If you are remodeling your bathroom, you likely know that the cost of bathroom makeovers can be very high, particularly if you are changing the structure of the room itself or adding new technology. You can reduce some of the costs associated with remodeling by doing some of the small projects yourself. Although it may sound intimidating at first, almost anyone can take on these DIY projects themselves with some determination. When reporting on bathroom remodeling in St. Louis, we noticed that many people had incorporated these popular projects into their own homes. Here are the best DIY project ideas to try for your bathroom.
Turn an antique into a vanity.
A great way to add some charm and style to your bathroom is by switching up the vanity to make it a bit more interesting. There are many different objects that you can use as a vanity that you may not have thought of, particularly if you are going for a rustic vibe in your space. For example, many people right now are using old dressers or armoires as vanities, or are even taking old outdoor work tables, barrels, or storage units and converting them into vanities by repainting them and adding a basin sink. The result is something a little bit twee, a little bit industrial, and it helps any bathroom feel a bit more stylish.
Re-tile your shower.
Many people hire a contractor to redo the tiles in their shower or on their backsplash, but it’s actually something you can do on your own. Start by finding tiles you really love – many people are opting for sleek subway tiles or quirky colors and shapes at the moment, but you can go for whatever you want. You’ll need to remove your old tile and install a cement backer board, and then measure and set the tile on the wall according to your individual specifications. There are many in-depth videos online that can help you do this, depending on exactly what you want your shower to look like.
Install a new light fixture.
Changing the lighting in your bathroom is one of the easiest ways to take it from drab and boring to luxurious in just an afternoon. In particular, wall sconces and small chandeliers have been very popular in bathrooms lately, but there are so many creative lighting options out there to choose from. You don’t need to be an electrician to install a new lighting fixture – it is actually quite simple. Start by turning off your circuit breakers for safety and remove the existing fixture. Install a junction box and base plate, and then wire everything together.
Change out the hardware on your doors, knobs, and other fixtures.
Although they are quite small, the fixtures in your bathroom actually make a big difference in the way it looks. If you currently aren’t happy with the fixtures you have, it’s very easy to change them. First, you need to find new fixtures you love. They are very easy to find at large department stores or home stores, but if you want a more unique or vintage look, you can also shop for them at thrift stores and boutiques. In most cases, all you’ll need to do to install the new hardware is unscrew the old pieces and screw the new ones in – easiest DIY project ever, but it makes a huge difference. If you can’t find fixtures you love, you can always re-paint or polish the existing ones to make them look a bit spiffier.
Don’t be scared of DIY in the bathroom – once you get started, you’ll find that it’s very easy to get crafty and update your space however you want.