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Bath Makeovers Under $2,000

A bathroom makeover doesn't have to bust your budget. For ideas and inspiration, check out these four gorgeous bathroom remodeling projects that are easy on your wallet.

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    • Fresh Beginning

      A tired 1964 bathroom gets a bright look and stays on budget with an all-white palette. Simple construction and pine boards were used to create the new double vanity. A wall of horizontal car siding (found at home centers) covers the wall adjacent to the sink and adds interest.

    • Freehand Beauty

      A hand-painted herringbone pattern creates the look of a high-end wallpaper accent wall. Simple glass floating shelves add storage without taking attention away from the pretty wall treatment. Chrome accents give the room a polished look.

    • Sleek and Rustic

      The DIY pine vanity looks chic with a rich stain made by diluting a midtone gray-brown shade of latex paint with water, and then brushing it on. A slab of remnant marble tops the vanity and elevates the look.

    • In the Open

      Doors were removed from a standard closet to allow easy access to shelving. The color-block paint treatment adds soothing blues and greens to the white bathroom. Simple fabric bins corral supplies and toiletries.

    • Wow with Watercolor

      A plain white shower curtain gets a DIY twist with a freehand floral design (sketched with a permanent marker), and watered-down fabric paint for pops of color. The imperfections make it beautiful.

    • Sparkle in the Shower

      While the majority of the shower is subway tile, this niche gets special treatment with glass mosaic tile. One sheet of tile can make a big impact in an all-white space.

    • Chic Powder Room

      For less than $600, this 4x4-foot powder room was transformed into a chic little bath. A classic white pedestal sink took the place of an oak vanity and made the compact room feel airier.

    • Add on Accessories

      A pair of shelves and brackets from IKEA are less than $50, adding storage and display to the tiny room.

    • Stick It on

      For $54, the walls were embellished with peel-and-stick decals that mimic the look of wallpaper.

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      Supporting Elements

      The sleek satin-nickel base and white shades contribute stylish, tailored lines. The mirror pivots to accommodate guests of varying heights.

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      Bright Bath Makeover

      In just two weeks and for less than $1,600, this master bath in a 165-year-old upstate New York home went from dark and drab to sunny and inviting.

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      Tile Tub Deck

      White marble replaced black-and-white tile on the tub deck. At $375, the marble tile was the biggest budget item for the master bath makeover.

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      Budget Sink

      A new sink -- a home center find for $150 -- left room in the budget for a $200 vintage-style faucet.

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      Small Changes, Big Impact

      Crown molding draws attention to the bath's 9-foot ceiling. The vintage farm ladder, which came from a barn, was painted black to match the chandelier above the tub.

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      Traditional White

      Pine beaded board on the cabinetry and wainscoting was painted white to brighten the space and give it a more traditional appearance. Jars on the shelves hold bath salts and soaps.

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      Color Updates

      A new white shower curtain continues the pristine theme. Blue accents add touches of fresh color.

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      Custom Touches

      Framing the mirror and topping it with crown molding integrates it with the new white vanity cabinet. The prefinished cherry floor adds warmth and natural color without adding a lot -- just $300 -- to the budget.

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      True Blue

      Vivid shapes and vintage colors erased the utilitarian-grim vibe of this guest bath. A maple vanity was refreshed with sky blue paint. A tall wainscoting was created with simple lengths of wood.

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      Mix It Up

      A modern chevron pattern on the shower curtain and shade adds a graphic element, contrasting the organic wall design.

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      A Fine Line

      A permanent marker with a fine tip was used to create this freehand bird sanctuary on the walls. The birds were painted with acrylic paint. This homeowner used a projector to help lead the pattern.

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      Sweet Add-Ons

      The room's carefree natural vibe carries into other winged creates: This sweet owl hook is a fun place to hang a towel.

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      Unexpected Art

      Vintage needle art in matching frames is an inexpensive way to carry the bird theme through the room. Simple gold frames are easily found at thrift stores or garage sales for a bargain.

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      Before-and-After Bathroom Makeovers

      Growing weary of your out-of-date bathroom? Browse these stunning bathroom makeovers and gather inspiration to transform your bathroom into a stylish retreat worthy of your time and attention.
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