7 Ways to inexpensively update your bathroom

Thinking about updating your bathroom soon? Whether you’re planning to sell soon, or you’d just like to transform your space, renovating your bathroom is no small feat.

According to Remodeling Magazine, a mid-range bathroom remodel runs about $18,981. If that number made your heart skip a beat, don’t panic– there’s plenty of budget-friendly updates you can make without breaking the bank.


Tile— whether you’re using it for floors or walls— can add up pretty quickly. Luckily, there’s a couple ways you can have your cake and eat it too with this more expensive material. Try shopping at big-box retailers like Home Depot, Floor and Decor, and Lowe’s for tile.

Hitting up these supercenters as opposed to shopping for custom tile can save you a pretty penny. If you have to go with custom tile, consider using it just as a border. Beadboard has recently come back into play and with its classic look, we can’t see this going out of style any time soon. Transform your space for cheap, using beadboard to cover most of your walls and then top off the look with custom tile.

Additionally, you can save money by installing luxury vinyl tile yourself,  as opposed to paying a contractor to lay tile.


Never underestimate the value of a fresh coat of paint. Stick with warm neutrals like gray, greige (yes, this exists; it’s a combination of gray and beige), light taupe, or even a soft white etc. to brighten small spaces.

A word of advice: Going the DIY route when it comes to paint can save you hundreds— just make sure you’ve got patience, as bathrooms tend to have small nooks and crannies that are a pain to deal with when it comes to paint.


Move over granite, marble and quartz are the new countertop superstars, but if you’re on a tight budget, these must haves can quickly wreak havoc on your bottom line. Get the best of both worlds when you consider using remnants to up-fit your vanity.

This little known secret can easily transform your space for a fraction of the cost of a full slab of stone. Most counter top yards and suppliers offer this, so find suppliers in your area and get some cost estimates. 


Replace the frameless mirror over your vanity with a framed mirror. Shop around to find a less expensive, yet modern mirror that fits the bill, or if you’re willing to put in a little effort, consider framing your current mirror with inexpensive materials found at a local hardware store.


You’ll be surprised at what simply replacing the fixtures does to your space. Replace dated brass knobs, towel rods, sink faucets, light fixtures and even light switches and outlets to quickly and inexpensively update the look of your bathroom.

Caulk and grout

Nothing makes a bathroom look more drab than unsightly caulk and grout. If your tile and tub are still in good condition consider redoing the grout and adding a fresh layer of caulk around your tub. You’ll be surprised at how quickly this elevates the look of your space.

Likewise, consider going over your dingy grout with a grout pen for an expensive way to bring your bathroom into style again. 

Redo not replace 

Hate that puke green tile lining your tub? Don’t replace— redo! Yep, turns out you can even paint tile. Use a product like Rust-Oleum’s tile and tub kit to transform the ugly green to a sparkling white.

Use a similar strategy when it comes to your tub. Instead of buying a new tub, consider refinishing your old one. Many times you can have your tub professionally relined for a fraction of what a new one would cost.