Get the Bathroom You Want on a Budget

Bathroom remodeling projects can be a big expense. But you don’t have to break the bank to get a modern, chic bathroom. It is possible to give your bathroom a fresh look on a budget.

The first thing you need to do is set your budget. Next, list all of the things you would like to include in the renovation and prioritize them. This way if you find that you can’t afford to do everything you want to do, you can decide quickly which things you’re willing to give up. Consider skimping on some of the less important items so that you will be able to splurge on the things that are most important. Making major renovations such as moving walls, plumbing, or electrical will add to your cost significantly. If you can achieve the bathroom you want with by making only cosmetic changes, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Paint is one of the most cost effective and easiest ways to make a big impact. A fresh coat of paint can give your bathroom a whole new look. Look for a paint that is mold and mildew resistant. Satin and eggshell finishes work great for bathrooms. Wall decals are another simple and easy way to add personality and they can be easily removed if you grow tired of them. Installing bead-board wainscot will drastically change the look of your bathroom for little cost. Crown molding is another low-cost addition that can add to the tone of your bathroom.

Lighting is another way to change the look of your bathroom with only a small investment. Not only will different light fixtures provide a different look but they can also completely change the way the room is illuminated. Using extended lighting that sits farther from the wall will provide better lighting. Adding lights on both sides of a mirror will allow the light to reflect off the mirror to provide better illumination and light both side of the face.

Swapping out the mirror is another inexpensive change that can make a big impact. Rather than using a plain mirror, consider a framed mirror. A wood frame or a frame made from mosaic tile will add flair and visual interest.

The vanity is an item where you can potentially save some money. If your vanity is in good condition but needs a facelift, consider only replacing the cabinet doors or simply painting it. If you want to replace the vanity, consider repurposing an old dresser. You can cut a hole in the top for the sink. Furniture-style vanities are popular right now but can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars from retail stores. Using an existing dresser can give you the same look for next to nothing. If you decide to replace the vanity, be sure the new one is the same length and width as the old one. During construction the vanity is usually installed before the flooring so using a smaller vanity may result in a gap in the flooring.

Consider replacing your existing countertop for a granite one. The price of granite has decreased and because bathroom countertops are usually fairly small, you can provide a luxurious style for a small investment.

Tile is another item you can save on. Tile can range drastically in price. Selecting lower-cost tile can cut your costs significantly. Consider using more expensive mosaic tile only as a border or accent and use less expensive tile for the main areas. You’ll achieve a custom look with visual interest for less money.

Replacing fixtures can also change the look of your bathroom. The faucet is one item where Mission Kitchen and Bath recommends you splurge. The bathroom faucet not only gets a lot of use but it is also a highly visual component. Select matching fixtures for the tub and shower.

Hardware and accessories are inexpensive but make a big difference. Swap out the drawer and cabinet pulls, towel racks, soap dispensers, tooth brush holders, door knobs, etc. Even new bath mats can make a difference. Consider replacing towel bars with hooks. Using hooks will allow you to fit more towels in the same space and they’re easier to use, especially for kids.

If your bathtub has seen better days, you can give it a new look without pulling it out and replacing it, which can be a substantial cost. Most bathtubs can be resurfaced to cover wear and tear or give it a new color for a small cost.

You don’t have to completely gut your bathroom to give it a new look. Even small changes can make a huge difference and give you the bathroom you’ve always wanted.