by MIKE HOLMES
Updating your bathroom can put new life into the mundane; however, not everyone has the time, experience or budget to do a full renovation. If your tub and tiles are in good shape, you can refresh your bathroom without too much effort—no need for permits if you don’t move your tub, toilet or sink or change the wiring.
Here are some tips that can help you give your bathroom new life.
Handrails and towel racks. A simple change can make all the difference. Consider updating your towel racks or adding new ones, or check out heated towel racks (you might need to consult with an electrician, especially if you choose a model that is hard-wired, though plug-in models are available too).
Lighting. Updating your lighting can transform the look and feel of your bathroom. If you are using existing electrical you should be OK to change it up yourself, but always check with your municipality for local codes and bylaws. Lots of different styles and lighting options are available, but remember: nothing close to a water source. Electricity and water don’t mix.
Vanity and storage. Pull out that ugly sink and replace it with a new vanity sink and a new set of taps. If you are short on space, a vanity will provide you with more storage. Adding floating shelves or a cabinet above the toilet will also give you some extra storage space.
Toilet. Replace that old toilet with a new low-flow or dual-flush toilet: You will save on water consumption. If it’s a simple update and none of the plumbing needs altering, a seasoned DIYer should be able to do the job.
Caulking. Scrape, remove and replace old, broken or missing caulking with a new application. Make sure the surface is clean before reapplying, and use mold- and mildew-resistant caulking. It just makes sense.
Add a splash of color or texture. Adding artwork or changing up yourshower curtain, towels and bath rugs can make a big difference.
Do your homework. Remember in all cases to do your homework, watch videos and learn as much as you can before you start on any renovation project. Having a drill, a well-equipped toolbox and the proper safety gear is a must. Always take all the necessary safety precautions when doing any reno. And finally, if you think you are in over your head, call in the professionals. Be safe, have fun and make it right.
Watch Mike Holmes and his son, contractor Mike Jr., in Holmes and Holmes on HGTV.