Guest Bathroom Remodel Ideas

When you have people over, the guest bathroom becomes one of the most important rooms in the house. To make company feel at home, it should be a clean, fresh and updated space with plenty of privacy.

Ready to update your guest bathroom? Here are some guest bathroom remodel ideas you can use to create that inviting space your guests need.

5 Guest Room Bathroom Ideas

1. Changing Fixtures

One quick way to update a guest bathroom is to change the smaller fixtures such as the towel rack, toilet paper holder and light fixtures. Right now, hotel-style towel racks are trending because they provide extra storage space for multiple towels. They give the bathroom a high-end feel. The mirror is another item you can replace. Shop for a new mirror that perfectly suits the style of the bathroom.

2. Repaint the Walls

One of the fastest ways to give a bathroom a dramatic new look is to repaint the walls. Bright and fresh is what’s in style right now, so choose a color palette featuring whites or light shades. This has the advantage of making the bathroom feel bigger, since light walls reflect more light.

3. A New Vanity

New vanities are among the pricier upgrades you can make. If the current vanity is dated or damaged — or if it doesn’t feature much storage space — replace it with a newer one showcasing a smart design that maximizes storage space. As you shop for vanities, keep in mind that this is one of the larger focal points of the room. Don’t hesitate to go big on something stylish to add personality to the bathroom.

4. Update Flooring

When the flooring in your guest bathroom starts to look dated or worn, it’s time for an upgrade. Since this can be one of the more expensive parts of the project, and since guest bathrooms are often rarely used depending on how often you have overnight guests, you may want to do a little future proofing with your design choice.

Right now, tiles that simulate the look of wood are among popular guest bathroom design ideas. This makes a good choice for a variety of reasons. Tiles are long wearing and stand up well to moisture. Plus, the look of wood is timeless. Choosing decor that doesn’t go out of style quickly is an important design consideration in a bathroom that may not see enough use to warrant regular upgrades.

5. Spring for New Decor

When it comes to guest restroom decor ideas, the key is to keep it basic. While they’re staying in your home, guests should have a private space. This means they’ll need a bit of room to unpack — including soaps and toiletries, toothbrushes and cleansing supplies, space for makeup, and all the rest.

Avoid countertop clutter by sticking with the basics: A vase with a bit of greenery, perhaps, or glass jars with cotton balls and cotton swabs. Stock cabinets or shelves with plenty of towels and toilet paper. If you have the space on a spare shelf, place a few bath bombs, a candle, or something else for color and scent. Leave the rest to your guests.

These are some of our top ideas for guest bathroom decor and design! If you’re looking for more, or if you need supplies to make your upgrades, be sure to shop Modern Bathroom for the latest in fixtures and furnishings.

How Do Bidet Attachments Work?

Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, bidets are rapidly rising in popularity throughout the United States. Not only do they deliver a more hygienic alternative to toilet paper, but some models include convenience features aimed to leave you feeling especially freshened. While some bidets may run a hefty price, there is a wide range of relatively inexpensive bidet attachment models available.

How does a bidet attachment work? Bidet attachments work like free-standing bidets in that they spray a stream of water to clean a person's posterior — except they are easily installed onto a pre-existing toilet. Below is a detailed breakdown of bidet attachments, their benefits, and a basic installation process to help you create a better bathroom experience.

What Is a Bidet and How Does It Work?

A bidet attachment fits underneath a toilet seat and uses a spray wand or nozzle directed at your bottom to provide cleaning after answering nature's call. Some models include adjustable sprays, heated seats and water heating systems. However, straightforward styles are the most inexpensive route if you're on a budget.

How do bidet attachments work for feminine areas? Using water to clean during menstruation or as a new mother can help women feel refreshed in the most sensitive areas. Depending on style, the bidet may have a separate attachment for feminine cleaning or can adjust to provide better service to the front.

There are many benefits in having a bidet in your home. The first is a reduction in the amount of toilet paper used. Cutting back on toilet paper consumption is good for the earth. Millions of trees are cut for manufacturing every year. Not only that, but it avoids irritation from using toilet paper containing perfume and is often less abrasive to a person's nether regions.

As the concern for cleanliness and good health increases, people are discovering the advantages of using a bidet. Many models provide a hands-free experience because it works beneath you and, in turn, reduces the likelihood of bacteria germinating when used effectively.

Individuals with hemorrhoids or medical conditions also find bidets to be more comfortable; they are less abrasive than wiping. Lastly, seniors can regain some confidence in their cleanliness. The bidet helps them to still feel tidy when reaching to wipe becomes difficult.

 

 

Selecting the Right Bidet Attachment for You

First, it's important to note that bidet attachments usually do not offer all the features of a high-end bidet seat. Conveniences such as a heated seat, warm air dryer or deodorizer won't typically be found in these handy contraptions. However, there are certain components and notable factors to take into consideration before purchasing.

Here are some important points to ponder in deciding what's best for your family:

  • Water pressure adjustment: Several styles offer a means to adjust the water pressure to a lower or higher rate. This comes in handy when factoring in comfort surrounding hemorrhoids or possibly when recovering from a recent operation.
  • Control panel placement: Next is whether a right-handed or left-handed control panel is preferred. Bidet attachments can offer a control panel integrated into the attachment, a control arm that juts out or a remote control. For lefties, choosing a design to accommodate their dominant hand is key.
    Also, the design may interfere with the space. Be sure to examine the intended throne room beforehand to avoid any installation setbacks. For instance, a cabinet or vanity may hinder the bidet's placement on the toilet.
    Feminine washing attachments: Posterior washing is standard. That said, dual cleansing functions are available to accommodate all family members. Rear washing and feminine washing can be addressed via dual nozzles or a modifiable nozzle. Some styles even offer a switch on the control panel for a hands-free and hygienic approach to tidying both areas.
  • Cleanliness elements: Regular cleaning is required due to the nature of the product, but some bidets offer a self-cleaning nozzle. Other designs feature a nozzle splash guard gate to cover the nozzle when not in use. Keep these options in mind to make routine chores less of a hassle.
  • Temperature control: This is a big point to consider because it calls for additional installation and possible plumbing adjustments. Choosing a bidet with a hot water connection has its obvious perks and may be an essential feature for some buyers. Such models are typically more expensive yet less costly than bidet seats.
    Before selecting a bidet with a hot water connection, check whether it's adjustable, if your hot water supply is accessible, and how far the connection is from the toilet. Bidets with this feature should list the length of the hot water hose on the label or website for you to measure ahead of the purchase.
    One last point to consider is the time it takes for hot water to make its way to the bathroom. Test with the sink to see if the hot water travels fast enough to make this additional feature worthwhile.
  • Further options: If you plan to shop for a high-quality model, look for such features as metal connections, braided PVC hosing, internal brass valves and antibacterial components.

Step-by-Step Installation Instructions

Of course, you will want to follow any instructions accompanying the purchase. Some models have different setups depending on features, but this is a basic breakdown of how to install a bidet attachment without a warm water connection:

  1. Gather necessary tools such as a screwdriver and adjustable wrench.
  2. Ensure the installation holes on the bidet align with the toilet seat. You'll want to make sure the attachment fits properly before proceeding.
  3. Remove the nuts from underneath the rim of the toilet with the wrench to take off the toilet seat.
  4. Align the bidet attachment with the toilet holes. You may need to adjust the brackets.
  5. Position the nozzle to make sure it is properly centered.
  6. Place the toilet seat back on and tighten the bolts securely using the wrench or screwdriver to reattach it.
  7. Locate the toilet's water supply valve. It may be under the sink or near the toilet's base by the wall.
  8. Shut off the water supply momentarily. Then, flush the toilet to drain the water.
  9. Disconnect the water supply hose from the toilet tank.
  10. Position the included rubber washers in the T-adapter. Read the list of included pieces or manual to confirm they are on-hand at the start.
  11. Connect the T-adapter to the fill valve in the toilet tank and then connect the water hose to the T-adapter.
  12. Lastly, connect the bidet hose to the bidet inlet and T-adapter. Once everything feels tightly secured, it's time to turn on the water supply, flush the toilet and take care of business.

Improving Bathrooms One Bidet at a Time

Investing in a bidet attachment or free-standing bidet can bring numerous hygienic and comfort-based benefits to any household. At Modern Bathroom, we offer brand-name models to fit your space and your family's needs. Browse our must-see selection today!

 

How To Refurbish A Bathtub

Is your bathroom outdated? Does it feel used and abused? The problem might be your old bathtub, or more specifically, the old tub’s drab finish. Even if you clean the bathtub regularly, the tub’s finish can still make the whole room look dingy. Your tub might need to be refinished. Refinishing a bathtub is the process of applying a hard epoxy coating over a tub’s existing fiberglass, enamel or acrylic surface using a paintbrush or airbrush. Let’s look at the signs and symptoms of a tub that needs to be refurbished.

Signs Your Bathtub Needs Refinishing 

  • Your old tub is no longer shiny. New bathtubs are freshly glazed and typically boast a light-catching, glossy shine. However, over time and after plenty of everyday use, that finish can wear away, leaving a dull, drab appearance. Not only is shine gone, but the protective surface has probably worn away, too. Refinishing it can help refresh the shine and the protection.
  • Your old bathtub always looks dirty. That’s because it is Your tub might have been sparkling white, but over time it might look splotchy and beige. A properly finished tub is glazed, creating a non-porous finish. Once that finish wears away, however, the tub becomes porous, and the dirt and grime can settle into the surface. Scrubbing with harsh bathroom cleaners doesn’t always help and might make the drab finish look worse. You want a soak in your tub to help you feel clean, fresh and hygienic, not grimy.
  • The finish of your old bathtub is scratched, cracked or chipped. Life happens, and a lot of that life has probably occurred in your bathroom. Your children probably grew up playing with toys in that tub during bath time, but perhaps not all of those toys were soft and tub friendly. Maybe you give your dogs their baths in that tub, and the claws on their paws have scratched the surface. Maybe you’ve even dropped something heavy, such as a shower wand, and damaged the surface. If you chip the finish of a tub, it might reveals the steel or cast iron beneath the surface, which can rust and look terrible.
  • Your vintage tub needs an update. A house from the 1950s might be solid as a rock, but that pink, baby blue or mint green tub can make the rest of the bathroom feel outdated. Resurfacing the bathtub can give it a brighter, white surface to complement the rest of your bathroom.

Before You Begin

It’s important to note that refinishing your bathtub yourself won’t necessarily give the tub the appearance of being entirely new. Depending on your experience and capabilities, your work might not be as good as that of professionals. However, if you’re handy around the house, you enjoy learning new home-improvement techniques, and your tub’s surface needs attention but is otherwise in good condition, refurbishing your bathtub could be a straightforward weekend project. Still, it might be a good idea to get contact information for professional tub refinishers, in case the job becomes more than you can handle. This is especially true if you don’t have a second tub or shower in the house, and your housemates will need to bathe in the next few days.

How Do You Refinish a Bathtub?

Learning how to refinish a tub yourself can be done by watching home-improvement tutorial videos online. You can also check your local home-improvement stores to see if they offer classes that teach how to refinish a bathtub. Before you begin your project, make a list of the supplies you’ll need and purchase them in one trip to the hardware store. You won’t want to be in the middle of the project and realize you need to make another trip.

Bathtub Refinishing Supplies 

  • Bathtub refinishing kit
  • Screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Abrasive pad
  • Rubber gloves
  • Breathing protection
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Paint roller and roller cover
  • Paint sponge
  • Roller tray
  • Caulk gun
  • Chemical caulk remover
  • Bleach
  • Abrasive cleanser
  • Drop cloth
  • Painter's tape
  • #400 to #600 wet/dry sandpaper
  • Paper towels
  • Tack cloth
  • Tub and tile caulk

Bathtub Refinishing Process

  1. Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions that were included with the refinishing kit. Use only as directed.
  2. Ventilate the room. Even though many tub refinishing kits claim to be odorless, it is in your best interest to keep the room ventilated while you work. Open nearby windows and run the exhaust fan.
  3. Wear personal protective equipment, including rubber gloves and breathing protection, especially when sanding the tub.
  4. Unscrew and remove all the metal hardware from your tub. This includes the faucet spout and cover plates. Use a putty knife to clean dirt and caulk residue from openings.
  5. Thoroughly clean the tub. Remove the caulking from the joints around the tub. You might need to use a chemical caulk remover to rid the tub surface of all traces of caulk residue. Use bleach to remove mildew. Thoroughly scrub the tub surface with an abrasive cleanser. Rinse completely with clear water.
  6. Cover areas around the tub — including the floor and walls — using painter's tape and drop cloths.
  7. Etch the tub’s surface by combining the kit’s etching powder with water and applying it to the surface of the tub. The etching powder should help prep the old finish so the new coating will adhere to the tub’s surface. Scrub the tub surface using an abrasive pad. Rinse the bathtub completely with clear water.
  8. Use #400 or #600 wet/dry sandpaper to sand the bathtub while the tub is still wet. This will roughen the tub surface further, allowing the new coating to better adhere to the surface and not peel away after all your hard work. Sand and roughen the entire tub, including the corners and edges. Rinse the tub and let it dry.
  9. Wipe down the dry tub to remove dust, lint or paper residue.
  10. Apply the kit’s primer to the tub surface using a foam brush and paint roller. Follow all label instructions. Let the primer dry.
  11. Follow the kit’s label instructions to mix the epoxy coating by blending the hardener/catalyst into the epoxy resin. The epoxy coating will begin to harden once mixed, so be prepared to apply the coating to the entire tub in one session.
  12. Use a paint roller to apply the coating to the sides of the bathtub. To prevent lines and drips, alternate using horizontal and vertical roller strokes. Use the sponge paint brush in the corners and other hard-to-reach areas.
  13. Follow label directions regarding timing of the second coat’s application.
  14. Allow the second coat to dry and cure, as per label directions. Curing might take up to three days. Keep the area ventilated.
  15. Seal the tub with fresh silicone caulk and allow it to cure. Reinstall hardware.

Bathtub refinishing can add new protection to your tub while making it look better. The project can cost a few hundred dollars, depending on which supplies and tools you already own, but refinishing is typically an affordable way to improve the look of the entire bathroom. On the other hand, if you’re not a do-it-yourselfer and learning how to refurbish a bathtub just isn’t on your to-do list, upgrade to your dream bathroom, starting with a new tub. Learn about Modern Bathroom’s exciting tub and shower options here.        

5 Bathroom Trends To Avoid This Year

 

It’s easy to get caught up in the popularity of bathroom remodeling trends, especially when those trendy elements look so gorgeous in magazine photos. However, it’s important to remember that no one uses the bathrooms in those glossy photos in the same ways that you and your family use yours on a daily basis. Before those magazine photos are taken, the rooms are professionally lighted and perfectly accessorized. Those magazine bathrooms don’t need to be practical; they just need to look amazing for a few hours.

Your needs, however, are probably different. You want your remodeled bathroom to look beautiful, but you also need it to be practical for every member of your family who will be using it. There are plenty of remodeling trends that look fabulous in magazine photos but might not be right for you and your family members in real life. If practicality is important to your budget, here are five bathroom trends to avoid.

Trendy Sinks and Vanities

1. Vessel sinks: These focal elements can look magnificent in the right surroundings, such as in an extra-large bathroom or a fancy hotel restroom. However, they can be impractical for many home bathrooms. Their higher-than-usual faucets and taller-than-expected bowl sides have been known to splash unsuspecting patrons if the water pressure is too high, and no one likes to emerge from a bathroom looking splashed. A vessel sink can also be difficult for small children to reach. Plus, if the adults are not used to a bathroom sink being raised several inches, it’s easy to knock belongings into the bowls, possibly cracking the basins. Before you install a vessel sink, see a few models in use to be certain they’re right for your household.

2. Pedestal sinks: A pedestal sink is essentially a sink without a vanity. They consist of the sink basin and its matching stand, and they are usually made of porcelain or ceramic. Pedestal sinks can be lovely focal pieces in bathrooms, but remember that they do not provide storage space. If you are considering a pedestal sink because your powder room is small, that plan might backfire because you will need to add a cupboard or other type of storage area for toilet paper and other guest essentials. This could crowd your small bathroom and leave you and your guests feeling cramped and dissatisfied.

3. Floating vanities: Wall-mounted vanities or “floating” vanities are elevated off the floor and attached directly to the wall. They typically have clean, modern design lines, which can look fantastic in contemporary, streamlined bathrooms.

Floating vanities can be a blessing and a curse, depending on the ages of your family members. If you have small children who tend to routinely splash water out of the tub and all over the bathroom floor, a wall-mounted vanity can stay high and dry. However, if your family members are getting on in years and tend to drop their belongings, those items can roll or get kicked under a wall-mounted vanity.

Plus, floating vanities don’t often provide as much storage space as traditional vanities. If you opt for a floating vanity, see if the manufacturer offers a matching, wall-mounted storage unit. Finally, if you are considering removing a traditional vanity and replacing it with a wall-mounted unit, remember the previous vanity’s footprint. That floor space will become exposed and will need to have flooring added, which could be an added expense to your remodeling budget.

Dreary Colors

4. Gray walls with gray floors and white trim: This color combination is a polarizing palette — people either love it or they hate it. Gray on gray is popular in living rooms and family rooms but can make small rooms seem cold and dreary, especially if those small rooms are windowless bathrooms or rooms that have only a north-facing window. On a cold, winter morning, you typically want to feel warm and cozy, not drab and dreary. If you’re a fan of this gray-on-gray color combination, consider reserving it for a larger room that has more windows instead of your bathroom.

Extra-Large Bathtubs and Showers

5. Oversized tubs: Not everyone enjoys taking bubble baths. Plus, as home prices increase, many people look at the amount of floor space that an oversized tub or shower takes up and imagine all the other things they could do with that space, such as install a stackable washer and dryer. A giant tub may not be a great selling point if you’re looking to relocate in the next few years.

As you collect photos for your bathroom remodel inspiration board, be certain to take practicality into account. Visit a Modern Bathroom showroom in person and get a feel for how a vanity, sink, tub and shower might work together in the daily lives of your family members. Doing so could save you money and a few headaches in the long run.

How To Deep Clean Your Bathroom

Every room needs a deep cleaning once in a while. Nowhere is that truer than in the bathroom. It’s the most used room in the house, which means it can get unsanitary quickly. Plus, there is nothing better than enjoying the almost spa-like atmosphere that comes from a freshly cleaned bathroom.

If you’re wondering how to deep clean the bathroom, we’ll show you where to start.

1. Begin With the Clutter

Before really diving into cleaning, the first step is picking up all the items that get scattered across the bathroom counter over the course of day-to-day use. Make sure to clear shelves, the back of the toilet, and peek inside the shower to remove rarely used bottles. Clean these items as you put them away using antibacterial spray and a cloth.

If there are items that will remain on the counter or shelves — such as decor, your toothbrush holder, etc. — temporarily remove these from the bathroom not only so that you can clean them individually, but also so that spaces throughout the bathroom are clear and ready for cleansing.

2. Vacuum Everything

This is an essential step prior to mopping and scrubbing. Thoroughly vacuum the floor, and make sure to use dusting attachments to clean the tops of cabinets, get the cobwebs out of corners, etc. Removing as much dust and loose dirt as possible will make the next steps easier.

3. Clean Fixtures First

Before scrubbing shower walls or the countertop, start with the showerhead, shower curtain and faucets. It’s smart to do this step before cleaning shower walls and countertops so that you don’t have to clean descaling debris from freshly cleaned surfaces.

For the shower curtain, follow instructions on the tag. Many curtains can be washed in the washing machine. If your showerhead or faucets have scale, use a commercially prepared descaling solution to remove it. You may also need a toothbrush or toothpick to clean bits of lime from nozzles. Finally, use all-purpose cleaner to remove soap scum — and remove it with a microfiber cloth for a streak-free shine.

4. Clean the Toilet

Start with the bowl first. Using toilet bowl cleaner and a scrub brush, thoroughly clean inside the bowl. Make sure to scrub under the rim of the bowl to scrape any built-up lime that can block water from flowing into the bowl.

Then, use white vinegar and water or disinfectant spray to thoroughly clean the outside of the toilet, tank and base included. At the toilet’s base, check the covers over the bolts that hold the toilet to the floor. Remove these covers, if possible. You’ll be able to clean the grime that accumulates beneath them. That will eliminate the dark ring that so often forms around these covers.

5. Clean the Shower

There are lots of products you can use to clean a shower! If you have a fiberglass tub, rust and scale remover might be necessary to get rid of built-up stains. To remove soap scum, use an all-purpose cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water. For grout, use a commercially prepared grout cleaner.

Whatever your cleaning product of choice, start by wetting the shower walls. Apply the cleaner, and let it sit according to the length of time specified on the package instructions. Then, using a brush, broom or abrasive sponge, give the walls a thorough scrub and rinse them. If needed, repeat this process to remove any last bits of grime.

For glass shower doors, use window cleaner or vinegar and water plus a squeegee. Scrub where needed to remove soap scum, then squeegee away moisture.

6. Ceilings and Walls Come Next

This isn’t a job that necessarily requires you to drag out a ladder. Instead, make it easier by using a sponge mop or flat cloth mop to reach the high spots. For this job, use vinegar and water or all-purpose cleaner (but make sure to avoid anything with bleach or chemicals that can damage paint).

Work in sections, using the mop to get each section damp before spritzing cleaner on it. Let the cleaner sit for a minute or two, then scrub. Just like how you would mop the floor, be sure to rinse the mop in clean water periodically so that you can mop loosened grime and cleaning solution.

7. Clean Your Sink and Counter

Commercially prepared pumice cleaners work great for the sink and counter. If you’d rather use a DIY product, make a paste with baking soda and water. Whichever option you choose, use a cloth to rub the cleaner over your countertop and sink basin. Pay special attention to the sink drain, which often builds up a layer of film after repeated use. When you’re finished scrubbing, use clean, damp cloths to wipe the cleaner.

8. Cabinets and Shelves

If you have hardwood cabinets, you may want to use oil soap or lemon oil to protect the wood against humidity. If those cabinets are particularly grimy, start with an all-purpose cleaner or water and vinegar before using oil. For painted cabinets, all-purpose cleaner will work just fine.

Spritz cabinets with your cleaning product of choice, but take care not to let moisture sit on their surfaces too long, since excess moisture can cause paint and finishes to separate from the wood. Wipe your cleaning product and repeat as necessary until cabinets and shelves are sparkling clean.

9. Deep Clean Your Floors

Cleaning in and of itself is a messy job. By now, your bathroom floors are probably thoroughly tracked. That’s why you should always save this part of the task for next to last. If you’re wondering how to deep clean your bathroom floor, you won’t need anything special for the job — just a mop and a bleach solution.

However, before mopping, the key to learning how to deep clean a bathroom floor is steam cleaning it. It’s a simple process. Just turn your shower on its warmest setting and let steam completely fill the room. Shut off the shower, close the bathroom door, and wait for 20 minutes while the steam penetrates grout and other nooks and crannies. After that, go in and mop the floor, then leave the bathroom door open and let the room fully air dry.

10. Final Step: Clean Your Mirror

After everything else you’ve done, your mirror likely has spots left from steam and other cleaning products. Once your bathroom is dry, use window cleaner on the mirror to remove spots and streaks.

That’s how to deep clean your bathroom! Once you’ve finished the mirror, feel free to decorate and return the items you removed from shelves and the countertop. Then, call it a day, kick back, and enjoy the fresh feeling that comes with a thoroughly cleaned bathroom.

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