The average cost of a midrange bathroom renovation is more than $20,000. If you kick that up to the “upscale” level, it’s almost $65,000. Yikes! Luckily, there are lots of little changes you can make in the bathroom to make it feel new again—or at least less old. They range in price from the cost of a family outing to the movies (with popcorn), to the cost of a couple of airline tickets to Hawaii (during a really good sale).
It’s not cheap to convert an outdated shower to something more updated. Frameless glass will give you the sleek look you want, but be prepared to spend a good thousand bucks for the glass and the installation.
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Frames around your mirrors give the space a more finished look. Companies like Mirrormate offer a custom solution that allows you to choose from tons of finishes and have the frame made to the size of your mirror. Of course, you could save a bunch of money by doing it yourself with some molding and a miter saw.
You can completely change the look of your bathroom by slathering a fresh coat of paint over tired cabinets. Brush on a couple of coats of white paint over that chipped and dingy dark wood (but be sure to fill in those chips first!) and you’ll be amazed at how great your space can look.
Add some jewelry
Cabinet hardware can take boring, old cabinets and give them a little sparkle. Don’t be afraid to go bold or do something a little different. When you go to sell your home, you can always change them out for something more neutral for minimal cost and in a matter of minutes. This template will make installation easy.
Change out the faucets
You don’t have to get a whole new vanity to give you space a newish feel. Swapping out old faucets for something a little fancier will give the bathroom a lift. Do yourself a favor and take a picture, and measurements, of the existing faucet to take with you when you go shopping. Ask a salesperson to help you match the size and configuration so you don’t have to create any new holes in your bathroom countertop during installation.
Get new lighting
Builder grade is builder blah. For as little as about $100 (less if you catch a great sale!), you could replace your boring light fixture with something that’s really illuminating. It’s not a top-to-toe reno, but little details like this are sure to make you smile.