A bathroom renovation doesn’t have to mean big bucks. It doesn’t mean you need an expensive contractor and his minions traipsing through the house for days, hauling out the old and lugging in the new.
There are plenty of easy, cost-effective solutions that so many homeowners are simply unaware of.
Now, it’s certainly true that renovations can be expensive. But they don’t have to be. Let’s take a look at creative ways to refresh that bathroom on a budget.
From the truly simple to the slightly more involved yet still affordable, we’re here to lead you on a path to an inexpensive bathroom makeover.
So, let’s roll up our sleeves, ready our supplies, and our tile tools – we might need ‘’em-and breathe new life into that dated bathroom with this list of creative and deliciously cheap solutions.
Rehab Damaged Tile
Tile that’s seen better days is the bane of too many bathrooms. But you can do something about that without ripping that old tile up and laying it down fresh. Got hairline cracks in your tile? No problem. All you need is a little bit of epoxy and a craft stick.
If the epoxy is too noticeable for your liking, you can go over it with a high-gloss paint that matches your tile color-more on painting tile coming up. If a piece or two of tile is fully busted up, you can replace that, too.
Of course, it helps if you can replace the broken tile with an exact-match replica. But if you don’t, the next tip might come in especially handy.
Give Dated Tile a Fresh Coat of Paint
Lots of homeowners don’t realize you can fix cracked tile. Even fewer realize you can paint it, too. Yep, that’s right.
And painting is a whole lot cheaper than taking the old tile up and laying down new, though a savvy do-it-yourselfer can tile a bathroom without spending an arm and a leg. Painting tile is no more difficult than painting a wall.
Porcelain, ceramic, and natural stone tile all handle paint well, too. BUT painting tile in your shower stall is not a good idea. The moisture content is simply too high. The paint won’t last. A little paint on that hairline crack in your shower, though?
That’s fine. You just might have to give it a fresh coat now and then.
Refinish Your Tub and Shower
That nasty old tub and shower can handle a makeover, too-yet another cheap bathroom update option that most homeowners don’t know about.
As Better Homes & Gardens notes, “cast-iron, steel, and fiberglass tubs and shower stalls can all be re-coated to match the original finish or in an entirely new color.”
Refinishing is a nifty move that almost any do-it-yourselfer can handle. And keeping with our on-the-cheap theme, it’s wonderfully inexpensive.
Give It Some Color
Drab. It’s the primary ailment for the majority of outdated bathrooms. But it’s also an easy enough and cheap problem to remedy. For starters, paint those walls. It’s not hard. It’s not expensive.
And a critical note: Too many bathroom walls are painted with boring neutrals. Why? It’s hard to say. But there’s no reason for it. Go bold. Go bright. And after that rejuvenating paint job, take a look at what remains.
Bathmat old and bland? The same goes for the shower curtain? Ditch the dingy there, too, and add life with new, bright bathroom accouterments. Get the boring out of that bathroom color palette. Everything can handle some funky color-even your toilet seat.
How sad does your shower head look? What about the faucets on your tub and sink? If you’re looking at gunked-up, run-down fixtures-and if you’re here, you probably are there’s some good news.
Replacing your bathroom fixtures can be a relatively simple, not-too-expensive move that most do-it-yourselfers can tackle. Gleaming new fixtures can go a long way toward ridding the sad from your outdated loo.
A Fresh Look for Old Cabinets
It stands to reason that most outdated bathrooms have outdated cabinets. But ripping out the old and bringing in the new can be costly, and that’s not what we’re here for. Do you know what doesn’t cost a whole lot?
Updating the hardware. It’s also as easy as it gets. Adorning your old cabinets with fresh hardware gives you a little bit of new and nice. And you can do it in no time without spending much at all.
Renovating your funky-not in a good way-bathroom doesn’t require a serious outlay of cash. With a sprinkle of creativity and a little bit of know-how, you can turn your outdated bathroom into a sanctuary-or, at least, get it moving in that direction-without spending much at all.