Bathrooms can quickly become outdated. Tile and flooring trends become passe, bathroom fixtures wear out or have the wrong finish, and walls can become affected by moisture and mold. Although some bathroom remodeling projects are extensive and require a lot of time and money, other bathrooms can be remodeled by simply replacing a few things and painting. Whether you are doing an extensive bathroom remodel or a simple one, there are a few things you should consider.
- Replace the flooring. If your bathroom has outdated or worn out flooring you will want to consider replacing the flooring with an updated and sturdy option like tile. To install tile yourself, you will need to remove the existing flooring, lay cement backer board and lay the tiles with thin set mortar. Grout will finish off the tile job.
- Update bathroom fixtures. This will require replacing outdated toilets, sinks and shower tile. Replacing an outdated toilet may also save you money on your utility bill if you check for a low water usage toilet. You should wait until the flooring has been updated before replacing the fixtures in your bathroom.
- Paint the walls. Paint is an inexpensive way to transform your bathroom walls. Choose kitchen and bathroom latex paint because it is mold- and moisture-resistant. If you are painting over darkly painted walls you will need to apply a latex primer before applying the latex paint.
- Replace the light fixtures. Lighting is an often overlooked piece of any room, especially bathrooms. Replace old light fixtures by first turning off the power to the bathroom. Use a screwdriver to unscrew the old light from the ceiling. Unscrew the wire nuts and remove the old light fixture completely. Affix the new light by matching the wires with the corresponding color of wire in the ceiling. Screw the wire nuts into place and then screw the light into the ceiling per manufacturer directions.
- Replace towel and toilet paper racks; add towels, a shower curtain and accessories.