The Downstairs Bathroom Remodel (2)

A bathroom remodel can be challenging and quickly become an expensive affair, but the results are always rewarding. Therefore good planning is essential. Whether you are planning a complete bathroom remodel or just looking to update your bathroom design, using an online home design and floor plan tool like RoomSketcher can really help you get started and avoid costly mistakes. Try out your design ideas online to see what works – before you hire contractors, purchase materials or make costly mistakes.

Mask away: I had decided to use spray primer where possible (everywhere but the vinyl wallboard which I felt was too close to too many of the other non-paint surfaces such as the ceiling and windows. For masking tape I like the green Frog Tape. More expensive but worth it in my experience. I also used plastic and cloth drop cloths over the rug and seating and paper to cover windows and other elements. This took about another 2 hours.

Dark walls with white fixtures can look smart and dramatic. People are often concerned about using dark colors in a small room but it can work very well, feeling like a cozy den or cocoon. If the room really is small, it’s not going to look big no matter how light your wall colors, so why not go with it and emphasize the smallness? This can work especially well in bathrooms which don’t get heavy use, like powder rooms or guest baths.

Easy and quick installation of the bathroom items such as the sinks, mirrors, water closets, water taps, and etc. Many bathroom remodeling companies will refuse to take up project if the customers did not buy materials from their catalogs as this decease their profits. However, that shouldn’t be a problem with reputable and honest remodeling companies tough some might charge a bit higher. No matter where you buy the products from (you can get a great deal when buying from warehouse sale), they will always make that you will get the highest quality of work possible.

What to do? Break up the set. Swap pieces with items from other rooms – maybe the bedroom nightstand would work as an endtable in the living room or the dresser (sans mirrors) could be used as a server or buffet in the dining room or against a foyer wall. List them on eBay or Craig’s list and use the proceeds to find a more interesting replacement. Donate part of the set to charity and enjoy helping others (and the tax benefit).