It’s that time of year when family and friends start gathering to celebrate the holidays. If your home is the place to be during the holiday season, you want everything looking its best—including your bathroom.
“If you haven’t remodeled in a while, we have 5 easy ways to spruce up your bathroom without spending a lot of money”, says Erika Boyd of Handy Man Home Remodeling Center. You’ll not only impress your friends, but maybe even the relatives!
1. Upgrade your toilet seat.
Is your toilet seat chipped, cracked or discolored? Is it always shifting an inch to the right or left when you take a seat? Annoying! Perhaps you purchased a cheap wooden one a long time ago and it’s time to upgrade. In addition to sturdier plastics and more polished looks, some toilet seats have features that will make you wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that before?” Slow-close (or soft-close) lids that don’t slam, nightlight seats, convertible seats for kids and adults, and seat warmers come in handy any time of year.
2. Replace your bathroom faucet.
Bathroom faucets come in all shapes, sizes, and finishes these days. Grime builds up, finishes rub off, and colors go out of style when it comes to faucets. With a variety of designs to choose from, it can be a quick way to update the look of your lavatory. Choose something trendy, like oil rubbed bronze, or opt for something that pairs nicely with the other hardware in your bathroom. When replacing a faucet, be sure to note the hole placement on your sink or counter. Is there one hole or three? How far apart are the holes? You’ll need to conform to the pre-drilled mounts in your bathroom lavatory, but you’ll still have plenty of faucet options.
3. Brighten up your bathroom with a new light bar.
Updated lighting can impact how everything in your bathroom looks. Transform a small or low-light area to a welcoming room with proper illumination. Whether you’re looking for new shape bulbs or to shed more light over the mirror, lighting can make or break the functionality of your bathroom. Men don’t like shaving in the dark, just like women prefer not to apply makeup in low light.
In addition to adding more light, if you have a retro-looking light setup, changing your light fixtures can give your bathroom a much needed updated feel. When choosing a light fixture, ensure the light properly extends over the mirror or medicine cabinet. You don’t want to lose the light before the sink counter. Also consider the longevity of other items in your bathroom. When you buy and install a new light bar, you’ll want it to complement the rest of your theme.
4. Hang a unique or neutral mirror.
Replacing an old mirror is simple. It doesn’t cost much and requires minimal handyman skills. If you have a surface mounted medicine cabinet, you can also replace it with a mirror. You just won’t have as much storage space. If you have a recessed medicine cabinet that’s embedded into the wall, hanging a mirror will be a little trickier.
By opting for a mirror, you can choose from many fun shapes, sizes, and colors. Or you can keep it neutral by going with a frameless glass one that coordinates with anything. Keep the width of your vanity in mind when selecting a mirror. In most instances, it should not exceed the width of the vanity.
5. Swap the hardware on your vanity.
Not everyone wants to replace the entire vanity to achieve a look that’s in style. The easiest way to update your vanity is by replacing the hardware. Find pieces that match or complement the other hardware in your bathroom.
You can also take your bathroom re-fresh a step further by painting your vanity. If you do this, be sure to use quality paint made for moist environments. You’ll also want to ensure you’re doing this with a sturdy vanity. Not all vanities are created equal. And because low-quality vanities are more often more susceptible to water damage, you’ll have to use your best judgment on whether or not to replace it, or paint it.
It doesn’t take much to give your bathroom a facelift. In fact, and few hours and dollars can make a world of difference. “We’ll walk you through it”, says Erika, “Stop into a Handy Man showroom, and we’ll recommend everything from the most durable toilet seats to the most popular bathroom mirror styles.”
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