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5 Cheap Bathroom Remodel Ideas on a Budget

Posted by MoneyKey on August 26, 2019
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Is your bathroom falling apart? Are the fixtures broken, tiles chipping away, and cabinet hanging off its hinges? Or maybe you just want to update its look? While you might feel like it’s time to remodel your bathroom, this doesn’t necessarily mean you can afford to spend $25,000 turning it into that luxury spa room you’ve always wanted. But you don’t need to drop thousands and thousands of dollars to update this area of your house into a nice, relaxing space. There are plenty of cheap bathroom remodel ideas on a budget that may be able to help you out.

According to Home Advisor, the average bathroom remodel cost falls a little over $10,000, with higher-end remodels costing $25,000 or more. However, if you’re able to take care of some the work yourself – the cost of labor averages 50 percent of the total cost of the remodel – and implement some cheap bathroom remodel ideas on a budget, you may be able to cut this cost significantly.

Cheap bathroom remodel ideas on a budget

Before you start this project, you’ll need to figure out how much you’re able to spend so you can decide what changes you want to make. If your budget falls on the lower side of things (less than $1,000) you’ll likely want to focus on cosmetic changes like putting in a new sink, new fixtures, and painting the room. If you have a little more money to spend, you may be able to make some bigger changes like adding a bigger shower, tiling, or putting in a new window. What you’re able to accomplish for your cheap bathroom remodel is dependent on your budget.

So, let’s get into what you can do to save some money.  

1. Use a limited amount of tile

Use a limited amount of tile for your cheap bathroom remodel

While you may want to line your entire bathroom with artistic tiles, this can get very pricey, particularly when you have to hire someone to do the work for you. If you do want to add some tiling in, focus on the areas where it’ll make the most impact, like the floor, and try to reduce the amount you use.

If you’ve fallen in love with a particularly expensive and artistic tile, use a very small amount to accent certain areas alongside a cheaper tile that you’ve picked out. This will make the artistic tile pop, and you may save some money by using such a small amount.

2. Paint your bathroom

If your budget is on the lower end and you don’t have a ton of money to throw around for your cheap bathroom remodel, giving your bathroom a fresh coat of paint can be a great way to update its look.

Keep in mind that this process might take a little longer than you think. While your bathroom is probably one of the smaller rooms in your house, there are a lot of things to work around. You’ll need to be careful to paint around the shower, sink, window, toilet, mirror, and wall corners. You’ll need time, patience, and a hefty store of painter’s tape.

Another thing you’ll want to keep in mind is the issue of moisture. Since the temperature and level of humidity change so frequently in your bathroom, it makes it easier for mildew and mold to develop. Because of this, you may want to go with a higher quality of paint with a satin finish. You should also consider looking into special bathroom paint for your ceiling that will help ward off the growth of mold.

3. Update small fixtures

Update small fixtures for your cheap bathroom remodel

When you’re looking to do a cheap bathroom remodel, you should focus on some of the smaller changes you can make. This means updating the towel racks, sink faucets, light fixtures, and drawers for a price that’s likely a lot less than what it would cost you to rip out your tub for something brand new. While you might not think of these items as being particularly important, these small upgrades can really change the feel of your bathroom. Search online and look at places like Modern Bathroom for inspiration. While you may not be able to afford a lot of these items, they may give you some inspiration for you to replicate these ideas on the cheap.

It’s also important to remember that you don’t have to get everything for your cheap bathroom remodel from a home improvement store. For example, if you can manage to get your hands on some old plumbing pipes, you could turn them into a towel rack and give your bathroom a trendy industrial vibe. Get creative with the materials around you and look for ways to update your bathroom’s look for less.

4. Clean up grout and caulk

One thing that sometimes gets overlooked but is an important detail of your bathroom is caulk and grout. When this stuff starts to get dirty, it’s not pretty. By cleaning up the grout and re-caulking the areas around your sing and bathtub, you can clean things up for just a few dollars. You might find that this makes a bigger difference than you think! And the best part is that caulk and grout are relatively inexpensive, so this will likely be one of the least expensive parts of your cheap bathroom remodel.

5. Make environmentally conscious upgrades

make environmentally conscious changes when doing a cheap bathroom remodel

When you’re looking for ways to update your bathroom, consider the environment when making changes. For example, low-flow shower heads, sinks, toilets, and faucets are a great way to save water, and could also help you save on your utility bills. And you can often find these faucets and shower heads for the same price as traditional ones, so you likely won’t need to spend more on the actual appliance.

You can also help the environment by buying used materials, or even repurposing old materials. Look for inspiration on sites like Etsy for ways to recycle materials for your cheap bathroom remodel, and look around your house for inspiration. For example, do you have any mason jars lying around? Well, did you know you can turn one of these into a soap dispenser? Read more here to learn how.

If you want more inspiration for DIY upgrades you can make to your bathroom’s décor, check out this list and see if you have the materials lying around to make these things yourself. And remember, if you have any items that you’ve removed from your bathroom that are still in working shape, don’t hesitate to donate them to your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore or Goodwill.

Use these tips to help with your cheap bathroom remodel

Remodeling any room in your house is a big project, even one of the smaller rooms like your bathroom. And when you want to put in new flooring, new appliances, and completely overhaul the look and feel of a room, things tend to get pricey. But you don’t need to completely break the bank to make a few simple but impactful changes to your bathroom. With a few cheap bathroom remodel ideas on a budget in hand, you may be able to give your bathroom a nice, relaxing feel without spending more than you’re comfortable with. Just remember that the changes you’re able to make are dependent on your budget, so while you may have grand dreams of turning your bathroom into an at-home spa, always stay within the confines of what you can afford.  


Disclaimer: This article provides general information only and does not constitute financial, legal or other professional advice. For full details, see MoneyKey's Terms of Use.

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