Bathroom on a budget: Renovation Guide

white bathroomReady to spice up that old out-dated bathroom of yours, but want to avoid dropping loads of cash into it? As it turns out; you actually don’t need mega-bucks to transform your bathroom into a relaxing, cool space. There are several ways to renovate and redesign your bathroom on a budget.

In this article we will cover some ways you can effectively save money on your bathroom renovations and remodelling.

 

Ideas for renovating bathroom on a budget

Renovating a washroom doesn’t always require a total overhaul. By updating fixtures, painting floors, creating smart storage solutions you can add character and style at an affordable price. Here are some additional ways you can glam up that old space for less.

  • Update Fixtures – Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. You can update Cabinet knobs, light fixtures, sink faucets, towel racks, and drawer pulls for just a few dollars. These items may not be like much, but updating them can make a world of difference.
  • Repair not Replace – Repair your old worn out cabinets instead of replacing them by adding a fresh coat of paint, or adding a little varnish. Sometimes all they need is a new hinge. Instead of replacing your old tub or shower, have it professionally relined, which is a lot cheaper. Keep in mind Cracks, holes, chips, and stains in fiberglass or acrylic showers and tubs do not necessarily mean it is time to replace them. Find an easy and cheap repair kits at your local hardware store
  • Buy Used – You can also save loads of money on fixtures, even toilets and showers, if you purchase them used. Check out some online consumer-to-consumer websites that are great for purchasing used items. Such as eBay or amazon, and even check local thrift shops for some handy items. You will never know what leftover treasures you can find.
  • Easy on the Tile –Tile looks great, but it can be quite pricey for bathroom remodeling on a budget. If you really must, limit the amount you use, and use it as a border only by tiling one horizontal strip along the wall and paint the rest.
  • Paint – Painting is one of the most affordable techniques to spiff up a stale bathroom on a budget. However, this takes a good amount of time and patience (and a few rolls of painter’s tape). Give worn wood floors new life by brushing boards with glossy porch paint tinted to match your bath’s color scheme.

Take note that cheaper paints may not exactly be mold and mildew resistant. Remember bathrooms are wet and moisture should be your first concern when laying down a fresh coat of paint on your walls, aesthetics second. High-gloss paints are on the most effective way of dealing with bathroom moisture. The higher the gloss, the better the paint finish performs in bathrooms.

  • Caulk and Grout touch up – The tile in the showers make an easy haven for hard to clean mildew. By simply cleaning the grout and adding straight, clean lines of caulk around the tub and sink, you can make a major difference for just a few dollars. Grout and caulk are both cheap, so this is a very inexpensive way to freshen up your bathroom. Generally grout should be used on the shower walls and floors and all other vertical or horizontal shower planes. Caulk should be used between the tile planes or anywhere there might be movement between the tiles and the adjoining shower surfaces.

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