It's time to give the bathroom an update and there are quite a few areas that need refreshing. To keep your budget in reason and still make improvements, here are several bathroom projects to do that cost less than $75 from start to finish.
A fresh coat of paint in any room brightens the atmosphere. A new wall color coordinated with a set of new towels and a new shower curtain, if applicable, can do wonders in improving a bathroom's overall look.
You can paint the bathroom all one color, which saves money, or use one color for all but one wall and paint that wall a complimentary color that blends with the other hue. This can be a little more expensive, since you'll be investing in more than one paint, but the alternate colored wall can serve as a focal point, adding a modern touch.
Caulk and Grout
If you take a look at the caulk and grout around the tub, shower, and sink, you might notice it's a bit dull or grimy. A thorough cleaning of the grout can improve its look. Even better, applying a fresh line of caulk over areas already caulked, such as the base of a shower enclosure or bathtub, will both revitalize the aesthetics and update your protection from leaks.
If the bathroom has an old, out-of-date lighting fixture, spruce up the look with a modern and upbeat fixture that throws plenty of light while remaining energy efficient.
One item often overlooked is hardware, whether for doors or drawers. Most cabinets have the original hardware from when they were first installed, so one simple update is just replacing the handles with a new set. If you plan to repaint the cabinet to add a dash of color, or add a new coat clear varnish to bring out the grain of the wood, new hardware will help make your furnishing look brand new.
A new bathroom sink can be an expensive investment, and there are many styles and designs available. If you shop around, though, you can probably find a basic drop-in bathroom sink within the $75 budget. A sparkling fresh-looking sink devoid of chips, marks, or discoloration can offer a significant improvement.
Faucets and Fixtures
Replace old sink and bathtub fixtures, towel racks, and toilet tissue holders with something new. Change out old light switch plates. Switching the toilet seat for an updated model is another quick, easy improvement.
If the shower head is an old-style traditional model, consider replacing it with a water-saving fixture that can help reduce your water bill.
Add a little comfort and color with a new bath mat. Not only does it look good, it feels good, and it provides a secure place to step to help avoid slipping and falling.
If your bathroom has a shower curtain and/or window dressing, you might want to think about replacing one or both with something that adds a splash of color to the decor.
There aren't always enough places in the bathroom to place items, whether decorative enhancements or toiletries. If this is the case with your bathroom, consider installing a floating, ladder style, or solid wood shelf, or a pristine floating glass shelf with a nickel finish.
Before attempting to do a bathroom update, make a list of which features will have the most impact on the overall look. Next, do your research and check prices at local home improvement and department stores. Note the cost next to each item on the list. This will provide you with a visual of which project or projects you can do for $75 or less.