Every now and then, we need a complete update of the home we live in. The issue is, however, the cost of hiring a professional can be enough to put you off the idea entirely. Here are four bathroom upgrades you can do by yourself, without the help of a professional.
It’s The Little Things
It doesn’t take much to upgrade your bathroom, just a little TLC. If you have a look at your bathroom, and you notice that everything kind of just looks a bit meh, why not give your bathroom a good scrub? Often, seeing clean and tidy tiles and surroundings can make your bathroom look 100 times better than before. However, sometimes no matter how many times you clean the bathroom, it can still look old. Replacing small items such as taps, shower heads or even just getting a bunch of new towels can lift the bathroom. A nice, shiny new bathroom tap can make the world of difference in a bathroom. The BlueSpace offers their tips for upgrading a bathroom, with only a small change. “Update your bathroom taps and accessories. Cost effective and a quick fix, updating tired, coloured or old school tapware and accessories can instantly bring a bathroom into 21st century design. Going for simple on trend chrome, brushed nickel or black tapware will instantly give your bathroom a new lease on life. Do you have a retro or dark glass shower screen? An instant giveaway of a bathroom’s age can often be the shower screen. A ‘70s or ‘80s bathroom shower screen with thick, coloured glass and door hardware can really close in a space. By simply replacing this with a cost effective semi-frameless shower screen, you will open up your space and achieve a quick reno on a shoestring budget.” Find out more about the BlueSpace by following them on Facebook and Instagram. It really is the little things that can make the biggest difference in your bathroom, as Jess from DDDreamhouse explains. "One of the most popular ways to lift a bathroom and give it a change without any professional help is to update the little things; change the towel racks (often just secured with screws), the cabinetry handles and drawer knobs, the tap ware can be altered if you have a good tool kit and consider giving the walls a fresh coat of paint. There are so many stunning neutral shades that you can choose from so regardless of your design aesthetic (rustic, modern, traditional, vintage, fresh) there is a shade out there to suit your vision. But, if you are time poor, penny poor and just want a refresh, give it a good clean, get some potted plants to give the room some life, add a candle and some handmade products, a new bath mat and hand hand towel and you'll have an updated bathroom - no professional required!" Find out more about DDDreamhouse by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
For Those Who Sing In The Shower (AKA, Everyone)
For those who are lovers of a tune in the shower, but don’t want to get their phone wrecked in the water, why not install SoundBathe? They’ll tell you why it’s a great addition to any bathroom.“Install SoundBathe on your bath, or behind your shower wall or bathroom furniture.
It takes minutes to fit and does not require an electrician. Then sit back in your bath and enjoy a sensory sound experience where you can hear and feel the music, all simply controlled from your smartphone. SoundBathe is hidden so you can enjoy the latest technology, update your bathroom without any ugly wires.” Find out more about SoundBathe by following them on Facebook.
Dollar Dollar Bills
When it comes to upgrading your bathroom, sometimes you have to go all out. You have to get a new toilet, a new shower cubicle, maybe a whole new bathroom. You don’t have to hire professionals to get your dream bathroom, but you may need to spend a bit of extra money to get there. John Linden from Mirror Coop offers his advice for those who are hoping to get the bathroom of their dreams. “Do splurge on your surfaces. Not only do surfaces glue your bathroom’s visual appeal, but they also take a lot of wear and tear. Choose and budget not only for beauty but durability. Do think about your bathroom’s water efficiency. It’s probably the furthest thing from your mind while picking out tiles. However, today’s trend is to be efficient, and your remodelling shopping list should include water efficient toilets, showerheads, and faucets. The money you save can go towards future remodelling projects. Do consider sufficient ventilation and light. Yet another forgotten element in bathroom remodelling. Natural moisture, as well as your shower's steam, contributes to mold and mildew, all problems proper ventilation can ease. As for lighting, having a variety of sources will make your bathroom beautiful and functional.” Find out more about Mirror Coop by checking out their website.
You Can Do It Without Professional Help
It’s possible to update your bathroom without paying the big bucks for a professional, just ask Kerin Jarvis from Food & Fun 101. “Small, dark, filthy, ugly, feral …. those were some of the words I would have used to describe the bathroom in the relocatable home that we purchased in an auction for only $5,000. But for around $300 and a fair bit of hard work, I would now describe it as cute, light, airy and functional. My husband and I carefully removed the crackled mildly frosted glass shower screen to reveal years of black soap scum hidden underneath the tracks. That whole bathroom needed a good scrub down before I was willing to touch anything else. After using enough disinfectant to sink the Titanic, I was ready to get going. With a plastic scraper, I was able to remove the old silicone that had kept the shower screen attached to the bath and the wall. A huge amount of TLC on the floor tiles and the bath revealed something really decent to work with. But seriously, lightly marbled wall tiles with a daggy 80s border tile? Dark brown timber panelling? Ewwww, what were they thinking! The only solution for the ugliness before me was paint, paint and more paint. I always like to start with the ceiling, so I completed 2 coats of ceiling white to freshen it up. I chose a very light grey colour for the walls, a light duck egg blue for the timber panelling and white for the vanity doors. All these areas required 2 coats, and I also coated the door, door frame and window frame with a gloss white to match. To deal with the tiles, I gave them a light sand and then (after wiping them with a damp cloth) applied Griplock – a tile primer. Once the primer was dry, I applied two coats of a light grey tile paint. Now, I wish I was handy enough to have done the whole thing myself, but I am actually fortunate enough to have a very handy husband who I call on for the more blokey stuff. Once he attached the new tapware and shower head, I was ready for the very important job of holding the shower curtain rod while he screwed it to the wall. A few little extra touches and we were finished - a new toilet roll holder and shower curtain. Admittedly, I spent a lot of hours scrubbing, scraping, and painting. But it was 100% worth it. Opening up space by removing the screen, then simply cleaning it and adding colour has given this room a whole new life to live. It’s incredible to look back on before and after photos of this bathroom to see what a massive difference there is. If you have a bathroom where the functionality is there, and all it needs is cosmetic attention, I think you are onto a winner. Give it a go, and be brave with colour. If you don’t like it, you can always paint over it!” Find out more about Kerin by following her on Facebook.
Upgrading your bathroom doesn’t have to mean hiring a contractor to help out, it can mean just getting your hands dirty and doing it yourself. So get your old t-shirt and trackies on, put your hair back and grab some tiles. Your bathroom will look so much better once you’re done with it!