5 Top Tips to Remodel Your Bathroom on a Tight Budget
The time has come to remodel your bathroom, but you need to do it on a small budget. Perhaps you want to sell your home and would like to keep costs down, or you just need to save money. In either case, an average bathroom remodel costs $10,000 and if you want luxury, it can be a lot more. However, there are a few tips to follow that could drastically reduce the price. In some cases, it may even be possible to get the job done for as little as $1,000.
1. A Lick of Paint
This is a very cheap and effective way to give your bathroom a completely different look. If you have undergone painting projects before, the bathroom is a little different. Allow for more time to do a good bathroom painting job, as there are a lot of areas to carefully paint around. Take time to use painters tape on every edge and corner, remove wall mirrors and switch-plates to get a good finish. Use a high quality paint, preferably with a satin finish for the walls, with a mold resistant paint on the ceilings. The color should be clean and fresh, ice blue, white and mint, all work well, but be sympathetic to your existing or new bathroom fixtures.
2. Add Clean Lines with Grout and Caulk
This can literally be done for a few dollars, but it can give your bathroom a brand new appearance. Simply clean out the old grout and caulk around the tub and the sink. Then add fresh new lines and smooth them in with a wet finger. This will give the bathroom a clean look that really makes an impression. Make sure to get anti-fungal products and take your time, as the smoother the finish is the better it will look.
3. Replace Fixtures
Sometimes, just updating the little things can make a huge difference. The fixtures in your bathroom may be a little tired or perhaps they don’t fit with a new color scheme. In either case, replacing bathroom fixtures is a pretty easy job and it can be done in very little time. Evaluate your light fixtures, towel racks and drawer pulls. Replacements can be bought at Home Depot or IKEA for very little. For bonus money saving points, why not check out Goodwill or even buildings that are being remodeled. Sometimes, contractors throw out perfectly good stuff that their client doesn’t want and you could benefit.
4. Update Sink Faucets
This is quite easy to do, but many people can be intimidated. There are many places to find out how to do this and you only need basic tools. It’s important to evaluate the faucet when it’s been removed. Some older antique faucets can be revived, by soaking them overnight in a bath of cola. Then they can be scrubbed with warm water and are as good as new. However, you may need new rubber seals if they appear to be damaged. If you prefer a newer faucet, there are many to choose from and they are easy to fit. A new set of faucets can add a really clean sparkle to a bathroom and they are pretty cheap to buy.
5. Piles of Tiles
If you need to do some tiling in your bathroom, it can get expensive quickly. It’s a good idea to do the job yourself if you can and it isn’t too hard to learn how. Save money by limiting the tile to essential areas such as the floor and inside the shower stall. Other areas of the wall can be painted cheaply. If you have your heart set on a particular expensive tile, why not use it in a row or pattern as an accent to cheaper tiles. In this case the expensive tile will probably pop more and be very noticeable.
Updating a bathroom need not be expensive, with a few compromises and a frugal mindset you could save thousands of dollars. Sources such as Craigslist, Ebay and Esty can provide up-cycled and refurbished fixtures at a modest cost. This will ensure that you create a fabulous bathroom regardless of your budget.