February 24, 2016

5 Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Bathroom

Have a guest bathroom or powder room that is dated, old, or is just, well, a bit of an eyesore?  Or is yours a one-bathroom home that you need to make guest-ready before out-of-town visitors arrive?  No matter what your situation or your budget, here are some easy and inexpensive projects to make your bathroom look almost new again!

1. Fresh caulking.  Re-caulking a bathtub or shower is a simple project that produces transformative results with very little effort.  It requires few tools, and no special skills.  Just keep in mind that you should set aside time for the caulking to set before you need to use the fixture.  Watch the video above for detailed instructions on how to re-caulk your bathtub.

2. New toilet seat.  Here is a cheap and easy way to make your toilet look almost-new, without actually replacing the toilet.  Go designer or go basic, the choice is yours.  If you need a refresher on how to do this project, See Jane Drill is here to help with our video:  Toilet Seat Removal and Replacement.

3. Keep the water flowing freely.  By all means, make sure that your sink and tub or shower are free and clear of hair clogs and the like.  This is a simple endeavor to accomplish with a handy little tool called a Zip-it, and we show you how to use it here:  Unclogging Bathroom Drains   (Be warned, graphic images of what might be lurking in your drains may be disturbing!)

4.     Painting.  If it’s your walls that are the problem, and you have a little time, repainting a bathroom is somewhat trickier than other rooms, but our tips will help you to accomplish this project quickly and easily.  Check out the following resources:

How to Get a Stunning Paint Job with the Right Tools

3 Quick Painting Tricks

Painting Walls Tip:  How to Cut In

Note:  Be absolutely sure to get a paint base that is intended for kitchens and bathrooms, as you will need something that is mold and mildew-resistant.

5. Decorative Touches.  This may be obvious to some, but never underestimate the power of a lovely scent.  Consider something clean-smelling and classic, such as lemon or lavender. For bathrooms with limited or no counter space, small, artfully arranged pictures on the wall will add a finished touch to your powder room.  Add to this a new shower curtain and some decorative hand-towels, and your bathroom will be sparkling and ready for company!

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