If you were to put your home on the market, the two rooms potential homebuyers are going to be most interested in seeing are the bathroom and the kitchen. Remodeling a bathroom has a reputation for being a great way to add value to your home, but sometimes, you don’t need to take drastic measures to give a bathroom a whole new look and add a little extra value to your home. In fact, there are many very easy and inexpensive ways to make your bathroom a whole new look that don’t involve calling a contractor.
A can of paint can go a long way in completely changing the way your bathroom looks. For under $50 and a little labor, your bathroom can have a whole new look in just one day. Just be sure to prime your walls with a mildew-resistant primer and choose a paint with a gloss or semigloss finish so that your walls will be easier to clean later on.
You don’t even have to stop at painting the walls. Do you have cabinets or a vanity that could use a little sprucing up? A coat or two of paint can have them looking brand new again!
If you’re not a fan of painting, believe it or not, wallpaper could be an option. There are special types of wallpaper designed to be used in bathrooms which are washable and stand up well to high humidity.
Replace the Fixtures
Worn out or dated-looking fixtures are a surefire way to detract from a bathroom’s look. It doesn’t cost much to replace things like towel racks, light fixtures, door handles on cabinets, or drawer pulls and it hardly takes any effort on your part. If your showerhead or sink’s faucet have seen better days, go ahead and replace those, too. You’ll be amazed at how such simple changes can make such a big difference! And if you replace your faucet or showerhead with environmentally-friendly models, you can have the added benefit of saving on your water bills!
Ceramic tiles that have a pattern or design on them can add a very stylish touch to a bathroom. But if you already have ceramic tiles on the wall of your shower that are in good shape and you don’t want to go through the hassle of actually replacing any of your tiles, there is an option for you. Tile decals come in a wide variety of patterns and can simply be peeled off and stuck onto your existing tiles. They’re a great way to add some visual interest to your bathroom, but are much more affordable than actually changing out your tiling. As an added bonus, tile decals can be easily removed if you want to change up your look ever again.
New Shower Curtain
Just like how a fresh coat of paint can really brighten up a bathroom, getting a new shower curtain is another great way to make a big decorative change without spending much money. And it even takes less effort than painting, too! Since there are so many different styles of shower curtains out there, you could find one in a bold pattern or a bright color to serve as an accent to your wall color.
Clean Your Grout
Nothing makes a bathroom old like dirty grout. Some grout cleaners are commercially available, but good old hydrogen peroxide and baking soda make a pretty effective grout cleaner. It can take some time and effort to make sure you get all the grout, but it’s well worth it because clean grout can make your bathroom look brand new again.