An easy bathroom upgrade can include anything except replacing the tub or shower, replacing the floor or wall tile, and re-running pipes to relocate plumbing fixtures. This leaves you with many more options that can make a surprising impact. Here are some of those options.
Add a storage cabinet
Instead of hanging all your toiletries, linens, and grooming items on hooks and open shelves, consider a freestanding cabinet with glass-panel doors. The glass not only lightens the visual impact but lets you see if what you’re looking is inside without having to open it. Such a cabinet is perfect for storing linens, and bottled products, but if you need to store medicines and makeup items, consider one with a drawer on top.
Beadboard wainscoting with a molded cap rail is a great treatment for bathroom walls and a welcoming alternative for tile. It works especially well if the rest of your home borrows from the traditional style. You can either use real beadboard planks or grooved sheet paneling, which can look as good as real wood when painted. The real wood may even develop cracks along painted seams due to the humidity.
While this idea is as obvious as repainting the walls, not many homeowners actually do it. Fabric elements of your bathroom include not only towels and bathmats, but also window treatments and in some cases shower curtains. You can take a more complementary approach, or go with a combination that will add more vigour and colour pop. If you can’t afford good towels everywhere in the bathroom, spend some on the guest towels, and keep the cheaper set for your own use.
A new sink or vanity
Vintage all-in-one vanity tops are hugely popular in Australia, especially in bathrooms that draw from period styles. However, when replacing the faucet-sink combo, it’s always wise to have the drains professionally cleaned. If the new fixture makes your drainage slow, these specialists for blocked drains in Perth can get your plumbing online again. Drop-in sinks with heavy rims that sit atop the counter are easiest to replace, and if the nuts that keep your faucet in place are crusted with corrosion and crud, it’s easier to remove the sink to access the faucet.
Shower curtain or doors
Apart from regular cleaning, glass shower doors are a nice addition that elevates the bathroom look in an unimposing way. Frameless doors are even more beautiful, as well as expensive, but they require professional installation that disqualifies them as an easy upgrade. Shower curtains, on the other hand, are not so easy to maintain but can become a powerful design feature. Even the most luxurious curtain is less expensive than the cheapest shower door.
Adding and installing lighting fixtures might seem easy, but this is one of those easy upgrades that you better hire someone for. When designing bathroom lighting, builders typically put a recessed fixture above the vanity mirror, and one on the ceiling and call it a day. However, overhead fixtures shadow your face in the mirror. What you need are wall-mounted side lights on each side of the mirror. Instead of wall sconces, you can even go with strip-style lights, and your superstar bathroom is good to go.
Refinish the tub
Total bathtub replacement is by no means an easy upgrade and should be considered your last option. Instead, try relining or refinishing. If the reason why you got bored of your existing tub is merely cosmetic, you can get rid of the yellowed surface and scratches by having a new finish or liner applied. When compared to refinishing, tub liners don’t last as long, and surprisingly, are not cheaper either.
Some of the projects listed here require more DIY skills, while some need professional aid. In both cases, they all take a couple of hours, if not minutes to complete.