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Give Your Bathroom the 5-Hour Makeover

Jim Pauls Real Estate - 5-Hour Bathroom MakeoverDo you consider yourself a weekend warrior? If so, transform your bathroom on a budget and in a single afternoon with these fast fixer-uppers:

Fixtures First: Grab a screwdriver and replace anything that isn't painted or glued down. Swap out the towel bars, cabinet pulls, knobs and switch plates. You can find a variety of bathroom faucets and coordinating accessories to make your bathroom feel like a unified space at www.deltafaucet.ca.

Now for the Garnish: Sweep everything – toothpaste, we're looking at you – off the vanity for a clean slate. Then accessorize with a new soap pump, tissue holder, tumbler and trash can that echo the fixtures without having a matchy-matchy look. The toothpaste and its cousins like cream, serum and lotion – should be stowed away, or displayed with other essentials on a countertop tray. Consider placing items such as cotton swabs, cotton balls and soap bars in glass apothecary jars for a stylish storage solution.

Throw in the Towels: Consider adding a crisp, neutral palette to your bathroom when it comes to towels. White is often overlooked as a welcoming hue in the bathroom and white towels, bath mats and shower curtains can make a bathroom feel hotel-like. Invest in cushy, clean white terry; display what you need and store the rest. In powder rooms or guest baths, ditch the hand towel and display disposable paper towels instead. Place matching bathmats in front of each sink and in front of or folded over the tub. Feel free to skip the crescent-shaped, germ-loving rug around the toilet.

Mirror, Mirror off the Wall: What is one of the biggest bathroom eyesores? You're looking at it. Tear down dingy medicine cabinets and funky mirrors in favor of a large, classic-looking glass. There are some great store-bought options available now and don't be concerned with matching your mirror to the cabinetry. Look for mirrors that boast clean lines and not too much detail. A rectangular mirror will never go out of style.

If outdated sconces flank your mirror, replace them with fixtures that offer bright but diffused light – that's because when you see yourself in better lighting, it might feel like you got a makeover, too.

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Posted: Saturday, June 07, 2014 10:00 AM by Susan Pauls-Valerio, Broker of Record
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