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Bathrooms serve as a refuge to relax take a little time for yourself. It’s only fair that it looks like your personal in-house spa. Creating this look can be a challenge though if you don’t know where to start. You might think that updating your bathroom is too expensive or requires a professional to step in. This is not the case though — at least for everything. Unless you plan on reworking the plumbing in the room, it’s safe to say that you can take on the lion’s share of the work. We’re sharing some of our favorite functional upgrades for the bathroom where you can express your creativity.
This is one of the easiest updates that you can make to outdated faucets. Instead of replacing older faucets with expensive new ones, a can of spray paint can do wonders to bring new life to them. Keep in mind that before painting them, the entire faucet mount will need to be removed.
We all have to admit (even if you don’t want to) that we spend a great deal of time in the mirror. The bathroom mirror is one of the main focal points in the room. A thick wooden frame around it can create a more rustic look in the room. While a metal frame will add an air of sophistication.
So you’ve been looking at your outdated sink for a while now wondering how to bring it into the modern age. There is a solution for this problem that comes in the form of contact paper. You can buy contact paper that resembles granite or marble to add to your countertop. After placing the contact paper on the sink, you will need to seal it with a water-based polyurethane gloss finish. This will ensure that water does not seep beneath the contact paper’s surface.
Changing the color of the light fixtures is an update that will modernize your bathroom. We’ll warn you though that this might not be the best solution for apartment dwellers. This is one area where making this small change provides a big result — at least visually. This is a quick and easy upgrade that you can knock out in a couple of hours.
The cabinets under the sink are one of the places where you can be the most creative in your bathroom. Consider giving the cabinets a fresh coat of paint. It’s easier to first prime the cabinet before adding the topcoat. If you need some color inspiration, soft greens and blues make the bathroom look brighter and more relaxed. Whereas warm grays and deep burgundy add drama and sophistication to the space.
For this DIY project, you can use either a dresser that you no longer use or buy an inexpensive one from a thrift store. You’ll need precise measurements for this since a hole needs to be cut into the top of the dresser. After installing the sink and plumbing hookups feel free to customize the vanity with a new paint job.
Dingy sinks with years worth of gunk does not make for a pretty sight. You’ll need to grab a paint brush, some steel wool and tile epoxy for this project. After cleaning the sink a few times, it will be ready for a fresh coat of paint. Once you add the epoxy the sink will look brand new.
For built-in shelving, it can look boring to have only a plain wall behind it. Adding a rock backsplash can create a focal point for this area. With a textured surface, this is one way to give interest to an otherwise unused area.
You can add accessories to the bathroom that are functional instead of serving as a pretty bobble. Mason jars are a cheap and easy way to give a room a touch of shabby chic. Use your favorite matte paint color to paint the inside of the jars. Once they are dry the jars are perfect to store smaller items. Cotton balls, q-tips, and other hygiene products will now be on display in a place other than the medicine cabinet.
For smaller bathrooms, it can be difficult to store everything that you use. This is especially true for toilet paper, which takes up quite a bit of space. You can build your own custom toilet paper holder to keep all of the rolls in one place.
To make your bathroom truly feel like a spa, stone panels help bring this look into the bathroom. You’ll need to reinforce the stone to ensure that it doesn’t fall. This is one upgrade that will bring an organic subtlety to the room.
For those who want to change their light fixtures but want a more temporary solution, consider fabric panels. After finding your favorite fabric, you will need to create a frame to pull it over. From there you’ll mount it over your current lighting and drill it into the wall.
Taking a trip to your local thrift store often yields great finds. Bookends, wire magazine racks, and decorative boxes are perfect for use as an alternative to regular shelving. They can be mounted to the wall and provide storage for towels both large and small.
There is hope for dull or outdated bathrooms. The sheer number of ideas and do-it-yourself solutions available are enough to keep you busy revamping your bathroom for a long time. Using just a few of these suggestions, you are well on your way to building your own home refuge.