An average bathroom remodel can cost up to $15,000 but that doesn't mean you have to shell out this amount on your project. Remodeling on a budget requires careful planning and lots of creativity with the end result being an increased value of your home without breaking the bank. Your old bathroom is like a blank canvas and there are several ways you can go about refreshing and updating your bathroom without spending a lot of time or money on the project.
New Paint: A fresh coat of paint goes a long way in updating your bathroom. On a smaller budget, white paint and accessories are the way to go because manufactures make more of them. If you're willing to spend a little more, light colors make a bathroom inviting and spa-like. Painted stripes are also an excellent way to update a bathroom, and they look great in subtle neutral colors.
Refurbish Old Furniture: Turning an existing piece of furniture, such as a desk or dresser, is a great way to save money on a new vanity. Most furniture can be painted or tiled to create a fun mosaic countertop. Additionally, you can cut a hole in the top for a standard sink or, simply skip the cutting and purchase a vessel sink.
Quick & Easy Accessories: Updating small things in your bathroom give it a clean and unified look. Splurge on a new toilet and then purchase matching towel bars, toilet paper holders, shower controls, and faucets. Compliment these features with towels, soaps and other accents like soaps or candles.
Use Less Tile: Tile can be expensive, with vinyl and ceramic being the cheapest options. Instead of tiling all of the walls in your bathroom remodel, only tile the walls in the actual shower or bath. Save even more by tiling half the wall and creating a mosaic border at the top or in the middle of the wall, then painting the rest of the walls a complimenting color. This saves money but still gives your visitors something beautiful to look at.
Don't rearrange the plumbing: If you plan on redoing the sink, shower or toilet, it is best to keep these items where they are as opposed to redesigning the floor plan. Moving these appliances means more labor required to recreate the bathroom plumbing, which is often an expensive job. A way to cut these costs is to swap the toilet with the shower, or something to that effect, so the plumbing only requires minor tweaks.
Add More Storage: Storage is one of the best ways to update a bathroom. Bring in old furniture or go hunting at flea markets for cheaper pieces that will add character to the remodel. Paint a bookcase and use it to store towels, bath soaps, candles, magazines, and anything else. Hang an old drawer on the wall and use it as a bookshelf or hang a curtain around a small table or the sink and store anything under there. You can also install pullout shelves into the cabinets so that items are more viewable, which prevents you from purchasing things you already have.
Splurge on something: Don't be afraid to spend a lot on one or two items, but it is a smart idea to make sure they are items you will enjoy for a long time. A steam shower or relaxing new bathtub are two of the most popular items homeowners are willing to spend more on. If you are into appearances, a gorgeous new granite or marble countertop will do wonders.
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