Have you been putting off the remodeling of your bathrooms because of the cost involved? The restroom is a heavily used area in your home, like your kitchen and family rooms. If you’re dealing with outdated bathrooms, it’s time to take action by putting a plan together.
We understand this may be easier said than done, because money doesn’t grow on trees.
Regardless of your budget, there are ways to give your restrooms a facelift. If you are budget-restricted, this will limit how much you can remodel or upgrade.
But nonetheless, you can make some type of improvement no matter how big or small.
Today, you’re going to learn a few DIY Bathroom Remodel Tips in which you can use to determine based upon your budget, the improvements you’re going to implement in order to make your restrooms look more modern.
Let’s dig in…
Remove or Refurbish?
Depending upon how outdated your bathroom is, it may need to be completely remodeled.
However, there are several questions that you need to answer to help you decide whether or not you should proceed with a complete makeover such as:
- Can you afford the cost of the materials?
- Do you have more than one bathroom to use if one is completely demolished?
- Do you feel confident you’d be able to complete the work?
- Are you willing to get educated on how to make the improvements?
- Do you have time to do a complete bathroom remodel?
- Are you willing to ask for help in the event you hit a stumbling block?
If you answered YES to All those questions, then you are ready to take on the challenge of remodeling your bathroom.
If you answered NO to Can you afford the cost of the materials?
Then we recommend that you Refurbish some or all of the components in your bathroom.
For example; instead of replacing your vanity, you could sand it down and repaint or stain the wood. This one simple improvement can greatly enhance the look of your bathroom.
You could also add new Cabinet Pulls (known as Hardware) to your bathroom vanity, which will modernize it even further.
Depending upon the type of material your vanity countertop is made from, you may be able to keep it by applying a substance called Countertop Epoxy, which creates an entirely new look and feel.
There are refinishing kits that you can purchase for your sinks and tubs that allow you to basically paint the material on.
If you know how to paint a wall, then you can paint the refinishing material on your sinks and tubs to make them look new.
Replacing the bathroom mirror is another quick upgrade that you could make to add flare to your bathroom.
If you plan on keeping your existing vanity, you could install a new stylish faucet.
You can replace the showerhead in about 15 to 20 minutes with one of the thousands of hot designs.
Keep It Simple
For bathroom components in which you plan to replace, we recommend purchasing replacements that you can swap out without making major modifications to the infrastructure.
For example; if you plan on replacing your toilet, to make this a seamless project without any complications, install the new one in the same place, rather than modifying the plumbing to accommodate relocation. Unless you’re a plumber or have the expertise, we advise against that level of remodeling, because if you make a mistake, there’s no turning back.
The same goes for if you plan on replacing your vanity and tub…
Instead of relocating them to another part of your bathroom, install their replacements in the original locations.
If you want to reposition components such as your vanity and tub, we highly recommend hiring contractors to handle the plumbing, because the last thing that you want is water damage and rerouting the plumbing improperly.
So, if you plan on doing your bathroom remodel yourself, keep it simple.
If you currently have tile in your bathroom that’s really outdated, and you’re ready to replace them, then be prepared for a lot of work.
At the very least, you’re going to need a Ball Peen Hammer, a Cold Chisel, and Safety Glasses to remove the tile. In a worst-case scenario, you’ll need to rent a Jackhammer to remove the tile from your bathroom floor.
This is one job you may want to consider hiring a flooring contractor to take on if you have the budget for it.
Otherwise, you’ll be engaged in a very laborious and time-consuming process.
If you currently don’t have tile in your bathroom but would like to lay some down, then you could educate yourself on the How-To.
We recommend that you choose a neutral color scheme for your tiles and walls in order to future-proof your bathroom floors. Otherwise, they may go out of style and you’ll be back where you started from, with old outdated floors and walls.
This can make it easier to redecorate in the future if your new décor scheme ever goes out of style or you want to change it.
A good rule of thumb is to keep any extra tiles that you have after what’s needed to cover the floor has been laid down. That way, if you ever need to replace or repair them, you will have the extra material on hand rather than having to track down that style, which may or may not exist in the future due to being discontinued.
A Splash of Paint
If you’re really strapped for cash and aren’t able to replace components such as the vanity, countertop, mirror, sink, faucet, showerhead, tub, toilet, floor and etc.…
At the very least, you could add a fresh new coat of paint to the bathroom walls.
This one simple improvement can do wonders for changing the look of your bathroom.
There you have it, you now know a few DIY Bathroom Remodel Tips that you can use in deciding what components to refinish or replace.
Never get discouraged over not being able to do a full-on bathroom remodel, because you can update a little at a time and before you know it, you’ll have the bathroom of your dreams.
This is why pre-planning is so important because if you’re unable to afford all of the upgrades at once, your blueprint will list everything you need to complete the remodel.
If you just start remodeling and replacing components in your bathroom without knowing what you want your completed design to look like, you may end up with elements that clash.
The last thing that you want to do is replace components multiple times.
Not only is this inconvenient, but it will also blow your budget.
So, take your time, put a plan together to help you decide what you want your bathroom to look like when it’s completed, regardless if you can get it done all at once or have to space it out over time.