Is the available balance in your checking account standing between you and your dream bathroom? Do you find yourself lusting over intricate bathroom vanities and imported ceramic tile, only to be brought back to reality by expensive price tags? Well pine no more. Bathroom renovations on average cost $10,000, with some running as high as $20,000!
But we’re here to tell you that you don’t need deep pockets to update your bathroom. In fact, if your game for some hands on DIY projects, you don’t even need to hire a contractor. These affordable bathroom renovations will get you more bang for the buck—and stay within your budget.
Add a fresh coat of paint or a simple backsplash to your bathroom.
There’s no easier way to brighten up a room than with a fresh coat of paint, and for less than $30 you can purchase all the tools you’ll need to makeover your bathroom walls. If you’re considering adding tile to your walls, feel confident in your decision knowing that today’s backsplashes are designed for easy installation (some varieties don’t even require grout).
Replace your bathroom mirror with a new model.
A new mirror in the bathroom can update the room much like a new paint color. Search for a size similar to the original model so you won’t be left with holes or damaged wall that needs to be repaired. Check out discount stores and even thrift shops for bathroom mirrors at affordable prices.
Restore bathroom vanities by painting over old finishes.
If your bathroom vanity has seen better days, consider refurbishing it by painting over the original finish. You can also replace the hardware with updated pieces that will complement the new look. When refurbishing is no longer an option, look into ready-to-assemble bathroom vanities, which cost far less than preassembled.
Shop for discounted tile at home improvement stores and online.
Retiling your bathroom can be expensive—but it doesn’t have to be. Browse the discount section of home improvement stores for tile that has been marked down. Just because a style is on sale doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with it. Many retailers also offer deals online, so shop the Internet first to make the best price comparison.
Add shelving to update the look of your bathroom and create more storage space.
Bathroom vanities can often become cluttered with products, candles, hair tools, and other miscellaneous items—especially if a bathroom is lacking storage space. Adding some shelving is one of the easiest and most affordable bathroom renovations, and you will be surprised at how much of a difference this improvement makes.
Update bathroom fixtures.
Bathroom renovations don’t have to be overwhelming. They can be simple additions to your current showers, bathtubs, and bathroom vanities. Take a look at the fixtures in your bathroom. Lights, sink and faucets, towel racks, and showerheads can easily be replaced for a new finish.
Clean up corners and edges.
Applying fresh caulk and grout to your bathroom is an inexpensive and effective way of updating the room. Over time the corners and edges in your bathroom can become chipped and discolored. Applying new caulk and grout will brighten the room for less than $10.