A bathroom renovation would certainly be nice after all these months at home. But if you don’t have $ 8,000 (at least) to spare, a shiny, newly tiled shower with a luxurious spa-quality rainfall showerhead just needs to wait.
But don’t cry into your worn bath towels just yet. There are ways to do an affordable bathroom renovation and create a refreshing look without draining your savings.
“Changing your bedding is one of the cheapest things that can make a big difference,” said Sarah Shields, one interior architect in Arizona.
Here are some basic steps that provide a luxury platform:
- A new set of bath towels, hand towels and washcloths. White is light and can stay light by washing with bleach.
- A soft, fresh robe is a touch of luxury.
- Hang a hook for this particular robe so you can always keep it clean and dry.
- A “squishy” bath mat gives you extra foot comfort when you step out of the shower or brush your teeth. Spring for one with “memory foam”.
- Keep essentials within easy reach in attractive containers instead of tucking them away in a drawer in the original packaging. You can buy decorative boxes for a few dollars each at dollar stores. Or wash out a couple of mustard jars to get a matching set of three glass containers for cotton balls, Q-tips, and dental floss picks.
- A candle on the counter or on the back of the toilet with matchboxes.
Create more space
Create more counter space by organizing drawers and cabinets to avoid more clutter.
“The visual clutter takes a toll on us and affects us emotionally even without knowing it,” said Allison Marshall, certified professional organizer and founder of simplyinspiredspaces.com.
But many of us dread the task of organizing our bathroom. Marshall breaks the task down into a few steps.
- Pull everything out
“The first is to pull everything out and categorize it,” Marshall said. “Teeth stuff, hair stuff, skin care, makeup.” Then go through each of those stacks and decide what you’re really using.
- do the washing up
Keep a bag for trash and a gift bag by your side. If there’s a lipstick or tanning lotion that you’ve paid good money for but found that you hate the color, put the purchase behind you and remove it, Marshall said.
- Pack it in containers
“Once you’ve sorted it out, the containers are the last step,” she said. There are inexpensive plastic baskets and boxes in dollar stores, as well as at Target and Walmart. However, you can skip this step and use shoeboxes that you cut for your drawers or empty plastic food containers from your kitchen.
Freshen up the tiles and vanity
An upgraded bathroom requires a small investment that will more than pay off when you sell the home, said Judy Anderson, a real estate agent at Re / Max action first in St. Petersburg, Fla.
“For older bathrooms, I always recommend buying a stand-alone dresser with a sink at one of the major hardware stores,” she said.
Vanities including sinks start at around $ 95 at Home Depot and Lowe. Bathroom faucets start at around $ 40.
“Chipped, faded, or dated tiles don’t need to be replaced – they can be re-glazed,” said Anderson.
Prices vary, of course, but call tubs can start around $ 250. Re-glazing the tiles around a tub costs another $ 300. If the existing tile is white or boned, you can choose any color for the new glaze.
Pay attention to special touches
A bathroom can make you feel relaxed and make you smile.
“I like subtle things that show a sense of humor when you walk in. I have a little figurine of someone who actually flashes you in one of my planters. It’s an inch tall, ”said Shields, the Arizona designer. “You should have things that make you smile.”
she liked Society6.com for fun shower curtains and complementary accessories at good prices.
Shields is also a fan of light-colored shelving, a simple piece of wood that hangs in front of a window. If you fill it with small items, they won’t block the light from the outside and will actually reflect the light up and down the ceiling.
“In a bathroom, a light shelf can hold additional self-care items such as candles, a diffuser or nice bath soaps in a glass.”
Katherine Snow Smith is a freelance editor and reporter based in St. Petersburg, Florida and the author of Rules for the southern rule breaker: missteps and lessons learned.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com