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7 Inexpensive Bathroom Renovations Tips

Inexpensive Bathroom Renovations TipsBathroom remodels and renovations are not exactly cheap. In fact, Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value report published in 2019 suggested that the average bathroom remodel cost comes up to $20,420. Upscale renovations with more frills can raise the cost up to a whopping $64,743.  

Understandably, not everyone can afford this amount for just one bathroom. So does that mean you have to live with the unsightly bathroom for a long time?

No. There are some ways you can renovate your bathroom at a cheaper price point. These small changes can make a big difference, at least until you can save up enough money for a complete professional makeover.

Until then, the following tips for inexpensive bathroom renovations may prove useful:

Get Creative with the Counters

Granite and marble have been popular choices for bathroom and kitchen counters since the Hygge and minimal decoration style became popular thanks to Pinterest. However, these stones are very expensive.

There are two ways you can save on counters. The first way is currently on the rise of popularity, especially among DIY’ers. Instead of a counter, use an old dresser or vanity. The top can be cut off to make space for the sink. Interior drawers can be cut out to accommodate the plumbing. 

If you must have stone counters, get granite or marble with more imperfections. The more visible the imperfections - the cheaper the price.

Limit Tiles

Like stone countertops, tiles are expensive. The price goes up even more if you hire a contractor to lay down the tiles. When you’re renovating, limit the number of tiles you use. Focus on areas where they are a must; such as the floor and shower stalls.

Any decorative tiling can be used as accents along with basic, cheaper tiles.

Buy Used

eBay, Craigslist, and local thrift shops can be a goldmine when it comes to finding used bathroom fixtures. Bathtubs, sinks, toilets, shower stalls, and even faucets are available in excellent conditions.

Etsy and other places also sell repurposed and upcycled bathroom fixtures and accessories that you can be used.

Change the Décor

A deep clean and changing or adding some decorative items in the bathroom can also make a whole lot of difference. Change the mirror, add a painting, a plant, soap dispenser, etc.

Also, change the shower curtains, bathmats, hand towels, and bath towels. Try to find a theme and coordinate everything accordingly.

Redo

There are many things you can make work just by redoing, instead of buying new. For instance, shower fixtures, bathtubs, sinks, etc, can be cleaned, refinished for a completely new look.

Besides that, redoing and freshening up the caulk and grout on the floor and walls can make your floor new.

Paint, Paint, Paint

Lastly, one of the most effective ways to renovate or freshen up a room is a fresh coat of paint. There are so many surfaces in the bathroom that can be made anew by just repainting them a new color.

You can paint the walls and ceiling a neutral color to brighten up the room. You can match the cabinets and shelves to your chosen theme by painting them yourself.

If you have wooden floors in your bathroom and you can’t replace it with moisture-hardy flooring, you can have it painted with protective enamel.

Professional painters at Creative Painting Systems can help you with that. We understand that bathrooms require a bit more care while painting. From choosing the right finish to considering moisture issues, we’ll leave your bathroom looking new.

You can give us a call at 919-435-6023 and we’ll offer you solutions for your Raleigh, NC home.

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Curb Appeal - Great Plants for the Exterior of Your Home

Pink and white flowering bushes planted along the walkway and front porch of the house.Driving past neighborhoods with beautiful floral curbs and front yards is always a pleasure, especially in the summer and springtime. Having a beautiful exterior is also helpful when you’re trying to sell your home.

If the curb appeal is successful in making a good first impression, the chances are that more people will want to see what’s inside.

Plants and flowers are a given when it comes to improving your exterior’s curb appeal. Here we have listed a few flowering and non-flowering plants that will spruce up the exterior of your home.

One note before diving into the list: do check the hardiness zone of the plants for your location. Use the plants that have the best shot at thriving, so your front yard looks incredible.

Gerbera Daisies

Let’s begin with some of the most loved flowers - daisies. Gerbera daisies not only look beautiful in gardens but they also make good cutting flowers. This way, you can bring some of the bright colors from your yard inside your home.

While some varieties can be fussy, most are easy to grow in Zones 7 to 10. Also, they bloom profusely in all types of weather. So you’ll have flowers all season long.

Boxwoods

Boxwoods refer to a genus of about 70 Buxus species of evergreens that make great foundation plants. Their bright green foliage also makes a stark background for brightly colored flowers.

They also look incredible lined along driveways and walkways. You can add them to garden beds and borders to give your yard some structure.

Nandina

Commonly known as heavenly bamboo, Nandina is a beautiful flowering shrub that offers curb appeal all throughout the year. The plant is evergreen in Zones 8 to 10 and semi-evergreen in Zones 6 to 8.

While the plant’s airy green foliage looks beautiful all year long, it does bloom flowers in spring. When fall comes around, you’ll see red berries appear. Also, the foliage will develop rich and vibrant shades of orange, red, and bronze.

Hydrangeas

If you want a spectacular show of whimsical flowers, try planting hydrangeas along the borders of your garden beds. When the plant is in full bloom, it will definitely give your curb appeal a bang.

They are perfect for locations around your front yard that gets morning sun and afternoon shade. Different varieties of the plant are hardy in various zones.

Hostas

Hostas are considered one of the hardiest outdoor plants as various varieties can thrive in zones 3 to 9. If you have trees around your yard, plant the hostas around them as they love shaded areas.

You have hundreds of varieties to choose from. Each of them has beautiful foliage and shaded leaves that add a lot of interest to garden beds. 

Annuals

Annuals refer to seasonal flowers that die when their growing season is over. Annuals will allow you to have different colors and looks throughout the year.

Most annual species of bulbs and shrubs have beautiful and bright flowers that make excellent fillers. You can use them in garden beds, flower beds, along the borders, in window boxes, containers, and hanging baskets on your front porch.

Marigolds, petunias, and geraniums are some of the most popular flowering plants. They are easy to grow and add a splash of color to your garden.

Final Thoughts

While plants and flowers are a great way to improve your curb appeal, you can give it a boost by getting your home’s exterior repainted.

Creative Painting Systems can help you find the right match that not only gives your house a fresh look but also make an excellent background for all the plants you put in the front yard. Give them a call at 919-435-6023 to get professional advice for your home’s curb appeal.

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7 Things to Look for When Hiring a Painter

When planning a painting project, the first thing to do is find the right painter.  Hiring the wrong painter can cost you money, time and resources. A professional painter needs to have a certain set of skills necessary so that the work can be done properly and safely.

Here are some things to look for when hiring a painter:

 1.  Do your homework – Do a google search to find local painters.Read their reviews and check on community message boards for recommended painters. Talk to your neighbors.  NextDoor is a good app to have to get real reviews from your neighbors on their painting experiences. This is a good way to find painters that you feel are best suited to give you an estimate.

2. Get 2-3 estimates. It is always good to have more than one estimate so you can make sure that something is not being missed, and make sure they are in the right ballpark pricewise.  Also make sure that each estimate is covering the same areas, same type of preparation, number of coats of paint, product of paint being used, etc. One estimate might look cheaper than another, but research might tell you that they are using an inferior paint, or only applying one coat of paint instead of two.  Make sure everyone is giving you a price for the same amount of work.

3. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see how long they are in business and if they have any reports of bad or inadequate service.

4. Make sure they can fit in your schedule. Keep in mind that sometimes it is better to wait for a painter that you feel is your best fit, than finding the one that can do it sooner.  Also, ask how long the project will take. You want to make sure that once they start the job, they stay with you until they are done, and not back and forth with other projects.

5. Make sure your painter provides you with their insurance certificate, and letters of reference from customers.

6. Whether your project is interior or exterior painting, ask questions about what they think is best for your home regarding the type of paint to use, or what application they use.  It is good to understand the depth of their experience and knowledge, and it might determine if they are the right fit for you. In addition, ask about the painters that will be coming to your home, how long they have worked for their company, how much experience do they have.  

7. When you have made your decision on which painter to use, the next step is looking for the perfect color for your project.  Ask your painter for a color chart to look at or ask them which supplier to go to look at for color samples. Put samples up to make sure it is what you want.  Sometimes a color on a chart will look much different on your home, based on lighting and other factors.

 

Creative Painting System Painter on ladder insideThe right painters will understand all your requirements in detail and give you an unparalleled experience. Creative Painting Systems is one such name that offers the best services in town to all customers, regardless of their preferences. Contact them today!

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Wall and Cabinet Colors Sherwin Williams

The wall color is Anew Gray and the cabinets were painted Peppercorn. Both colors are by Sherwin Williams. Looks great!

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Trex Transcend Composite Decking

This old deck was remove and replaced with Trex Transcend Composite decking. Trex is a green product that used 95% recycled boards, is fade, stain and scratch resistant , has a deep wood grain pattern, and is easy to clean. And it looks great. Call us if you would like an estimate to replace your deck.

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Morning Light: Benjamin Moore

This is a Benjamin Moore color called Morning Light. Here it is used in three different areas of the house, in three different lighting situations. It’s a nice light, happy color.

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Latest Kitchen Renovation: glossy white subway tile backsplash

Okay, I am obsessed with our latest renovation! Extra White cabinets, Big Chill walls, new Calacatta quartz countertops and glossy white subway tile backsplash. Love! 

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