Everyone likes to have nice things and this is possibly even truer for bathrooms than for any other room in the house. Bathrooms have a certain power of relaxation and rejuvenation in ways that not many other rooms in a home can provide. Most people enjoy a good trip to the day spa and usually leave feeling much more relaxed and refreshed than when they first arrive, but household bathrooms are often built for bare functionality, and it can be a quick in-and-out experience. However, the modern home is placing increasing emphasis on the luxury and opulence. The bathroom should be a place where you can soak in the tub, enjoy a nice steam shower, and simply unwind from the chaotic and stressful tensions of everyday life. If you’re looking to create this kind of atmosphere for your old, outdated bathroom, but are worried about budgetary restrictions, check out this list of easy ways to modernize your bathroom without breaking the bank.

Tile the Countertop
If your countertop is old and water-damaged, it could have a detrimental effect on the rest of your bathroom. One easy way of updating your vanity countertop is by covering it with tile. This way your counter is safe from water damage, and it’s an easy-to-do task that doesn’t require outsourced installation work.

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Paint the Floor
If you have wood floors in your bathroom, giving the boards a new paint job is a great, low-cost way to update your bathroom and make the whole room feel like it received a first-class makeover. Rather than ripping out the floorboards and dealing with material fees, labor, and construction, you can just repaint the floor and enjoy the feeling of a brand new room.

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Create Your Own Wallpaper
If you live in a home with papered walls, chances are it’s becoming older and may even start pealing. Think about something that is important to you. That may be the morning paper, graphics and comics, a certain type of books, art, etc. Pick whatever it is, and create your own wall paper. Give your bathroom a makeover that is creative, artsy, and definitely a conversation starter.

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Frame a Mirror
It sounds too simple and easy to be effective, but take the measurements of your bathroom mirror and find a high-quality elegant-looking frame to enclose it. The effect will be a boosted appearance that makes your entire bathroom seem more sophisticated and luxurious.

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These are just a few examples to help you start generating ideas for how to renovate your outdated bathroom. Have you recently renovated your bathroom space with an easy DIY or low-cost alternative? Do you have questions about a specific area/appliance in your bathroom that you’ve wanted to update? Leave your feedback and questions in the comments below and let’s get the ideas rolling!

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Antique sinks are coming back into style, but if you’re set on a truly vintage piece and not just something that is made to model an older style sink, you might have some trouble locating what you’re looking for in good, quality condition. One thing that might be important to decide right from the get-go is whether you want to find a truly antique piece, or if you want to put in the leg work to find a sink that will model an antique style, fit nicely in your bathroom, and that will be easier to find and install.  If you’re serious about finding a truly antique sink or vanity to fit in your bathroom, check out these ideas on how to locate the perfect new addition to your antique collection.

eBay has dropped in popularity since the immersion of other ecommerce market places, such as Amazon, however eBay still holds some valuable treasures. People who understand the value of the antique style are looking to share these small treasures with other like minded individuals. Other folks are looking to move to a more contemporary design and hoping to get rid of old material in a profitable way in order to have money to go towards the renovation. Whatever you find, eBay is a great place to start in looking for antique bathroom appliances.

We know, we know… it’s becoming increasingly outdated and doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being safe after the infamous Craigslist Killer, but Craigslist is still used by enough folks to allow it to be worth a shot in gaining some antique products for your bathroom. If you’re worried about the safety of it all, take a friend with you when you go to check out the item, and make sure that you agree to meet in a public place.

Garage Sales
Who goes to garage sale anymore, right? Wrong. For the non-tech savvy and the neighborhood-friendly people of the world, garage sales still remain one of the easiest ways for someone to get rid of those things they consider junk in hopes that it will be someone else’s treasure. If crawling all over the city isn’t your thing, just stop by a few sales (maybe in slightly classier neighborhoods) and see what might be available.

Specialized Retail Stores
Finally, there have always specialized antique shops that offer truly antique items, and most of the time these items have been touched up or refinished in some way so that they are ready for installation and use. Be forewarned, however, these products usually tend to be on the more pricey side, as the cost of labor and service will be added into the overall price you pay for the item.

Antique sinks are a great way to give the overall style of your bathroom a more old-day feel. Do you have any antique styled rooms in your home? Leave your feedback and questions in the comments below and let us know if we missed any important ways to find antique-style furniture.

In a recent post, we discussed some of the biggest bathroom trends for 2016 and among those trends was the prevalence of the free standing tub. Back in the day, bathtubs were purely functional and even then, normally used for the little ones. With the hustle and bustle of daily life, who has time for a bath? It’s normally a quick shower before you jolt off to work in the mornings and maybe a bath in the evenings for the kids, because trying to shower them is just too much work. But the purpose and style of contemporary bathrooms are changing. Bathrooms are being built for luxury and relaxation, a place where you should be able to unwind from the day and feel like you’re experiencing a private session at the spa. With this trend, has come the emphasis on the free standing tub, and these are a few of the designs we like best.

The Modern Plate
We just had to start with this creative dual tub-shower design. If you look closely, it looks a little like a contemporary plate or bowl used for traditional dining. Yet, with the slightly uplifted corners and the wide, flat bed, this unique design serves as both a shower and tub design that is big enough to lie down and stretch out in. It’s unique, creative and edgy, and it definitely made our favorites list.

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The Egg Shaped Pool
This tub design is unique in that it breaks from a traditional tub design in its slightly egg-shaped symmetry. We also liked the stand-alone faucet, which gives the space a more elegant and sophisticated appearance. This bathtub is simple, yet it is also modern and edgy. It’s not too boisterous and it’s an all-around lovely design.

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The Corner Spa
Finally, you just have to admire this corner spa-like design. It mimics a traditional Jacuzzi in its style and design, but it fits snuggly into the comfort of your bathroom, even leaving room for a partner if you so choose. The design is luxurious, modern and comfortable – a must-have for a truly spa-like experience.

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What are your favorite bathroom tub designs? Do you have something of which you’re especially fond that wasn’t mentioned in our choices above? What kind of interior options truly make a room feel superior? Leave your suggestions and feedback in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!