Thursday, May 2, 2024

A Guide to No-Demo Bathroom Makeovers

Blue and white bathroom with double vanity and round mirrors.

Remodeling a bathroom without a full demolition can be a cost-effective and less disruptive way to update the space. Here are some tips on how to remodel a bathroom without tearing everything out. 

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1. Clean and Repair 

Start by thoroughly cleaning the bathroom to remove any dirt, grime, or mold. A deep clean can make the bathroom feel refreshed or help you see what really needs attention in your remodel. 

Fix any minor damage, leaks, or issues with the existing fixtures and surfaces. This too can make your bathroom feel new again or help identify what priorities should be in your remodel. 

 2. Paint 

A fresh coat of paint can make a significant difference in the appearance of your bathroom. In fact, it may be all you need to give your bathroom a much-needed boost.  

Opt for light and neutral colors to make the space look larger and brighter. Select an accent color to add interest and style to the space.  

Clean and sand the walls, then apply primer before painting—no demolition necessary. Use moisture-resistant paint suitable for high moisture-level bathrooms. 

Large bathroom with marble shower and vanity top,

 3. Update Fixtures 

Replacing old fixtures can instantly update the look of your bathroom without any demo. Replace the sink and faucet for a modern and functional upgrade. Consider installing a new toilet with water-saving features. Update the showerhead and faucets for a refreshed look and improved functionality. 

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4. Refresh Lighting 

Improving the lighting in your bathroom can enhance the ambiance and functionality. Install new vanity lights or update existing fixtures. Add task lighting near the mirror and shower. Consider adding ambient lighting, such as recessed lights or a chandelier. 

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5. Replace or Refinish Surfaces 

Instead of tearing out tiles or countertops, you can either replace or refinish them. 

If tiles are in good condition but outdated, you can paint or stencil them for a new look. Otherwise, consider adding new tiles over the existing ones. 

Update the countertops by painting, resurfacing, or adding a new overlay. 

Double bathroom vanity in a light sage green color.

6. Swap Out Handles 

Replace old cabinet handles and knobs with new ones for an instant makeover that makes a real difference. Use the knobs and handles to reinforce the style in your bathroom. For instance, go with a simple square knob for a minimalist style or an ornate filigree handle for more vintage looks. 

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Light wood vanity with white vanity top and black gooseneck

 7. Add Accessories and Décor 

Changing out curtains, accessories, etc. can shift the look and feel of your space with a minimum of renovation disturbance.  

Install a new mirror or frame the existing one for a stylish touch. Add shelves for extra storage and display. Incorporate decorative elements like artwork, plants, and textiles to personalize the space. 

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 8. Flooring 

If you want to update the flooring without demolition, install laminate or vinyl flooring over the existing tile or linoleum. Add rugs to cover and refresh the existing floor. 

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 Remodeling a bathroom without a full demolition involves careful planning, updating fixtures and surfaces, and adding new accessories and décor to refresh and modernize the space. With these steps and tips, you can achieve a stylish and functional bathroom remodel without tearing everything out.