Sometimes we put off bathroom remodeling because we want to wait until we have enough money to do something really special. It is easy to feel tempted to spend big on your bathroom upgrade. New products are revealed frequently, and bathroom trends occasionally change. Neither of these factors have to influence your plans, as many low cost ideas can lead to big results.
- Refinish the bathtub. While an old bathtub can be unsightly, it doesn’t necessarily have to be replaced. Refinishing is a far cheaper option and it can make the bathroom look like new. Removal and installation are other costs you have to face if you decide to replace the tub.
- Get a new faucet. A new, shiny faucet will instantly show that you have done some work in the bathroom, even with few other improvements. A new faucet can also add a modern or retro touch, depending on your preference.
- Choose a new paint color. A different color can give the space a big lift, making it seem like you spent more on the remodel. Browns, blues, greens and grays can help to create a relaxing atmosphere.
- Freshen up grout and caulk. Dingy grout and caulk can give the bathroom a similarly dingy appearance. Fresh, clean caulk will help to brighten up fixtures. Clean the grout to give new life to tiles.
- Repurpose when you can. An old cabinet can become a new bathroom vanity once it’s refinished. If you want wood floors, you can use reclaimed wood from an old building, making your bathroom remodel greener.
- Update the lighting. New light fixtures can quickly revitalize the look of any room. Consider adding sconces on either side of the mirror, or add a lighted mirror.
- Choose a pre-fabricated shower. A shower that comes ready to be installed will cost much less than tiling the shower area. While tiles give you design range, an attractive pre-fabricated shower can still make a statement.
If you are remodeling the bathroom on a budget, try to focus mostly on DIY tasks. Anything you can do on you own will lower your expenses. However, keep in mind that there will be tasks you cannot handle, although they may not always be considered major changes. Putting in a new toilet for example, may require a professional, but this is still affordable for most homeowners.