Remodeling your home is exciting. The idea of new items Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Remodeling is a whole different thing altogether. Some homeowners find the disadvantages of DIY remodeling outweigh the advantages, things like the effort involved and the less-than-professional outcome.
However, the biggest appeal of DIY remodeling to homeowners is the money you can save by doing things yourself instead of paying professionals who will charge thousands upon thousands of dollars for labor alone just to get the work done.
The thought of undertaking this huge project is overwhelming. The key is doing your research and finding out what would work best for you both financially and aesthetically.
Here are a few simple remodeling suggestions from upgrading your bathroom fixtures and bathroom vanity to repainting the walls that would give your bathroom the uplift that is dying for:
1. Pick a Theme
Remodeling your bathroom is a lot easier when you have a theme in mind. This way you would also know what fixtures and accessories have to be retained, repaired, or replaced.
All the new things that you will purchase and put in there, as well as repairs, and decors will be aligned with this theme. Recent popular designs include industrial, rustic, zen minimalist, and beach styles.
2. Repaint the Walls
One of the easiest things that you can do for your bathroom is to repaint the walls. A fresh coat of paint would immediately brighten up your bathroom and get rid of mold and water damage.
Have difficulty choosing a color? Light and neutral colors would give your bathroom a more spacious feel. You can also go with bold colors that would add a splash of color and would contribute to how you decorate your bathroom.
3. Opt For an Open Floor Layout
Recent trends in architecture tend to lean towards an open floor layout. An open floor plan gives the feel of a more spacious and brighter bathroom. It also gives easier access to everything you would need within your bathroom.
Other conveniences of an open layout are having more space to move around and the use of multifunctional spaces such as using the space above the toilet and below the sink can be used for storage shelves or have the shower area combined with the bathtub.
4. Add Wainscots
For walls with heavy damages and discoloration instead of spending money on repairing or changing parts of the wall, an alternative can be to install a wainscot. Wainscots are easy to install wood panelings for your walls that can hide damages and add a lot of visual value to your home.
For a hassle-free DIY experience, wainscots can be bought pre-fabricated.
5. Revamp the Flooring
When you hear about people updating the flooring in their bathroom, our thoughts immediately jump to retiling, however, there are a lot more options than just retiling.
Retiling may seem like a lot of work, but it is actually something that all DIYers can do. One alternative can be throwing an area rug that would help break the monotony of your flooring and add to the decor of your bathroom.
For wood floors, you can get creative with choosing paint colors for your floor or even just opt for a fresh coat of varnish to upgrade your bathroom. Another option would be to use vinyl sheet tiles over your existing flooring, you can choose from a wide range of textured surfaces and design options.
6. Change-up the Lights
The lighting may not be the main attraction but it can add a lot of character to your bathroom. Remodeling is the perfect opportunity to upgrade your lighting from the old boring lightbulbs to something that is more in trend and works with the other features of your bathroom.
Some popular ideas are elegant small chandeliers in the middle of the bathroom, mood and area lights across the bathroom, lighting behind mirrors, and ceiling recessed lights.
7. Replace Fixtures
Replacing your bathroom fixtures is a pretty easy job for any DIYers, as long as you don’t touch the plumbing built into the wall.
There are multiple benefits to replacing bathroom fixtures such as increased water and heating efficiency and using less than conventional designs and shapes of fixtures that save on space.
New bathroom fixtures will upgrade the overall look and feel of your bathroom by getting remarkable and matching pieces.
8. Refurbish Bathroom Fittings and Accessories
Replacing your bathroom hardware and accessories may sound very exciting but it can get very expensive. Instead of digging deep into your pockets, an option can be refurbishing your hardware and accessories to give a brand new look.
Vanities and countertops can be repainted or refurbished with laminated tiles or wood. Mirrors can be recut or framed for a whole new look.
Cabinet doors can be refabricated and painted while cabinet door handles can be replaced and even be made to match other items in your bathroom for a more cohesive design look.
9. Refinish Bathroom Fixtures
An alternative to replacing your bathroom fixtures is refinishing them. This is a great option if your toilet and sink are still working and just need a makeover. Refinishing your bathroom fixtures basically is repairing any damages, smoothing out any bumps, and giving it a deep cleaning with bleach.
Other quick fixes can be adding non-slip mats and shower liners to cover discoloration or minor damage.
10. Add Heating
Most bathrooms have water heaters for your shower, bathtub, and sink but this would also be the perfect opportunity to spend some of the money you saved doing the renovations yourself and splurge a little on heated floorings, a heated towel rack, even heated toilet seats.
Heated towel racks are a small luxury that you can easily enjoy. They are also easily bought and easy to install as well. Installing heated toilet seats is fairly easy as long as a grounded power source is available near the toilet.
Installing heated flooring is a little bit tricky but is also doable. For heated flooring, heat wires are layout in grids just below the main floor and can either be motion-activated or have a dedicated control panel.
11. Install a Bathroom Fan
Installing a fan for ventilation and exhaust can be beneficial in a lot of ways especially if you do not have any natural ventilation such as windows or a source of natural light and air.
A bathroom fan exhausts moist and warm air that can cause mold and damages to your ceiling, walls, and door. Mold accumulates quickly and can also cause a musty smell, a ventilation system also helps eliminate foul odors in the bathroom.
12. Get Creative with Storage Spaces
Nowadays, storage spaces are not only merely functional but decorative as well. There is also no limit where you can put them. Remodeling is the perfect way to be able to update the storage spaces you have in your bathroom to more just functional storage spaces.
Instead of the traditional medicine cabinets and vanity drawers, you can opt for open shelving below the sink and above the toilet or a vertical towel rack or hooks lined across the wall.
13. Use Old Furniture
Upcycling furniture is another way to save money in your remodeling. Instead of buying a new vanity damaged cabinets and tables that can’t be used anymore can be converted to vanities with the help of laminated vinyl tiles and easy-to-install sinks.
Old ladders can be converted to towel racks. The extra armchair or dining chair table that you don’t have space anymore, you can always tuck this in a corner of your bathroom for a spa or lounge-like feel in your bathroom
14. Maximize the Use of Decors
Decors can brighten up any room. Choosing the right decor for your bathroom is easy. It is such a small space and takes very little to no effort to decorate. Instead of piling up a lot of things in there, a few tasteful choices would do the trick.
Some popular choices include matching towels, a colorful rug, adding decorative baskets, vases, and shelves that can also serve as storage, hanging up some art, and adding scented candles and decorative soap on the vanity.
Some homeowners also put in plants that give the bathroom a vibrant feel.
Here are a few simple remodeling suggestions from upgrading your bathroom fixtures and bathroom vanities to repainting the walls that would give your bathroom the uplift that is dying for:
Ultimately the decision of whether to do it yourself or hire professionals would depend on multiple factors. Remember why you decided to remodel your bathroom and keep your end goal in mind.
If you are also focused on being able to save money and even feel that sense of accomplishment for completing the work all by yourself.