Bud­get-friendly bath­room trans­for­ma­tion tips

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The al­lure of a spa-style bath­room is some­thing few home­own­ers can re­sist. Such bath­rooms can make for a wel­come re­treat af­ter a long day at the of­fice or an af­ter­noon spent chas­ing kids around the yard.

But as ap­peal­ing as such a sanc­tu­ary may seem, the cost of cre­at­ing a luxury wash­room is more than many home­own­ers’ bud­gets can with­stand. For­tu­nately, a dream bath­room does not have to break the bank. In fact, there are sev­eral ways to make a bath­room wor­thy of the most com­fort­ing spa with­out stretch­ing your bud­get.

• In­stall a wall-hung mir­ror. If your idea of a luxury bath­room harkens back to a time be­fore the ad­vent of re­cessed medicine cab­i­nets, then a wall­hung mir­ror can give the bath­room an en­tirely new feel with­out much of a fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment. Flush-mount mir­rors need not re­quire the ser­vices of a con­trac­tor, but they can pro­vide a sense of ele­gance that re­cessed cab­i­nets can­not.

• Re­place bath­room coun­ter­tops. A coun­ter­top re­place­ment job may sound ex­pen­sive, but such an un­der­tak­ing is not very costly in the wash­room, where counter space is typ­i­cally limited. Since the cost of coun­ter­top ma­te­ri­als is by the square foot, you can re­place bath­room sur­faces for a rel­a­tively small amount of money. Gran­ite coun­ter­tops can be beau­ti­ful, but such sur­faces do not cre­ate the warm feel that many pre­fer in a luxury bath­room. A ma­te­rial such as soap­stone is warm and in­ex­pen­sive and can quickly give the bath­room a new look.

• Em­brace calm colors. Paint­ing the bath­room is an­other in­ex­pen­sive way to give the room an en­tirely new look. If the walls of your wash­room are cur- rently a vi­brant color, con­sider a more calm­ing tone to give the room the lux­u­ri­ous and re­lax­ing feel you’re aim­ing for. If your bath­room in­cludes a claw­foot tub, you also can make it a two-tone tub to add a touch of re­lax­ing ele­gance. Paint the tub’s ex­te­rior in a calm­ing tone such as soft gray, and you will have trans­formed the wash­room at lit­tle cost and even less ef­fort.

• Trans­form your dou­ble van­ity. Many home­own­ers pre­fer a dou­ble van­ity in their bath­rooms, as such a setup al­lows both men and women the space to get ready for bed or work with­out get­ting in one an­other’s way. But in­stead of a tra­di­tional van­ity with a counter between the sinks, con­sider in­stalling match­ing pedestal sinks to sur­round an an­tique wash­stand. This can give the wash­room a feel of an­tique luxury, and such wash­stands can found for a few hun­dred dol­lars.

• Re­place old fix­tures. Though they are of­ten over­looked, cabi­net and door fix­tures as well as towel racks can greatly in­flu­ence the feel of a wash­room. If the cabi­net and drawer han­dles are old or out­dated, re­place them with more mod­ern op­tions. Such a job might be even more effective if you re­paint or reface ex­ist­ing cab­i­netry. Nei­ther task is ter­ri­bly ex­pen­sive, but both can give the wash­room a more lux­u­ri­ous feel. The same goes for re­plac­ing old towel racks, which can be an eye­sore if they’re es­pe­cially dated.

Trans­form­ing a bath­room may seem like a sig­nif­i­cant and costly un­der­tak­ing, but savvy home­own­ers can give their wash­rooms a new and lux­u­ri­ous look with­out spend­ing much money.


Home­own­ers need not bust their bud­gets to trans­form their wash­rooms into mod­ern, lux­u­ri­ous oases.

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