How to Re-Do a Half Bath on a Budget

How to Re-Do a Half Bath on a Budget

With some paint and a carefully chosen storage solution, you can beautify a half bath on a tight budget!

The half bath is often the most forgotten part of the home. A room the homeowner themselves rarely ventures into, the half bath is often overlooked when other, more central rooms, are redecorated. In some circumstances, however, the half bath gets too much use, normally when it becomes the children’s bathroom. This designation usually results in a cluttered mess that features Barbie dolls and shampoo bottles covered in cartoon characters—not exactly a room to showcase to visitors!

How can you control this chaos and make it a more attractive space should guests stumble upon it? Storage! Even if you have a cupboard or shelf in your half bathroom, putting more storage in is never a bad idea, especially something that can become a focal point of this small room and help you dress it up in a few minutes before guests come to visit. Here we look at how with some paint and a carefully chosen storage solution, you can beautify a half bath on a tight budget.

When we moved into our 1960s home, we had a half bath that boasted a retro brownish-greenish-yellowish laminate countertop, white floor and wall tile, some under sink storage and a bathtub.Without a complete refurb, there wasn’t a lot we could do to the space to update it, and as it was situated between two upstairs bedrooms, it made the perfect children’s bathroom.

This designation meant it quickly descended into unorganized chaos. The tipping point for me was the multiple bottles teetering on the back of the toilet seat. I realized we needed storage that was open, easy to access and attractive. We also needed a new countertop—that retro mish-mash of colors didn’t look like it was coming back into style anytime soon.

After considering a complete vanity overhaul, we decided to try simply repainting the laminate. Using two coats of Rustoleum Countertop Coating ($20), we gave the room an instant facelift. The light grey color we choose complements the variety of different toned metal fixtures in the room and is a lot cleaner and brighter than the original color.

Next, we installed a simple chrome and glass wall shelf ($45) above the toilet. This fixture works perfectly for corralling the multiple bottles required to keep our children clean during everyday life but is also simple to dress up when guests come to stay.

So, don’t just shut the door on your chaotic half bath until you can afford to gut it. Consider some quick, inexpensive upgrades, such as paint and new storage, that will make it a more pleasant space to live with—or an easy update if you’re getting ready to sell.

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The Hottest Bathroom Design Trends of The Year

The Hottest Bathroom Design Trends of The Year

From towel warming drawers to curbless showers, here are the top bathroom trends for 2017.

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The bathroom design trends of 2017 have arrived! While you shouldn’t redo your entire bathroom based on these trends, you can redo some smaller projects that will last. Here’s a look at the latest in bathroom amenities and décor for your consideration.

Heated flooring and built-in appliances

Heated bathroom flooring is a growing trend among many homeowners. It comes in concrete, vinyl and tile options, which makes it easy to match your existing decor. In addition to providing heat to the entire bathroom, heated flooring also helps to reduce noise and prevent the spread of dust and other allergens.

Built-in refrigeration units — used to store organic remedies and medicines — are also popular bathroom additions. Towel- and robe-warming drawers are also trending in 2017.

Small-scale luxury

Designer sink fixtures; free-standing, single-person bathtubs and walk-in showers are popular one-off bathroom additions. Space-saving shelving in place of traditional cabinetry is also a sought-after bathroom upgrade. While you might not go for platinum faucets, you can use beautiful silver, copper or nickel pieces to accent the bathroom & make it look top rated.

The bathroom design trends of 2017 have arrived! While you shouldn’t redo your entire bathroom based on these trends, you can redo some smaller projects that will last. Here’s a look at the latest in bathroom amenities and décor for your consideration.

Heated flooring and built-in appliances

Heated bathroom flooring is a growing trend among many homeowners. It comes in concrete, vinyl and tile options, which makes it easy to match your existing decor. In addition to providing heat to the entire bathroom, heated flooring also helps to reduce noise and prevent the spread of dust and other allergens.

Built-in refrigeration units — used to store organic remedies and medicines — are also popular bathroom additions. Towel- and robe-warming drawers are also trending in 2017.

Small-scale luxury

Designer sink fixtures; free-standing, single-person bathtubs and walk-in showers are popular one-off bathroom additions. Space-saving shelving in place of traditional cabinetry is also a sought-after bathroom upgrade. While you might not go for platinum faucets, you can use beautiful silver, copper or nickel pieces to accent the bathroom & make it look top rated.

Curbless showers

Curbless showers open space and create a sense of luxury. The curbless design also pairs well with decorative tile and cutting-edge shower fixtures. If you have a shower already, you can redesign it to be smaller and more open. If you have a bathtub, you might need to pull it out and start fresh.

Three-dimensional tiles

Three-dimensional tiles can serve as individual focal points or eye-catching alternatives to painted accent walls. 3-D tiles also range in price, making them affordable for most budgets. Make sure they don’t take away from the entire appearance of the bathroom, though. You might consider a backsplash for the counter area if you want the look as a smaller feature.

Mediterranean-inspired designs

Mediterranean-inspired design is a meeting of old-world style and modern glitz. This design style combines the elegant charm of terracotta with the glamor of modern metallic. Mosaic tiles can also add richness to the space and accent the tub or shower area.

Rustic and industrial

Bare copper pipes match exposed brick and concrete accents. Speak to a contractor to see if exposing your copper pipes is right for your bathroom. Additionally, warm wood cabinets and drawers add to a rustic feel by creating an inviting atmosphere.

Dark colors

Dramatic, somber colors are coming to the bathroom. The combination of white fixtures and dark colors prevents a gloomy feeling – especially when coupled with gold accents. If white seems like too much, consider neutral colors. Tans, creams and greys are a good compromise that still look nice.

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If your bathroom no longer gives you joy, maybe it’s time to rediscover a look that will break your notions about the space. Whether your space is small or large, the trends of 2017 will help to turn it into a place of relaxation and luxury.

4 Tips for Designing a Bathroom that Will Grow with Your Child

4 Tips for Designing a Bathroom that Will Grow with Your Child

Our friends at Home Depot share decor tips for your little one’s bathroom.

Kids love change when it comes to decor. The bathroom is one of those rooms in our homes where kids spend a lot of time doing things they’re often not particularly interested in doing. If you can create a look for the bathroom that will make your kids feel energized about their hygiene routine, it’s a win-win for both you and your kids. The real trick is realizing that your child’s taste is likely to change frequently. It’s important for you to utilize some elements in the bathroom that are easy to change up and others that can stand the test of time. Follow these tips to help you create a space that both you and your child will love.

Neutral Paint

A neutral paint palette can adapt with your child over the years. Pick tones that will coordinate with many different accent colors so that your bathroom accessories are never limited to matching with the color on your walls.

Cool neutrals in green, blue and purple hues are a great option for bathrooms because they are soothing and allow you to use warmer or brighter colors in your accent pieces. If you stick to cool neutrals, you also have a lot of flexibility if your child is interested in adding an accent wall to the bathroom. A little color theory research can help you make the right choice when it comes to paint colors and accent pieces.

Unique Art

Art pieces and bathroom accessories are a great way for your child to insert his or her own personality into the room. Whether your child prefers to feature his or her own artwork or follow a theme, you can find many affordable pieces to add to the room that can bring a unique, fun feel to the bathroom.

Wall decals are another element you can add to the bathroom that will dress up the walls and easily come off when your child is ready for a change.

Timeless Bath Fixtures

 

It can be tempting to select bath fixtures that match the current trend of your child’s bathroom, but timeless faucets and bathtub fixtures are a guaranteed way to ensure that a bathroom update doesn’t become costly time and time again.

Faucets like American Standard’s Kempton line provide a classic, vintage-inspired design with clean lines and oval shapes giving it that timelessness that will grow with your child’s changing taste in decor. Styles that are classic rather than overly trendy will help your fixtures meld with any bathroom theme.

Fun Linens

From shower curtains to bath towels, the linens in your child’s bathroom can and should be replaced fairly regularly, so why not make them an essential part of the decor too?

You can often find shower curtains that match exactly with your towels, but it’s also easy to mix and match based on the color scheme your child is most interested in at the moment. If your child isn’t set on a specific bathroom theme you can use linens and rugs to add pops of your child’s favorite color to the bathroom.

Growing children have growing tastes and opinions about how their own space should look – even their bathroom. You can keep up if you determine what elements of their rooms should be more permanent fixtures and what items can be affordably updated and changed out over time to accommodate their many interests.

What ideas for renovating spaces for kids have you tried?

Learning the Lingo: Bidets, Floating Vanities, and Other Bathroom Mysteries

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Bathrooms have come a long way over the years. The British word for the toilet, “loo,” comes from the French garde à l’eau, meaning “watch out for the water.” In medieval Europe, people would yell this phrase out the window before throwing the contents of their chamber pots onto the streets. At least they warned passers-by.

But today, the once-humble lavatory has become a primary home oasis, often with some serious renovation dough behind it. In fact, bathroom remodeling requests have shot up 64% on HomeAdvisor, a marketplace for online home improvement services.

The bathroom is one of the rooms that prospective home buyers focus on most intently, and as such has been the focal point of a slew of innovation. So what do you call all the sexy features that are prized among homeowners today? Look no further than our Learning the Lingo series where, this week, we take a deep dive into the terminology of bidets, vanities, and more so you can navigate your choices for the best bathroom ever.

Curbless shower

Curbless shower

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Curbless shower

You know the standard 6-inch (or so) step at the entrance to most showers? Say goodbye to it in this increasingly popular design. In a curbless shower, the floor tiles run straight from the general bathroom area into the shower space, without a curb or lip of any kind.The seamless look gives a clean, modern aesthetic and is perfect for smaller spaces where every inch counts. Depending on the width of the entrance, it’s also accessible by wheelchair. Don’t worry, you won’t have a flood on your hands every time you shower: A glass wall or door typically blocks most of the spray, and a very slight incline in the floor leads to a center drain.

Steam shower

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Steam shower generator

Yes, you can bring the spa home with you. You want steam? We’ll give you steam. These popular built-in devices heat a small amount of water and fill up the enclosed shower for aromatherapy sessions, postworkout pampering, or just chilling out in general. The steam shower originated in ancient Roman baths, but today’s modern versions offer a slew of features such as foot massagers and chromotherapy (lights). Some even have built-in cellular or flat-screen technology for those who desperately fear silence.

Soaking tub

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Big ol' tub

If you crave major tub time, consider a soaking version, which is deeper than standard models—in fact, it can usually fit two people. President William H. Taft—at 340 pounds, the largest POTUS—required a bathtub of “pondlike dimensions” that could hold “four ordinary men,” according to contemporary newspaper accounts. (On the other hand, stories about Taft getting stuck in his tub and requiring the assistance of White House butlers have never been confirmed.) Taft was ahead of his time: Today, the oversize soaking tub, or garden tub, has overtaken the jetted spa tub in popularity.

Freestanding tub

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Free-standing tub

Yes, freestanding tubs are space hogs, demanding at the very least a few inches of wiggle room on all sides. But they’re also the centerpiece to the ultimate destination bathroom, continually rising in popularity over the past decade. According to a 2014 Wall Street Journal article, more than 60% of poll respondents said they had ordered freestanding tubs when renovating their bathrooms. While the claw-foot tub is the most iconic—and most popular—design, modern minimalist versions have been gaining speed in recent years

Gravity-assisted toilet

Gravity-assisted toilet

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Gravity-assisted toilet

Most household toilets are gravity-assisted—meaning, as you might have guessed, that they use the force of gravity to wash down the bowl’s contents. Until about the 1930s, the pull-chain toilet (with a tank placed high on the wall) was used to maximize the water’s gravitational force. If you’re into the vintage thing (or the Italian restaurant murder scene in “The Godfather”), you can purchase a modern-day version.

Pressure-assisted toilet

Pressure-assisted toilet

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Pressure-assisted toilet

You can attribute the loud whoooosh of most public toilets to this innovation, which uses pressurized air to suck waste through the pipes with more force and speed than gravity. Although more common in commercial spaces, you can buy them for residential spaces, but they remain a niche product (perhaps because midnight trips to the john have a tendency to wake up the whole house). Despite common perceptions to the contrary, they actually use less water than standard gravity models to achieve their dramatic flush.

Low-flow toilet

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Persuade Curv Comfort Height low-flow toilet

These models flooded (sorry) the market when Congress mandated all toilets reduce their flush from 3.5 gallons to 1.6. And they did indeed conserve water. But early models also fell a bit short in the all-important “thorough flushing” department, so they suffered a backlash. The category has rebounded thanks to redesigns, and excellent low-flow options are now available. According to this water-savings calculator, you can conserve 7,000 gallons of water annually for a four-person, two-toilet home.

Dual-flush toilet

Two options for all your flushing needs

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Two options for all your flushing needs

This smart combo combines water-conserving low-flow with more muscle when you need it: Push one button for flushing liquid waste (0.8 to 1 gallon of water) and another for solid waste (1.6 to 2 gallons).

Bidet

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Bidet on the left

Popular in Europe and Asia, the water-spray washing system is rare in the United States. While few bathrooms are large enough to accommodate a separate bidet and a toilet, theseat/bidet combo, or “washlet,” is a space- and cost-effective addition. Bidet lovers are bringing their enthusiasm here: Kitano, a Japanese hotel in New York City, is the first to offer washlets manufactured by Toto in all its rooms.

According to Toto, it offers “five warm-water rinsing modes, warm air dryer, an adjustable cleansing wand, heated seat, automatic air purifier, and wireless remote control.” We’re not entirely sure what the wireless remote does, but God bless modern technology!

8 Overlooked Places Your Heat is Escaping

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A typical family spends about a third of its annual heating and cooling budget — roughly $350 — on air that leaks into or out of the house through unintended gaps and cracks. With the money you waste in just one year, you can plug many of those leaks yourself. It’s among the most cost-effective things you can do to conserve energy and increase comfort, according to Energy Star.

Start in the attic, since that’s where you’ll find some of the biggest energy drains. Then tackle the basement to prevent cold air that enters there from being sucked into upstairs rooms. Finally, seal air leaks in the rest of the house. Here are eight places to start.

1.  Insulate Around Recessed Lights

Most recessed lights have vents that open into the attic, a direct route for heated or cooled air to escape. When you consider that many homes have 30 or 40 of these fixtures, it’s easy to see why researchers at the Pennsylvania Housing Research/Resource Center pinpointed them as a leading cause of household air leaks. Lights labeled ICAT, for “insulation contact and air tight,” are already sealed; look for the label next to the bulb. If you don’t see it, assume yours leaks. An airtight baffle ($8 to $30) is a quick fix. Remove the bulb, push the baffle up into the housing, then replace the bulb.

2.  Plug Open Stud Cavities

Most of your house probably has an inner skin of drywall or plaster between living space and unheated areas. But builders in the past often skipped this cover behind knee walls (partial-height walls where the roof angles down into the top floor), above dropped ceilings or soffits, and above angled ceilings over stairs.

Up in the attic, you may need to push insulation away to see if the stud cavities are open. If they are, seal them with unfaced fiberglass insulation (less than $1 a square foot) stuffed into plastic garbage bags; the bag is key to blocking airflow. Close large gaps with scraps of drywall or pieces of reflective foil insulation (less than $2 a square foot). Once you’ve covered the openings, smooth the insulation back into place. To see these repairs in action, consult Energy Star’s DIY guide to air sealing.

3.  Close Gaps Around Flues and Chimneys

Building codes require that wood framing be kept at least 1 inch from metal flues and 2 inches from brick chimneys. But that creates gaps where air can flow through. Cover the gaps with aluminum flashing ($12) cut to fit and sealed into place with high-temperature silicone caulk ($14). To keep insulation away from the hot flue pipe, form a barrier by wrapping a cylinder of flashing around the flue, leaving a 1-inch space in between. To maintain the spacing, cut and bend a series of inch-deep tabs in the cylinder’s top and bottom edges.

4.  Weatherstrip the Attic Access Door

A 1/4-inch gap around pull-down attic stairs or an attic hatch lets through the same amount of air as a bedroom’s heating duct. Seal it by caulking between the stair frame and the rough opening, or by installing foam weatherstripping around the perimeter of the hatch opening. Or you can buy a pre-insulated hatch cover kit for stairs ($150) or doors ($350 and up).

5.  Squirt Foam in Medium-Size Gaps

Once the biggest attic gaps are plugged, move on to the medium-size ones. Low-expansion polyurethane foam in a can is great for plugging openings 1/4-inch to 3 inches wide, such as those around plumbing pipes and vents. A standard 12-ounce can ($5) is good for 250 feet of bead about 1/2-inch thick. The plastic straw applicator seals shut within two hours of the first use, so to get the most mileage out of a can, squirt a lubricant such as WD-40 onto a pipe cleaner and stuff that into the applicator tube between uses.

6.  Caulk Skinny Gaps

Caulk makes the best gap-filler for openings less than 1/4-inch wide, such as those cut around electrical boxes. Silicone costs the most ($8 a tube) but works better next to nonporous materials, such as metal flashing, or where there are temperature extremes, as in attics. Acrylic latex caulk ($2 a tube) is less messy to work with and cleans up with water.

7.  Plug Gaps in the Basement

Gaps low on a foundation wall matter if you’re trying to fix a wet basement, but only those above the outside soil level let air in. Seal those with the same materials you’d use in an attic: caulk for gaps up to 1/4-inch wide and spray foam for wider ones. Use high-temperature caulk around vent pipes that get hot, such as those for the furnace or water heater. Shoot foam around wider holes for wires, pipes, and ducts that pass through basement walls to the outside.

In most older houses with basements, air seeps in where the house framing sits on the foundation. Spread a bead of caulk between the foundation and the sill plate (the wood immediately above the foundation), and along the top and bottom edges of the rim joist (the piece that sits atop the sill plate).

8.  Tighten Up Around Windows and Doors

In the main living areas of your home, the most significant drafts tend to occur around windows and doors. If you have old windows, caulking and adding new weatherstripping goes a long way toward tightening them up. Bronze weatherstripping ($15 to $35 for 17 feet) lasts for decades but is time-consuming to install, while some self-stick plastic types are easy to put on but don’t last very long. Adhesive-backed EPDM rubber ($8 for 10 feet) is a good compromise, rated to last at least 10 years. Nifty gadgets called pulley seals ($9 a pair) block air from streaming though the holes where cords disappear into the frames.

Weatherstripping also works wonders on doors. If a draft comes in at the bottom, install a new door sweep ($9).

Before Working in the Attic, Take Some Precautions

Try to do attic work on a cool day. Wear protective gear: disposable clothes, gloves, and a double-elastic mask or half-face respirator. Bring along a droplight, plus at least two pieces of plywood big enough to span two or three joists to support you as you work. To save trips up and down a ladder, try to move up all of the materials you need before you get started.

One warning: If you find vermiculite insulation, hold off until you’ve had it checked for asbestos; your health department or air-quality agency can recommend a lab.

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Quick Bath Renovations!

Quick Bathroom Renovations That Will Make It Look Like You’ve Moved

Bathroom renovations are great, but they’re really great when they don’t take a lot of time. If you want to change the look of your bathroom in a day or two, check out the following tips for some great ideas.

Bathroom renovations are a key part of many home improvement plans, whether they’re trying to upgrade their spaces for resale value or they feel like they’ll stick themselves in the eye if they have to look at that rundown section of vinyl countertop for even one more day. Bathrooms in many homes are generally small enough that even the smallest changes can make a huge impact. Full bathroom renovations generally require contractors, building approvals, and costly upgrades. If you’re looking for changes that you can make today that will be done tonight or at worst in a day or two, check out below.

Replace the Countertops

Even if your bathroom has no more than a single square foot of countertop space, that tiny square has a huge impact on what the room looks and feels like. If it’s cheap, rundown, and ugly, the whole bathroom will feel cheap, rundown, and ugly, no matter how much you scrub and clean it. Replacing a bathroom countertop is a job that usually doesn’t take more than an afternoon and will instantly alter the look of the space. Looking for a gorgeous rustic material that can work in both modern and traditional spaces? Butcher block to the rescue. You want a sleek material that brings a special glow to your bath without overwhelming it? Stainless steel, copper, or other metals fit the bill. If you’ve got a miniscule bath, the countertop can be swapped out in an afternoon. If you’ve got a larger space, it may take two days, but it’ll be worth it.

Put In (or Replace) a Backsplash

If you think a new countertop will make you do a double-take every time you pop in to use the loo, installing a backsplash will make you feel like you’ve been transported to planet fabulous. Adding a beautiful backsplash to a bathroom is like topping off a Diane Von Furstenberg black jumpsuit with a Louis Vuitton Vernis Alma in Indian rose: fabulous. A backsplash dresses the area around key bath components, including the faucet fixtures and tubs. With a backsplash, you can go big or you can focus on a tiny section of wall. You can use a strip of dramatic backsplash material like Moroccan tile to make a plain bath sing. Back-painted glass is a great way to bring glossy color to the room in a non-over-the-top way. Back-painted glass options run from neutrals like cool grey and soft white to more vivid colors like apple green or tangerine. If you’re in a rental, Home Depot sells those stick-up faux tin backsplash and other types of stick-up tiles that can provide an awesome temporary upgrade really applied properly.

Change the Floor

Two words: floating floor. I’ve mentioned them before, but they’re so awesome they’re worth mentioning again and again and again. A dingy, sad-looking, kind of icky floor is a real mood-buster; it’s like a giant pimple breaking up the breathtaking lines of an otherwise beautiful face. It’s distracting — and disgusting! If you’ve only got a day or so, but you can’t imagine living with your dingy bathroom floor one more day, get a floating floor. Available in materials like engineered wood, cork, and gorgeous vinyl, a floating floor is installed by floating it directly on top of your existing floor. Many of the materials are water-resistant, important for a bathroom. If you’ve got an afternoon and a box cutter, you can complete a full installation by dinner time. The best thing is, your floor will be ready to walk on right away. This article from This Old House shows you exactly how to do it.

Bath Updates can Add Value

A bathroom update might be just what is needed to help your home for sale stand out.

The following is a guest post from Patti Stern of PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating.

Bathrooms are still one of the most important rooms in a home when it comes to making the best impression on potential buyers. Outdated bathrooms are simply a turn-off to millenials. Whether sellers decide to stage their bathroom by adding simple upgrades to give a more modern look or completely remodel to update features and add functionality, each will have some impact on resale value.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value Report there is an overall return of confidence in the value of remodeling (since 2005 when it last peaked). For bathroom remodels, the national average price spent is $16,000 with 70% of the costs recouped. In general, the simpler and lower-cost home projects deliver a higher return in value.

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The following are some tips to keep in mind when staging or remodeling a bathroom:

Painting and Removing Outdated Wallpaper Is A Must. If you don’t have the time or money to invest in a complete remodel, removing dated wallpaper and adding a fresh coat of neutral paint will provide a boost with instant universal appeal to buyers who are not interested in a dated bathroom.

Let There Be Light. New light fixtures can add an immediate update to an outdated bathroom. Not only will they look more attractive when paired with complementary accessories, they will also highlight the most important features in the room.

Access Condition of Cabinets. If your budget is limited and cabinets are in good condition, you may opt to refinish or paint them. Either way, there are many price levels for vanity, cabinets and counter top materials to choose from when replacing.

Replace Hardware and Add Fine Details. Better quality faucets, towel bars and vanity hardware are a simple way to add a high-end look. If you are remodeling and can fit it in your budget, consider adding a bathtub tile surround, tile backsplash, new flooring, frameless shower doors, a freestanding tub or radiant heating for a spa-like feel.

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Add Depth With Accessories. Elegant accessories that complement the room’s style are an inexpensive way to update the bath. Hang a new shower curtain in a unique pattern paired with a plush bath mat. Layer soft, thick hand towels on racks paired with framed wall art. Place flowers in vases and splurge on special bottles of hand soap and candles.

For more examples of interior decorating and home staging, visitwww.pjstagingdecorating.com.

4 Genius Bathroom Hacks to Save You Thousands

Go ahead and treat yourself to some new plush towels with all that money you are about to save!

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Your bathroom is a sacred space, but it may sometimes fall short of meeting your expectations. Rather than spending thousands on a remodel, think about what you can do to bring your substandard bathroom up to par on your own. Here are some genius bathroom hacks to consider:

#1 Cleaning Your Tub and Toilet

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Over time, your bathtub may accumulate grime, dirt, and even mold from continued use and moisture. You could pay to have your tub removed or refinished, but try these quick-and-easy DIY tricks first:

  • Grapefruit: To keep your bathtub clean, cut a grapefruit in half and sprinkle salt on the pulp. Get your tub wet, salt the bottom of the tub and scrub with the grapefruit half. Rinse, and your bathtub comes completely clean.
  • Cotton coils: Get some cotton coil from a beauty supply store, soak the coils in bleach, and place them over the mold overnight. Pull the coils away in the morning to reveal no more mold.
  • Coke: Pour Coca-Cola into your toilet bowl to scrub out tough stains. It works!

#2 Unclogging Drains

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Sinks, bathtubs and toilets can get clogged with hair and assorted other things over time. While you can use drainer chemicals to get some things out, others are a bit harder to remove. It’s not always practical to call a plumber. So, consider some of these alternatives:

  • Alka-Seltzer tablets: Put four tablets down the drain along with some vinegar. Wait 10 minutes and rinse with hot water (think boiling hot). If there’s still something stuck down there, you might need a quality plumber.
  • Soap and hot water: Boil some water and add dish soap. Then dump in the drain (or toilet). Flush or drain; it should work again.

#3 Organizing Bathroom Space

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Do you have more stuff than places to put it? This can be especially annoying if you don’t have a separate linen cabinet for all of your towels and washcloths. These hacks will help you make some space:

  • Put a magazine holder on a cabinet door: Depending on the size of the magazine holder, it could hold a curling iron, hair dryer, brush and many other items.
  • Roll your towels: Rolling your towels — believe or not — opens up a lot more space in a cabinet for other items, whether more linens or something else.
  • Use coat hooks: Towel racks only hold maybe a few towels at a time. If you hang coat hooks, you can potentially put four to five wet towels out to dry. In bathrooms shared by multiple people, this is very advantageous.
  • Adhere magnetic strips to cabinet doors: For those who utilize tweezers, bobby pins, nail clippers and other small metal items that are easily lost, magnetic strips can be the organizational godsend that keeps them in one place without cluttering up a drawer.
  • Add pull-out drawers: Since adding more cabinets is expensive and takes up even more room in your already-cramped bathroom, while not add pull-out drawers? You could potentially add more space, and it’s an easier way to access storage than rifling around in your cabinet for one particular item.

#4 Redecorating on a Budget

If you want to spice up your bathroom but lack the funds to replace everything, there are some small improvements you can make on a small budget. Some can add storage benefits, while others might be considered upcycling. These include:

  • Using a mason jar as a soap pump.
  • Adding an extra shower curtain rod for storage.
  • Placing a stacked plate holder on the countertop for added space.
  • Attaching more towel racks to the back of the door for storage.

Whether you decide to go the purely decor route or blend decor with reorganization or storage ideas depends on the size of your bathroom and what you need the most.

Andrea Davis is the editor at HomeAdvisor, which connects homeowners with home improvement professionals in their area for free. 

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