When you host a party, there can be a disproportionate amount of stress over the condition of your bathroom. It’s the place your guests will likely spend the least of amount of time, but also the play they will inspect the most closely in your home.

With the holidays fast approaching, party season is in full swing. And if you host, there is a chance that some of your guests will venture into your bathroom. Thankfully, there is no need to do a full gut renovation of your bathroom before you can throw a party to remember. No matter what it is about your bathroom that bothers you, these tips will show you how to fix it on a tight schedule and within budget.

Outdated Tile

How long has that same tile been on your bathroom wall? You probably don’t even notice it anymore, but your guests sure will. Retiling the entire bathroom is probably too much of a chore for the holiday season, but you don’t have to take it that far. Paint the bathroom walls to coordinate and give the room a fresh, updated look. If you really hate the tile in your bathroom, you may want to consider painting over them entirely. Tile can be easily painted within a few hours for less than $100 by utilizing a tub and sink refinishing kit. It’s a cost-effective way to quickly update the room.

Gross Caulking

You know what we’re talking about. That caulking around your tub looks great for a month or two, then it starts to turn shades of brown and black and no amount of traditional scrubbing can make it white again. Of course, you can always just close the shower curtain, but who says your guests won’t peak?

There’s always the option of recaulking, but that can be time-consuming. So using a Clorox Bleach Pen is an affordable solution. Simply swipe the pen over the caulk, let the bleach sit for a few hours, and then carefully wipe it away with a damp rag. Afterward, your bathroom will be bright and sparkling.

Lack of Lighting

if your bathroom doesn’t have a window or if it has a tiny one, it can quickly impart a dark and scary cave feel. Which is not the way you want to welcome your guests. Fortunately, it can be fixed without putting a hole in the wall. LED bulbs in bright white or daylight colors offer the brightest light, which will go a long way in a small room. Another option is to try removing dated shades and replacing with some decorative bulbs such as the vintage Edison bulb, which also provides a modern look.

Outdated Flooring

Those bathroom floors have probably seen better daye. Whether it’s water stains, worn spots, or persistent sticky coating from who knows what, you probably want to fix them before it’s time to host. The solution could be as simple as regrouting the ceramic tiles. If you have a smooth bathroom floor, rollable vinyl flooring can quickly make a dated bathroom fresh and modern. Choosing a steely gray or wood print can change a bathroom from tacky to tranquil without the headache of a full renovation.

Cloudy Shower Doors

If you have a glass shower door, you’re familiar with this struggle. No matter how long you scrub, it always looks cloudy and unclean. Using common household items such as white vinegar, baking soda, and salt will typically do the trick. Spray the vinegar on the glass door first and then create a paste with equal amounts of baking soda and salt. Then wash and rinse. Be sure to never use hard bristles as this will damage the surface.

Zero Personality

Bathrooms tend to be more focused on function than beauty, so it’s not surprising if yours needs a personality infusion before you’re ready to welcome guests. Unless you have an unusually large bathroom, you won’t be hanging large pieces of art there. So consider the shower curtain your statement piece.

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