Is Your Outdated Bathroom Haunting You? 5 Essentials for a Total Bathroom Remodel

If you are sick and tired of your outdated bathroom, you do not have to live with ugly wallpaper, worn vinyl flooring, or outdated bathroom fixtures. Some think that a bathroom update will a pricey renovation and total transformation of the whole room. The truth is, with a few simple updates around the room, your bathroom can feel brand new. Whether you are a DIY-er, or just want to make subtle changes to the bathroom, here is a little inspiration to help you as you take your bathroom from old and outdated to fresh and lovely.

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A Little Paint Can Go a Long Way

Simply changing the colors in your bathroom can do a lot if you want to add style and achieve a cohesive look. If your outdated bathroom includes wall paper, tear it off and start with a clean slate. While you don’t want the colors in the room to be too bland and neutral, you also don’t want to go overboard with patterns and designs. Consider covering the walls in chic soft grays, greens, or blues. If you do choose to put up more wallpaper, select something that you can live with for the next decade.

Upgrade Your Floors

Materials like linoleum or cracked tile will instantly make your bathroom look outdated. With a little help from your local home improvement store, you can switch out your old flooring with tile or slate without breaking the bank. Now is your chance to change up the material, size, or color of your tiles—so make sure you choose carefully. There are plenty of tutorials that show how to install your own tile, but if you aren’t 100% confident in your skills, it is best to hire a professional.

Consider the Toilet

Chances are pretty good that your current toilet is old and hogging a lot of water. How about changing out the current toilet for a low-flow model that will look great in your new space? Most toilets cost somewhere between $200 and $400, but you should also consider the extra cost it will take to have a professional plumber install it for you. An updated toilet not only saves on water, but it gets rid of a huge eyesore as well.

Spoil Yourself a Little

Have you ever thought about tearing out that porcelain or fiberglass tub and putting a luxurious shower in its place? If you don’t like taking bubble baths and you don’t have small children, it may be more functional to turn your old bathtub into a shower-only space. Not only does a shower take up less space than a tub, but it will also be much easier to clean. A popular trend these days is to create a walk-in shower that doesn’t require a door or shower curtain.

Upgrade the Fixtures

In addition to new paint or wallpaper, a change as simple as swapping out your fixtures can make a huge difference in the look of an old bathroom. Toss all of your rusted or plastic fixtures and choose a new faucet, towel bars, and lighting to instantly give your bathroom a much needed breath of fresh air. If you want to take the look one step further, consider installing a new sink to compliment the new fixtures and create a cohesive look throughout the room. Many lighting and hardware fixtures can be installed yourself, so you save money on this project as well.

Give the Vanity a Little Help

If you hate your current vanity, you can easily give it a fresh new look by replacing or refinishing the cabinets and countertops. You can give the cabinets a richer finish, or completely new color that compliments the new scheme you’ve chosen for the walls. A countertop can easily be replaced, or you might consider having it refinished at a lower cost. We generally spend a lot of time around the sink using the mirror, brushing our teeth, or getting ready for the day. Don’t spend another day looking at your drab vanity—turn it into something you can be proud of.

Are you ready to be rid of your severely outdated bathroom that haunts you every time you use it? You are only a few easy updates away from enjoying an entirely new look. If you are looking for further inspiration or DIY help, look on sites like or Pinterest to get ideas and tutorials. Whether you do the work yourself or enlist the help of a professional, your new bathroom should reflect your personal taste, and be more functional than your old, run-down bathroom. The information for this article was provided by the professionals of Need-A-Plumber Canada, who specialize in heating and plumbing in Calgary.

Erin Emanuel

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  1. Awesome ideas and description on bathroom remodels. My wife and I are looking at several different idea currently before we make our mind up on what to do. We are stuck in between trying to do it or hiring some one to.

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