Decorate Small Bathroom

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Small Bathroom Decorating project

August 2019

Homeowners have many important questions about their Small Bathroom Decorating Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Small Bathroom Decorating investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Small Bathroom Decorating project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Small Bathroom Decorating - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Small Bathroom Decorating project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionPaint cabinet doors, cabinet frames and moldings. Update cabinet hardware. Paint walls.Update plumbing and lighting fixtures. Use renovation grade materials and above average finishing detail.
Project size40 square feet
Material and labor cost$1,661 - $1,937
Material cost$531 - $620
Do-it-yourself assessmentMost of the Small Bathroom Decorating project can be completed by a moderately experienced do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Small Bathroom Decorating requires attention to detail and careful planning.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Small Bathroom Decorating project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns will be impacted by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Small Bathroom Decorating project can return as much as 67% - 78% of its initial cost
Green ratingSmall Bathroom Decorating projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Small Bathroom Decorating - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Small Bathroom Decorating. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Small Bathroom Decorating project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Small Bathroom Decorating project cost and quality.

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Small Bathroom Decorating project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

TaskService ProviderTimeDifficultyBasic Cost Range
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 d$212 - $354
Create Bathroom Decorating IdeasBath Designer5 to 15 d$634 - $1,058
Remove Bath FixturesDemolition Laborer1 d$9.82 - $16.40
Remove Lighting FixturesLighting Contractor1 d$26.52 - $44.28
Install Cabinet HandlesFinish Carpenter1 d$18.72 - $31.29
Install Trim MoldingFinish Carpenter1 to 2 d$4.22 - $7.33 per linear foot
Install Door KnobFinish Carpenter1 d$90 - $157 per door
Install Towel BarFinish Carpenter1 d$45 - $79
Install Bathroom Medicine CabinetFinish Carpenter1 d$206 - $372
Refinish Bathroom CabinetsPainting Contractor2 to 4 d$8.99 - $15.20 per square foot
Paint WallPainting Contractor1 to 3 d$1.22 - $2.08 per square foot
Paint CeilingPainting Contractor1 to 3 d$1.38 - $2.35 per square foot
Regrout TileTile Contractor1 to 2 d$16.64 - $27.83 per square foot
Replace Bathroom FanElectrician1 to 2 d$188 - $321
Install Ceiling Light FixtureElectrician1 d$197 - $341
Replace ReceptacleElectrician1 d$67 - $114
Replace Electric SwitchElectrician1 d$63 - $109
Replace Switch PlatesElectrician1 d$17.02 - $28.62
Replace Bathroom FaucetPlumber1 d$237 - $408

Small Bathroom Decorating - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Small Bathroom Decorating project plan.

  • To maximize return on the Small Bathroom Decorating project, limit cost to no more than 1% of home's total, post project value
  • For best resale value, select a taste neutral design for your Small Bathroom Decorating
  • For best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • For best resale value, select components, appliances, finishes and fixtures of comparable quality
  • Use bright lighting to make a small room appear larger
  • Use furniture, fixtures and accessories scaled appropriately to the room size
  • Decorate with light color shades to make a small room appear larger
  • Minimize the number of design elements and different decorating colors to make a small space appear larger
  • Choose wall mounted elements with narrow depth to maximize spaciousness in a small room
  • Mount hardware and accessories on back of door to make best use of space in a small room

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