Create a New Bathroom for Under $50
What do you consider the most forgotten room in your house? For
many people, the answer is the bathroom. It gets a lot of use, but
many of us live in houses where the bathrooms are sorely outdated.
Yet having an attractive and well-designed one can make your daily
routine that much more pleasant. Remodeling costs are high, and
a lot of us don't have the time or skills to do it ourselves.
But you don't have to tear up your bathroom to improve it.
* Add some new towels.
You don't have to buy a whole new set. Just buy a set of hand towels
or washcloths in a new color that will complement your existing
color scheme. You could get a mix of colors or just one shade. Try
rolling them up and keeping them in a basket for an attractive decorative
* Add decorative tile appliqués.
You can easily create a new tile design or border by applying the
appliqué right over the existing tile. They come in a fun array
of shapes and sizes. In addition to tile, the appliqués can be applied
to other surfaces such as plastic and mirrors. The adhesive-backed
appliqués are simple to apply and can easily be removed with the
heat of a hair dryer.
* Frame your mirror.
Make a plain mirror more decorative by creating a custom frame.
Cut your choice of molding to fit around the mirror and paint it,
using neutral colors or a brushed gold or silver. The frame can
be attached to the mirror with liquid glue.
* A new paint color.
Have fun by choosing a color that complements your existing tiles,
but is a bit unexpected. For instance, if you have 1950s green tiles,
try pale yellow. Or if you have black or white tiles, highlight
them by painting the walls sage green. If you don't want to go beyond
white, update your color with tone-on-tone neutrals like ecru, oyster,
almond or biscuit. Then you can add colorful touches with towels,
soaps and candles.
* Get a new shower curtain.
For under $20 you can find a distinctive shower curtain with interesting
shower hooks that will make a big difference in your bathroom. If
the room is small, a clear shower curtain or one in the same color
as your bathtub will create the illusion of a bigger bathroom.
* Get rid of an outdated medicine cabinet.
You can make a dramatic difference in your bathroom by replacing
an old cabinet with a simple, wood-framed mirror. Once the mirror
is in place, you may want to add a matching, free-standing storage
unit or small table.
* Change your hardware.
An easy way to alter the look of your room is to update details
like drawer pulls, towel bars, shower controls, robe hooks and soap
holders. You could even splurge on a new faucet. If you just want
to change a few things, mixing metals is perfectly acceptable.
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