DIY Friday – Freshen Up Your Bathroom This Weekend

by Rachel Laurendeau on January 25, 2013

If you really want to complete a do-it-yourself project in a weekend, you will need to be organized and have all of your materials, instructions and tools on hand ahead of time. Running back and forth to the home improvement store for missing parts, trying to choose paint colors or watching multiple tutorials is going to cut into your DIY time. Here are three quick bathroom makeovers that we love:

1. Wallpaper a single wall to add drama.

If you have a simple bathroom that needs some color or pattern to bring it to life, hanging a new wall covering may be just what you need. By choosing a bold paper, you only need to do one wall; cutting down on material costs and on the time you will need to spend installing it. Getting behind the sink, vanity or toilet to hang wallpaper can be tricky; to simplify the project, choose the wall with the fewest obstacles. If you’re worried about the longevity of wallpaper in the bathroom, talk to the salesperson to find out which product they would recommend. And, if you aren’t sure that you can commit to wallpaper for the long haul, you could add temporary wallpaper that goes up and comes down in a snap.

2. Freshen up your bathroom vanity.

Your vanity is likely the largest piece of furniture in the bathroom and sprucing it up can make a major impact on the modernity of your space. Sure, if the whole thing is in terrible shape, you can replace the vanity, countertop, sink and faucet but that will be a more expensive route. If it just needs freshening, it’s a pretty easy fix: sand and paint the vanity (you can even use spray paint for smooth finish without brush marks), change the hardware on the cabinet doors and drawers and install a new countertop. Granite counters, along with many other types of materials, are available at affordable prices at the big box home improvement stores. Alternatively, you can have a bathtub refinishing company resurface your counter, sink or tile at a very reasonable cost. While you’re at it, you can give your tub a facelift with tub refinishing too. Refinishing is not something that I’d recommend as a DIY project, so talk to a professional.

3. Accessorize!

The easiest way to update a room is to clean it up, give it a coat of paint and change up the bathroom accessories. New, modern towel bars, hooks, mirror, light fixtures, towels and art can make your bathroom look as though it’s been completely remodeled. This is an extremely easy DIY weekend bathroom makeover and it’s quick and fun too: remove the old accessories, make any required repairs to the walls, paint and hang the new accessories. The cost will vary depending on the accessories that you choose so make sure you keep track of the budget as you make your purchases.

Resource: Family Handyman

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