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This is a guest post by Shawna Davies. Enjoy her simple tricks to change the look and feel of your bathroom.

bathroom-remodelThe bathroom can be one of the most challenging and expensive areas of your home to remodel—which is why an attractive, elegant bathroom is such an eye-catching addition to a home. Fortunately, there are things you can do to spruce up your bathroom without too much headache or cost. Here are a few of my favorites.

1. Fix up your mirror

The mirror is the visual core of most bathrooms, and yours might need work. If you have a sterile, bland rectangle glued to your wall, you’re missing an opportunity for originality—and the easiest fix is to install some wood molding around the edges. You won’t have to tear the mirror down, there’s no threat of damaging your walls, and depending on the color and type of wood, it can do a lot to define the overall look of your bathroom.

2. Lose the wallpaper

In any room, replacing old wallpaper can make a big difference—but in the tight quarters and moist environment of a bathroom, it can feel like an entirely new room. A steamer and a putty knife is all you need to clear it off, and then the easiest replacement is a nice coat of paint. In most bathrooms, the majority of the walls are taken up with tile, mirrors, and cabinet space. You only have to do a few square feet, so tape it up and get to it!

3. Install a new bathroom enclosure

Of course, if you want to go really cheap, a new shower curtain and rod can liven up your bathroom—but if you want a real remodel, consider installing a nice shower enclosure. This job involves both a hacksaw and caulk, so you’ll want to consult some detailed guides to make sure you get it right the first time, but it shouldn’t take more than an hour or two. If you’re not sure whether you’d like a frosted or clear enclosure, go with clear—frosting glass is a lot more straightforward than un-frosting it.

4. Upgrade your faucets

Your plumbing fixtures and lights draw the user’s attention, and are often the first element of a bathroom to appear dated as styles change. Fortunately, replacing them is also a relatively simple fix. Depending on how far you want to take it, you might not need more than a crescent wrench, a few Allen wrenches, and some pliers. (Replacing your shower fixture is even easier—it’s not much more complex than screwing in a lightbulb.) The major expense here will be in the faucet parts themselves, but that just means you can make the change as simple or extravagant as you want. It’s also a good opportunity to invest in some water-saver fixtures.

5. Install new lighting

The 1980s left a scourge of tacky Hollywood lighting in bathrooms across suburban America; but there is a cure. Installing new lighting may seem intimidating, but once you’ve followed some basic safety rules, it’s a snap. All you have to do is shut off the power to your bath fixtures, remove the fixture cover, disconnect the wiring, and then install your new fixture and cover. Depending on how long it’s been since your fixtures were replaced, you might also need to install a junction box to comply with building codes. This is a project you can get done in half an hour, and can totally alter the style of your bathroom.

Shawna Davies is a staff writer for Going Cellular. She has a talent for organization and helping people navigate new technology. She’s a confessed gadget freak, but when she gets out of the house, she loves spending time at the lake with her husband and young son. They live in Beaumont, Texas.

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3 Responses to Remodeling Your Bathroom on the Cheap

  1. mysticmisha says:

    My bathroom is so outdated!  The best thing to do is gut it and start over.

  2. momma2100 says:

    great tips! little things can really make a difference.  I find just by adding a new shower curtain, rug and towels it can give your bathroom a whole new look…and not cost a fortune.  I love the add new lighting idea..and i have used lighting in my bathroom that wasn’t necessarily meant for the bathroom! gives it a great look!

  3. Sherry Compton says:

    Good tips.  It’s nice to update and bathrooms can be really expensive.  A fresh coat of paint can really change the feel of the room.  Plus, adding simple things, like new hand towels, drapes, or toothbrush accessories can really help it feel new.  I hadn’t thought about the mirror, though.  Thanks.

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