Your bathroom needs a facelift: 6 inexpensive and time-friendly tips for sprucing up your bathroom.  

Bathrooms take a beating between tons of use and lots of water and moisture, they can start getting pretty grungy quickly. Whether or not you are looking to sell your home or stay put, summer is a great time to give your bathroom the TLC it deserves.

Paint that tile 

Tiles in bathrooms get outdated and dingy pretty quickly, but replacing dirty grout or ripping out and replacing your old tile isn’t very appealing (not to mention costly and time-consuming)! Fortunately, there is another solution. Did you know that you can paint your tile? That’s right, you can paint over your tile with products like Rust-o-leum floor paint! For less than $100 and 10 hours of labor, you can have a floor that looks like new, and if you are so inclined, it can also have a cool vibe. Check out this DIY video on Youtube with all the information you need to complete this super cool, super easy revamp!

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Light it up

Light fixtures can make a big difference to the feel of a bathroom. Dated fixtures will diminish any aesthetic appeal. The good thing about purchasing and installing a new modern light fixture is it is a very affordable solution for adding instant pizazz to your room. 

This George Kovacs vanity light will make any bathroom go from “eeks!” to “Chic!”

Replace the vanity? No way!

While you may be tempted to replace that old traditional vanity, a lot can be done with the old one (which will save you money)! Many sellers get caught in this trap that they have to remodel before they sell, but honestly, unless there is significant damage to an area, your home will sell to the right buyers even without a new vanity! Painting your vanity is an easy fix to an ugly problem. Likewise, changing out the knobs and pulls for some fun new ones can really give your vanity the facelift it needs. 

Replace the caulk

Yes, this bathroom repair project isn’t very fun or romantic, but it can really brighten up your bathroom. First, you will need to use a putty knife to lift the edge of the old caulk. Then you can pull it up gently, clean the area, and replace the caulk. The only downside is you do need to be able to keep the area dry for 24-48 hours while the caulk hardens.

Deep clean

Here is one improvement that will cost you very little with the exception of elbow grease! A deep clean of all the nooks, crannies, walls, glass shower doors, shower tile and fixtures with eco-friendly cleaners and nifty bathroom cleaning hacks.

Replace the frills

Hanging a new shower curtain, getting some new hand towels, replacing your old soap dispenser and adding a few other new decorative items can really make your bathroom sparkle!

Don’t fall for the remodel trap if you are selling your home! If you plan to stay, then maybe! But for sure, don’t suffer in your dinghy bathroom any longer. Find a few hours, get a plan together, maybe even consult your 616 Realty agent for current bathroom trends that buyers love, and give your bathroom some much needed love. You will be happy you did! 

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