3 Bathroom Renovations on a Budget

These budget bathroom renovations were made possible with smart planning and savvy design. 


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    • Maximize Space

      Beautiful built-ins and a cozy window seat now occupy the footprint of a never-used jetted tub. This renovated master bathroom boasts plenty of storage, even with removing a bulky vanity, creating a bathroom that no longer feels cramped or crowded for $4,500.

    • Storage & More

      The lithe lines of two pedestal sinks make the bathroom airy and spacious, while the storage units flanking the window are perfect for linens and bathroom necessities. Open shelving provides display space for the homeowner's collection of vintage containers.

    • Cozy Seating Area

      The window seat's custom-made cushion lends softness and pattern to the space. 

    • Spacious Spa Shower

      A new, fully tiled shower -- nearly double the size of the original shower -- feels luxurious, not claustrophobic like its predecessor. Keeping the plumbing for the shower in its original location was a big money-saver. 

    • Hint of Color

      Classic subway tiles run the perimeter of the room, adding to the enduring classic style of the bathroom. The double row of mosaic tile adds a hint of color and breaks up the wall of white. An elegant brushed-nickel faucet with dual handles is a stylish detail. 

    • Subway Tile Wainscoting

      Extending the subway tile wainscoting around the room ensures that even the commode nook gets special treatment. 

    • Soothing Space

      These homeowners took their existing 1970s bathroom -- with a cheap oak vanity, dark striped wallpaper, and a divider wall -- and transformed it into a soothing cottage retreat. It's now the perfect place to start and end the day.

    • White on White

      Borrowing a couple of feet from an adjacent closet created space for this vintage claw-foot tub. Budget-friendly white subway tile surrounds the tub, adding to the classic charm of the bathroom.

    • Character in the Details

      A distressed wall cabinet carries out the bath's cottage vibe. Lending kitschy charm is paint-by-number artwork the homeowners found on Etsy.

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      European-Style Fixtures

      Inspired by Swedish blogs, the European-style fixtures with knobs labeled "hot" and "cold" add another layer of vintage charm. Against all of the white in the bathroom, the chrome fixtures act as jewelry, adding sparkle and glamour. 

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      Smart Spending

      With a budget of $5,000 for the entire remodel, saving money in some areas allowed for a few splurges, such as the classic penny tiles that cover the floor. 

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      Classic Charm

      By replacing the vanity and adding traditional details, this interior designer's powder room now has touches from an earlier era for only $1,500.

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      Attention to Detail

      Budget-friendly crown molding and a classic white subway tile wainscoting now dress up the walls and tie in to the nearby kitchen. Traditional details like a classic lamp and carved-wood mirror add interest and charm to the small space.

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      Balancing Act

      Bringing in a carved-wood mirror from another room of the house helped to save money and balance the whimsical botanical-print wallpaper. 

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