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How to Update a Tired Bathroom

If you cringe over the thought of guests using your outdated bathroom, these simple tips give you a room you can be proud of.


  • Step 1: Clean everything Clean everything -- the floor to the ceiling and everything in between. Throw away old or damaged items.
  • Step 2: Paint Apply a fresh coat of mold resistant paint that is designed to be used in moist environments.
  • TIP: Cover an old linoleum floor with a fancy rug and new mat instead of tearing it out and laying down a new one.
  • Step 3: Replace shower curtain and towels Replace a plastic or vinyl shower curtain with a cotton one and buy decorative hand towels for display.
  • Step 4: Swap out hardware Swap out the old hardware on cabinet doors and install a new faucet and shower head.
  • TIP: Replacing a faucet and shower head is a pretty easy job.
  • Step 5: Frame mirror and mount sconces Frame the mirror with decorative molding and mount wall sconces on either side.
  • Step 6: Accessorize Fill a bowl with colorful soaps, place scented candles inside the wall sconces, and fill a vase with fresh cut flowers to complete the face lift.
  • FACT: Buckingham Palace has nearly 800 rooms, including 78 bathrooms.

You Will Need

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paint
  • A cotton shower curtain
  • Hand towels
  • Colorfulsoaps
  • Scented candles
  • New hardware
  • A new faucet
  • A new shower head
  • Decorative molding
  • Wall sconces
  • Scented soaps
  • Fresh flowers
  • A rug (optional)
  • Bath mat (optional)

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