Renovating a bathroom is an adventure, because even the simplest changes can completely transform the look and feel of the space. You can go from having a plain and boring bathroom to something that feels luxurious with just a few smart changes. The best part? You won’t have to try too hard to make the bathroom renovations. They can all be done by beginners and require very little to no plumbing.
Here are some easy DIY bathroom renovations that anyone can do:
1. Swap Out The Shower Head
If you don’t have the budget to completely redo the shower, don’t fret. A fantastic way to upgrade your bathroom is to get yourself a brand new shower head. You can free up some space if you switch to a shower head that integrates both a hand shower and a regular sprayer. Or, if you prefer, you can get a combination unit with a rain shower head and hand sprayer. Either way, having the open to detach a shower head to rinse off is convenient.
Upgrading to a combination unit is easy, too. All you have to do is connect a diverter to the shower’s water line.
Depending on your budget, you can seek out high-end options, including Moen’s magnetic handheld shower head that docks quickly and easily. But there are thousands of options out there, so look around at what is within your price range and go from there.
2. Jazz Up The Countertops
One of the simplest changes you can make is getting yourself a new bathroom countertop. Granite is always going to be welcome, because it looks incredible but is also durable beyond belief. It won’t stain, and if the granite has a seal, you won’t have to worry about scratches either.
Don’t want to put out the money for granite? No worries. There are plenty of materials available these days that allow you to get a lookalike without spending too much. For example, you can purchase laminate or quartz countertops instead of granite or marble.
Consider adding a tiled backdrop that matches the colors of your natural stone (or manufactured stone) countertop. A tiled backdrop looks clean and can be made unique to your style. Plus, it will add some value to your bathroom if you are considering selling in the future.
3. Get an Illuminated Mirror
LED-lit mirrors look amazing. They add a soft back-lit glow around the mirror that brightens your face, so you can see yourself more clearly. This is great for people who prefer to do their makeup or skincare routine in the bathroom, because back-lit mirrors will not cause shadows on your face.
Furthermore, the aura around the mirror has a futuristic look that adds a pleasant ambiance to the bathroom. You will feel like you are walking into an expensive hotel bathroom every single time you enter. Speaking of futuristic, an illuminated mirror that uses LED lights will cost far less to operate than mirrors with incandescent bulbs. LEDs last much, much longer than conventional light bulbs and do not burn hot.
While we are talking about mirrors, it would be wise to mention anti-fogging mirrors. Some illuminated mirrors come with this technology, but others come with just anti-fog properties. In other words, you won’t have to worry about that steamy shower rendering the mirror useless. That will make getting ready for work so much easier.
4. Invest in Lighting
There is something to be said about a bathroom with plenty of lighting. It feels cleaner and larger. Not only that, but lighting is one of the best ways to give the bathroom more value. If your bathroom does not get enough natural light, you might want to consider adding a skylight (if your budget allows). If that sounds too crazy, you can partner a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint with well-placed wall sconces, a crystal chandelier, or spot lights above the shower and/or bathtub.
There are modern options for vanity lighting, pendant lighting, recessed lighting, and so on. You can get floor lamps or even string lights to add some flair.
5. Update Bathroom Fixtures and Accessories
Since purchasing and installing a new vanity or cabinets can be challenging and time-consuming, you should look to Option B: replacing old hardware with new fixtures. You can repaint the cabinets and get new fixtures, such as knobs and cabinet handles, to add some sparkle to your bathroom.
Another fixture to replace is the sink faucet. This is one trick many designers use, since you can alter the entire aesthetic of the vanity or sink without needing to replace the entire unit.
6. Storage Solutions
Whether you plan on selling your home in the future or want to remain where you are forever, adding more storage is a smart move. Most will agree that the more storage you have in the bathroom, the better. Purchase some open storage, such as wooden shelving or organization boxes, baskets, and so one. Make sure of the corners of the bathroom, or get an over-the-toilet unit.
If you consider yourself crafty, you can be a bit more adventurous with these renovations. For example, you could make your own wall organizer by attaching tin cans or mason jars to a wooden plank then hang it from the wall.
There are plenty of ways you can incorporate storage into the design of your bathroom, so let your creativity free!
Bathrooms are no longer just functional places for bathing and brushing your teeth. These days, the bathroom is an oasis, an at-home spa where you can retreat for a few minutes (or hours). Why not make the bathroom look amazing? Fortunately, you don’t have to spend hundreds or thousands to make some quick upgrades for luxury.