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Remodeling on a dime: Bathroom edition

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The economy is not friendly for a lot of people right now and doing anything major is out of the question for most of us but sometimes, you just have to go ahead and make some minor changes to your home whether you like it or not. This week, we shall look at bathroom remodeling on a budget, with the good news being that our simple ideas will not only give you the transformation you need, you wouldn’t have to break the bank in the process.

Contrary to popular belief, there are several ways of updating your bathroom without spending more than N20, 000. Shocking, right? Here is how.
Paint: There is almost nothing a fresh coat of paint, polish and care cannot do. Just like most spaces, paint can go a long way in refreshing a bathroom. Even if you change nothing else, a new coat of paint or different colour of paint would transform its appearance overnight. Paint is inexpensive and a bucket would do. Use gloss paint as it holds up best against humidity and temperature change. Another upside? It is easy to clean.

Flooring: Putting tiles on the floor would give your bathroom a new look if it had no tiles before. If you cannot afford new, whole tiles, buy broken tiles and get to work. It is beautiful and easy to maintain.

Upgrade the cupboards: We are on a budget here, so a new one is out of the question. Rather than spending money on a new, fancy one, gloss-paint or polish the existing one. You can do this yourself and would look good as new.

Update the hardware and fixtures: Small, simple things can make all the difference. Little swaps such as faucets, towel racks, soap holders, brush holders, and toilet paper holders are a cheap and practical alternative. Those plastic holders that stick on are very inexpensive and I bought three (set of hooks, brush holder and soap dish) for N1000 at Balogun market.

Toilet: A bad toilet is a no-no on all levels. Anything other than white/off white should not even be seen in your bathroom. A bad toilet automatically spoils the whole ambience of the bathroom. Wash the toilets every other day to prevent grime buildup and if regular soaps do not work, try heavier, industrial cleaners. If those still do not work, please change the WC, it is not that expensive and you would thank yourself later.


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Tobi Awodipe
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