If you have ever lived in an older home, you are probably familiar with what we mean by “old” bathroom. Crazy colored tile, less-than-attractive countertops, and dated fixtures are often the hallmark of classic old home bathrooms, circa 1920-1960. Not many of us today would choose that look should we be remodeling or building from scratch, but aesthetics aside, bathrooms then (much like everything else) were built to last.
And remodeling a bathroom is expensive, time-consuming and can drive you to insanity—and that’s if you use a contractor—if you are DIY minded, it could be worse. 😉
So what can you do to work with what you’ve got (something our Amish craftsmen are masterful at) to bring that old bathroom up to snuff without a remodel? Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:
New Fixtures: New faucets, drawer and door pulls and lighting can make a huge difference in looks and functionality.
Paint & Resurfacing: If you really can’t stand the colored tile, it can be painted, just be sure to do your research and make sure to not skip the essential steps of priming before and sealing after you complete the painting process.
Here is a tutorial that has some great information on how to do this successfully.
Have a Little Fun: Since older bathrooms are not known to be particularly spacious, take the opportunity to add a “wow” factor. Bold wallpaper, light fixtures, paint colors for cabinetry or fabric treatments for shower curtains and windows can drag the eye away from the older (and less appealing) elements in the room.
Don’t despair if the budget, time or inclination to remodel your old bathroom just isn’t there right now—with a little bit of creativity these rooms can become a stand-out in your home. Have any before and after pictures of your project? Send them on. We’d love to see them!
From our home to yours,