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Updated by Weber Waugh on Feb 04, 2016
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Make Your Century Old Bathrooms Look Like New

Is your bathroom looking a little worse? Don't be frustrated. Here are some ways to make it look new.

Resurface, Re-Enamel & Repair Your Bathrooms

Cost effective alternative to replacing your old worn out or chipped bathtub, hand basin, shower tray or wall tiles. Save yourself the trauma of replacing your old bathtub as it’s costly and most inconvenient, putting your bathroom out of action for up to 2 weeks and sometimes for months!

Add some art.

Hanging art is one of the easiest and most effective ways of transforming a space. No matter how small your bathroom, there is always room for a picture or two. Beware of humidity though, and save your original masterpieces for other rooms.

Update the fixtures.

Usually a pedestal sink will still be in good shape after decades of use, but a leaky faucet and out-of-date sconces will need to be replaced. The style of these two items can transform your bathroom and don’t involve changing the tile at all. If you’re dealing with a colored tub, consider having it resurfaced.

Repaint – nothing perks up a room like a fresh coat of paint.

Giving your bathroom a facelift doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, you can do it on a dime, without compromising style. Here are 50 cheap and chic ways to update one of the most used rooms in the house.

Outdated to Outstanding

Whether you're facing one of the aforementioned "classic" bathroom color schemes or another vintage favorite (cantaloupe-colored floor tiles, a powder-blue bathtub) here are some quick tricks for making everything old look new again.

Restoring Old Fixtures

The only removable items you will typically see in a bathroom are a hamper and a waste basket. This can make updating your bathroom difficult. But with a lot of creativity and some thrifty shopping, you can change things up for about $600.

Make Tarnished Brass Bathroom Fixtures Look Like New

You can refinish your bathroom fixtures yourself and make them look like new, but it will require a lot of elbow grease and patience. With proper care and cleaning, the fixtures will remain bright and shiny for many years, but not forever. Eventually, after years of use, the finish will finally breakdown and the brass will tarnish again.

Try Bathroom Resurfacing

Bathtub resurfacing is a process that revitalizes and restores the surface of a bathtub without having to replace the entire fixture. It is often done by removing the remainder of the finish on the tub, and then adding a fresh coat of an acrylic material that reseals the old, damaged surface.