Bathroom Re-do

by J on August 1, 2009

Has sprucing up your bathroom been on the bottom of your to-do list for a long time? Perhaps you realized it was finally time for a renovation when your bathroom didn’t look much better after a thorough scrubbing and polishing than before you started.

No matter your present budget, you can begin right nowon remodeling your bathroom. In this blog, we’ll consider three steps you can take ranging from no cost to a modest investment.

The first step requires no money, just your time. Organizing this space can go a long way toward making the room seem like new. Let’s face it: bathrooms just attract junk. Old prescriptions bottles, bath products, cosmetics and linens accumulate and clutter cupboards and counter tops. Weed out the expired medicines, half-used bottles and torn linen and reorganize what you’re keeping. Repurposing a few bins or baskets you have sitting around the house to store your things in will keep them from junking up the space. The added bonus is that it will be much easier to clean. Don’t underestimate the value of this step. Ridding a room of clutter makes the space more inviting and efficient. Have you ever tried to find the first aid supplies with a crying child in your arms?

Next, take an honest look at your walls. Accumulated layers of hair spray and dust can give the walls a gritty look and texture; perhaps the color has faded, or worse yet, mold may have started in places from too much moisture. If this is the case, a scrub down and fresh coat of paint or two can make the room seem like a new space.This is a cheap fix and, if you do it yourself, will only cost you for the paint and supplies. If you’re feeling creative, check out the many Web sites on different painting techniques such as rag rolling, feather dusting and sponging.

Finally, let’s consider the tub. Purchase the necessary cleaners and attack the built- up soap scum. Depending upon the age of your tub or shower, it’s possible that the finish has worn off and is in need of further repair. Basically you have two choices: replace or refinish. Each option has its pros and cons.

Replacing your tub is an option if you have the time and money to put into the project. While you can purchase a new tub for as little as a few hundred dollars, there are many other costs associated with this expenditure. Count on charges for handling and delivery of the new tub. Additionally, you will need to hire a plumber to remove the old tub, install the new tub and fix any necessary plumbing problems. Tearing out a tub often causes damage to the walls and flooring, so plan for repairs here as well. You will also be without a bathroom for one to two weeks while this renovation is completed. The ultimate price tag for this job will probably be a few thousand dollars. On the plus side, you will have a new tub which should last for many years with the proper care.

Bathtub refinishing is a much less expensive proposition and can be approached in two ways: do-it-yourself kits or professional tub refinishing. The kits are cheap, but results are often poor. Hiring a professional refinisher produces much better results. The cons of refinishing can include fumes from the chemicals used to refinsh the tub (proper ventilation is essential).

On the plus side, a professional job will make your tub look like new for a fraction of the cost of replacing it–usually for just a few hundred dollars. The job should be completed in only a day, so you won’t be inconvenienced by weeks of bathroom repairs. It should last for many years and won’t require any major repair work to the surrounding walls and flooring. As with any repair job, do your homework and find a reputable professional with a good business record.

Ultimately, choosing one or all of these options will allow you to quickly and cheaply turn that dingy bathroom into a fresh, efficient space.

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