Bathroom remodels and renovations are not exactly cheap. In fact, Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value report published in 2019 suggested that the average bathroom remodel cost comes up to $20,420. Upscale renovations with more frills can raise the cost up to a whopping $64,743.
Understandably, not everyone can afford this amount for just one bathroom. So does that mean you have to live with the unsightly bathroom for a long time?
No. There are some ways you can renovate your bathroom at a cheaper price point. These small changes can make a big difference, at least until you can save up enough money for a complete professional makeover.
Until then, the following tips for inexpensive bathroom renovations may prove useful:
Get Creative with the Counters
Granite and marble have been popular choices for bathroom and kitchen counters since the Hygge and minimal decoration style became popular thanks to Pinterest. However, these stones are very expensive.
There are two ways you can save on counters. The first way is currently on the rise of popularity, especially among DIY’ers. Instead of a counter, use an old dresser or vanity. The top can be cut off to make space for the sink. Interior drawers can be cut out to accommodate the plumbing.
If you must have stone counters, get granite or marble with more imperfections. The more visible the imperfections - the cheaper the price.
Like stone countertops, tiles are expensive. The price goes up even more if you hire a contractor to lay down the tiles. When you’re renovating, limit the number of tiles you use. Focus on areas where they are a must; such as the floor and shower stalls.
Any decorative tiling can be used as accents along with basic, cheaper tiles.
eBay, Craigslist, and local thrift shops can be a goldmine when it comes to finding used bathroom fixtures. Bathtubs, sinks, toilets, shower stalls, and even faucets are available in excellent conditions.
Etsy and other places also sell repurposed and upcycled bathroom fixtures and accessories that you can be used.
Change the Décor
A deep clean and changing or adding some decorative items in the bathroom can also make a whole lot of difference. Change the mirror, add a painting, a plant, soap dispenser, etc.
Also, change the shower curtains, bathmats, hand towels, and bath towels. Try to find a theme and coordinate everything accordingly.
There are many things you can make work just by redoing, instead of buying new. For instance, shower fixtures, bathtubs, sinks, etc, can be cleaned, refinished for a completely new look.
Besides that, redoing and freshening up the caulk and grout on the floor and walls can make your floor new.
Paint, Paint, Paint
Lastly, one of the most effective ways to renovate or freshen up a room is a fresh coat of paint. There are so many surfaces in the bathroom that can be made anew by just repainting them a new color.
You can paint the walls and ceiling a neutral color to brighten up the room. You can match the cabinets and shelves to your chosen theme by painting them yourself.
If you have wooden floors in your bathroom and you can’t replace it with moisture-hardy flooring, you can have it painted with protective enamel.
Professional painters at Creative Painting Systems can help you with that. We understand that bathrooms require a bit more care while painting. From choosing the right finish to considering moisture issues, we’ll leave your bathroom looking new.
You can give us a call at 919-435-6023 and we’ll offer you solutions for your Raleigh, NC home.