If your Santa Cruz home’s bathroom is looking dull and dingy, you don’t have to wait until you win the lottery to give it a facelift. All you need is a little creativity, a lot of elbow grease and a weekend.
The best part about updating your bathroom is that it’s usually the smallest room in your Santa Cruz home, which means it’ll take less time and effort to give it a makeover. Here are seven tips to update your bathroom quickly and inexpensively:
1. Wash the shower walls: You want to remove soap scum and hard-water stains.
2. Re-grout the tub: If the grout joint, where the wall meets the tub, is damaged or discolored, scrape it out. Use a grout saw to remove the top 1/8 inch of grout from between the tiles. Wash the shower again and re-grout. Re-caulk the wall-tub joint. After the grout and caulk are completely dry, apply grout sealer.
3. Paint the walls: Paint can drastically change the look of a bathroom. For a dramatic difference, use bold, deep colors. If you want the ceiling color to be similar to the wall color, have the ceiling paint mixed to be 80% of the color of the walls. It will be 20% lighter in color, which makes the room look brighter.
4. Paint the floor, too: If you’re tired of your vinyl flooring, you can paint it. Prime it with an appropriate primer, paint it and then protect it with four to six coats of polyurethane. If you don’t have vinyl flooring, or prefer not to paint it, freshen up the floor with a colorful new rug.
5. Get a new shower curtain: You can find one made of stylish indoor-outdoor fabrics that won’t attract mold or mildew.
6. Change the hardware: Create the illusion of brand new bathroom cabinets by changing their hardware. Uniquely shaped cabinet and drawer pulls are fun as well as functional.
7. Replace your accessories: Buy new towels, soap dishes and toothbrush holders to give your bathroom a whole new look.
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