Budget constraints don’t necessarily mean you can’t remodel your bathroom. If you take the time to consider the options available to you, you can still give your bathroom a makeover without spending a small fortune in the process. Materials costs alone can be easily reduced by doing the shopping yourself. In the end, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you can accomplish with even a limited amount of resources and a tight budget to work with.
Paint: This should be first on your list. Even a new coat of paint can be a surprisingly effective touch that brings new life into a dull bathroom or make even a cramped space seem bigger. Best of all – you can use this as a jumping-off point to design a new color scheme for bathroom accessories such as towels and mats.
Beadboard: This is a common-enough touch in many homes and can be readily applied in your bathroom. It’s inexpensive, easy to install and can offer an extra bit of protection for the lower half of the bathroom walls to help minimize damage from water splashes. It also serves as a great way to jazz up an otherwise-empty wall and naturally – you can paint it to contrast with the upper half of the walls if you like.
Accessories: To go with your new color scheme for the bathroom, choose accessories that will set it off to its best advantage. Other options include adding an attractive shelving unit that fits over the toilet, allowing for more storage space for towels and toiletries or decorative items.
Hardware: Tired of those dull and worn-looking cabinet and drawer pulls? Changing these out is a simple matter and can be done very inexpensively. In addition, you can often match them up to other items such as towel bars and robe hooks to give an attractive “suite” look to your bathroom.
Closeouts: Every smart shopper’s best friends – closeouts and discontinued items are often available for much cheaper so you can get a great deal on them especially if you shop online for smaller items like hardware and accessories for the bathroom.
Refinishing: A new tub can be very expensive to purchase much less install, but you don’t necessarily need to go that far. Oftentimes, refinishing is a great way to salvage a grungy, chipped tub without going for full replacement. Bear in mind that this may necessitate calling in a professional, which could possibly raise your budget a bit. You may also be able to refinish or reface your existing cabinets for considerably less than it would cost to replace them altogether – professional installation alone is particularly pricey.
Alternatives: Natural stone and other materials can be very expensive for materials and installation. However, you can look into other options such as engineered stone or laminate, which can often offer a similar look but with a lower price tag attached.
Christine Cooney blogs about a variety of home improvement topics including online house plans for The House Designers