As a homemaker, I take pride in my home, and I love doing things to take care of it and make improvements, whether that’s doing a little tidying up or taking on a DIY project. One area that I’m currently focusing on improving is my bathroom. I live in an older home, and the entire house has been renovated except for the main bathroom. Although we’ve updated certain parts of it, one thing about it still screams “older home” and that is the green tile on the walls! I’m in the process of taking care of that, and I’ll definitely share the results with you. Until then, today I’m going to talk about some of the improvements I’ve already made and some other ideas to give your bathroom a nice face lift!
1. Vanities – The vanity is the main focal point in the bathroom. As such, it should not only be something that’s functional, but it should also look pleasing to the eye and fit your style. (And hopefully it has a lot of storage space too.) A wall mount vanity or a free standing vanity is easy to install and will immediately brighten up your bathroom and make it look newer.
2. Shower curtains and doors – When you enter a bathroom, if your eye doesn’t immediately go to the vanity, then it probably does to the tub and/or shower. Getting a new shower curtain is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to change the look and feel of your bathroom. In fact, many people rely on a shower curtain to add color to what would otherwise be a dull white room. If you currently have a curtain with a pastel floral pattern, consider something a little more bold and dramatic like a black and white damask shower curtain or red and white chevron stripes. This will change your bathroom in minutes. And if you have a shower with a glass door, consider taking it down and adding a curtain, or simply add a sparkling new door.
3. Lighting – Bad lighting can turn even the nicest bathrooms into a dreary and uninviting place. If you have an old light fixture that is dim or dated, try adding something with a modern styling. Ideally you you should have a light bar with multiple lights over your vanity. And when it comes to bathroom lighting, you should always consider function over style. A fancy and expensive light fixture may be pretty, but if it has only three lights, and the lights have globes over them, it isn’t going to give you nearly as much light as a basic light bar with five or six lights. And when you do consider style, try to make sure that your bathroom hardware (handles, drawer pulls, towel racks, etc.) matches your light fixture.
4. New flooring – If you’re bathroom is covered in old vinyl, especially vinyl that is stained or just dated, consider adding new flooring. Ceramic tile will immediately modernize and give your bathroom a fresh and clean look. And if you’re looking to save a little money, laminate flooring is a great option. You can find styles that look like tile or wood. It is a low maintenance material, and your bathroom will great.
5. Walls – A new coat of paint is another inexpensive way to update your bathroom. Even if you like the color of your bathroom, just adding a new coat of the same color, especially a shade slightly darker or lighter can really freshen up the place, and a new color can dramatically change the look and feel of your bathroom. And if you have old tile like I do, that can be fixed too! Old tile walls can be covered with new tiles or paneling (if you need a cheaper option). And if the design of your bathroom won’t allow for you to simply cover the tile, it just takes a hammer and a little muscle to take out that old tile. The paneling or tile can also be added to an otherwise plainly painted bathroom to add modern flair and definition.
A full bathroom renovation can be a headache, but by breaking it down in to single tasks, such as the ones I’ve listed here, you can really simplify the process. It’s also amazing how much difference just one or two of these updates can make to your room. And the great news is, you don’t have to do a full bathroom makeover in a weekend. You have all the time in the world to work at your own pace, following your own schedule and budget.