Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget

Tired of looking at the same old bathroom every day of your life? It may seem like there’s not much you can do to change the appearance, other than hanging new curtains or adding a decoration or two. You can’t, after all, change out a bathtub without a lot of hassle and expense, and toilets all look much the same. You’re not as limited as you may think, though. Try a few simple changes that will make a world of difference – even in the bathroom.

Affordable Bathroom Remodel Ideas

If you’re searching for remodeling ideas, start by clearing your bathroom of anything you can remove – linen, curtains, knick-knacks, and rugs, for instance. A bare room allows your eye and imagination more room to visualize changes. Look at local home improvement stores and browse online for imaginative ideas that you might like to incorporate. Finally, draw up a budget and comparison shop items to ensure you keep your remodeling affordable.

After deciding what you can afford to spend and getting an idea of different bathroom designs, take a closer look at your room. Examine the flaws and outdated items. What things make you wince? Which features bring you pleasure? As with all things, play up the positive and change the negative. Some basic bathroom remodeling ideas include:

Change Out Old Fixtures and Hardware: Home builders generally install furnishings that are inexpensive and likely to suit most tastes. You, on the other hand, don’t have to play it safe – you know exactly what you like. Simply getting rid of old faucets, knobs, showerheads, towel racks, grab bars, and such can have a dramatic impact on your bathroom. Try a different material, such as brushed nickel or brass, and change up the style. When selecting your new fixtures and hardware, take into consideration the overall look that you want.

Select a New Sink: While you’re at it, consider buying a new sink to match your new faucet and fixtures. Replacing that old, worn basin will create a fresh, clean feel to your bathroom. It’s not a difficult task, either. Simply turn off the water, remove the old sink, mount the new one according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then reconnect the water. Expect it to take perhaps an hour or two.

Touch Up Your Countertops and Cabinets: Even on a budget, you can change the look of your cabinets and possibly even install new countertops. Try staining the cabinets a different color or painting them. You can also reface cabinets with special kits and splurge on new doors and drawer fronts to complete the effect. Price your favorite tile and consider installing it over the top of the existing counter surface (before installing a new sink is the perfect time). Even marble countertops aren’t out of your reach if you choose a lesser grade with a slight flaw or off-color.

Give Your Bathroom Color: Try painting your bathroom a different color to create a dramatic change. If the walls are stain free and were previously painted, you won’t even need primer. Select light shades to make the room feel larger. For a big change, consider wallpaper or paneling. Even simply adding a border or creating an accent wall will make a difference. Expect to pay upwards of $25 per gallon of interior paint, while wallpaper and paneling choices vary.

Change the Window Treatments: Don’t let your windows get neglected in any bathroom remodel. How you treat your window influences the look of the entire room. Accent the window or allow it to blend in depending on what you select. Try blinds instead of shades, add a valance over the curtains, or simply update your curtains.

Buy a New Shower Curtain: It’s easy to overlook the shower curtain, or doors, as well. You use them every day without quite thinking about them. Buy a new curtain, or change from doors to a curtain for a different feel. Remember to get new curtain hooks while you’re at it.

Look at Your Lighting: Perhaps you have longed for better bathroom lighting. Maybe you’ve always wanted a light in a slightly different area of the bathroom. What’s stopping you? Add some accent lighting or simply switch out the existing light fixture for something a little more modern. Expect to pay a little more if you need to run new wiring, unless you have an electrician for a friend.

Think of the Little Things: It’s the little things that only you would think of that will make your bathroom a pleasant reflection of you. Look around for decorating ideas or use your imagination. Add a full-size mirror (especially on the back of the bathroom door, which will give you a handy place to give yourself a once-over while making the room look just a little bigger). Finish an old stepladder and mount it for towels. Create a floral accent for the counter or to hang on the wall. Install a medicine cabinet or hang a wicker box for a shelf.

While some items cost more than others, none of these are truly expensive. Plus, you don’t have a time limit – these projects can be undertaken one at a time, as you have the money. These simple changes mean no mess or hassle you’d have to live with during a remodeling job. Staying within your budget will keep the experience stress-free. Try making a priority list and tackle the things that mean the most to you first. Soon, your bathroom will look wonderful, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.


  • David July 27, 2014 at 2:22 am

    One of the least expensive, yet immediately saves you money, home improvements is a hand held bidet sprayer. Ideal for the smaller bathroom as it takes up no additional space and requires no additional plumbing or electrical. The Bidet Sprayer will pay for itself many times over in toilet paper savings which makes this a very smart and green thing to do. See bathroomsprayers. com

  • Maggie July 30, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Under Give Your Bathroom Color, what about using tile to create an accent along the wall as well as painting the bathroom a new, light color?


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