When it comes to home improvement priorities, the bathroom may not be at the top of your list. In fact this is often the most neglected room in the house. However, this doesn’t have to be the case, as there are several ways to bring a tired, old, lifeless bathroom back to life. Whether you just fancy a change or need to make a home saleable once again, following these simple pointers will identify the right areas to tackle and explain what can be done to get things back on track.

Fixing the tiles

Tiled walls and surfaces have been a mainstay of bathroom design for decades, but if incorrectly fitted or improperly maintained they can start to create problems. Moisture is usually the root of the issue. It can cause havoc for your bathroom by creating an environment for unwanted fungi to thrive. If mildew then starts to develop between your tiles it becomes time to take action. Don’t rip it all out immediately though – instead a good re-grouting job is usually all that’s needed to salvage the tiles.

Renewing the shower sealant

This is another quick fix for a notorious mould and mildew hotspot. First get hold of a tube of sealant from any DIY shop. Then give your bath or shower a good clean and get to work on removing the old rubber seals. Ensure that all traces of the old material are purged or the new rubber won’t adhere properly. Once the surfaces are completely dry you can begin the process by positioning the tip of the applicator in the gap and applying the new sealant. Mop up any excess before leaving it to set for 24 hours. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.

Resurfacing the bathtub

Once your bath is properly sealed again you may start to wonder if the surface of the tub is now letting it down. Baths usually become stained or chipped over time so it pays to undertake a resurfacing job when it gets to this stage, otherwise it will start to look very unsightly. Just as before, begin with a clean bath and rub sandpaper all over to create a smooth surface, free from chips and scrapes. After this it’s a case of covering up the plug hole and overflow hole with masking tape and then applying your choice of coating followed by the hardener.

Sprucing up the sink

Another major fixture in every bathroom is the humble sink. Sinks have been known to endure almost as much wear and tear as the average bathtub, but since they’re easier to replace it’s unusual for homeowners to go to the same lengths to salvage them. If the sink is afflicted with the same issues as the tub then it’s possible to use the above advice once again. Don’t forget to give the taps some attention too!

Don’t forget the details

Ornaments and accessories can prove just as important as the major fixtures in a bathroom. From toothbrush holders and soap dishes to towel racks and mirrors, each item tailored to match the bathroom’s style and overall look. Creating a unified and wholesome space often means matching them as best as possible. Try to look past your own reflection and see if there is any way the mirror could be improved. The size, shape and location of mirrors can have a huge effect on the look and feel of the room. Smaller bathrooms, for instance, will benefit from a large mirror.  If your bathroom is a little cramped, expertly positioned and proportioned mirrors should help to give the illusion of space.


Scarlett is an avid writer, blogger for Williment Interiors and design-obsessive with a passion for engaging ideas. Find her on Google+.

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