One of the most popular ways to renovate a bathroom is to replace the vanity or cabinets with newer, more modern models. But let’s face it, that’s a lot of work! If the new vanity doesn’t fit quite precisely into the old one’s spot, there’s a good chance you’ll have to repaint the walls, or replace the floor covering, and the whole thing can cascade and get out of hand pretty fast. So here are three ways to give your bathroom a great new look without the need to replace the entire vanity!
Replace Just the Vanity Top
A new granite bathroom vanity top can go a long way toward updating a bathroom’s look and style, without nearly as much work or risk as replacing the entire cabinet. In many cases, the cabinet itself is perfectly serviceable, especially since it’s the top that makes the first and biggest visual impression.
Just replacing the top can save cost as well, as it’s smaller and lighter to ship. Plus, as with our own granite models, you can even find vanity tops that ship with the porcelain sink basin already installed, saving you the time and hassle of trying to center it yourself.
Swap Out Hardware for a Fresh New Look
An even easier way to help your bath’s new look really pop is to simply replace your bathroom cabinet hardware. By matching hardware to other design elements in your bathroom, such as towel racks, shower rods or door hardware, and the mounting or frame of the mirror, you can create a coordinated look. It may not seem that important, but often it’s little details like that that give a room a feeling of quality and comfort, rather than something just slapped together out of whatever parts were cheapest at the time.
ProTip: If you plan to live in your home for many years to come, or if you live in an area where retirees are likely to buy your house when you sell, you may want to consider sticking to pull handles as much as possible. Arthritic hands have a much easier time manipulating pull handles than knobs, and that may make the difference between a pleasant and saleable bathroom, and one an elderly resident finds slightly uncomfortable and difficult to deal with.
Luxury on a Budget with New Faucets and Shower Sets
Right along with new hardware, a third way to update not just the look of your bathroom, but its feel of luxury and quality, without uprooting any major fixtures is to replace your sink and tub faucets and your shower hardware. You might be surprised how far a new set of faucets can go toward changing the look of a bathroom, but from antique to ultra-modern, few fixtures have greater impact.
What’s more, a new shower set doesn’t just look great, it feels great too, with options ranging from firm sprays and massaging jets, to shower heads that mimic natural rainfall, you can incorporate exactly the kind of shower experience you love, with the style you want, without breaking the bank.
You’ll be amazed how much of a difference these three things can make! A bathroom with a new granite vanity top, a new set of hardware, and matching faucets and shower set will look like a whole new bathroom, at a fraction of the expense and time commitment of a full bathroom remodel!