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Change out bathroom hardware

Cost: $25 to $200

Simply replacing items such as towel racks, vanity door and drawer pulls, and the toilet paper holder can radically update a bathroom. As a stand-alone project or part of a more sweeping remodeling, you can save money and make a big difference in your bathroom's appearance.

About door and drawer hardware, Ryan says to "select a few samples at a home store and see how they look. If you have double-screw handles, make sure the new handles line up."

At Lowe's, handles and knobs start under $1 and range up to $129. At CoolKnobsandPulls.com, they run from $1 to $132, depending on materials, finish and workmanship.

Most door-drawer pull materials will look fresh for a long time. But Wallace says, "Ceramic and acrylics tend to show dirt more, so they will need to be wiped down more frequently than metals."

Search "towel bars" at HomeDepot.com and a selection of more than 450 pop up priced from $5 for an 18-inch wood bar to $459 for a 24-inch brass bar.

Home Depot's more than 300 toilet paper holder choices begin at $4 and escalate to $386, with the prices varying according to manufacturer, material and design.


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