Not every bathroom renovation has to force your family to run to the neighbors or shower at grandma’s for days at a time. Here are 3 quick and easy upgrades to consider when the bathroom needs remodeling.


  1. Peel and Stick Backsplash Tiles.

You will be overwhelmed, but very pleasantly surprised by the choices of colors and styles available. In fact, making your choice will be the hardest part of this job. Whether you want a traditional subway tile look, or a modern metal and glass mosaic, there will be a style that works for what you have in mind.

Peel and stick tiles are mainly recommended around the vanity. The walls must be well cleaned before they are applied. They stick best to a fresh coat of quality bathroom paint.

  1. Change the Towel Racks and Medicine Cabinet. If antique brass is the current hardware theme in the bathroom, it’s time for a change. A new, quality medicine cabinet will also go a long way toward accomplishing something useful in a short period of time.

Chances are the new items will mount to the wall a bit differently than what you currently have, so keep that in mind. Also, a big, fancy cabinet that comes in a little tiny box means there will be a lot of pre-assembly. Look for one that is a little more ready-to-hang if this is not something you want to deal with.


  1. Change the bathroom faucet. This is where your eyes and hands meet almost every time you are in the bathroom. Brushed or bright chrome, matte black, single or dual handles, old-fashioned or modern, a new one will feel and look great.

You will need a few tools, but nothing that the average homeowner would not have in his or her toolbox, such as a multi-screwdriver, pliers, and a crescent wrench.


If you are on a budget and/or pressed for time, these few items will transform your bathroom from being strictly a place of “business” to one where it’s a “pleasure” to hang around in.


Although this is usually the smallest room in the house it is the one most used. If you sell your home, it is also one of the selling points. Bathroom renovations Auckland can be very expensive so having a budget is important. You do not want to be half way through your bathroom renovation and run out of money. Although budget is important, you need a checklist to know where to budget your money. On the checklist should be the measurements of the fixtures you are replacing to ensure you get the right size replacements. You also need to decide on the style, colors, flooring, and décor.




  The one color that you should stay away from is white. White is not a color for a bathroom with children. You want a color that makes you happy so choose blues, yellows, pinks, greens, all in pastel colors. If you want to be bold and adventurous you could choose one wall to paint a vibrant or deeper color and use a coordinating color on the other walls. The flooring, accessories, and curtains should all complement the wall colors.



  If your budget does not allow for a full renovation you can still have a new look to the bathroom. If the sink or toilet is stained, has chips or cracks, replace them. Change the shower door, restain any cabinets, change the hardware like handles and drawer pulls. Get new faucets for the sink and shower. You could also change the showerhead to one with LED lights, or a rainfall showerhead.




Whatever type of storage you choose make sure they are functional. You can include a corner shelf or shelves to put in an unused corner. Put an enclosed shelf above your toilet for your extra rolls of toilet paper so they are handy when needed. Put a medicine cabinet above the sink for medicine, toothpaste, extra soap, etc. Use an under-the-sink cabinet for extra towels and washcloths, shampoo, conditioner, and more. Some of the cabinets have drawers where you can store your cosmetics, extra razors, and more.




Any type of flooring can be used as long as it is waterproof. You do not want carpet in the bathroom. You can use ceramic, granite, or marble tiles for the walls. For the floors you can use vinyl tiles, which are inexpensive. Just make sure that whichever flooring is used that it is slip-resistant and durable.




You want to make sure that the lighting chosen is functional and gives enough light so there are no slips and falls. Include a small night light for those night trips to the bathroom so you do not have to turn on the overhead light. You can use a dimmer switch so you can have the room as bright or dim as you want. It is advisable to have at least four watts of incandescent lighting for each square foot. You could also put a bar light above the sink. This is a light fixture that have two or more lights affixed to a bar of wood or other material. Before adding light fixtures maximize your natural light first.




These can include towel racks, toothbrush holders, soap dishes, etc. Make sure that they coordinate with your color scheme.