DIY Bathroom Renovation


Bathroom Remodel

Rachael Jones is a blogger for DIYMother, where women aren’t afraid to use power tools in a dress.

When deciding to renovate your bathroom, part of the dilemma is coordinating the décor and deciding if you should replace your outdated sink with a double or single bathroom vanity. Both types have their own positives, but adding the right vanity could depend on the number of people you have living in your home and how much room you have in your bathroom. Aside from this, going with new bathroom tiles, new lighting fixtures, and even a fresh coat of paint can go a long way.

Double Vanities

Now, before you begin redesigning your bathroom, it’s important to keep in mind the necessary plumbing work for your new bathroom design. If you plan on moving the location of your shower and tub or even your bathroom sink, you’ll need to hire a contractor to complete the necessary plumbing work to make these items functional. If you don’t have the budget for this type of work, make sure you keep your new vanity as close to the plumbing lines as possible.

When you add a double vanity to your bathroom, you give two people the luxury of using the bathroom at the same time. This is a great addition to a communal bathroom that is shared by your family. In homes that have just one bathroom, a double vanity can speed up the process of people getting ready to head out for school or work in the morning, as you can now have multiple people using that precious space.

Single Vanities

If you don’t have the room to add multiple bathroom sinks, a single vanity may be the best option for you. Single sink vanities create more space for storage around the sink area. The sink aspect remains the same, but the fixture will provide you with more space on the countertop and significantly more storage space in the cabinets and drawers for towels and everyday bathroom items. Anything used in your bathroom such as linens, cleaning products, shaving materials and towels can be kept in a single sink vanity. These sinks also come in a wide array of sizes and can be as small as a 24-inch vanity or as large as 60 inches.

Paint it Up

When you renovate your bathroom, try to consider going the “all the way” and giving your bathroom walls a fresh coat of new paint. If you feel your current bathroom paint is out of date, or simply bland, there’s no reason for you to stick with it. If you’re dissatisfied, check out some new and exciting colors that you could use as a primary or even accent color. Make sure you go with water-resistant paints, as the walls and items in your bathroom are susceptible to a lot of humidity. The last thing you want is for your freshly painted walls to become a breeding ground for mold, so make sure that you go with a quality paint that will thrive in your bathroom.

Let There be Light!

If you redesign your entire bathroom, you need to make sure you have proper lighting to show off all of your new accessories and new vanity. If you go with an antique style or classical vanity, consider softer lighting to provide the right ambiance for your bathroom furniture. If you go with a more modern bathroom vanity, keep your lighting simple. There are plenty of modern lighting fixture options available at your local home improvement center to browse, but above all else, the internet will be your best friend in finding the right fixtures for you.

No matter the style, you want to make sure that you’re providing adequate lighting for you and your guests. Good lighting creates a nice, relaxing environment that will resonate throughout your home. Would you feel comfortable in your neighbor’s bathroom if the lighting were so dim you could hardly see where you were walking? Put yourself in your family’s shoes; if they won’t feel comfortable in your newly redesigned bathroom, you’ll have wasted a lot of time and effort for nothing.

New Tiles? Why Not!

Whether you’ve kept up with the recent bathroom trends or not, tiles are back in style. Not the type of tiles we’re used to seeing at our parents’ and grandparents’ homes, but the new, modern style of tile. These tiles provide an extravagant design and flair to the dullest of bathrooms. Since tiles originated with the Romans, why not use their type of style in creating your new bathroom look? Tiles are the perfect way to enhance your bathroom, and are available in a multitude of styles, sizes and shapes. Whether you choose to go with a decorative pattern to do a nice accent along the wall near the vanity or want to tackle your entire shower and tub, new bathroom tiles are a great way to add that designer look to your bathroom for less than designer prices.

Homeowners can find plenty of ways to go about redesigning their bathrooms to make them their own. Honestly, this is no easy task, and if you’re going to redesign the floor plan of your bathroom, it’s probably best left to the professionals – especially if you have plumbing needs. But if you can live with the layout of your bathroom, the world is your oyster, and you’ll find many creative ways to redesign your bathroom without going broke in the process.

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