Small Bathroom Renovation Ideas

Simple Bathroom Remodeling Ideas for the Powder Room or Small Bathroom

By Mark J. Donovan

Is your small bathroom outdated? Are you tired of looking at the pink or baby blue ceramic tiles, or is the stenciling looking a little faded? A powder room or small bathroom renovation project is easy to do and won’t break the bank. Listed below are a few small bathroom renovation ideas you can consider when planning your bathroom remodeling project.

Update Bathroom Lighting and Mirrors

Bathroom lighting can easily be updated without having to rewire your home. Visit you local home improvement center and pick up some modern bathroom lighting fixtures to replace your old and dingy lights. Just turn the power off at the main circuit breaker panel prior to replacing the bathroom lights.

Mirrors tend to lose some of their reflective coating due to high humidity in the bathroom. Consequently mirrors can look chipped along their edges. Likewise, medicine chests can get nicked up over time and look pretty rough.

Consider replacing the bathroom mirror and/or bathroom medicine chest as part of your small bathroom renovation project.

Use of Bathroom Ceramic Tile

The use of ceramic tile is a great small bathroom renovation idea. There are a plethora of bathroom ceramic tile choices to choose from today and ceramic tile installation is a project that most do-it-yourself homeowners can tackle.

Update the Bathroom Wall and Floor Coverings

A simple and low cost small bathroom renovation idea is to replace the existing bathroom wall and floor coverings. A coat of new paint or the installation of wall paper is a great way to dress up a small bathroom or powder room. Likewise, new throw rugs can also breathe new life into a small bathroom.

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You may also want to consider the integration of bathroom shelving into your small bathroom renovation plans. Bathroom shelves are excellent for holding knickknacks and towels. Frequently small bathrooms lack closets, so as part of a small bathroom renovation project you might find the installation of shelving to be a very useful bathroom remodeling idea.

Updated Bathroom Vanity and Bathroom Countertops

Bathroom vanities have the tendency to become beat up over the years and bathroom countertops frequently go out of style. Laminate bathroom countertops were common 20 years ago, but now Corian and even Granite bathroom countertops are fairly common in today’s modern bathroom designs. In addition, many bathroom countertops today have the sink bowls integrated into them as one solid piece.

In addition, you may want to update the bathroom faucet and fixtures.

The installation of small bathroom vanities and bathroom countertops is again a project that most do-it-yourself homeowners can tackle.

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Updating the Bathroom Tub and/or Shower Stalls

Updating the tub or shower stall is another great small bathroom renovation idea. However, updating a bathroom tub and/or shower stall is a bit more difficult and complicated. There are a couple of solutions, however, that can help you in this department. There are a number of bathtub refinishing companies out there today that can refinish your bathtub’s surface or even cover it with new bathtub inserts.

In regards to shower stalls, custom ceramic tile showers are very common in today’s modern bathroom designs. Key to installing a ceramic tile shower is the installation of a shower membrane liner to prevent the ceramic shower stall from leaking.

If this is a bathroom renovation idea that you want to pursue you may want to take a look at my Shower Pan Membrane Liner Ebook as it provides specific instructions on how to install a shower pan liner.

Updating the Toilet

To be honest, I would leave the toilet alone, unless it is damaged in some way or the color does not match your new bathroom renovation color schemes. Older toilets just seem to flush better than the new, low water-use ones.

So with these simple small bathroom renovation ideas you should be able to modernize your bathroom in just a few weeks, without breaking the bank. Except for the tub and shower replacements all of these projects are fairly easy bathroom renovation projects that most do-it-yourself homeowners can tackle.

For help on your bathroom remodeling project, see my Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet. The Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet provides a request for quote checklist section that you can provide to prospective bathroom remodeling contractors. It also includes a comprehensive bathroom remodeling cost breakdown table, in Microsoft Excel format, that allows the contractor to include his projected remodeling costs for every phase of the project.

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