We’ve all been there. As you move through your morning routine your eye catches that annoying rust stain in the bathroom sink. Then, you start to notice that dingy shower curtain, the threadbare bathmat, the overflowing basket of toiletries and so on…and so on. You suddenly realize, maybe it’s time to refresh your bathroom.
As huge HGTV fans, we know it’s easy to get caught up and inspired by the large-scale bathroom remodeling projects we see on our favorite design shows. For most of us on a budget, big changes can translate into BIG MONEY. However, that doesn’t have to be the case.
Below, we’ve listed a few of the more budget-friendly, updates you can make in your bathroom without blowing a lot of cash.
This may be the easiest and, quite possibly, the most fun part of your bathroom make over. We suggest starting here first. Let your shower curtain choice serve as a point of reference for what kind of look you are trying to achieve in this space. Fun, flirty, wild, bold, neutral – – – There are no wrong ways to go. Just have fun!
Antiquing is a great way to score terrific finds for your home (Read Tips for Antiquing for more info). You can add some serious character to your bathroom instantly with by adding beautiful pieces like the mirror featured below.
For about $200 you can replace your worn out sink/vanity for a simple, single sink option from Lowe’s. For the skilled DIYer, you can buy the vanity alone and create your own one-of-a-kind look by creating a tiled surface top yourself.
Okay, there are two ways to approach the issue of bathroom storage. #1- Create stylish storage options for items like towels and laundry and #2- Find functional storage options for items like your cosmetics and toiletries. Whichever one of these problems you’d like to solve, keep in mind the goal should be to “de-clutter” this space. Check out the following storage solutions below. If you are into make-up, try using stackable storage to help minimize clutter around the sink area. Into making a grand presentation? Floral print trays and bowls are a cute way to store important items while showing off your personal design style. Not into the plastic furniture look? Galvanized steel fixtures look futuristic and sleek while holding your towels and wash rags. The possibilities are endless.
Those forgettable, shaggy, pastel rugs leaving you a bit uninspired? Well, have no fear. A bathmat upgrade won’t break your bank. Ditch the yarn look for more modern options. Zig-Zag patterns or a tribal print may just put more pep in your step the next time you shower.
Sometimes, injecting life into a space is as simple as a few brush strokes. A new hue in the bathroom can transform that space from a wash closet to a tropical paradise (if you choose). We like this “Before & After” from Brit+Co because it’s warm and energetic. Just looking at this shade of green lifts my spirits. There are no bounds to your imagination, so go for it! One key point to keep in mind is to make sure you chose a variety of paint that is intended for high humidity and moisture prone rooms.
Refinishing Your Bathtub or Sink
This final upgrade suggestion may be one of the more costly tasks to undertake, but, in comparison to a complete remodel project, it’s far less expensive. Many of us may have a tub or sink that’s seen better days. Unsightly rust stains or chipped porcelain are just two of the most common issues that may plagued the bathroom’s most used fixtures. But you can salvage these items by enlisting the services of professionals. Locally, the pros like Lowcountry Refinishing can work wonders on an old tub or sink. This remodel and repair project can add up to 20 more years of use to your fixtures while saving you considerable amounts of cash.
Let us know how you would upgrade your bathroom on a budget in the comment section below.