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Bathroom Facelift

One weekend, a quick trip to the hardware store, and your bathroom can have a fresh new look.

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Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:
interior wall paint, satin and flat finishes
paint rollers and covers
paint tray
poster board
antiquing glaze
plastic wrap
fine-grit sandpaper
ceiling light-and-fan combination fixture
wall sconces
CFL bulbs

Paint the Walls

Start by finding a new wall color.

Tip: To make room seem larger, paint walls neutral color or white; for comfortable feel, choose sunny, warm color; to make space relaxing, choose ocean blues or greens.

Experiment on poster board with sample jars of paint to save money.

Tip: Satin finish is easier to clean than flat finish, and paint that resists stain and mildew is best for a bathroom.

Antique An Old Vanity

To tie in with walls, use same base color but in flat finish.

Tip: Flat paint absorbs glaze better than satin finish.

Go lighter or darker with glaze. For stripes, use brush to wipe off glaze; for texture, wipe glaze with different materials, like plastic wrap, newspaper, or cheesecloth.

Use fine-grit sandpaper to "age" corners and nail to create faux wormholes.

Add Hardware and Lighting

Finish with new faucet and new hardware.

Install decorative ceiling light-exhaust fan combination. Install matching wall sconces on either side of mirror.

For extra light, trade frosted bulbs for clear bulbs.

Tip: CFL bulbs will save money and energy.