How to Achieve a Cost-Effective Bathroom Remodel
The idea of a bathroom remodel can be fun and exciting, but when you start shopping for materials, you may go into sticker shock. This is because materials for a bathroom remodeling project can be pricey. Don’t let cost deter you from your new bathroom, though. When you remodel your bathroom, you don’t need all new everything. Rather, you can probably make do with a lot of your older fixtures and design elements. If you want to complete a modest bathroom remodel that will still look like new, consider the following:
Paint is a Miracle Worker
Sure, your cabinets may be dated, dark and ugly, and your vanity may not even match them, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need new ones. Paint can go a long way toward making your cabinets and vanity look like new, and can save you thousands of dollars in the process. If you don’t like your vanity countertop, you can always paint the base and replace the top.
Consider How Your Current Elements Will Look in a New Environment
Some design elements such as your tile floor may not be as dated or as ugly as you initially thought. Consider what each of your old elements will look like once your bathroom remodeling project is complete. For instance, will the black and white checkered floor look better once you paint the cabinets white and remove that hideous wallpaper? What about once they are cleaned and shined? What about those brass fixtures? If the new theme of your bathroom is elegant-Victorian, the brass just might work.
Know What is Worth Replacing
An old toilet, bathtub, rusted fixtures and tile surround are all things that you cannot really make better with paint or a good scrubbing. These are elements that are worth investing in, and not just because they will make your bathroom look nicer but also, because they will make your bathroom feel like the new, high-end and functional space you desire.
Bathroom remodeling projects can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. By knowing what can be refurbished and what should be replaced, you can achieve a modest and successful remodel.