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Iceni Magazine | July 3, 2022

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Should You Renovate Your Bathroom Yourself?

Should You Renovate Your Bathroom Yourself?

Thinking of remodelling your bathroom yourself?

Below are just a few tips on how to carry out a successful DIY bathroom renovation.

Why renovate your bathroom yourself?

Renovating your bathroom yourself is a great way to save money. Hiring contractors makes up a large percentage of the cost of remodelling – by doing it yourself you can save money on contractor hire.

You don’t need any expensive specialist tools to renovate a bathroom. In fact, you’re likely to be able to buy all the tools you need cheaply at a good old fashioned general hardware store. You may even already have the tools you need if you’re a seasoned DIYer.

There are some bathroom renovation tasks that you should be wary of, however the majority are fairly simple. Use YouTube videos and How-To blogs to help you with anything you don’t understand.

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Which tasks should you try yourself?

There are many bathroom renovation tasks that are worth attempting yourself. These include

  • Painting walls: Painting is one of the easiest DIY jobs. When looking for paint to use in the bathroom opt for waterproof paint options. You’ll need to cover up all fixtures and the floor to prevent paint getting on them (in some cases, it may be easier to remove hardware like mirrors and light switch plates).
  • Installing tiles: Tiling can be a fiddly job, but it is one that you can do yourself easily with some practice and patience. This guide to tiling a bathroom wall offers some in-depth advice on how to tile a bathroom wall properly. An alternative to tiling is to use wall panels, which are very easy to install (you pretty much stick them on using a silicone adhesive), plus you can even buy panels that resemble tiles.
  • Removing old bathroom fixtures: Removing old bathroom fixtures is a little more complicated, but still easily achieved using YouTube videos and guides. The hardest part may be getting the tub out of the bathroom and out of your home depending on the layout of the building. Check out this guide on how to remove an old bath. Make sure to turn the water off!
  • Installing new fixtures: Installing new fixtures can also be easily DIYed, providing that you put fixtures in the same place that the old fixtures were located. Even if you don’t feel confident installing a new toilet or bathtub, you can still install new features such as toilet roll holders, shower curtains and mirrors yourself to save money.

Which tasks should you be wary of?

There are a few tasks that you should approach more cautiously. These can be more dangerous or may cause more damage if done incorrectly. Such tasks include:

  • Electrical work: You should be very careful when installing electrics in the bathroom. Installing new fixtures (such as spot lighting or an eclectic shower or an extractor fan) may be a job better suited to an electrician.
  • New plumbing work: You should similarly be careful about any new plumbing work. This includes having to add or move pipes. Such a job is best carried out by a qualified plumber. Feel free to still replace faucets and fixtures if they’re going to be located in the same place.

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