Easy, cheap bathroom updates to refresh your home

Ginger Dean

February 11, 2014

By: Ginger Dean, Home Finance Specialist

In: Finance and LegalBathroom Remodeling

If you've never done DIY home renovation projects, bathroom updates are a good place to start. They can be as simple or as complicated as you want them to be - from a fresh coat of paint to a new tile floor.

If you don't know where to start, you may want to consider the advice of Real Simple, who note that bathroom updates usually include organizing your belongings to better utilize your small space. Figuring out which necessities you need more space for and how best you can use the room can go a long way in getting a plan in place.

But using all your space wisely is only half the reward. The other half comes in monetary gains whenever your sell your home. An updated, smartly-organized bathroom can be a big selling feature for your home. Take a look below at these easy bathroom updates that can have a big impact on the aesthetics of your bathroom as well as increase the value of your home:

Reuse old furniture for storage. Got a night stand you're not using? Repurpose it for the bathroom. You can store everything from magazines and hairbrushes to towels and toilet paper in drawers and on shelves. If it doesn't match your new bathroom decor, just give it a fresh coat of paint and you're good to go - and for a lot cheaper than if you bought new furniture.

Get hooked. You can hang hooks almost anywhere for additional storage without taking up additional space. Hanging hooks on the back of the door and on the walls will keep things looking clean and less cluttered. Towels are the obvious bathroom essential that can be hung up, but you can also hang appliances like hairdryers and even jewelry.

Mix high and low end materials. Using moderately priced materials along with bits of more expensive materials will get you an inexpensive, polished look. Common bathroom updates where you can mix the prices of materials are tiles and fixtures. Splurge on your sink fixtures because everyone sees them, but shower fixtures and door knobs don't need to be super expensive. You can also choose floor and shower tiles in a neutral color that are moderately priced and use more elaborate (read: expensive) colored tiles for the accents.

Keeping your bathroom updates easy and cheap doesn't mean you have to lose impact for the space. Making careful choices that will keep your bathroom looking uncluttered and classy will pay off down the line when it's time to sell.


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