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March, 2010

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Guest Bath Mini-Makeover

Guest Bath Mini-Makeover

A mini makeover will fool your guests into thinking you did a major remodel

If your guest bath is trapped in the past - don't despair! There are some quick and inexpensive changes you can make that will trick your guests into thinking you spent the time and money on a major remodel. Just follow this timeline and soon you will be showing the old bath the door.

THREE DAYS BEFORE

Swap Out Your Faucets

Even if you can't afford to change the style of your current vanity, switching out the faucet can quickly create a new look. Moen's innovative M-PACT® valve lets you upgrade the faucet without replacing any plumbing. A common valve design allows for a faucet change in just minutes: simply unscrew the handles and spout, lift them out and replace with the new style.

Try a faucet that will add some style and personality to your bath. The new Quinn™ lavatory faucet from Moen features smooth lines, clean styling and is available at Lowe's. Or install Moen's new Brantford™ faucet. With its high-arc spout and traditional design, it adds timeless appeal and distinction right at your sink.

"Older fixtures can make your bath look dated and show your home's age," said Mike Reffner, Moen's wholesale group product manager. "Today's faucets come in great finishes like Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze, allowing you to easily freshen up the appearance of your bathroom."

The Brantford collection offers matching accessories including a towel ring, towel bars and a robe hook for a completely coordinated look. As an added touch, even the toilet tank lever can be upgraded to blend with the rest of the bath. Install two robe hooks on the back of the bathroom door or on the wall near the shower and hang fluffy robes for guests to enjoy.

"Paying attention to the details with coordinating accessories can dramatically change the appearance of the bath," added Reffner.

TIME: 2-4 hours

COST: $225 - $350

DAY BEFORE

Finishing Touches

With just one day to go before guests arrive, put the finishing touches on your bath and impress them with your stylish accommodations.

Be sure to have plenty of clean, plush towels including bath towels, hand towels and washcloths. Scatter some colorful soft rugs and bath mats on the floor. Not only will this disguise floors that may need some changing, but will add soft, warm comfort underfoot.

And don't think your old tub/shower has to look it. Install a curved shower rod, like one from Moen®, and add six more inches of elbow room to your bath. With a new stylish shower curtain and decorative curtain rings, you'll have a great new look in no time. And, for a luxury shower experience, update your showerhead with Moen's nine-inch Inspire™ Rainshower. With self-pressurizing InvigoRain™ spray, water is channeled through the showerhead with three times more spray power than most rainshowers to provide an exhilarating shower experience.

As if they are visiting an upscale hotel, fill a unique basket with luxurious lotions, shampoos, facial and body soap so guests can indulge, but don't forget the basics like toothpaste as well.

Finally, finish off the room with some fresh flowers or green plants to add that extra special touch your guests will be sure to appreciate!

TIME: 4-8 Hours

COST: $100-250

By following the tips and timeline above, you'll be amazed at how easy it can be to transform your guest bath so it looks and feels 'guest ready'.

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