If your bathroom design is looking dated, you're probably wondering whether gutting the room is the only answer. Before taking that drastic step, consider these quick and inexpensive bathroom remodeling projects. By replacing key elements in the room you can transform the bathroom design in a few short days or a week.
The key to a quick bathroom remodeling is to leave all the major plumbing fixtures where they are. This doesn't mean you have to live with the ugly sink, but it means avoiding costly plumbing costs for moving pipes, tubs and toilets. If you have plumbing experience, you can tackle this yourself. Otherwise, talk with a plumbing contractor.
The place to start is the vanity area, as this is a highly visible part of any bathroom. If the vanity is sturdy and worth saving, consider painting or staining the exterior. Otherwise, shop around at area home improvement stores for a new one with a rich furniture look. Add a marble or granite countertop, a crisp white bowl and a new faucet.
The next stop is the bathtub. One easy way to give it a new face is with bathtub reglazing. This process takes about four hours and, because of the heavy chemicals involved, should be done by a contractor. For about $350, the contractor would spray a new surface on top of the old tub and any surrounding tile. Top this off with a new tub filler and pulsating showerhead and that area of the room will shine.
The final step is adding the finishing touches. Look for interesting cabinet hardware, plus fresh towels and a vibrant shower curtain. Top it off with a fresh coat of paint in a bright blue, yellow or sage color.
With a little creativity and hard work, your bathroom can be transformed into a designer's showcase. All within a week--and without breaking the bank.