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How to Revamp an Old Bathroom Without Breaking the Bank

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
by Sherry Castaldi
Category: Home Makeovers

You always hear the catch phrase “kitchens and bathrooms sell homes.” So what happens when your bathroom is original to when the home was built and we’re not talking within the last 5 years but more like 10, 20, 30 or even 40 years old. To completely tear out your bathroom and renovate with all the latest trendy components may not be in your budget or even logical from a return on investment standpoint if you are getting ready to put the sale sign up. So what can you do?

As mentioned in 12 Expert Tips for Staging Your Bathroom to stay competitive with other homes in your market you may need to update certain elements. You can give your bathroom a mini-makeover by revamping one or more features to make it more appealing to your buyers, while staying within a reasonable budget.

Here’s a list of 11 bathroom features with tips on how to update each item, while keeping costs to a minimum to give your bathroom a little pizazz to take your bathroom from drab to wow!

  1. Mirrors: Consider replacing an old or dated mirror with new framed mirrors. You can even frame a large mirror as D-I-Y project with custom framing sets from MirrorMate.
  2. Vanity: If the cabinetry is in good shape or good quality you may only need to replace the vanity top with a granite top with under mount white porcelain sink bowls.
  3. Cabinetry: If the cabinets are in poor condition or very dated you may need to replace. If the cabinets are solid but the wood or style is out of date consider having them refinished by a cabinet refinisher or painted by a professional.
  4. Hardware: You can update the look of cabinetry sometimes by just replacing or adding hardware such as new knobs or handles.
  5. Plumbing Fixtures: Consider updating the faucets and plumbing fixtures for a fresh look.
  6. Lighting Fixtures: Switch out dated lighting fixtures for a more up to date style and metal finish.
  7. Flooring: If the flooring is worn out and in need of repair, replace it with new tile or at the very least new vinyl depending upon what is the norm in your area.
  8. Tile Grout: If the grout between the tile is dirty or in disrepair have it repaired and professionally cleaned.
  9. Tub/Shower: Clean, repair, or replace any worn grout or caulk. Consider re-glazing a tub if need be. Re-tile if the tile is in bad shape.
  10. Shower Rod: If the shower rod is non-existent or in poor condition, replace it by using a lightweight tension shower rod for a quick fix with a no tools required installation!
  11. Towel Bars: Replacing old towel bars for new is another inexpensive way to modernize the look in your bathroom. Towel bars should match the existing finishes in the room, such as chrome, brushed nickel, or oiled bronze, etc.

By investing a little money into sensible updates you can enjoy a fresh new look for your bathroom, and stay within a reasonable budget, while laying a solid foundation for the future should you need to sell your home any time soon.


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