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Bathroom Remodels on a Budget

Are you thinking of remodelling and redesigning your bathroom? Are you on a budget? You really don’t need to spend a fortune to create a great new look. You can transform your bathroom into a beautiful, tranquil space. There are lots of ways to do bathroom remodels on a budget.

In order to find practical ways to make your vision attainable, you really must create a plan. Always do your research before beginning any project.

Bathroom remodels can be extremely costly if your design concept is to tear everything apart and start over. It really isn’t necessary to replace everything and break the bank!


There are many ways to mitigate costs of bathroom renovations. To start with, bathroom flooring can be inexpensive and easy to apply. Innovations such as luxury vinyl flooring and plank flooring can enrich the appearance of your bathroom, while offering an economical choice.

If your bathroom has a wood floor, you have two options. You can tear it out and replace it with a moisture resistant flooring, such as tile or engineered wood flooring. Or, you can save time and money, keep your wood floor, and paint it with a protective enamel.


Total replacement of a stained or chipped bathtub is the best choice if you are able to afford it. Another viable option that might better fit your budget, would be relining, refinishing or touching-up the surface of your bathtub or shower. If the problem is just cosmetic, such as some cracks and nicks, touch-up products, such as Super Glue White Porcelain Repair, are an inexpensive and easy way to repair the surface.


Painting is always the best way to brighten up and renew the look of any room. It is a good idea to invest in a high quality, mildew resistant, washable paint with a satin finish. If you want to make the bathroom appear larger, use a light colour. Go over the ceiling with paint that helps resist the growth of mold.


Buying and installing new bathroom cabinets can be very expensive. Consider painting or refinishing your existing cabinets and replace the hardware to upgrade the look.

You can purchase coordinating counters that have sinks fused into them, eliminating sink installation and caulking. Bathroom vanities and tops come practically assembled for you.

There are some beautiful used cabinets in new and used stores, Craigslist or Kijiji. This is a great, creative way to find a unique, personalized look for your bathroom. Some older cabinets are better built and look like exquisite pieces of furniture.

Speaking of furniture--One of the biggest trends in bathrooms is using old dressers as sink pedestals. They can be quite easily adapted. These “dresser sinks” can sell for thousands of dollars in retail stores. You can make your own with a budget dresser, patience, and the right tools.


A popular trend is to splurge on granite countertops. Because the bathroom counter is so small, the investment is fairly low compared to what you’d spend on kitchen counters.

High quality, high-definition laminate and quartz countertops are vying with granite for the look of authentic, natural stone countertops and are less expensive.

Ceramic and porcelain in faux-stone can have the appearance of marble and add a look of elegance to your old bathroom.

Sink Faucet

One trick designer’s use to modernize a bathroom is to add a new sink faucet. You don’t need to replace the sink unless it is badly stained and damaged.


What could be more important than installing a spanking, new toilet. Higher, sleeker, low-flow toilets, will conserve water, and don’t have all the nooks and crannies to clean. They are, quite simply, wonderful!

If you have the strength to carry a toilet, you can do your own new toilet installation without having to call a plumber. Toilet installation involves very few waterline hook-ups. However, it would be smart to attach the waterline to the back of the toilet before installing. Install it to the shut-off valve after.

The hardest part of installing a toilet is physically moving the new toilet into place and aligning it with the wax seal properly. Change the seal, never reuse the old one. They are wax and will leak.

Caulking and Grout

Another, often overlooked, but important detail, is grout and caulking. By cleaning the grout and adding straight, clean lines of caulking around the tub and sink, you can make your bathroom look refreshed. You will be surprised at what a difference it can make!


Ample overhead and task lighting are key. Bathrooms are now a room in the house where people are spending more time. Create an atmosphere that’s relaxing and spa-like.

Ceiling-mounted or recessed lighting overhead is good for general illumination. You should consider dimmer switches for mood setting.

Light the vanity area with superior task lighting, which can be a fixture above the mirror or sconces on either side. Avoid light pointing directly down on your head. It will be harsh and unflattering.

Clear bulbs with filaments are popular these days, but they cast a shadow on everything. Go for something opaque or frosted instead.

You might consider strip lighting under wall-mounted cabinets and as excellent illumination for wall art.

The Final Word

Updating a bathroom is a home improvement that can truly add value to your home. You can recoup as much as 100% of the cost of the renovation when you sell your home.

Every time you repurpose or recycle you’ll be saving money and reducing your consumption. Both are very good things!

Don’t forget to give back too. Any items you take out of your bathroom can be donated.

Best of luck on your bathroom remodels!

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