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Bathroom Design & Renovation: Simple and Cheap Tips
Day in, day out, we put a lot of stress and strain on our bathrooms, especially when you have a young family like I do, and these spaces can quickly start to feel a little worn and unloved. Well, without resorting to a full-blown bathroom renovation, here are a few quick, cheap and easy DIY upgrades, that will have your bathroom look fresh and revitalised in no time
Planning & Research
If you are planning to completely renovate your bathroom, you should research extensively about various options, with so many different styles out there it can be difficult to choose the best one but if you pick a style that you will like for years this will reduce the likely hood of you renovating your bathroom again and thus saving you money in the long run. Look on various website such as betterbathrooms.com and compare prices for similar products, shopping on line is often much cheaper than visiting your local bathroom store.
Once you have selected a style you can begin to renovate your bathroom but with the cost of a bathroom remodel sometimes being hundreds of pounds it is sensible to do some of the work yourself.
Removing your old bathroom suite
The prospect of removing your old bathroom can be daunting but it needn’t be. Firstly you must cut off the water supply to the bathroom to prevent any bathroom flooding. Then you can just simply rip out the old suite. All copper, brass, lead can be sold and will generate some money for your renovation. Paying for a waste disposal company to take away your old suite can be much cheaper than hiring a skip.
Installing your new suite
Once you have completely gutted your bathroom you can begin to install your new suite.
This maybe a job for the professionals but many suites now come with clear and detailed instructions on installation making it easy for anyone to attempt the installation themselves
Tiling & Painting
Now your new suite is installed you can get on with the tiling and painting. Tiling is much easier than you may think and with lots of helpful tips and tutorials online you should be able to tile your bathroom yourself. You will need several tools (Tile cutter, Tile saw, Grout spreader, Spirit level, Tile nibblers, Adhesive spreader, Tile cutting jig, Gauge stick). Remember to make sure the floor is flat so the tiles sit well and the gaps are equal. Using larger tiles will be easier for a beginner, remember to leave plenty of time for the tiles to set to the tile adhesive (at least 24 hours). Using paint is a great way to save money as tiles can be costly. Choose to paint your walls with a neutral colour paint to enhance the size of your bathroom and to create a sense of light.
Don’t waste money on buying new furniture you can renovate your old cupboards and storage units or pick up something cheap from a thrifty store, yard sale etc. Sand them down and paint them in a vintage style or a modern design, which ever suits the look of your new bathroom. Pick up some pretty draw pulls to really finish off the look, these are inexpensive and will really transform your units.
This is where you can really give your bathroom the wow factor, bathroom accessories are cheap and really complete the look of any new bathroom.
Choose matching tooth brush holders and soap containers, choose some chrome towel rails and hooks, finally add some brightly coloured towels, candles and a bunch of flowers. Your budget bathroom renovation is now complete, so go and enjoy it.
This article was written by the interior designer Helen Davies who is a keen blogger, Pinterest addict and freelance writer