Tips from an Interior Designer

Remodeling Your Bathroom On A Tight Budget: Tips For Homeowners

An outdated bathroom can greatly detract from your home's resale value. Not to mention, how are you supposed to enjoy the spa-like retreat you deserve in an old, outdated bathroom space? Of course, you might be understandably wary about the idea of updating your bathroom, as a full remodel can be quite pricey. Still, there are some simple projects you can take on in the meantime to update your bathroom on a very small budget.

Update Your Existing Vanity

Replacing your existing vanity with a brand new one can be very expensive, especially when it comes to having it installed, as this requires plumbing work that you may not be able to do on your own. However, you don't need to completely replace your bathroom vanity to update the space. Consider taking simple steps, such as re-painting or staining the vanity cabinets and installing new vanity hardware. You may also consider updating the faucet to something a little more modern, such as a brushed nickel or stainless steel faucet. All of this can be done at a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire vanity.

Refinish Your Shower or Tub

Tired of that outdated shower or tub? Think your only option is to completely replace it? Think again. For a small price, most tubs and showers can be easily resurfaced or retrofitted to create the appearance of a new fixture. This is a great option for getting rid of unsightly colored tubs or shower enclosures that may have been popular a few decades ago, but have no place in a modern, updated home. Research shower and tub resurfacing/refinishing experts in your area to have this done correctly and for a fair price.

Re-Paint (Or Use Wallpaper)

You'd be amazed at just how much of a difference a fresh coat of paint can make in your bathroom space. Create the illusion of more space in a smaller bathroom with a lighter color, but feel free to go bold with an accent wall that incorporates darker colors or even a patterned wallpaper. Just be sure to set aside a fair amount of time for your painting project; even though bathrooms tend to be smaller spaces, they can still take awhile to paint because you'll have to work carefully around shower enclosures, tubs, tile, sinks, and plumbing fixtures. Having plenty of painter's tape on hand here will be a lifesaver for a painting project.

You don't need to do a full-scale remodeling project to update your bathroom. Try these simple bathroom remodeling ideas instead!