Does your bathroom have an outdated tub and shower? We certainly do (straight from 1973!). Even on the smallest budget, you can make home improvement changes that will greatly improve the look of your bathroom. With these easy solutions, you can update your shower and tub on a budget.
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How to update your old shower and tub on a budget
First things first: you want to scrub your bathtub and shower until they sparkle. If you have a tile shower, you may need to let your cleaning solution sit to help get the mold and soap scum out from between the tiles.
I’ve had good luck using “cling” toilet bowl cleaner with bleach on the caulk to kill the mildew. You’d be surprised at the improvement that comes with a really good cleaning!
Paint the Walls
One great way to address an outdated shower and tub is to paint the walls in a contrasting color. For example, if your tub and shower are pale yellow, paint the walls a medium shade of blue.
The key is to choose a color that makes your original shower and tub look amazing. Even if you have a pale blue tub and shower you can paint the walls charcoal gray to make it look gorgeous.
Use a color wheel or ask a paint store professional for a suggestion. We went with a light gray since our tub is ’70s yellow. It looks so much more modern now!
Update the Fixtures
The fixtures can be the biggest problem. If your tub and shower are white and the fixtures are brass, just changing the fixtures to an updated metallic can make a huge difference.
Visit your local home improvement store or look online to see what’s available. Just make sure that your shower faucet matches your tub faucet. Some popular options are:
- Chrome: Timeless and shiny
- Brushed Nickel: Sophisticated and muted
- Oil-Rubbed Bronze: Warm and rustic
- Matte Black: Sleek and modern
You may also want to update your sink fixtures to match. We did this back when we first moved in, updated the fixtures to match (for one) and to a more modern metal. It makes a huge difference!
Use a Bath Refinishing Product
Last, but not least, if you hate the color of your shower and tub, you can refinish it. There are refinishing products that are painted on that allow you to change the color to white.
White is the best option because it’s a clean look. Best of all, a refinished white tub will go with any wall paint color.
If your tub is horribly scratched, you will need to repair the chips and scratches before you can use a refinishing product. I have been really tempted to try this–if you’ve done it, please let me know in the comments!
You don’t have to spend a fortune to update your old shower and tub. With just a bit of work and a little money, you can make your old bathroom look like new.
Best of all, each of these tips costs less than $200 to implement. If you’re willing to put in the work, you can have the bathroom you want without breaking the bank!
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