More Ways to Update a Bathroom

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

I spent the day painting laundry room cabinets at the fixer house, it’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do, I’m excited to share that space with you next week! Meanwhile let’s continue the topic of bathroom renovation from yesterday’s post on five ways to update a bathroom with four additional ways to make improvements.

Update the Lighting.  Modern vanity lights are far more attractive than the dated marquee vanity fixtures leftover from the 1980s. Another stylish upgrade is to swap the overhead vanity light for two sconces that flank the mirror, a change we made in our hall bathroom. We paid an electrician to do the job and the result was so worth it!

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Chandeliers or statement light fixtures also add personality to a bathroom space, remove the boring overhead "boob" light and upgrade with something unique or glamorous, one you’ll appreciate every time you enter the space!

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Replace the Vessels (Sinks and Tubs).  The vessel sink is a thing of beauty, one that may require a new countertop or vanity to go with it if you replace an older overmount, but the look is one that’s desirable to many homeowners for its contemporary appeal.

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A more expensive but oh so stunning vessel is the freestanding tub, so lovely and such a luxurious retreat where you can relax at the end of a long day.  

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Five Ways to Update a Bathroom

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

I have renovation on the brain this month with two kitchens and two bathrooms in the works, so I’m dedicating this week to the topic of remodeling bathrooms! As we all know, updated bathrooms increase a home’s value and help sell your home quicker than similar houses in the market.

A fresh coat of paint on the walls goes a long way, and the quickest way to update a builder grade vanity is to refresh with a quality paint job. Bathrooms are personal spaces and an opportunity to inject your style, however most experts agree if you plan to live in the home for less than 10 years, take into account how the space will appeal to a future buyer when making permanent choices. Beyond paint, here are five ways to update a bathroom with some fantastic examples of great design !

Replace the Flooring. This is a big job which requires removing the toilet and sometimes the vanity if it’s a freestanding version. There are several options available for replacement, my favorite is tile, there are so so many gorgeous patterns available from elaborate to simple. As an upgrade, consider radiant heat flooring especially in climates where it gets cold! Vinyl planks are another option, versions that mimic wood warm a bathroom space. Sheet and peel and stick vinyl are budget friendly options and easier to DIY.

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Replace the Vanity. Vanities range in price from several hundred to thousands of dollars. With research, you can find many with a countertop to go with. Freestanding or floating versions are contemporary look which requires the tile extends underneath.

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Update the Mirrors. Wide span mirrors with clips are basic to most bathrooms but  ubiquitous. A framed modern mirror wonders to update a bathroom. You can frame the existing mirror in place with a DIY project or a custom version from Mirrormate. If replacing, removal of the large builder grade mirror is best done by a professional since it’s a dangerous process. Once removed, repair any wall damage and hang a new one with a modern shape!

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