How to update your bathroom on a budget
Times have changed. What looked great in your bathroom in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s is now looking outdated and unfashionable. Older bathrooms use patterned glass windows for privacy, wired glass shower screens for obscurity and obsolete coloured or patterned tiles. Changing these three things can completely renew and revitalise your bathrooms appearance. In addition, they can be changed relatively quickly and cheaply.
Top 3 bathroom modernisation hacks
1. Repaint old bathroom tiles
The best thing about painting your bathroom tiles is you don’t have to rip up old tiles. Plus you don’t have the cost of buying new tiles or the cost of labour to install them. This is something you can do yourself over a weekend (or two depending on how big your bathroom is).
Tile paint has come a long way since its inception, and it is now extremely versatile. It can be tinted to a colour of your choice and it is extremely hard wearing. The White Knight Tile Paint has a superior finish giving your old daggy tiles from the 70’s, 80’s or 90’s a new lease of life. They even have a White Knight Grout Pen to recreate fresh new grout lines, which is awesome as it re-whitens discoloured lines!
3. Replace existing shower screens
Depending on when your house was built, your bathroom may feature a wired glass shower screen or a shower curtain. Shower curtains, whilst cheap, aren’t always effective at keeping water inside the shower recess. They also become mouldy over time, often making a bathroom feel damp, so you need to replace them frequently. Wired glass shower screens were all the rage once upon a time, but that time has passed and now it leaves your home feeling outdated and aged.
Replacing shower curtains or wired glass shower screens is not as hard as you might think. To change a wired glass shower screen, you can simply remove the old glass and replace it with a modern clear glass shower screen. The benefit of this is it will also comply with new safety standards, giving you peace of mind when showering.
This is a great option so long as the current frames are in good condition. On the other hand, if you want to update the frames as well, it is still easy and quick to do. Clear glass has become the standard for bathroom shower screens these days as it creates a fresh, open and uncluttered space.
If you want to replace your old shower curtain with a glass shower screen, all you need to do is decide what type of frame you want: framed, semi-frameless or frameless. Then hire a good glazier to provide a measure, quote and installation. Usually, the time taken between providing the measure and quote and installation is approximately 14 days.
3. Replace bathroom glass window
Like the wired glass shower screens, it feels that pattern glass has been the standard glass of choice for bathroom privacy for nearly a century. Thankfully we now have more modern bathroom options that match the contemporary feel of our homes so we no longer need to be stuck in another era.
To update your bathroom with a modern, fresh look it can be as simple as replacing the glass in your bathroom window. Removing the old-fashioned pattern glass with a modern translucent option will work wonders for your bathroom. It’s also better at providing privacy and allows natural light to flow in beautifully still.
Translucent glass in a bathroom
Is it time for your bathroom to be given a fresh new look?
Call Jim’s Glass for a free measure and quote on 131 546
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