Your research should begin a few weeks before you plan to launch into the project. Give yourself plenty of time to find the best bargains and order any items you find online.
Choose a paint that is mildew-resistant and formulated for steamy environments, such as the Valspar Ultra Premium Interior Kitchen & Bath Enamel sold at Lowe's for $32 per gallon.
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.
Many online retailers such as Kohls.com, Macys.com or PopularHomeCollections.com take most of the guesswork out of changing your accents and accessories by offering coordinating sets. Typically, these can be purchased as separate items, so you can buy only what you want or can afford.
Sink faucets at several websites surveyed run from $13 to $350.
Ryan recommends removing the doors and all the hardware before painting. "Use a latex paint, and lightly sand and prime the surfaces first," he says.
Offered at lighting-specialty shops and big-box home-improvement stores, a huge variety of styles and types will meet anyone's needs.