The New Year can be a time of evaluation and reflection, when people think about how they want to improve certain aspects of their lives and then make resolutions to reach those goals in the coming months.
If your resolutions for 2016 involve updating and beautifying your living space, here are some ways to stretch your budget and cost effectively renovate your home’s bathrooms:
- Refinish the bathtub – If your bathtub is no longer a place where you feel comfortable or enjoy bathing (due to, for example, rusting or other damage), bathtub refinishing can give your tub new life, as well as a new look. As we pointed out in a recent blog, refinishing is generally a more-cost effective alternative to replacing tubs, and the process can be completed far more quickly, minimizing the time you are out one bathroom in your home.
- Refinish the tile & the countertops – The benefits of refinishing are not limited to your bathtub. If the unsightly areas of your bathroom extend to the tile and/or countertops in your bathroom, these too can be refinished, rather than replaced, affording you the same benefits as bathtub refinishing.
- Change your lighting scheme – Believe it or not, how your bathroom is lit can change the feel of the entire room. So when you are ready to update your bathrooms, at the very least, consider changing out the bulbs to affect new lighting. For a more dramatic difference, replace the lighting fixtures and consider moving them to different locations to develop a new lighting scheme for the room.
- Replace other fixtures, linens and other small items – With the money you saved refinishing your bathtub, tile and/or countertops, consider replacing some of the other smaller fixtures in your bathroom, such as the toilet paper holder, the switch plates or even the faucet handles. Similarly, getting new towels, a new shower curtain and other smaller items can put the finishing touches on your bathroom, giving it a brand new look and feel you can enjoy in 2016.
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‘Tis the season for spreading good cheer, giving gifts and celebrating the holidays with loved ones.
If celebrating the holidays this year also means that you are putting on a Christmas party, then ‘tis also the season to decorate and get your home ready for guests.
As you go to work preparing your home, here are some fun ways to add some warmth and holiday cheer to your bathroom:
- Add a festive toilet seat cover – Replace your current cover (or simply add a cover) with one that is red or green or that displays a fun Christmas scene. Add a matching floor mat around the base of the toilet to tie the look together.Budget tip – Instead of buying a new cover and mat, you could also add some unused tree ornaments, candles and other decorations to the back of the toilet/top of the toilet tank.
- Add Christmas lights around the vanity – One string of white or colored lights around the mirror or vanity in a bathroom can add some more Christmas cheer, as well as some soft, welcoming lighting.
Budget tip – If you have already used all of your Christmas lights and don’t want to purchase any more, you can get a similar soft, warm lighting effect by adding some candles to the vanity area.
- Change out your shower curtain – And add one that promotes the Christmas spirit in your bathroom.
Budget tip – Instead of buying a new shower curtain, you can also spruce up your current one, adding a festive touch to it by hanging a few water resistant ornaments from the o-rings holding up the curtain.
- Replace the soap/soap dispensers with Christmas soaps/dispensers – Get soaps that are shaped or smell like common Christmas items (trees, candy, etc.). Or change out your soap dispensers for ones that are Christmas themed.
Budget tip – If you don’t want to buy new soap dispensers, add a Christmas touch to them by tying some festive Christmas colored ribbons around them. If your dispenser is longer and taller, try wrapping red ribbon around it to make it look like a candy cane.
Enhance the Décor by Refinishing the Tile & Tub
If Christmas decorations are not enough to spruce up your bathroom and make it guest-friendly, it may be time to refinish your bathtub and/or tile. Refinishing is less expensive than you think, and it can be done within a few days.
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When you are ready to invest in updating a bathroom, two of the various decisions you may have to make can involve whether you want to restore or replace the aging bathtub and tile. While both restoration and replacement can have the same outcomes – making your bathroom look fresh and new again, the costs and processes associated with these different options can vary dramatically.
And understanding these differences can help you extend your renovation dollars so that you can make as many home improvements with your budget as possible.
Benefits of Tile & Tub Restoration (over Replacement)
- Lower costs – Restoration is usually only a fraction of the cost of replacement for both tile and tubs. This is because, in general, with restoration, there will be less demo work, there won’t be as many new (and expensive) materials to purchase, and getting the job done can require less labor overall.
- Faster turnaround times – Restoring tile and tubs typically takes far less time than replacing them. In fact, when it comes to refinishing and restoring tubs, the entire process (including the work and the time needed to allow the work to set) tends to take less than 30 hours (for tile, the amount of time can vary according to the area of the tile being restored). This means that, within days, you can get back to using your bathroom, whereas you may be out of your bathroom for weeks or longer with tile and tub replacement work.
- Lasting results – While restoring tubs and tile is generally cheaper and faster than replacing them, restoration also comes with the benefit of enduring results, with restored tubs and tile lasting up to 15 or 20 years, if not longer, with the proper maintenance. This can really maximize the return on your renovation investments.