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So, you’re sick of your bathroom’s tired appearance, but the money is just not there to remodel. It’s true, renovations can be costly, but there are some very inexpensive ways to freshen up the bath until you can afford a major makeover.

The easiest option is to paint. A fresh coat on the walls and ceiling will always wake up a room. But it doesn’t have to stop there. You might want to paint that faded vanity, or that worn shelving, or the trim around the windows and floor. Speaking of floors, did you know you can get durable, specialty paints to cover almost any type of flooring?

How about replacing that drab faucet or showerhead with a shiny new one? Often this move alone can help eliminate any grungy feeling in a room. The bonus is that new fixtures are more water efficient, saving you money over time.

You can brighten things up with a new light. If the room has been feeling dull, find a multiple light fixture. If it’s been too bright, consider smaller mood lights to create a soft ambiance. And pick something with style!

Here are a few ideas that might seem insignificant, but their impact will surprise you. Get a new shower curtain; something bright, elegant, or just fun. Swap out the knobs and pull handles on cabinet doors and drawers. Replace your toilet seat; you’ll find them in several colors and materials. Add or replace hooks, towel rods, switch plates, and soap trays; even flush levers are available in unique styles. Hang some artwork. And, de-clutter! Any of these minor updates might be all that you need.

For a bit more money, you can tackle more significant changes. The toilet can be replaced. Today’s models are more stylish, efficient, and comfortable. A new vanity can be installed, or maybe just the top replaced. A vessel-style sink would make a design statement all its own. New vinyl tile can be laid right on top of a worn floor. And a noisy, clogged exhaust fan can be upgraded.

Plan ahead and keep it simple. Envision color combinations and how the room elements can unify the overall décor or add an accent. And relax; it doesn’t all have to be done at once. Make these changes as time and money allows.