Saturday, January 24, 2009

Home improvement on a budget

Spruce up the bathroom in one weekend for under $ 250!

Home improvement projects don't need to be expensive. Sometimes a little updating to a room can go a long way towards making our homes a little more comfortable and fresh looking. Maybe you would really like to gut your bathroom and start from scratch but you just can't find the money in your budget. Here are a few simple ideas to make that bathroom look fresh and new for under $250 and a few hours of your time on a weekend.


1. Install a new toilet seat. You can get one at your local Ace Hardware for under $ 20

2. Replace that outdated sink fixture with something new and modern, prices range from
$30 - $300. This one is $60

3. Replace your cabinet hardware (drawer pulls & knobs), prices range from $0.97 to $15 each. This one costs $1.50 ($15 for 10)




4. Replace the towel bar and toilet paper dispenser. Prices can range from $15 to $100. You can find nice ones around $40

5. Freshen up the whole room with a new coat of paint. 1 gallons of decent pain will cost about $ 25, it's worth spending a little more a good paint. You'll get better coverage and it will last longer. 1 gallon of paint will cover about 350 sq ft.

To estimate the amount of paint you will need. Example is a 10 x 6 ft bathroom with 1 window, 1 door, a mirrow and tub surround.


* Multiply the length of wall x height of wall, wall height is 8 ft. (ex: 10 x 8 = 80 sq ft)
* Add all your walls together (ex: 80 + 80 + 48 + 48 + = 216 sq feet)
* Subtract unpainted areas. (estimate 15 sq ft for windows, 20 sq ft for doors, measure length and width of mirrors, tub surrounds, etc and subtract) (216 - 15 - 20 - 9 (mirror) - 48 (tub & surround) = 172
* Total square footage you will need to cover is 172 sq ft, less than 1 gallon of paint!

6. New towels, rugs, shower curtain and accessories at Target - $ 80

Total project cost using the items listed above = $240.00

If you're looking to find some unique and/or bargain items you can check out the places listed below and do it for even less.

Habitat for Humanity Home Improvement Outlets (http://www.habitatoutlet.org/)


Do It Ur Self Plumbing (http://www.plumbdummy.com/)


Bud's Warehouse (http://www.budswarehouse.org/



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