November 29, 2022

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DIY: Five inexpensive renovations to ‘inject new life’ into your bathroom

With the cost of living crisis, many people’s disposable income has been dramatically reduced, meaning home improvements may not be on the top of priority lists. However, if you are looking to sell your property, or have just moved into a new one, it may be ideal to give the bathroom a spruce up. Michael Rolland, DIY expert and MD of The Paint Shed has suggested some budget-friendly ways homeowners can renovate the bathroom without “breaking the bank”.

1. Paint tiles instead of replacing

The expert said: “Painting your tiles is a quick way to inject new life into your bathroom without spending too much money. 

“However, it is not a task as simple as painting a wall and requires adequate DIY cleaning and preparation, as well as the right tools and paint in order to ensure a professional looking finish which will last a fair few years.”

To start with, the DIY expert said to deep clean the tiles and remove any mould of mildew present before sanding the surface of them.

After sanding, it is important to protect the surfaces near the tiles such as cabinets, windows as well as the bath and toilet. Next, prime the tiles and then remove onto painting them with an appropriate paint.

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2. Update accessories

The expert explained: “It is important to first decide if your toilet seat, toilet roll holder, shelves/storage/cabinets or mirror need replacing, either due to being broken or simply dated. 

“Replacing these can transform the look of your bathroom for next to no cost. Toilet seats are easy to get hold of, you might’ve noticed a section for them in pretty much every department store that you’ve ever visited. 

“If you’re looking for something durable then a plastic toilet seat is a good option, they are generally strong and long-lasting meaning you’re getting more for your money. 

“They also come in a wider range of colours meaning that depending on what colour paint you have chosen, you can get a toilet seat to match the rest of your bathroom, tying the aesthetic together. 

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“If you are painting your tiles however it is recommended that you wait at least seven days before this is done, to make sure the paint has completely cured and dried.”

4. New lick of paint

If not all areas of your bathroom are tiled, a new lick of paint is a great option to give the room a new lease of life, and it can help to hide any staining and marks.

When choosing a paint, it is important to opt for one which is mould resistant, wipeable and one that can withstand humidity.

Paint colour in the bathroom is down to personal preference but the expert said popular colours include sage green and light blue.

5. Add a touch of greenery

The DIY expert said: “Now it’s time for those little touches that really do make your bathroom look and feel homely.

“The maidenhair fern and spider plants can not only withstand humidity really well but they also provide a nice smell which is crucial for any bathroom. 

“The spider plant is timeless, it has been used in bathrooms ever since toilets were moved from your back garden into the house. They are good looking and space aware which makes them great plants to put on your bathroom window sill. 

“It should be kept moist from spring to summer and a little bit drier as we go into autumn and winter.”

Maidenhair ferns are a delicate plant, but with the right attention will produce lacy fronds offering a much more unique appearance to that of the spider plant. 

This plant requires indirect sunlight with a constant, light moisture which makes it ideal for bathrooms that are often quite dark in the house.