Bathrooms aren’t the same as other rooms when it comes to remodeling – these are usually more expensive, seeing as how you’ll probably have to renovate everything – repainting the walls and buying a couple of budgetary items from IKEA won’t cut it here. Additionally, bathrooms are also the most important rooms within your house and they play a key role in increasing the value of your home if you intend on selling it. Fortunately, there are a couple of budgetary shortcuts towards achieving a chic bathroom.
Don’t Replace Everything
Okay, let’s face it – the toilet and the bathtub/shower will most likely have to go – there is no way to achieve a chic bathroom with old sanitary ware. However, leaving the old wall tiles is a good way to keep the spirit of your old bathroom and they are perfectly capable of working great in combination with new items. Bear in mind, however, that overemphasizing this ‘old bathroom spirit’ is an utterly bad decision – leaving the old floor and wall tiles, for example, will make it look ridiculous. Additionally, you don’t necessarily have to switch all the old piping and/or radiators, not if you are into the steampunk look.
Alternatively, replacing the old stuff with vintage and antique ones is a great and stylish choice. Visit your local flea market and look for old cabinets and dressers – make sure that they aren’t rotten and this otherwise expensive part of your remodel won’t break the bank. Additionally, think garage sales – in this way, you can help your neighbors get rid of their old stuff, as well as yourself in providing a budgetary solution for your bathroom. Another thing to pay attention to here is that they match the look you’re going for. Antique cabinetry is capable of giving your bathroom a larger dose of chic than many modern, expensive design ideas.
Replacing your fixtures can take up a large part of your budget, especially if you have to look for those that will fit your plumbing. Instead of getting new ones, save some money with metal plating. Of course, making metal plating a DIY experience is always a choice, but opting for comprehensive bathroom renovations may help you do the plating properly, ensuring that the job is properly done and that you get a warranty.
Wood will definitely give you depth and texture and make your bathroom appear warm and pleasant. Deciding for wood baseboard is a choice that does a perfect job at giving you a wallet-friendly solution to getting a very chic bathroom. Of course, you need to choose your wood carefully, as well as find an excellent coating solution in order to avoid problems with moisture, but all this is a cheap alternative to your bathroom looking modern, yet cold and sterile. In addition to this, wood lends itself as the perfect material for tropical décor.
If you are working on a really tight budget, you can disregard what was said at the very beginning of this article – your toilet, sink, shower or bathtub won’t necessarily have to go! There is a way to refresh these items – glazing. Although making this a DIY project is definitely possible, it is generally advised that you always contact the professionals. Should you decide to do it on your own, make sure that you’re wearing a mask and that the room is well-ventilated; you don’t want those nasty chemicals causing problems with your health!
We all know that high-pile carpeting can work wonders in a bedroom or living room provided that it’s used in smaller doses, but one such rug with, say, a skillful mixture of eye-catching patterns, can also be employed to posh things up in your bathroom. That said, make sure that sufficient bare floor surrounds the rug, preventing it to overpower the space but still allowing it to provide all the comfort and cosiness.
As a general rule, a modern shag rug should only be placed in the areas where someone will be walking on it, as the splendor it has to offer can easily get wasted when huge segments of it are hidden underneath baseboard, under furniture or stranded in the corners.
As you can see, successful bathroom renovations can be a bit tricky, especially if you are on a tight budget. Following these pieces of advice can help you make yours look chic and fresh without causing you to spend a ton of money.
Author Bio: If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement projects and spread the word about them.