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Freshen up the place you scrub up

We use our bathrooms every day to clean ourselves up and get ready for the day ahead. How about returning the favor? Consider giving your bathroom a well-deserved scrub and really making it shine. Your top priority should be making the bathroom practical. The bathroom can be stylish, but if it isn't practical and usable, it will be a disaster. Let's explore some practical facelift ideas for your bathroom. Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, Scripps Howard News Service

First, clean the place up. Go through the drawers and bins and get rid of things you haven't used in years and perhaps are not even useful anymore. There are probably those "miracle" face creams that promised much but delivered little. Rather than hoping they will work someday (even if you're not using them anymore), why not toss them? If there are things you just can't part with but rarely use, try putting them in a clear plastic container with a lid. This will give your bathroom a clean, organized look.

Give it a fresh look. Once the bathroom has been cleared of useless items, you may want to consider painting or wallpapering the room for a fresh look. There are semigloss paints that are made especially for bathrooms (and kitchens) that are easy to clean and are mold- and mildew-resistant. Wallpaper in the bathroom has a tendency to peel at the seams because of the humidity, but there are adhesives available at home stores that patch up those droopy seams easily. You can also consider painting the bathroom cabinets for a new look.

Tub liners. An acrylic bathtub or tub liner can be installed to refresh an old tub. Companies like Bath Fitter can do this with very little hassle and at a reasonable cost. Plus, it beats the ordeal of removing and replacing an old tub yourself.

New surface. New countertops always make a bathroom feel cutting-edge. Granite is the best choice for countertops; it is long-lasting, stain-resistant and beautiful. Because bathroom countertops are usually small, you can find small cuts at low prices. If money is tight, imitation porcelain marble is your best choice for a gorgeous bathroom at a low cost.

Fixtures are inexpensive to update. Replace the old faucets with new ones and you have a fresh look without hurting your wallet.

What about those towels? Is it finally time to get new ones? Fresh, new, fluffy absorbent towels are always a welcome sight in a bathroom. Of course, don't forget to color-coordinate them with the rest of the bathroom.

Accessorize. New accessories are also an easy way to lift the look of a bathroom. New soap dishes, new throw rugs, a new shower curtain, etc., all aid in renewing the look of an old bathroom.

Freshen up the place you scrub up 08/22/10 [Last modified: Sunday, August 22, 2010 4:30am]
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