How to renovate your bathroom on a small budget
The average mid-range bathroom renovation runs about $21,000, and homeowners can expect to recoup roughly 65% of their investment when it comes time to sell, according to renovation magazine.
If a full-scale bathroom makeover isn’t in the cards, there are several ways you can refresh your bathroom for much less– you just have to be creative. Here are seven ways to achieve the look you want, for less!
Go the DIY route
Experts suggest that homeowners can expect to spend about 50-60% of their total budget on labor alone. Save quite a bit of money by attempting to do the labor yourself. Opt for simple tile, not changing the layout, and refinishing instead of replacing to make your DIY journey easier.
Use subway tile
Intricate tile can add up quickly–especially if you’re tiling your entire shower. Keep costs down by using subway tile, which can typically be found for under .40 per tile. Save even more money by installing the tile yourself!
Choose a shower pan
Tiling a shower floor is often fairly complicated and will give even the most experienced DIYers a tough time, meaning you’ll likely need to outsource it to an expert. Save money by using a shower pan instead of a tile floor.
Paint, paint and more paint
If your vanity is in decent condition, save thousands by just applying a fresh coat of paint. Top off the look by purchasing new handles and knobs for the drawers.
Likewise, add a bright new hue to your walls and even consider repainting the baseboards to make them look new again.
Refinish your tub
Rather than purchasing a new tub and paying a plumber to install it, consider refinishing it. There are tons of DIY tutorials on this, or you can have a company come out and refinish your tub for a fraction of what you’d pay buying a new one and paying a plumber.
Look into vinyl plank flooring
Vinyl plank flooring has come a long way and is widely popular among homeowners today. Not only is vinyl plank flooring easy on the wallet, but it can also be installed right over ceramic tile, saving you money on demoing the floor. Most DIYers find that installing vinyl plank flooring is fairly easy, too.
New light fixtures, faucets and towel hooks can quickly add up. Shop around for these items until you find something you like that doesn’t break the bank.