So you’ve decided it’s time to give your old bathroom the boot and give it a fresh, new lease of life. But you’re also aware that you simply don’t have the funds to ‘splash out’ and instead need to take a sensible approach to redesign so you stick to your limited budget and get a lovely bathroom at the end of it all.
There’s not need to worry, there are tons of ways you can create your perfect bathroom on a shoestring budget. What’s even better is you could also be adding value onto your house by updating so you no only benefit from decorating on a small budget and getting a lovely bathroom but also you also add value to your property. Quids in!
The first thing to think about is your budget. You need to start by knowing how much cash you have to play with. If you have an incredibly low budget you will want to think about cosmetic changes only (fittings, paint, accessories) as these cost the least. For slightly bigger budgets you will be able to make bigger changes like adding or changing wall tiles, changing the bath or shower. It does all depend on your budget and your creativity, so don’t feel distressed if you don’t think you have enough in the pot to do what you want, these tips might just be able to help:
Granite countertops are beautiful, and they are much cheaper when you buy them for a bathroom because they cover a much smaller surface area. If you’re set on having one, try and be open minded about what colour you would like. The most popular colours will be the most expensive, so if you aren’t fussy about a particular colour, you could save money here.
You could also buy damaged countertops which aren’t perfect. The more obvious the damage the cheaper the countertop will be. Think carefully about this as the damage could be somewhere on the countertop where you will be attaching fixtures and fittings anyway so the damage won’t even be seen.
You could also steer away from countertops altogether and consider upcycling an old dresser. Lots of people are doing this now because it’s trendy and it’s cheap. It’s simply a case of crafting the right holes out of the top of a vintage dresser and treating the wood to protect it from water. This could be a great solution if your budget won’t stretch to granite and you’re a fan of upcycling.
Paint, Paint, Paint!
Painting is the cheapest way of transforming a bathroom and it’s probably the most effective as well. If you are choosing to paint remember it will take more time that other rooms because of all the fixtures and you will need to make sure the paint is mildew and moisture repellent.
Limit the Amount of Tiling You Use
Tiling a whole room can be expensive, so try to limit the tiles you use to save money. Perhaps you could just use floor tiles, or use a strip of tiles on the wall and paint everywhere else. Remember you don’t have to have tiles everywhere to make an impact. If you have the time you could even try and source recycled tiles which could be much cheaper or seek out discontinued ceramic tiles. If you really want something with some impact such as natural stone tiles or high gloss porcelain tiles then just stick to a small area of tiling. And if you know someone who can put them up for you, again this will save you money. Don’t be afraid to call in favours, a cup of tea and some chocolate biscuits can go a long way!