaking the bank?  Check out some of these cheap, easy ways to give your bathroom that makeover feel without all the drama and cost of a full renovation.

Touch Up the Paint
One thing that can certainly make a bathroom look run-down and dingy is old paint. If you have paint in your bathroom that is peeling away or simply looks discolored with age, consider repainting and changing up the color scheme of your bathroom. Repainting things like vanities and other bathroom furniture can be another great way of giving your bathroom a brand new look without all the cost.

Add Windows or Mirrors
Without natural lighting, a bathroom can seem dark and stormy. If you’re going to spend a few hundred bucks to add some renovations to your bathroom, consider adding a window that will allow for natural lighting. Or, if your bathroom already has a window, add some strategic mirrors that will accentuate the room’s most decorative parts and give it an overall larger appearance.

Replace the Faucets
Eventually, even the best of faucets become rusty and aged. One simple trick to give your bathroom a brand new look is to switch out those old faucets in the sink and shower/tub and replace them with shiny, new ones. If your budget allows, consider upgrading to slightly more luxurious or contemporary faucets, which will give your bathroom a new and refreshed appearance.

Give Walls Texture
Break from the tradition of smooth painted or papered walls, and give your walls a bit of personality with a textured outer coating. Textured walls are a look of the modern culture and can enhance your bathroom’s style and make it seem like a completely renovated space.

Think about a Home Spa
One way to give your bathroom the makeover of a lifetime is to turn the mundane bath and shower appliances into a home spa system. Consider a walk-in tub or an exotic steam shower. Consider your favorite part about visiting the spa and try to add those features to your own personal bathroom. Is it the jet stream massage? The lighting? The coloring? Take your favorite parts about your local spa resort and create those features in your own bathroom.

Ultimately, if you find yourself wanting to make some major changes to your bathroom on a limited budget, think about the one area of your bathroom that you’d like to see change the most, and focus on that specific project. Try to pick an area that, in changing, will give the whole bathroom a new and refreshing feel, and save the rest of the renovations for when time and budget allows.

 

 

When it comes to remodeling tips, everyone’s full of advice. It seems like plenty of contractors, websites, and designers have suggestions about what to do, how to do it and where to do it at, but when it comes to avoiding the cardinal “don’ts” concerning your bathroom space, there’s considerably less information out there. If you don’t have a lot of experience when it comes to remodeling your home’s interior, it can be a daunting and often scary process. Of course, you want to make all the right changes for your home, the ones that will turn a mundane room into something spectacular, but at the same time, you don’t want to end up with faulty plumbing or disastrous design flaws. As much as it’s important to know the right kinds of action steps for your bathroom remodel, it’s also crucial to understand what steps you should avoid.

So, if you’re looking for more specific direction in what steps to take, and what steps not to take in your bathroom remodel, check out our following suggestions.

Don’t Forget the Design Plan
It can be easy to just pick out colors and products you like without really thinking about who they will serve, but having a design plan to keep you focused will be worth it in the end. Think about the long-term use of the bathroom. Will it be a kids’ bathroom, a guest bath, or the master suite? Should the décor be more practical or more luxurious? Think about the purpose of the bathroom, and then design accordingly.
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Don’t Reroute Plumbing or Ventilation
While it can be tempting to rearrange your whole bathroom and change the way everything was previously structured, it’s best to keep the plumbing and ventilation intact and work around the existing construction.  You can never be certain that what you’re doing now won’t have negative effects later down the road. You don’t want to enjoy your newly renovated bathroom and then suddenly find a major plumbing or ventilation problem that makes you tear everything out all over again.

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Don’t Cut Corners on Key Materials
With an assortment of products in relatively low-cost options, it might sound appealing to spend less on less desirable products, such as the toilet. But time will show that it’s important to get high-quality products where the appliances will be used frequently, and when it comes to the bathroom, that means almost all of the most major appliances. If you don’t have the budget for high-quality products, it might be better to postpone the bathroom project until your budget allows for serious upgrades.

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These are some of the most serious “don’ts” we came up with when considering a bathroom renovation, and if you follow these basic guidelines, we believe that you’ll be on the right track to gaining a pretty spectacular remodel. Ultimately, however, understanding what things to avoid is all part of the learning process, and we’d love to hear from some of our more experienced remodelers on what they’d suggest you don’t do in your bathroom remodel. Drop a comment in the field below and share your feedback!

We live in a world of digital ease, where even the most strenuous shopping can now be done within the comfort of our own homes.  Believe it or not, some of the most popular items for online shoppers are home décor products. It’s much easier to shop, compare, and have something shipped right to your front door, than it is to browse from one store to another, forgetting dimensions and colors, and having to figure out transportation and delivery.  Shopping online is fun, convenient, and certainly has its perks, but what about when it comes to shopping for a new bathroom vanity?  It can be tough to imagine what will look best in your bathroom without actually seeing it in action first. If you’re thinking of purchasing a new vanity online, check out these tips for making sure the experience goes smoothly.

Consider Room Size, Layout, and Design
When purchasing a vanity online, it’s important to already have a size in mind so that you don’t waste time looking at vanities that are incompatible with your bathroom space. Take a few measurements, have some dimensions in mind, or know exactly what dimensions will fit in the space allotted for the vanity. If your bathroom is a specific style, don’t waste time looking at styles that won’t match the overall style and design of your bathroom. Weed out the colors you know you don’t want, and try to pinpoint some colors you think would work well in the bathroom.

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Pick Out a Style
The next step in choosing a vanity online is to pick out a specific style. Maybe you already have a specific bathroom design, and you need a vanity that will enhance the décor. Another option is to find a vanity you like and construct the design around the vanity’s existing style. Choose the colors, style, and construction that suits your bathroom, and build the design from there, or use specific search terms to bring up a list of vanity designs that are compatible with the existing style and décor of your bathroom space.

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Pick Out the Materials
Finally, it’s important to know the types of materials you’d like your vanity to come with. Do you want marble countertops? A rustic wood-top vanity? Hardwood cabinets? Have the materials of your ideal vanity in mind so that when it comes time to get down to shopping, you have a targeted approach and know just what to look for. You might also want to think about the type of faucet design that is most compatible with your vanity and decide on a vanity that can accommodate the type of faucet you are hoping to install.

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These are just a few ideas to get you started with your online shopping spree. You might have more features you’d like to consider, and we encourage you to explore all the options. The great thing about online shopping is that you can put as many items in your cart as you’d like and then compare your favorite vanities between different web pages. Let us know how you prefer to do your favorite online shopping in the comments below!