(ARA) - If your guest bath is trapped in the past, don't despair! There are some quick and inexpensive changes you can make that will trick your guests into thinking you spent the time and money on a major remodel. Just follow this timeline and soon you will be showing the old bath the door.
One to Two Weeks Prior to Guests Arriving - Tackle the Walls
Metallic foil or floral wallpaper? Dark, damaged trim? Hideous paint color? If your bathroom walls are still living in the 70s or 80s, you'll need some time to get down to the basics so you can refresh and update the look.
To remove wallpaper, use a solution made from water and white wine vinegar to loosen the old adhesive. Next, carefully scrape off the paper. You may need a scoring tool from your local home improvement store to get under the paper and make it easier to remove.
Now is also the perfect time to remove the old medicine chest or drab mirror. Once the walls are clear, clean the walls and trim thoroughly with a damp rag or sponge and fill any nail holes, scratches or other damage with wall putty or joint compound. Sand walls and trim and wipe down again for a clean smooth canvas.
Next, use a primer specially formulated for the bath that offers mildew protection and stain resistance. Before you begin to paint the walls, tape around any windows or door trim for a professional appearance. Apply one to two coats of high-quality, washable paint. For trim, choose high-gloss paint in a neutral color for a cool contrast.
Time: 8 - 24 hours
Paint and Supplies: $50 - $100
Three Days Before - Swap Out Your Fixtures
Even if you can't afford to change the style of your current vanity, switching out the faucet is an easy way to create a new look. Try a faucet that will add some style and personality to your bath.
"Older fixtures can make your bath look dated and show your home's age," says Beth Allison, Moen's wholesale group product manager. "Today's faucets come in great finishes like brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze, allowing you to easily freshen up the appearance of your bathroom."
Look for a collection that offers matching accessories including a towel ring, towel bars and a robe hook for a completely coordinated look. As an added touch, even the toilet tank lever can be upgraded to blend with the rest of the bath. Install two robe hooks on the back of the bathroom door or on the wall near the shower and hang fluffy robes for guests to enjoy.
"Paying attention to the details with coordinating accessories can dramatically change the appearance of the bath," adds Allison.
Time: 2 - 4 hours
Cost: $225 - $350
Day Before - Finishing Touches
With just one day to go before guests arrive, put the finishing touches on your bath and impress them with your stylish accommodations.
Be sure to have plenty of clean, plush towels including bath towels, hand towels and washcloths. Scatter some colorful soft rugs and bath mats on the floor. Not only will this disguise floors that may need some changing, but will add soft, warm comfort underfoot.
And don't think your old tub/shower has to look it. Install a curved shower rod and add six more inches of elbow room to your bath. With a new stylish shower curtain and decorative curtain rings, you'll have a great new look in no time. And, for a luxury shower experience, update your showerhead with a new rainshower.
As if they are visiting an upscale hotel, fill a unique basket with luxurious lotions, shampoos, facial and body soap so guests can indulge, but don't forget the basics like toothpaste as well.
Finally, finish off the room with some fresh flowers or green plants to add that extra special touch your guests will be sure to appreciate!
Time: 4 - 8 Hours
By following these tips and this timeline, you'll be amazed at how easy it can be to transform your guest bath so it looks and feels "guest ready." Courtesy of ARAcontent