Save Money on Your Bathroom Remodel with 4 DIY Projects
Over the years, companies like HGTV and Home Depot have empowered homeowners to take control of their home-improvement projects. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your bathroom, start by evaluating your skills. Can you use basic power tools? Are you thorough and detail-oriented? Can you follow complex instructions? If so, you can save a chunk of change by tackling these 4 home-improvement projects on your own.
Repaint the Walls
Interior paint jobs are perfect for new DIYers. First, wash your walls thoroughly to remove built-up dirt, dust, and mold. Next, shut of the water in your bathroom and physically remove the toilet. Finally, use painter’s tape and drop cloths to cover your baseboards, countertop, and flooring. When choosing a paint, consider a light color and glossy finish. Off-white color schemes are popular in contemporary design because they make rooms feel larger, while satin and semi gloss finishes repel moisture.
Lay New Tile
It’s easier to lay new tile than it is to remove old tile. If you’re planning to replace the tile in your shower or bathroom, consider hiring a professional to remove the previous layer. When you’re ready to get started, measure the room and calculate the number of tiles you’ll need to purchase or cut. Pay special attention to tight corners and hard to reach places. These areas require careful planning and a steady hand.
Remove Your Cabinets
Out with the old and in with the new. When you’re ready to remove the vanity, turn off the water and disconnect your pipes. Then, use a crowbar to loosen the sink and pull it away from the countertop. You’ll also use the crowbar to remove the countertop. Finally, use a screwdriver to loosen the cabinet screws and a reciprocating saw to cut them away. Home cabinets should pop out in sections, but be careful to avoid plumbing pipes and electrical wires.
Replace Your Fixtures
If you’re proficient with a power drill, you should be able to remove and replace most of the electrical and plumbing fixtures in your bathroom. Start by taking down your old drawer pulls, faucets, decorations, and towel racks. Next, move on to your lighting, fans, and other electrical fixtures. When choosing new fixtures, stay away from chrome and stainless steel. The most popular finishes of 2017 include, satin brass, satin gold, satin copper, and matte black.
By Nicholas Wineland