Bathroom Vanity Cabinets – Steps To Upgrade Without Breaking The Bank

New bathroom vanity cabinets can be very expensive and because of this budget bathrooms are quickly becoming more and more popular, particularly modifications or updates from an existing cabinet instead of buying new cabinets. The hard economical times are hitting everyone from the rich to the slightly less well off. So more people are turning to budgeting when it comes to bathroom remodeling, and making the most of what they have.

The saying goes that buying something new goes a long way to making a person feel better. So what if making something look new can help a person to feel much better?

As well as the obvious physical and psychological benefits of do-it-yourself, the payback to ones pocket through budgeting a new addition to your property is also very welcome.

With budgeting in mind, turning to how-to-improve the look of an old and beaten up bathroom vanity cabinets at low cost is something to consider.

Easy low cost improvements

Firstly to ensure that this do-it-yourself improvement you will need to make sure that your vanity unit’s frame is in good order, so have a good check inside and out for any water damage, rot or mildew.

1. If you do not have any damage then you can proceed to the next stage(2), however if you have rot then you will need to consider replacing the parts of the frame that are no longer good, or treat areas with mildew with a general household mildew remover and then prime the wood with wood primer paint.

2. Remove and measure your cabinet doors/drawer fronts and check the hinges and handles, if they are good then you should keep them. These can cost a lot of money to replace as new so can save you quite few dollars.

3. Is the counter top in good shape? If it is then consider keeping it (If no go to 3) and just giving it a good clean along with removing the old sealant/caulk with a utility knife. Then reseal using a good waterproof bathroom sealant. You will be amazed how new your countertop will actually look and will have saved you a small fortune.

4. Whether you counter top is in good or bad condition, the surface is usually where a lot of things can be done to improve the look and condition. You can add a sunken sink effect by sanding down the countertop surface adding some 2-3mm deep grooves/channels 1 inch apart. Then adding a mosaic of tiles to the countertop. The grooves are so that the tile grout has something to adhere to. You can be as creative as you want with your mosaic design, cheap end of line tiles can be found at a hardware store, or very cheaply on craigslist as unwanted items. You may even have some lay around yourself. You can get instructions on how to set/install tiles to a countertop with an online search.

5. There are two things you can do with your cabinet doors and drawer fronts. You can measure and replace them for new ones or some that are in good condition second hand. Ensuring you find the correct sizes and matching hinge placements. This is still much cheaper than replacing the full unit. Or you can sand, prime and paint the doors (making sure you have removed any handles and hinges first). You can be creative and choose any color of bathroom paint you want, you could have a contrasting frame color and doors, mix and match – you decide. Allow for paint to dry.

6. Remember to sand, prime and paint your frame first. Allowing for drying times then replace your doors and drawers.

Of course this is just a starting tutorial and you can be as creative as you want, but hopefully you will have ended up with a new looking set of bathroom vanity cabinets and saved yourself a good couple of hundred dollars in the process.

Bathroom Renovations – Be Prepared For The Worst

Bathroom renovations can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life or it could be one of the worst.  One of our readers recently submitted this nightmare story that I thought may help you out:

“Bathroom renovations can be a nightmare if you go into the project unprepared for what you may run into. One project in particular ran over us so fast that we just stood there a moment in shock and thought, ‘Okay, now what?’ We had taken on a project for an elderly woman who wanted her small bathroom renovated. It looked like a simple job of just updating her floor, vanity and tub surround. We were wrong!

The ceiling was a suspended tiled mess and the tiles showed water damage. The elderly woman assured us that the leaky roof had been fixed and the tiles were just stained from the earlier damage. She had extra tiles and just wanted the stained tiles replaced instead of a new ceiling. We started on tearing up the old vinyl flooring only to discover that the floor underneath was rotted through in places and so a new sub-floor had to be installed. That weekend it rained and we got a call that the bathroom was flooded.

Well, it was flooded all right but not from a busted pipe but a poorly patched roofing job that another contractor had done leaving the valley of the roof pouring a stream of rain water right into the ladies bathroom like a storm drain. So our simple bathroom renovations turned into a roofing job. We ended up repairing the roof, replacing the suspended ceiling and installing a new sub-floor before we could even get into the original project of replacing the vinyl floor, installing a new vanity and replacing the tub and shower surround.

Crawling around on the floor and removing that old flooring was not pleasant. After cracking my knuckles more than once I finally wised up and got a pry bar out to help and the project went much faster and I got to keep the skin on my knuckles that I had left. Now here I was again crawling around on the floor and beating in nails and wood screws with a hammer when it dawned on me, Why wasn’t I using my air finishing nailer for some of this work? ‘Huh, I could have had a V8!’, it was one of those moments.  Bathroom renovations are NOT supposed to be this challenging!

When my wife was in college one of her professors used to say, ‘Work smarter, not harder.’ That statement has always stuck with me and while I was climbing around on the floor it pole axed me unexpectedly. Being prepared for anything when going into a small bathroom renovation is having the right tools, the right attitude and always looking out for the unexpected in life to jump out and bite you when you least expect it.”

Take this story as a lesson learned.  When you’re working on bathroom renovations be sure you go into the project fully prepared.  Do your due diligence to make sure you’ve got the right supplies and tools if you’re going to do the project yourself.