If your bathroom needs a makeover, but your budget is small, here are some helpful tips and trendy tricks you can use to stretch your style and not your wallet.
Instead of buying overpriced knickknacks at the furniture store, hit the dollar store or thrift shop. With a quick polish, splash of paint, or few other tweaks, you can transform a bargain piece into a premium one.
Another way to save is to buy mistake paint. When paint and hardware stores mix paint, it has to be exact, meaning there may be a gallon or two that was just ever-so-slightly off when mixing. You can buy these “whoops” gallons for cheap, so ask to see what they have available. Make sure it’s a paint that can stand the high heat and humidity of the bathroom.
Tile can get expensive, so limit it to smaller areas. Another option is to use 3D wallpaper that has a faux-tile look and feel. You can also find imitation wood panels that adhere to the walls and are far cheaper than putting real wood in.
Swapping out fixtures like lights, doorknobs, cabinetry pulls, and switch plate covers are small touches that can add up to a big impact. A new towel rack, floor mat, laundry basket, or storage solution can not only improve the fashion of the room but its functionality as well.
The biggest expense you will have in a bathroom renovation is if you decide to replace your sink, toilet, or tub and shower. Some ways to save money are to find a combo tub and walk-in shower at the lowest price or have tubs relined instead of replaced. A very trendy option right now for sinks is to take an antique looking dresser and turn it into a sink. This can be a cost-effective option if you’ve got the right tools, and you can find a used dresser for a good price. The bonus is that it comes with built-in storage for even more convenience. If you don’t have the money to get new cupboards, you can give yours an easy upgrade with a new coat of paint and new handles. A pro tip is to take the doors off and lay them flat while you paint to prevent drips and sore arm muscles.
Whether you find walk-in showers or tubs at the lowest priceor go bargain hunting for DIY decor at the thrift shop, there are lots of ways you can make over your bathroom on a budget.