7 Bathroom Design & Remodeling Ideas on a Budget – A Guest Post!

These days, I’m almost finished with the redecorating of our Master Bedroom. (I can’t wait to show it to you!) And while I’m almost finished with that, it’s starting to dawn on me that I need to get to work in our Master BATHROOM design. Mercy. I know for sure that new light fixtures are needed. Although I’d love to change out the vanity and add glass doors to the shower…I think those things will have to come later. In fact, if I make a list of the DREAM Master Bathroom, I think LOTS of my ideas will have to come later! HA! (Along with some skip bins to put all the OLD and outdated junk into! Mercy – it’s gonna be a task!)

So when Tim from JVPartnersNow contacted me to see if I was interesting in learning about budgeting when it came to bathrooms…I was all about it! Let’s see what he can teach us today…

interior hand drawn perspetive of an apartment bathroom

interior hand drawn perspetive of an apartment bathroom

There are a couple reasons why remodeling your bathroom is a good idea. The first is obviously to make your family more comfortable. The second is that having an updated or better looking bathroom can make your home more appealing when it comes time to sell it. However, if you have a tight budget, you might think that a bathroom remodel is out of the question. After all, it would cost $10,000 to $20,000 to do, right?

That isn’t necessarily the case, especially if you or anyone you know has experience with construction and plumbing. If you can do the work yourselves, you will save tons of money. Of course, you can also save money by choosing your remodeling changes wisely. Here are 7 fantastic ideas to get you started.

If You Choose to Paint, Do it Properly

Mold develops easily in hot, wet, dark environments, such as bathrooms. That means that you should really invest in mold-resistant paint for both the walls and ceiling. That’s going to be more expensive than regular paint. Also, you will need to spend extra money on painter’s tape because of all the fixtures you will be painting around. But investing more money in doing the job properly the first time will save you money in the long run.

Cut Back on Your Counter Costs

One area where you can save a ton of money on your bathroom remodel is by conserving costs on your counter top. Are you set on the idea of purchasing a granite counter? Well, that’s no problem, but steer clear of popular colors. A slightly more unusual color will be less expensive, and it will give your space a fairly unique look. You can also save by purchasing a granite slab that isn’t quite perfect. Remember that your sink is likely to hide an imperfection anyway, depending on its location. So, selecting your granite from imperfect “seconds” is a great money saver.

If you don’t mind avoiding granite entirely, you can save even more money. Simply convert an old low dresser into a counter. Cut out a hole for the sink to sit in and space enough for the plumbing connections. It’s a unique idea that will cost almost nothing, if you have some carpentry and plumbing skills.


Clean Your Grout to Make it Stand Out

There are few things that can make a bathroom look older and dingier than dirty grout. All you have to do is clean it and caulk around your fixtures properly to eliminate that problem. You may need to redo the grout in spots, but it’s a cheap, quick fix that is well worth your time.

Have Your Tub or Shower Relined

If your tub or shower is looking like it has seen better days, the temptation might be to completely replace it, but that’s both expensive and wasteful. You can reline them for a lot less money. Although, replacing the faucets completely might be a good idea, unless you’re comfortable taking on the project of refinishing them yourself.

If You Must Buy Items, Buy Them Used

It’s possible that you really need to get totally different accessories for your bathroom. You might even need larger items like sinks or toilets. If so, don’t let your budget worries get in the way. Instead, look for those items in second hand stores and online. Habitat for Humanity ReStore, eBay, Etsy, Craigslist and other websites can be excellent resources.

shower and bathroom in a modern/luxury hotel

Upgrade with the Environment and Your Bills in Mind

Last, but certainly not least, make sure that you make environmentally-friendly remodeling choices, such as installing a low-flow toilet in your bathroom. That way you will cut back on your bills, help the environment, and make the space appealing to potential buyers when you choose to sell your home.

These are all great ideas! We had our shower re-grouted last year, but I love the idea of purchasing hardware items used! I find that things like that normally have tons more character, don’t you?

Have you made any low-budget changes to your bathroom lately that you’d like to share?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

16 thoughts on “7 Bathroom Design & Remodeling Ideas on a Budget – A Guest Post!

  1. Most of my dream bathroom redesign ideas will have to wait also…we must be alike. We haven’t made any changes to our bathroom yet, except to replace the flooring but we have some on the drawing board! Shopping at the Habitat ReStore is definitely on the list for supply shopping!

  2. I have plans to remodel both my guest bathroom and my master bath later on this fall, so these are all ideas that will help tremendously. I really like the idea about using mild resistant paint. Here in the humid south, mold can be a problem. Great tips!

  3. These are all great tips. I have two bathrooms that are in desperate need of remodeling (we did paint them both and get a new toilet and new floor for one of them already) and I’m planning on painting the vanities as well. Thanks for sharing! Visiting you from the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

  4. My husband would love your post! He is all about doing things RIGHT and not trying to put a bandaid on it. My mother’s grout is horrible HOWEVER he knows the wall behind it is rotting so he wants to totally re-do the bathroom which is needed but my mother wants him to just make it look pretty lol an ongoing battle. I love the wood bathroom photo!

  5. I love these ideas, far too often people will spend way more than they need to when remodeling their bathrooms and if they just gave it a little pre-thought they could save so much money. I would advise to think long term when it comes to installing a new shower head for example. Whilst there are many choices, opting for one that can save you money on your water bills can mean you end up saving more money in the long run.
    My tip is to place a typical bucket in your shower and turn it on, if it fills up in less than 20 seconds then you’re probably wasting water! Tinker with your shower head settings to reduce the amount of water flowing and not only can you save yourself money on water bills but also on electrical bills by not having your extractor fan running as much!

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