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.