18 Amazing Budget-Friendly Bathroom Makeovers Packed With DIY Ideas

black and white bathroom with wood counter
Photo: Laurey Glenn

Pulling off a bathroom makeover on a budget requires thoughtful planning and a bit of creativity. These transformations demonstrate how to use affordable materials and clever DIYs to achieve striking results. Let these budget bathroom makeovers offer ideas and inspiration for your next project.

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Farmhouse Bathroom Makeover on a Budget

Bathroom with blue and white plaid wallpaper
Laura Moss

Reclaimed materials and clever DIYs helped this farmhouse bathroom come together on a budget. Hexagon floor tiles and board-and-batten wainscoting nod to the past, while warm wood finishes introduce natural appeal. Tearing out a linen closet that was taking up valuable floor space made way for a walk-in shower.

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Budget Bathroom Vanity

blue farmhouse bathroom buffalo check wainscot
Paint colors: Hale Navy HC-154, Benjamin Moore; Decorator's White CC-20, Benjamin Moore. Laura Moss

This DIY vanity was made from inexpensive pine boards stained in a dark walnut finish. The vintage sink was found on the curb. The exterior of the sink basin is painted in the same navy hue seen on the walls to tie the color scheme together.

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Inexpensive Wall Treatment

wall painted blue buffalo check
Laura Moss

The walls are painted in a blue buffalo-check pattern as a budget-friendly alternative to wallpaper. The colors comprise light, medium, and dark shades from the same paint strip. Painters tape and a level helped achieve the crisp, straight lines.

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Reclaimed Shelves

Blue checkered wall shelf plants jars
Laura Moss

Open shelves provide storage and display space above the commode. They're made from salvaged floorboards and mounted on brackets. The walnut stain and weathered finish reinforce the room's farmhouse aesthetic.

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Modern Bathroom Makeover

black and white bathroom with wood counter
Laurey Glenn

The homeowners pulled off this bathroom makeover on a budget by choosing inexpensive materials and DIYing much of the work. For the shower, they inserted glass panels into a powder-coated frame and installed the finished unit themselves. Butcher block forms an affordable waterfall countertop around the wall-mounted vanity cabinet.

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Budget-Friendly Tile

coral towel hanging in black and white bathroom
Laurey Glenn

White, 6-inch-square ceramic tile was a budget-friendly option at the local home center. Dark grout lines define the grid pattern, which stretches over the walls and tub surround. The floor is covered in large, charcoal-colored tiles for contrast.

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Bathroom Storage Ideas

storage nook with woven plate decorations
Laurey Glenn

An IKEA kitchen cabinet provides handy storage in this slim nook. It's anchored to the wall and topped with a piece of oak for added style. The floating shelves above are crafted from leftover cuts from the butcher-block countertops.

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Budget Bathroom Refresh

Bath Makeovers white bathroom floor wall
Cameron Sadeghpour

This dated 1964 bathroom received a bright, budget-friendly makeover 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.

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Shiny Accents

bathroom mirrors gray chevron
Cameron Sadeghpour

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.

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DIY Vanity on a Budget

sleek rustic countertop sink wood
Cameron Sadeghpour

The DIY pine vanity looks elegant with a rich stain made from latex paint. The homeowners diluted a midtone gray-brown shade with water before brushing it on. A slab of remnant marble tops the vanity and elevates the look.

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Easy Storage Update

organize laundry shelves bathroom
Cameron Sadeghpour

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.

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DIY Shower Curtain

watercolor bathroom shower curtain
Cameron Sadeghpour

A plain white shower curtain got a DIY twist with a freehand floral design. It was sketched first with a permanent marker, then colored in with watered-down fabric paint. The imperfections enhance the nature-inspired look.

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Shower Tile

shower shelf bathroom flower
Cameron Sadeghpour

While the majority of the shower is subway tile, this niche got a special treatment with glass mosaic tile. One sheet of tile can make a big impact in an all-white space. Using more expensive tile in only a small area saves room in the budget for splurges elsewhere.

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Colorful Small Bathroom Makeover

blue vanity bathroom wallpaper
Brie Williams

Vivid shapes and vintage-inspired colors erased the utilitarian vibe of this guest bathroom. To kick off the color scheme, the maple vanity was refreshed with sky blue paint. The tall wainscoting treatment was created with simple lengths of wood.

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Eclectic Bathroom Accessories

chevron shower curtain bathroom
Brie Williams

A modern chevron pattern on the shower curtain and shade adds a graphic element that contrasts the organic wall design. Blue paint energizes a rattan stool, now used for storage near the shower. Overhead, an antique-inspired chandelier adds unexpected sparkle.

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DIY Bathroom Wall Mural

freehand bird wall permanent marker paint
Brie Williams

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

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Fun Accents

owl hook bathroom towel
Brie Williams

The small bathroom's carefree, nature-inspired theme includes other winged creatures, too. This sweet owl hook is a fun place to hang a towel. The brass finish ties in with the vintage vibe.

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Budget Bathroom Decor

bird wall art painting lamp flowers
Brie Williams

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. This budget bathroom idea instantly elevates the look with added character and style.

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