Inexpensive Bathroom Remodel

Inexpensive Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom Remodel OverviewReady for a new bathroom, but a little tight on cash? We’ll show you how to remodel your bathroom in stages to stay on budget. Learn More Simple Bathroom Makeover TipsIf you’re ready for a new bathroom but a major renovation doesn’t fit your budget, try these simple tips for an easy makeover. Learn More Prep a Tile FloorThe most important part of a tile floor installation is prepping the subfloor. If you don’t do it right, the floor could crack and buckle. Learn More How to Lay Tile: DIY Floor Tile InstallationFollow these steps for how to install laminate or ceramic tile flooring, including cutting, fitting, laying and grouting the floor tile. Learn More Install a Bathroom Vanity and SinkUpdate your worn out sink and vanity. Replacing them is probably easier than you think. Learn More Replace a Bathroom FaucetThis guide will help you with faucet replacement to update your bathroom with style. Learn More Replace a ToiletLearn how to replace a toilet, including information covering measuring, removing and installing a new toilet. Learn More Prep for Shower Wall TileGive your plain bath a stunning makeover with shower wall tile. Installing tile takes some work, but the results are worth it. Learn More How to Tile a ShowerExpress yourself by installing tile in your shower. It’s easy and affordable for any home improvement budget. Learn More Install a Mirrored Medicine Cabinet and Vanity LightAdd style and function to your bathroom with a new mirror and vanity light. Both projects are great for the DIYer. Learn More Install a Bathroom Exhaust FanA new bathroom exhaust fan will clear the steam and help prevent mold. The installation takes only a few hours to complete. Learn More Shop for Bath Products

Inexpensive Bathroom Remodel

Another great place to look for upcycled bathroom accessories is Etsy. What can you find there? You’re only limited by your imagination. For instance, one Etsy artist takes brightly colored vintage Tupperware and turns them into cool hanging lamps. These could be fun and funky hanging in a bathroom! Another Etsy artist creates awesome, upcycled metal shelving that looks like a check mark. These could be fun for stacking folded towels. You can easily find upcycled bathroom accessories on Etsy by searching with keywords like “bathroom” or “upcycled.”

Inexpensive Bathroom Remodel

Whew… it was a lot, right!? The basics- paint, door, window, and all trim were completed for the whole house before we moved in. We also added a bathroom fan and switched out the light fixture before we moved in. The light fixture when we purchased the house was not only broken, but so close to the wall that it had burnt a hole in the drywall! The light fixture we put in is a freebie from my Dad’s bathroom renovation (score!). We plan to get a new one when we finish the remodel (and the one I have my eye on is a beauty!). We also replaced the dated hardware on the vanity with affordable hardware from Target. The chunky plates for the hardware allowed for a quick switch without patching holes in the vanity. These changes were done before our bathtub woes and made a huge difference on their own! The pink being gone was the best part (who paints a ceiling pink!?). I guess this part was technically ‘Phase 1′ but we’ll call it ‘Phase 1A’ and bend the rules.
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Inexpensive Bathroom Remodel

Look for low-cost substitutes to save cash on your bathroom remodel. RMR user 95818 painted this bathroom’s original cabinetry and installed elegant marble tile countertops, rather than a pricey solid marble slab, to save money without sacrificing style.
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Inexpensive Bathroom Remodel

RMR user marlenacav wanted a classic clawfoot tub to complete her Victorian bathroom remodel. She opted for an acrylic version which saved her money, looks great, and made the trip up to the second-story bathroom a piece of cake.
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Inexpensive Bathroom Remodel

I absolutely love what you did with your bathroom! I am in the middle of planning my complete bathroom over-hall. We have no choice but to do the entire bathroom, it is leaking in numerous places, due to the age of the house. Tiles are literally falling out of my shower! I can’t wait to not be showering in a plastic enclosure (to minimize the leaking). I am in love with your shower walls, from the sounds of it, you used floor tiles? Is that correct? I can’t seem to find them here in the states, but I will continue to look. Also, what kind of tub did you settle on? We are currently having a difficult time choosing the tub. We have the vanity and just about everything except the tub and shower figured out. We currently have a cast iron, and love the feel, but cannot decide if dealing with the weight a second time would be worth it. Your blog is totally amazing, and I cannot thank you enough for your inspiration.
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Inexpensive Bathroom Remodel

Another often overlooked, yet important detail, is grout and caulk. When this gets grimy, it gets unsightly. By simply cleaning the grout and adding straight, clean lines of caulk around the tub and sink, you can add sparkle for a mere few dollars. You might be surprised at what a difference this can make! Grout and caulk are both cheap, so this is a very inexpensive way to freshen up your bathroom.
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Inexpensive Bathroom Remodel

Like painting? With the purchase of inexpensive paint and supplies, you can dress up your bathroom’s walls with a bold mural or stenciled pattern. RMR user KarenSpirit transformed her friend’s powder room by hand painting these larger-than-life blooms, which add unique flair to the space.
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Another thing to consider is the moisture. Since mold and mildew develop easily in a bathroom, and humidity and temperature change often, it’s a good idea to invest in high quality paint with a satin finish. You may also want to go over the ceiling with a special bathroom paint that helps resist the growth of mold.

Want another idea? Find three cool, vintage tin cans. Drill the tin cans side by side into a 2 foot piece of old plank. Then, drill the plank onto your bathroom wall (pictured below from laissezfaire). You now have a super cool way to store bathroom necessities like toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs and brushes, and Q-tips. You can even keep fresh flowers in one of the cans!
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I’ve recently thought about redoing my own bathroom. My house was built in 1900 and I have one very small bathroom. Thanks to an unfortunate paint color choice, the walls look as if they were hosed down with Pepto Bismal. In other words, it really needs some work and repainting is number one on my list.
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One of the simplest, least expensive yet most beneficial additions you can make to your bathroom is the Hand Bidet Sprayer. Better than a Bidet it requires no new plumbing, can fit in any size bathroom and actually does a better job cleaning you.
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Bathroom remodeling is second only to kitchen remodeling in terms of pain, misery, dust, cost, and unmet-timetables.  Given the sickeningly high cost of bathroom remodeling, it pays to think outside the box.
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Although it may take longer to finish, tackling a bathroom remodeling project yourself will save you a ton of money. RMR user lindseyraedesigns spent nine weeks adding sleek modern flair to her bathroom with new paint, flooring, fixtures and tile.
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Instead of replacing your bathroom mirror, dress it up by adding decorative molding around the edges to create a custom, high-end look. RMR user SimplySophisticated updated a half bathroom with new molding around the mirror and a fresh coat of paint.
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Refreshing your bathroom’s design does not have to involve large-scale demolition or elaborate installations. RMR user jacklizamom updated her bathroom with a clean, fresh coat of paint, a matching shower curtain and new accessories.
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Designer Matt Muenster helped a busy couple with their bland, beige bathroom. The shower isn’t usable, and there is no room for storage in the bathroom.
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So you’re ready to redecorate and redesign your bathroom. But dropping $20,000 on a deluxe spa retreat is light years away from what you can afford to spend. Here’s the good news: You don’t need mega-bucks to transform your bathroom into a relaxing, cool space. There are plenty of ways to renovate and redesign on a budget.
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The bathroom now features a high-end, double vanity set with new sinks, faucets and mirrors. A groovy black and white backsplash and cafe color paint perk up the walls to make this bathroom a spa retreat.
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A very basic before is given a budget-friendly, DIY makeover. An eye-sore shower door was replaced with a simple rod and cute, colorful curtain, while well-placed, inexpensive decorative details really step up the style.
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With $5,000 or less, seven designers dramatically overhaul seven dreary and outdated bathrooms. See the before-and-after photos and steal their budget-friendly ideas for your own bath remodel.
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Determine how much you can afford to spend on your remodel to determine the extent of the changes you can make. If your budget is on the low end (i.e. $1,000 or less), you’ll want to stick to cosmetic changes, such as new fixtures or a new sink, and new paint. If you have more to spend, you can focus on larger changes, such as adding tile, a bigger shower, or a window. Again, it all depends on your budget.