How to Renovate Your Bathroom on a Tight Budget

Posted on: 4 October 2016

Even if you're on a tight budget, you can still make some changes to your bathroom to create a space that looks brighter and cleaner and more welcoming overall. You can also add storage for all those daily necessities without having to spend the money to knock out a wall or change the entire footprint of the room. Note a few tips and tricks for renovating your bathroom when you're on a tight budget.

Look for laminates

If you have your heart set on a real wood floor for the bathroom, note that solid hardwoods are usually very expensive. A laminate refers to a thin layer of a hardwood glued over a less expensive wood, such as pine or plywood. This upper layer gives you the look and feel of the hardwood you want without the expense of solid wood planks.

Paint over the shower tiles

If the shower tiles in your bathroom are very dingy and dull but you're not sure if you can afford to have the entire area retiled, look for a tile paint. This paint is applied right over porcelain or ceramic tile and covers both the tile and the grout completely; it's also waterproof and should easily seep into the tiny pits and pores of many types of shower tiles. Repainting your tile gives the bathroom space a fresh new look without the cost of new tiles as well as the labor involved in tearing out and then replacing your old tiles.

Do it yourself

Creating some items for your new bathroom on your own may not be as difficult as you assume, and this can certainly save you money. One simple DIY job you might tackle is to install a mosaic of tile over the top of your current vanity rather than replacing the vanity itself; buy some used tiles to save the most money and then smash them under a towel to create the mosaic pieces. Set down grout over the vanity top and put the mosaic pieces in place. Since a mosaic is meant to be irregular, you don't need to worry about where and how you place the tile pieces. Add sealant over the top of the tiles and you have a fresh new look for your vanity.

You can also easily create a storage inset in any wall; find two studs with a stud finder and cut out a section of drywall between them. Connect a horizontal piece of wood to the two studs to create a shelf. Add drywall around this entire inset and paint it, and you have quick and easy storage.


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