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You can revamp your bathroom for less than you'd imagine

It's not the largest room in your home, and as such, your home's bathroom is likely the one room in your house that you can transform in a weekend with some quick and inexpensive projects. Upgrading more than that may take a bit longer.

Ceiling wallpaper?

Believe it or not, there is such a thing. Called ceiling tile paintable wallpaper, it can be purchased at some of the big box do-it-yourself stores. Check out the HGTV site for more information:

This product makes your ceiling look like it's been redone with embossed white plaster. Actually, it's textured wallpaper and isn't necessarily relegated to the ceiling. Try it on the walls for a different and textured look. Wherever you put it, paint the wallpaper any color you choose for that personalized look.

Off the wall

If you're not into ceiling wallpaper or wallpaper in general, think paint. Depending on the size of your bathroom and how much of it you want to paint, for the cost of a gallon or two can create a whole new atmosphere. Take into consideration the color of your sink, toilet and bathtub or shower when choosing paint colors. Depending on your style, you can pick something that goes with them, or something totally off the wall and different.

Look down

Pulling out the floor and redoing it would take a lot of time and money. There are, however, things you can do to the bathroom floor to accent new wallpaper or paint. You can even just redo the flooring for a bold and inexpensive change.

If your bathroom has vinyl flooring, a coat of paint can make a big difference and is easy and inexpensive to do. First, prime the floor with specialty primer. You can then use the color of your choice to paint the floor, and even get creative and use stencils to make a pattern.

Porcelain Paint

Sinks are typically pretty inexpensive to replace, but a new tub is a major overhaul. If the tub is just worn, or in a color you don't like, you can paint it with an epoxy paint. If you're concerned about how it will look to do it yourself, for a lot less than a new tub you can have your tub refinished in any color you like. A refinish and new hardware will dramatically improve the look.

Quick and easy changes

For a less expensive transformation, replace all your towels, washcloths and rugs with new ones of a different color. While you are at it, replace the shower curtain and window curtains or shades with something new. Even changing the towel racks can help. It doesn't take a great deal of money or time to change the look of your bathroom. One weekend of elbow grease and you'll have a new look in an old space.

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