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DIY Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

by HomeRepairExpert.com
Do-it-yourself remodeling projects have become more common as homeowners look for ways to upgrade their bathrooms and save some money at the same time. "More and more, people are going to the bathroom to relax and even luxuriate after a day in the rush-rush world," and they are "outfitting them with everything from soaking tubs to heated floors," wrote Christopher Solomon, frequent writer for MSN Real Estate, in 2009. If you want to remodel your bathroom without hiring a designer or crew, consider your own "DIY" bathroom remodeling project.

Do-it-yourself remodeling projects have become more common as homeowners look for ways to upgrade their bathrooms and save some money at the same time. "More and more, people are going to the bathroom to relax and even luxuriate after a day in the rush-rush world," and they are "outfitting them with everything from soaking tubs to heated floors," wrote Christopher Solomon, frequent writer for MSN Real Estate, in 2009. If you want to remodel your bathroom without hiring a designer or crew, consider your own "DIY" bathroom remodeling project.

Floor, Walls & Shower Stall/Bath

You can spend a lot of money on materials for a bathroom renovation, but most of it should be spent on quality tile. Choose a durable, attractive material in a color or tone that will coordinate with the other renovations you have planned for the bathroom. Accent tiles, or tiles that differ slightly but still match the rest of your selection, can offer a nice way for you to create patterns if you use them sparingly. If you currently have vinyl or linoleum flooring in your bathroom, replacing it with an attractive tile floor will help increase or retain the value of your home.

The Vanity Sink

If your remodeling project involves replacing your vanity, you can either buy pieces separately or purchase a combination sink/cabinet/faucet. Coordinate your sink finish and color with the toilet, and if possible, match the cabinet to any wood trim already in the room. Installing a countertop made of high-quality material such as granite, quartz or travertine will go a long way in changing the appearance of your bathroom. Choose a countertop that coordinates well with the new tile.

Finishing Touches

The finishing touches of your bathroom remodeling project can often make a substantial impact on how the finished room will look. Faucets, toilet paper holders, towel racks and cabinet pulls should all be of the same finish. This helps to visually draw different elements of the room together. Paint the walls a color that complements the tile and countertop. When you purchase new towels, a shower curtain and a shower mat or rug, select a color that coordinates with all the other items in the room. Finally, put your own personal touch on the room. In a child's bathroom, rubber toys or fun wall decorations are appropriate. For a bathroom retreat, place scented candles around the room and incorporate soft lighting. For a guest bathroom, add a welcome basket containing personal items like a toothbrush, travel-sized toiletries and magazines. Whatever ideas you choose, let your bathroom renovation reflect your own personal style.



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