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Low-cost bathroom remodels you can complete in a weekend – Yahoo Homes

Low-cost bathroom remodels you can complete in a weekend –    Yahoo Homes

Do you think all bathroom remodels are expensive and time consuming? Well, we have some good news for you.

“Even if your budget and availability won’t allow you to completely overhaul your bathroom, there are plenty of small projects you can complete in a weekend that make a big difference,” says Kathryn Cherne, owner of Design Inside, an interior design firm in Chicago.

Read on for five weekend warrior projects that won’t break the bank…

Project #1 – Refacing the Bathroom Cabinets

Refacing is essentially a fancy way of saying sanding and re-painting, according to Abbe Fenimore, owner and principal at Studio Ten 25, an interior design consulting firm.

“If you don’t have the budget or time to rip out your bathroom cabinets, painting them is a great way to update the space. When we purchased our 1950’s ranch, the bathrooms were in serious need of an update, but we just didn’t have the budget to replace everything to suit our style,” she explains.

She goes on to say that when she compared the cost of replacing the existing vanity to simply painting the cabinets and replacing the hardware, the difference in time and budget was extreme.

“It would have cost us $1,800 for the costs of replacing the plumbing and cabinetry and it would have made our bathroom inoperable for 10-12 days. By refacing the cabinets ourselves, we managed to only spend $250, which included a bottle of liquid sander, two gallons of paint and new brushed nickel hardware,” says Fenimore.

Cherne says there are various complexities and levels of refacing. For example, a few other options include replacing the cabinet doors entirely or re-veneering the doors.

“If you plan on re-veneering the doors, that is absolutely the domain of a contractor or tradesperson. They use special heat presses to adhere the veneer,” Cherne cautions. “Depending on the level of refacing complexity, you may want to get some assistance.”

Typically you can expect a project like the one outlined above to take two to three days, says Cherne.

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