In case you missed Brick Underground today, I share some tips on how to update or refresh a bathroom on a shoestring budget, something that sure comes in handy as a home stager and design enthusiasts everywhere will hopefully embrace. Please find my before and after photos as well as the article below. Be sure to check in next Wednesday for more Home Staging Secrets!
BATHROOM BEFOREBATHROOM AFTER
THESE CHROME KNOBS FROM HOME DEPOT WERE PURCHASED FOR $2.97 A PIECE AND TRULY HELPED TO TRANSFORM THE BATHROOM CABINETS WHICH WERE PAINTED WHITE.THIS LIGHT FIXTURE PURCHASED FROM HOME DEPOT ADDED A SENSE OF RICHNESS TO WHAT FELT LIKE AN OLD OUTDATED BATHROOM.
How to stage a bathroom–with very little money
by Kelly Kreth | 9/04/13 – 11:08 AM
Got a tired-looking loo? Take it from a pro: Small cosmetic upgrades can make a big difference.
AFTER: Stager Cathy Hobbs was able to update this bathroom without doing a major overhaul.
Earlier this year designer/stager Cathy Hobbs of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes was called upon to perform her stagecraft on an estate-condition two-bedroom co-op once belonging to the late Maurice Sendak, author of “Where the Wild Things Are.”
Sendak’s apartment had not been lived in for some time and the property (listed for $3.15m) had also not been updated in decades, including the bathroom (above).
With all proceeds from the sale earmarked for charity, the budget for getting the apartment market-ready was low, and renovation was not an option.
Cognizant of the reality that buyers want move-in ready apartments and that many base their buying decisions based on kitchens and bathrooms, Hobbs incorporated low-cost “refreshers” such as painting the face of cabinet doors, replacing door handles and installing new light fixtures.
The results are pictured above. Looks good, no?
Here’s how Hobbs did it:
1. Replaced old, weather chrome hardware for affordable, yet attractive door pulls.
The pulls were purchased from Home Depot for just under $3 a pop, but other options include Gracious Home and Lowe’s.
2. Covered peeling, old wallpaper with three coats of primer and repainted the entire bathroom.
Wallpaper, especially if it’s been on for years as this was, tends to rip when you try to remove it, Hobbs says. One option is to glue down loose ends, prime and paint. You can do it yourself or hire a painter, which would probably cost somewhere around $1,200.
To brighten up the room and make it feel bigger and tranquil at the same time, she chose netural shades of Natural Stone, Loghan Blonde and Nantucket Sand ($50/gallon) by Mythic paint, her go-to paint company. (“I especially love that all their colors go on smooth and rich and are all eco-friendly, zero odor, zero toxic, zero VOC,” says Hobbs.)
“The general rule of thumb is to use ‘staging safe’ neutrals such as white, taupe and light grays,” she says.
3. Primed and painted cabinets
Painting tired cabinetry (around $500-$1,000) is a lot cheaper than replacing it-so that’s exactly what Hobbs did here.
4. Replace outdated light fixtures
You can’t see them in the pictures above, but Hobbs replaced outdated light fixtures with new chrome ones from Home Depot (pictured below, $63).
“It is important to go with a timeless fixture that’ll appeal to lots of buyers. The goal isn’t to select something that is too specific or ornate, but more generic and modern in feel. Chome and nickel finishes tend to have a greater appeal than gold or bronze,” she says.
5. Change the shower curtain
Hobbs swapped the old, dark shower curtain out for a clean bright decorative one from Bed Bath & Beyond ($30), adding a modern element to the space as well as color and texture.
“The reality is that when it comes to staging, a potential buyer has to be able to ‘envision’ themselves in a space,” Hobbs says. “I use what is known as ‘lifestyle selling techniques.'”
How this translated in this bathroom was a selection of big thick towels, fragrant and elegant candles as well as blooms on the counter top. Hobbs also recommends adding hand cut soaps and/or bath salts to make it seem more luxurious and inviting.