7 steps to spiff up your bathroom in 2 days or less

Luxury bathroom cabinets in mountain home.

The Huffington Post shares these quick fixer-uppers – just in time for that New Year’s Eve party!

1.  Clean your drain.The cleaning process runs in several stages: first you’ll need a wire hanger to pull out hair or debris. Then pour 3/4 of a cup of baking soda into the drain and half a cup of white vinegar right afterwards (they produce a chemical reaction that breaks down residue.)

clean drain

2.  Paint your baseboards. The key to painting this woodwork is to ensure that protective tape is accurately masking any adjacent areas. Another tip to keep in mind is preparing the paint in a separate room ahead of time as to avoid spills.

paint baseboard

3.  Fix dislodged tiles.  To re install these wobbly pieces, purchase any appropriate adhesive (as recommended by a reliable tile provider) and fill the missing space. Then press the tile firmly and let it dry for a few hours. Even if you plan to re-tile the entire bathroom, at least it will look good for your guests.

tile

4.  Install a towel rack. Most towel racks come with templates, so use them to mark where you want it to be installed. Once you’ve measured and made sure you marks are level, drill the mount to the points.

towel rack

5.  Frost your windows.  HGTV offers two options: semi-permanent frosting and permanent frosting–both of which are fully detailed on their website. Of course, you could always take the DIY route too. Let a solution consisting of four tablespoons of Epsom salt and a cup of beer sit for a few hours, then apply it onto your windows with a paintbrush after it finishes mixing.

frost our window

6.  Replace your shower heads.  First, you’ll want to remove the existing shower head using pliers. Before you attach the new shower head onto the spicket, make sure to wrap the threads of this piece with Teflon tape (to avoid leaks).

shower head

7.  Change your light fixtures.  Nothing makes a bathroom look more dated than an old fixture, and swapping it out for a new model is usually quite easy. Make sure to turn off the circuit breaker before unscrewing and exposing any wiring. Then note which wires are twisted together and replicate this configuration with the new addition. Lastly, screw your new hardware into the ceiling.

lighting

 

Quick and easy – share your projects on our Facebook page.  Happy New Year and look for more great ideas in 2015!

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