If walking into your bathroom makes you cringe just looking at the outdated, boring décor or the old, water guzzling toilet, it might be time to throw yourself into some bathroom projects. No worries if you don’t have experience in remodeling; there are many projects that can be undertaken even by an amateur. With a little elbow grease and some time, you could have your bathroom updated, upgraded and fresh once again.
Stop Flushing Your Money Away
Starting with the toilet is always a good idea, since this can save you money in the long run. Replacing an old, full size toilet may seem like a daunting task at first glance but with a little research and attention to detail, you shouldn’t have a problem doing this yourself. There are many low cost, water efficient toilets to choose from, some even with dual flush options. It is most important to measure first before heading out to choose your new throne. A quick search of the Internet will yield many step by step videos teaching you how to install a new toilet in your bathroom. You could also speak to your local retailer where you purchase your toilet, they are a great resource for home projects. You should gather all your tools first and set yourself up with your laptop, tablet or smartphone nearby as you watch the tutorial videos and follow the steps. Once installed, you will start conserving water and money right away.
Scrub-A-Dub-Dub Keep Water in the Tub
A super easy project, which is a great preventative measure, is to install splash guards. These little gadgets are all too often overlooked and without them, you can find yourself with a puddled floor after a bath or shower. Installing splash guards can save homeowners money on costly repairs from water damage down the road as well as keep floors safe from slips and falls due to overflow. To ensure your splash guards stand the test of time, it is better to install the model that requires caulking instead of models with the adhesive strips, which might not last nor withstand large amounts water flow.
Wipe Out Your Grout
With a bit of elbow grease, you can restore the look of your tiled floors and shower enclosures in a short period of time, with very little out of pocket expense. Moldy or mildew-ridden grout can give the appearance of a filthy bathroom. It isn’t always a desirable chore, but in the end, once you see the sparkling condition of your restored grout, you will feel a sense of accomplishment. A tried and true recipe is a half and half mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle or squirt bottle applied to the affected grout. Once it has set for about five minutes, scrub at it with a stiff bristled brush to work away the mildew and mold. Rinse and repeat as needed.
Accessorize in Style
When getting out of the shower, you want your towel within arm’s length. You don’t want to scurry around the bathroom, trying not to drip on the floor, all while freezing in the cool bathroom air just to get to the nearest towel bar. Hanging a towel ring just outside the shower is an improvement anyone with a screwdriver can do. You can select the finish that best matches your other fixtures and follow the included instructions to screw it down securely to the wall. Going one step farther, you could add a small shelf just outside your shower to house your extra shampoo, body wash and perhaps washcloths. These shelves could match your other fixtures and do not require any expertise to hang.
Don’t procrastinate on revitalizing your bathroom because of budget constraints or even lack of expertise. There are many projects that could add a new look and feel to your space, without creating a negative in your pocketbook or creating anxiety or stress. So roll up your sleeves, prepare to get (a little) dirty and start your bathroom project today.
DISCLAIMER: Readers should keep in mind that any accounts of renovation presented in this blog are written accounts of events taking place at individual homes, and are not necessarily endorsements of do-it-yourself home improvement. You proceed at your own risk if you attempt to replicate any activities described here.
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