Replacing outmoded bathroom fixtures with attractive new ones is a budget-conscious method of upgrading without a complete remodel.
If you have an older house, your bathroom fixtures may not all be original issue. Examine the faucets, showerheads, medicine chest, vanity lights, soap dishes, towel racks, and toilet tissue holder, as well as cabinet hardware. Which ones match now? Which are attractive and functional? Make a decision: keepers or not. Depending on your budget, you can decide to replace them all with coordinated fixtures or you can prioritize, choosing replacement fixtures that will complement existing fixtures you plan to keep.
When working with a tight budget, consider the relative expense of different fixtures in deciding which to keep and which to replace. The cost of a new faucet, for example, vastly exceeds the cost of towel racks and may involve the added expense of a plumber for installation if this is not work you can handle yourself. Decide upfront on the most expensive potential upgrades, typically the faucets, medicine cabinet, and vanity lights. If you plan to purchase new faucets, medicine chest or vanity lights, they will be major components in your bathroom update budget.
The mirrored medicine cabinet and vanity lights are typically visual focal points in a bathroom. If the budget requires cutting out some desired fixture updates, consider carefully the impact of keeping the current medicine cabinet and vanity lights v. replacing them. Even if replacing them means keeping old faucets and other fixtures, the result may be more pleasing than keeping the highly noticeable old medicine cabinet and vanity lights while updating more of the smaller fixtures.
Homeowners who are not experienced at plumbing or electrical work but who intend to update their bathroom fixtures without outside assistance will want to take special care when choosing faucets and vanity lights. The installation requirements vary from one faucet or light set to the next; choosing faucets and lights with minimal installation requirements will be an important consideration if the budget does not accommodate a potential bailout by a plumber or electrician.
When shopping on a budget for updated bathroom fixtures, advance work on the computer will save time and help you find the best prices. Rather than head to your nearest home supply store, head to your computer and search for bathroom fixtures to see the range of products and prices. When you have an idea of the style, color and texture fixtures you prefer, and have an idea what they should cost, then it’s time to shop.