5 Ideas For Remodeling a Bathroom on a Budget

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As one of the most trafficked rooms in your home, your bathroom is surely prone to everyday wear and tear, resulting in a sad and dirty look. Given that most see their bathroom as a private retreat where they can enjoy time away, you’ll want to get rid of that sad feeling. Hence, a regular bathroom facelift seems necessary.

However, since a bathroom remodel usually costs anywhere from $6,037 to $9,001, frequent remodels are rarely in the cards. Fortunately, giving your tired bathroom a new look doesn’t require a complete overhaul. Believe it or not, all it takes is just a few easy updates and luckily enough, most of them are DIY-friendly.

Read on to see five remodeling ideas that will help revive your bathroom without breaking the bank.

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1. A Fresh Coat of Paint

Just as new clothes can give you a style boost, a fresh coat of paint can help upgrade your bathroom, creating a whole new look. So why not start with giving your walls and ceiling a new coat of paint? If you’re not familiar with DIY painting, you can follow a step-by-step painting guide. Additionally, by choosing a completely different color palette, you can even make your old space feel like new.

Whether you decide to play it safe or go bold, be sure that you use mold-proof paint. Because of the humidity, mold is the most common issue in every bathroom. Hence, you better nip it in the bud so it won’t have the chance to grow on your new-painted walls as well as the ceiling. After all, even an interior painting veteran wouldn’t like to do the tedious project every week—believe it or not, mold can easily grow within 24 to 48 hours.

You can also use new paint to refresh your dated bathroom cabinets. Compared to calling in a contractor that will cost approximately $2,264, you may want to try painting it yourself. However, it will require a bit more patience to accomplish.

2. Refinish Your Old Tub

When it comes to dealing with a tarnished old tub, most tend to replace it with a new one. However, the truth is, even if you take good care of your new tub, it will still start developing a dull look due to the inevitable wear of the finish. That’s probably not what you expected when you paid at least $2,000 to call in bathroom contractors to install it.

As a result, instead of throwing away your old tub—and money—you should embrace what you have and refinish it. Since refinishing a tub requires certain skills, you may want to leave it to professionals. But don’t worry. Hiring a pro to refinish a tub is way cheaper than installing a new tub. Oftentimes, it costs between $300 and $1,000 and will surely bring your old tub back to life.

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3. Get New Hardware

If repainting your bathroom is like buying a new outfit, then your bathroom hardware, such as cabinet knobs, towel bars and faucets, must be the accessories. Although these accessories are small, they’re a key element that will enhance the look of your bathroom, just like jewelry dresses up an outfit. So when it comes to upgrading your bathroom, don’t overlook these details.

Swap out your stained hardware with new, shiny additions to add sparkle to your bathroom. Moreover, given its small size, hardware is a great place where you can let your creative juices flow.

4. Refurbish Your Vanity Top

Now that we’re more than half way toward completing your bathroom renovation, let’s not forget the vanity. More often than not, your vanity top will appear relatively outdated after the above updates, not to mention its style may not match your new color scheme.

However, based off our database, the average cost to install new countertops is $2,903. Hence, unless your vanity top was broken in half, refinishing is usually a cheaper alternative. Below are several restoration tips for the most popular vanity top materials.

  • Cultured Marble: The easiest and cheapest way to polish your cultured marble countertop is with an appliance or car wax. If you consider yourself a DIY genius, try to wet sand your countertop with a sander. You can even give your vanity a brand new look by changing the countertop color. Nonetheless, sometimes, a new coat of paint may also change the look of the marble. If you want to keep the beautiful strains of marble, it’s time to hire a pro.
  • Laminate: Even though your laminate countertop is low-maintenance, you’ll eventually get tired of the cheesy look. Since we’re showing you how to remodel a bathroom on a budget, we won’t ask you to replace it with a stone slab. Instead, try installing tiles over your laminate countertop. A tile counter will not only resist water damage, but it’s also cheap and totally DIY-friendly. Moreover, the variety of tile colors and materials will help add more personality into your bathroom.

5. Frame Your Mirror

Your bathroom needs a focal point, and there’s no better idea than framing your bathroom mirror. For one, bathroom mirrors are big enough to make a strong design statement. Secondly, good bathroom layouts tend to place mirrors either in the center of a bathroom or at the entrance, making them a prominent fixture.

Consider adding charm to your ordinary bathroom mirror with a vintage frame from a thrift store. If you’re looking for a custom look, you can DIY the frame from the scratch. In fact, making your own wood frame is not as hard as you think. There are many step-by-step tutorials you can find online. Best part? A a handmade wood frame won’t cost you more than $25. Plus, you can absolutely finish the project in one day.


Sprucing up your bathroom doesn’t have to break the bank. The above ideas will surely help keep cost down as you remodel your bathroom. Furthermore, you can save even more money if you choose to DIY all the way.

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