How to Update Your Bathroom on a Budget
When it comes to selling your home, the most important rooms to consider updating are the kitchen and the bathroom. If you’re going to spend money anywhere to improve the look and appeal of your property, those two spaces should be your priority. Get those right and you’ll be off to a great start. If you’re on a budget, the bathroom is generally the easier and smaller space to tackle and you don’t have to spend an enormous amount of money on a full renovation to get a great look. We show you how to give your bathroom a makeover without a huge amount of cost or hassle.
Resurface rather than replace
A scratched, chipped or stained bath and sink can look old and dated but before you throw them away and fork out for new ones, consider getting your existing suite resurfaced. For a fraction of the price, specialist resurfacers can repair any damage and even change the colour for you if you wish.
If your flooring is unattractive but you don’t want to replace it, cover it with a washable textured cotton rug. However, ideally you should pull up that peeling lino, replace those cracked tiles or paint tired looking floorboards – as bathrooms are generally small spaces this shouldn’t cost much or take too long.
A lick of paint
As with any other room in your home, sometimes giving the walls a fresh lick of paint is all that’s needed to transform your bathroom from dated and dingy to a tranquil and relaxing space. A tin of paint doesn’t cost very much and you can do it yourself, saving yourself a pile of money on professional help. Just remember to buy bathroom-specific paint which will be water- and damp-resistant.
Tap into a new style
Replacing old bath and sink taps with brand new ones gives an instant style update. Choose brushed steel or chrome for modern bathrooms and vintage-style taps for period bathrooms.
Nothing looks untidier than products cluttering up the shower, sink and bath so install some stylish cabinets to hide away the majority of items, saving the products with curb appeal to display on shelves.
It’s all in the detail
Little details make the world of difference and are an easy and cost-effective way to improve the look of your bathroom. Add an attractive mirror, change the knobs on cabinets and the door, hang interesting artwork or photographs to give character, and change your shower curtain. Even simply ensuring the bathroom contains fresh towels will add to the well-cared-for and luxurious look you’re going for.
A thorough clean
You may think you have a clean bathroom but when you look closely you may find mould in the tile grouting and soap scum giving your tiles, shower screen, units and fittings a dingy, discoloured look. Giving your bathroom a thorough clean with specialist products and a lot of elbow grease will give it a new lease of life!
Emily Buckley is a journalist and copywriter who specialises in property and is currently writing a series or articles in conjunction with Sydney Moving, one of the city’s leading removals companies.
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