Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Decoraport, all words and suggestions are my own.
Your bathroom is a place you’ll spend a lot of time. It’s also one of the big influencers when it comes to house prices. But what if you don’t have $20,000 for a complete remodel of your bathroom? You could always do the work yourself but it’s still not going to reduce the price that much.
If your budget is $1,000 or less you can still make big changes to your bathroom. Here’s how to get the most bang for your buck.
Change the Tile Layout
Tile is expensive and will take up a huge amount of your budget. Instead of getting lots of tiles, place limits on how many tiles you’re going to use. Focus on the areas the eye naturally floats to, including the floor and the wall directly in front of you. It makes little sense to spend so much money on tiles inside shower stalls, for example.
Concentrating on high impact areas will enable you to get that luxury touch without spending more than you want.
Opt for a Different Granite Countertop
Granite countertops are expensive. With limited space, you can’t simply reduce the amount of granite. We recommend opting for less popular colors. Stay away from colors like tan because the more popular a color is the more expensive it’s going to be. Choose a different color scheme instead.
Another option on the table is to purchase a granite countertop with imperfections. These might not have the same luxury look of a perfect slab of granite, but you can make it work.
A Simple Repaint
Repainting your bathroom is by far the most cost-effective way of freshening up this room. Make sure you use paint with a satin finish so it can better defend against mold and mildew. Any other paint types will require that you repaint more often.
This is an easy way to spend a weekend and it shouldn’t cost more than $50 at the most.
It’s the Small Things that Matter
Do you know why luxury bathroom setups cost so much?
It’s because of the smaller details. These are the things people notice when they initially enter a bathroom. The faucets and the showerheads are just some of the small fixtures that can make a world of difference. Focus on them because they can be replaced relatively inexpensively.
If you’re feeling handy you could even make fixtures like old towel racks from pieces of old metal.
The Linings of the Tiles and the Fixtures
Look at the gaps between the tiles and areas adhering your sink and toilet to the wall. If you haven’t updated the grout or caulk in a while dirt can build up and seem unsightly. The way around that is to redo them. It takes time, but the materials themselves cost no more than a few dollars.
The caulk and the grout are what make these fixtures pop. Think about it as the frame of a painting. It can make more of a difference than you think.
Should You Refinish?
Refinishing things like the sink is a good idea because it’s nearly always cheaper to refinish rather than replace. But what you must keep in mind is that this only goes for the larger items in your bathroom. Refinishing faucets and other smaller fixtures will always cost more than simply replacing them.
Before you opt to refinish you should look into the cost of replacement.
Scour the Second-Hand Market
Whatever you want to replace will come with a cost. If you go down to your local hardware or home improvement store you’ll see that you have to pay quite a lot to get what you want. A way around this is to find second-hand bathroom items. Many people simply don’t consider this option, and so they discover that they spend more than they wanted to.
Second-hand fixtures and fittings on sites like eBay cost but a fraction of the price you’d get in your local store. It takes some advance planning to make this work, but the savings can really add up.
Update the Lighting
The lighting is the undisputed champion of revitalizing any room in the house, and the bathroom is no exception. A light with a dim bulb can make any room look run down. For your one big ticket item, we recommend focusing on the lighting. Get a big light that can illuminate every single corner. Combine this with a simple light for the mirror too.
A modern lighting fixture makes bathrooms seem brighter and more welcoming.
Last Word – Improve Your Bathroom Today
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your bathroom great. All you need to do is concentrate on the areas that have the biggest impact on how you perceive your bathroom. Settle on them and you’ll have the bathroom of your dreams soon enough.
What is your best tip for updating your bathroom when you have a limited budget?