How to Stretch a Small Bathroom Budget

Modern & Rustic Budget Bath Makeover
Renovating a bathroom can be expensive. If you're trying to remodel on a shoestring budget, here are our tips for getting maximum style with minimum spending.

Find Extra Storage

Moving walls is a real budget buster. Instead, try utilizing found space. For example, recess shelves into the area between wall studs to create vertical storage that doesn't eat up floor space.

Bounce Light with Mirrors

Adding a window or skylight can add big dollars to a remodeling project. If your bathroom lacks light, fool the eyes by adding reflection with mirrors. A mirror (or grouping of mirros) is an affordable way to add personality and space-reflecting sparkle above a vanity.

Add Style with Simple Tile

Hate the look of a prefab shower surround, but lack pockets deep enough for fancy custom tile? Glazed subway tiles cost only a few dollars per square foot and create a timeless look.

Stick to Traditional Finishes

A surefire way to waste money on a bathroom remodel is to fill it with fads that won't last. Make your investment last for years by sticking to neutral colors and natural finishes. These tried-and-true classics are typically less expensive than their trendy counterparts, and are more likely to stand the test of time.

Transform a Dresser into a Vanity

Instead of spending big bucks on a furniture-style vanity, get the look for less by converting an old dresser or console table. This can-do DIY project is an easy way to save money -- and the environment.

Small Dose of Designer Tile

Give your bathroom a high-end look without the high-end price tag by splurging on items that give the biggest bang for your buck. Here, just a few rows of pricey designer accent tiles deliver a big punch of color and character.

Add on Extra Storage

Cabinetry is expensive, but don’t skimp on quality in a bathroom where the wet environment can quickly damage cheap particleboard vanities. To save money, choose one well-made vanity with hidden storage, and then add more storage to the walls with inexpensive open shelves. 

Refinish an Outdated Tub

Old bathtubs can be hard to clean, and heavy and expensive to remove. Try refinishing an old tub to bring it up-to-date and make it last for many more years. The process is done by professionals and the tub will be ready to use in a day or two, which is much shorter than a bathroom gut job would take.

Go Bold with Wallpaper

Floor-to-ceiling tile may look luxurious, but it also comes with a sizable price tag. Save money without sacrificing style by using a boldly patterned wallpaper to add personality to your bathroom walls. Avoid peeling and other problems by choosing a water-resistant paper made especially for a bathroom.

Colorful Shower Curtain

If your budget can’t support a $2,000 custom glass shower door, don’t fret. Many top designers include shower curtains in their home collections, so there are now more beautiful choices than ever. For less than $100, you can buy a curtain that looks like a piece of art and that can serve as the star of your bathroom design.

See this dingy bathroom get a fresh and modern makeover on a budget.

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