Easy bath improvements for the not-so-handy

Tired of your boring bathroom, but don't think you have the home improvement skills to update it? Stop doubting yourself and make some quick and easy changes that will dramatically improve the look and functionality of your bath, all without calling a contractor.

Masterpiece mirrors

Occupying a majority of wall space in most baths, plate-glass mirrors are functional, yet not very aesthetically pleasing. To solve this problem, add easy-to-install mirror frames, such as Mirrorscapes by Moen, which are available in five different styles and a variety of finishes to beautifully coordinate in your bath.

All you need for this project is a measuring tape, marker, a saw and about 30 minutes. Mirrorscapes proprietary installation system makes transforming a plate-glass mirror quick, easy and secure. Installation templates perfectly position the mounting brackets, ensuring proper alignment of the frame straights and decorative corners. No angled miter cuts are necessary.

"The system is nearly error-proof," says Tim Bitterman, group product manager for Creative Specialties International. "The template pieces ensure perfect alignment, while the decorative corner frame pieces cover straight-end frame pieces - to disguise most cutting errors."

Pretty painting

Adding color can dramatically transform any room, and luckily painting is an extremely simple project. However, success lies in the initial preparation and tools you use to get the job done.

Before you even open a can of paint, be sure to repair any holes or cracks, wash the walls, tape off trim and windows and cover furniture and floors with canvas or plastic drop cloths. Next, be sure you have a quality paint brush and roller cover - as cheap options can lose bristles, shed or spread paint unevenly. Finally, choose a quality latex paint, such as Dutch Boy, in your favorite color and start painting. By using preparatory steps and products like the pros, you'll ensure your end results will look like you hired a costly professional.

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