Charles Heather, World Executives Digest |
Our bathroom is our peaceful oasis and we want it to look inviting, comfortable and clean. But the reality is often much different than that, because the bathroom is where the morning rush creates a mess and we usually don’t have the energy to deal with that mess. On top of that, renovating a bathroom can be very expensive, so a lot of people are left with installments that are dated – and look the part. So, how do we do it? How do we take on the big task of giving our bathroom a facelift, without breaking the budget?
Repurpose old furniture
You don’t have to get completely new furniture and installations to make your bathroom look good. In fact, vintage is one of the most popular styles for bathrooms today. So, reusing something you already have might be your best bet. Why not gather some old wooden crates, clean them up and hang them up on the wall to act as shelves? Or take a small coffee table you aren’t using anymore and place it in a corner as added storage space, or decorate it with a bouquet of dried flowers. You can even repurpose old kitchenware like cups, glasses and small bowls to act as soap dishes, toothbrush holders and makeup storage. Look around your house to see what you can find, or go to thrift shops, where you can find amazing items cheap. Remember to look for potential, not the finished product.
Scrub it down
Sometimes, all your bathroom needs is a good scrubbing and some varnish. But that doesn’t mean the usual weekend wipe down – this is going to take a lot more. The first step is getting everything out of the bathroom. If it is not bolted down to the floor or wall, it needs to go. Then, get to cleaning. Scrub everything thoroughly and look for online tips on how to make your metals and ceramics shine bright once again. When that is all done, see if you would like to repaint something. Maybe the walls, or the wooden cupboards? Or maybe you won’t actually need to repaint anything once you give it a thorough scrub. Then carefully select the items you wish to put back in your bathroom. If you just put everything back inside, you will most likely defeat the whole purpose of the cleanup, so a good tip is to bring in only the items you use on a regular basis. After a week or two, any items that are still not back in your bathroom can go straight into the bin.
It’s never fun to think about overhauling your entire bathroom in a single week. Just thinking about the cost will make you dizzy! But, you don’t have to do it all at once. Take a look at your bathroom and try to determine which items have been there the longest and are reaching their expiration date. You might want to get a new toilet, or look at some good-quality bathtubs to start your renovation with. It can even be something as small as a mirror, but you have to remember that you don’t have to change it all at once. Let the idea of a completely new bathroom go and delegate the costs across several months. It will be worth it, and you will be a lot happier in the long run.
Your bathroom should always be functional and pleasant to be in. If you don’t feel good in your bathroom, it will give your entire day a bad start, so make sure it is a place you enjoy and somewhere you can spend your time relaxing and taking care of yourself.