Remodeling and Improving Your Bathroom on a Tight Budget

If you think all bathroom remodeling are expensive and time consuming, even if your budget and availability won’t allow you to completely overhaul your bathroom, there are plenty of small projects you can complete in a weekend that make a big difference.

Re-facing the Bathroom Cabinets

Re-facing is essentially a fancy way of saying sanding and re-painting. If you don’t have the budget or time to rip out your bathroom cabinets, painting them is a great way to update the space. If you compare the cost of replacing the existing vanity to simply painting the cabinets and replacing the hardware, the difference in time and budget is extreme. It usually costs $1,800 for replacing the plumbing and cabinetry and would make the bathroom inoperable for 10-12 days.

By re-facing the cabinets, you get to spend only $250, including a bottle of liquid sander, two gallons of paint and new brushed nickel hardware. However, if you plan on re-veneering the doors, that is absolutely the domain of a contractor or tradesperson. They use special heat presses to adhere the veneer. Expect a project like the one outlined above to take two to three days.

Install Tile Floors

While ripping out your floors and putting down new ones might seem like a huge affair, installing tile in a small area can most definitely be done in a weekend. A tile floor will ultimately get you the most return for your investment. That’s because unlike most other floors, tile adds residual value since it’s a permanent fixture and doesn’t need much maintenance. However, do your research first, and if this project sounds like a DIY nightmare, the pros can usually complete this project for you in just a couple of days, depending on the size of your bathroom and the tiles you select. Expect to pay between $5 to $15 per square foot.

Change the Hardware

Changing out your cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures is a great way to give a quick update to any bathroom. Hardware and plumbing fixture pieces can be found at all price levels, but if you only have a few pieces to change out, it may be worth the splurge. Depending on the fixtures you select, this project could cost anywhere from $75 to $600.

If you have a 4 inch widespread faucet – where the knobs are separate from the faucet – you will want to purchase a similar replacement model to prevent you from having to re-drill and replace your countertop. To get started, turn off all water sources before removing the old faucet and accessories. Then, you’ll simply replace the old hardware with the new hardware. You can finish these in a day to a few days.

Replace the Mirror

This seems like such a small step, but updating the vanity mirror is one of the best ways to give your bathroom a makeover without having to replace everything. You can do it in just two days. Mirrors typically run between $50 to $300. When looking for a replacement mirror, don’t be afraid to look for mirrors at home decor stores.

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Using Antique Vanity Furniture in the Bathroom

Antique vanities such as cabinets can give your bathroom a truly classic and unique look. It does not matter if the vanity is a reproduction or the real thing. They make great home improvements for your bathroom and toilet. When designing or decorating a bathroom, most people think in terms of tiles, shower enclosures, or toilets. It would be a great idea to try to incorporate vintage antique vanity furniture into the decorating design and possibilities that go beyond what is normally expected in a bathroom and toilet.

Even with modern designers and homeowners today, there is a changing trend towards the way bathroom designs are viewed. Bathrooms and toilets are not just small rooms where to bathe or to do your thing. It also becomes a reflection of the owner’s decorative style and taste. For example, there are two basic ways that furniture can be used in bath spaces: plumbed and freestanding. With plumbed pieces, furniture is converted for use as part of the bathroom’s water system. Antique bureaus and desks can be reworked to serve as the bathroom vanity, providing a uniquely stylish sink stand.

Antique vanity furniture for bathrooms can also be found in unusual objects you might stumble on out in the countryside, flea markets, or your local antique furniture stores. For instance, it can be an old horse trough, an old stone baptismal font, a rustic wood cabinet, or an old aluminum outdoor sink. The easiest antique vanity furniture to convert is still cabinets and chests. When using antique vanities for the bathroom though, make sure that they are still suitable for conversion to plumbing. Consider always strength and durability. For instance, take note if an old vintage cabinet is still strong enough to hold the sink, faucets, water, and of course, the plumbing.

For homeowners who want the look of vintage furniture in their baths without the commitment of reworking any plumbing, freestanding pieces offer endless design variety. Elegant armoires can be used for towel storage, while painted, “shabby chic” bookshelves offer a great option for stashing toiletries and bathtub reading material. Designers often encourage homeowners to think creatively when considering how to bring vintage pieces into a bathroom. For example, two mirrored doors from an antique wardrobe that was otherwise destroyed in a fire and later found in a flea market can be mounted side by side on the powder room walls.

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The Proper Equipment and Tools that Should be Found in a Garage or Tool Shed

A well-stocked garage or tool shed for better home improvement starts as a necessity and transforms into an investment that will keep paying for itself. To avoid confusion over what to buy, the following can explain what tools and equipment form the necessary foundation for a successful home garage.

Safety items such as safety glasses, gloves, and ear plugs

A safety-first attitude is required for proper protection of both the homeowners and equipment. This starts with safety glasses. A variety of gloves is next on the list. Some are for skin protection while others allow for an improved grip. Ear plugs are also recommended when working with lawn mowers, air driven tools, and a host of other power tools and equipment. Illumination from trouble lights and flashlights allows a person to safely see into any crevice.

Smart use of elevated stools and benches to reach heights

An often overlooked aspect to home improvement and repairs is reach. Ergonomic motions allow for less muscle strain. A ladder and a step ladder are necessities when it comes to extension. A comfortable and portable stool reduces the amount of times a person has to fully rise and sit. Finally a workbench at a proper height will alleviate the strain on the back when performing bench repairs.

Using a tool box or chest

Organization and manoeuvrability of the tool collection streamlines any activity around the garage. This is done by the purchase of a tool box and chest. A cataloged chest allows for rapid recall and location of any particular tool. The box allows for the transportation of all the anticipated implements to a particular location.

The hand tools lineup

The logical launch point of all tools begin with the screwdriver. Sets of screwdrivers provide the common sizes needed for most jobs. Sockets and wrenches provide the type of force necessary for bolts. A tape measure grants the accuracy needed for measuring. A hand magnet allows for the quick retrieval of dropped parts such as screws. Channel locks and pliers provide stability for gripping. Lineman’s pliers and snips are necessary for cutting. Used food jars can be used for the organization of screws, wire nuts, nails, and a variety of other assorted small parts that will be needed from time to time.

The power tools lineup

The family of power tools enables us to do things that our muscles cannot do on their own. Drills, impact drivers, grinders, and a host of other specialty tools cut time and cost off of any repair. A sturdy vice for the workbench provides rock solid stability for repairs.


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