Renovation Rescue: Small Bathroom on a Budget

Does your powder room need a perk-up? See how these homeowners gave their small bathroom a major facelift for less than $800.

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Remodeling your powder room doesn't have to cost a lot. These homeowners modernized their space's ceiling, walls, and floor while also updating fixtures and accessories for less than $800.

We'll show you some of their tips and tricks to steal for your own bathroom remodel. Including DIY art and luxe details for less, these budget-friendly ideas pack a big design punch.

Save on Surfaces

Each surface of this small space got a total upgrade. On the floor, luxury vinyl tiles create the look of expensive stone for less. Plus, it requires minimal effort—you need only a sharp utility knife and a straightedge to install luxury vinyl tiles that click together. Overhead, sheets of beaded board and crown molding make quick work of old popcorn ceilings.

Build It Out

Bathrooms—especially powder rooms—are often short on storage space. Add more storage with a DIY shelving unit. These industrial-chic shelves are made from 1x8 boards and 3/4x10-inch galvanized pipe caps, nipples, and flanges. Each shelf is perfect for stashing extra hand towels, toiletries, and decorative accents.

Step-by-Step Instructions for a Hanging Rope Shelf

Paint Pretty

On their first attempt at a makeover, the homeowners painted this powder room a washed-out green. Although it was a good attempt at incorporating color, the shade just wasn't right for such a small space without any natural light. For the remodel, the homeowners opted for a deep gray wall color. The hue adds a neutral backdrop to let architectural elements, like DIY board-and-batten walls, stand out.

Statement Wall

To create board-and batten wainscoting, the homeowners installed a 1×4 baseboard and a 1×3 chair rail using a nail gun, then evenly spaced 1×3s around the room. If your wall is textured, consider installing smooth panels between the boards. Caulk the seams where the boards meet the wall before painting.

Luxe Backsplash

A tile backsplash that extends as a border around the room offers a luxe look. Get the look by cutting mosaic sheets in half and installing the tile with premixed mastic, using spacers to leave an even gap above the chair rail. Finish the top edge with wood trim, then grout the tile. Touch up trim paint as necessary.

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Cost-Conscious Art

This chic gallery wall relies on cost-effective tricks to create a number of pretty pieces. The main artwork is made by swirling paint colors together on white paper. When dry, circles are punched from the sheet and arranged on poster board. The other works are simple pieces of paper. When slipped in an 18×24-inch frame, a $5 sheet of decorative paper becomes art.

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