28 Ways to Refresh Your Bath on a Budget

By: STAN WILLIAMS, This Old House magazine

coordinating bathroom accents

Photo:  Ryan Kurtz

1. Coordinate Accents

Give your bath a designer touch with matching accessories. Here, the medicine cabinet’s silvery frame is echoed by the decorative metal outlet covers.

Similar to shown: Kohler 20-inch Recessed Medicine Cabinet, about $178, and Betsy Fields Design Brushed Satin Pewter standard wall plates, about $7 each; lowes.com

tiled bathroom countertop

Photo:  Ryan Kurtz

2. Tile the Countertop

An alternative to a stone slab, a tiled counter resists water but costs a lot less and is easy for DIYers to install. This terra-cotta top has white-painted wood edging to go with the vanity below. A bead of clear caulk keeps water away from the wood.

Similar to shown: Merola Tile Augusta 4-inch tile, about $8 per square foot;homedepot.com

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