The idea of remodeling the bathroom is appealing, but there’s one small problem—you don’t have a lot of money. Before deciding that you are dreaming the impossible dream, step back and take an objective look at the situation. You really can remodel the space and still keep within that tight budget. Here are some tips that will help.
Consider Resurfacing Rather than Replacement
Who says you have to rip out the old fixtures as part of a bathroom remodeling? If the toilet, tub, and vanity are fine other than some cosmetic problems, get an estimate for resurfacing them. You may find that the cost of restoring all three is only a little more than buying one new fixture.
Re-glaze the Tile
While you’re at it, check into restoring that old tile with some re-glazing. This strategy will strip away years of use that left the tile dull, and make it look new again. This will work for the floor as well as the wall tiles within the space.
New Fixtures below Retail Price
If your older fixtures are beyond saving, visit a wholesale store and check into tubs, sinks, and toilets that are closeouts. It is not unusual for those closeouts to be offered for less than half the original retail price. It also never hurts to visit kitchen and bath shops and ask about any closeout models they may have in the back room. It also never hurts to ask if you can get a floor model at a discounted price, especially if you can point out some minor flaw that most people overlook.
While you are busy refinishing, re-glazing, and resurfacing what you already have, invest in some new hardware. Decorative knobs and handles will further change the look of the cabinetry that you repainted or re-stained as part of the renovation. You can often find budget-friendly alternatives to brand new fixtures at secondhand stores and yard sales—this has the added benefit of adding a rustic, eclectic touch to the design. Even little touches, like new shower rods, will make a difference.
If your bathroom already sports painted walls, then a fresh coat of paint will do wonders. Choose a color that helps to make the space look brighter and a little larger. Use stencils if you want to pick up some secondary colors to create borders or the look of a chair rail in the space. You can also add color with a new window treatment and shower curtain.
Creating a fresh look in the bathroom is possible, even when you have to work within a limited budget. Step back and take an objective look at how you can change what you already have, and augment that with a few new touches. Before you know it, you’ll have a plan of action that allows you to transform the space and not have to go into debt in the process.
Informational Credit to Amyotte’s Plumbing & Heating Ltd