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Revamp Your Bathroom on a Budget: 7 Amazing Remodel Ideas

The kitchen is often described as the heart of the home, but the bathroom is where 'me time' takes top priority. After all, it's the place where you begin and end each day.

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Linda White

In this post we will cover bathroom remodel ideas on a budget.

According to some estimates, the average person spends at least 1.5 years of their life in the bathroom, and if yours is a welcoming retreat where you can unwind and rejuvenate, you might want to spend even more time there!

How Much Does It Cost to Remodel a Bathroom

The average bathroom renovation costs approximately $10,000 USD, according to one source ( Most homeowners spend between $6,000 and $15,000.

The size of your renovation will greatly affect this price. You can spend as little as $3,500 to $7,000 updating the essentials in a small to medium-sized bathroom. For larger and master baths, you can expect to spend at least $13,000.

Bathroom with tiled shower and toilet

Renovating a Bathroom What to Do First?

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before tackling a DIY bathroom remodel:

Next up: create a mood board filled with small bathroom remodel ideas on a budget to help you create a vision, including the little details that will reflect your personality. Go online to find helpful how-to guides for the DIY projects included below:

DIY Bathroom Remodel Ideas That Are Budget-Friendly

1. Upgrade the vanity

Refacing cabinet fronts requires patience and attention to detail but is a cost-efficient way of updating your bathroom, and take pride in a job well done.

Cover up a peeling, cracking, or dingy countertop with contact paper. Watch for a too-good-to-be-true deal on a discontinued or slightly damaged vanity at a favorite store.

Or transform or upcycle a bespoke or vintage furniture piece found at a thrift shop, garage sale, or online marketplace into a one-of-a-kind vanity.

Bathroom vanity design

2. Replace hardware

Swapping out cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, towel bars, the toilet paper holder, faucets and shower fixtures provides a budget-friendly update.

Choices are endless and include crystal and colored knobs as well as metals in interesting textures and finishes. Mixing metals is on trend. Ensuring the screw alignment on the new hardware matches the holes on your existing cabinets eliminates the need to drill new holes and fill the old ones.

Bathroom with mixed metal hardware

3. Refinish the bathtub

If your tub has small spiderweb cracks, surface rust, or just looks old and dingy, refinishing is an affordable option.

It essentially involves painting a very hard epoxy coating over the existing enamel, acrylic, or fiberglass surface.

You can buy a DIY kit that includes everything you need. Complete the project with grout-free acrylic tub and shower wall panels and a fresh new shower curtain. Consider installing a new toilet, too.

Bathroom with green accent wall and bathtub

4. Maximize storage

Remove everything from your bathroom vanity, medicine cabinet, and linen cupboard (if you have one). Place items on a flat surface and get rid of items that have expired or that you no longer use or have in duplicates. Sort like items together, think about how often you use them and organize accordingly.

Invest in attractive shower caddies, floating shelves, clear jars, drawer dividers, bins, baskets, a towel rack and hooks, and even containers specially designed to store things like makeup, so everything has a place.

Storage solution for bathroom

5. Apply a fresh coat of paint

Bathrooms must endure plenty of heat and humidity so choose a durable, mildew-resistant paint. Going from dark to light will make the room look bigger. Soft whites, grays, or pastels promote rest and relaxation, greens are soothing, and blues add tranquility.

Painting the ceiling the same color as the walls creates the illusion of more height and can highlight architectural details like crown moulding. Peel-and-stick wallpaper is yet another way to personalize your space and can be applied to one wall to create a focal point.

Pink bathroom stick tiles

6. Add architectural design elements

There are many cheap ways to remodel your bathroom floor, including peel-and-stick tiles, luxury vinyl planks, or laminate floor that snaps into place. Installing wainscotting on the lower half of the walls or shiplap throughout adds interesting texture.

Remember, cheap doesn't have to mean low value. When done properly – which includes steps like sealing and caulking – inexpensive upgrades can add value. Poorly completed projects, on the other hand, can decrease your home's value.

bathroom remodel idea on a budget

7. Bathroom remodel ideas on a budget - accessorize

Infuse your bathroom with personality through accessories, many of which will serve double duty because they'll be both functional and beautiful. Bamboo trays on the counter can store soap and other toiletries and reduce visual clutter.

A freestanding ladder puts fluffy towels and luxurious robes within arm's reach of the shower. An area rug adds a splash of color and is a safe place to land when steeping out of the shower. The ideal window treatment beautifies your space and provides welcome privacy.

Bathroom layout accessories

A large and interesting mirror will create the illusion of a bigger space and reflect light to make the room brighter. If the only light fixture is in the center of the room, swag a light with a cord or chain by installing a ceiling hook close to the mirror, adjust it to the desired length and take the guesswork out of applying makeup and shaving.

Candles create ambiance, while an essential oil diffuser offers the benefits of aromatherapy. Add plants that flourish in hot and humid conditions. If displaying artwork, be mindful of how it may be affected by moisture.

Cheap Materials for Bathroom Remodeling

Creating the bathroom of your dreams will require some sweat equity but you don't need to undertake a full renovation to create a place where you can enjoy well-deserved 'me time.' After all that sweat equity, your refinished bathtub is just the place to soothe those achy muscles and soak up your luxurious new space!

Top Bathroom Reno Saving Tips

1. Make a plan and stick with it.

2. Keep plumbing and electrical fixtures in their current locations.  

3. DIY a vanity and as many projects as possible.

A floor plan arranger can help you imagine the possibilities and make decisions that will maximize even tiny bathrooms. RoomSketcher is easy to use and allows you to design 2D and 3D floor plans in just minutes.

The RoomSketcher Floor Plan Gallery is filled with inspiration for bathrooms of all shapes and sizes, including small bathrooms, powder rooms, Jack and Jill bathrooms, accessible bathrooms and primary bathrooms so look forward to making a splash.

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