Even though bathrooms are one of the smaller rooms in a home, they can be one of the most expensive to renovate. If you’re thinking about renovating your bathroom, but don’t want to spend tons of money on a complete remodel, here are some clever updates that can be made on a tight budget.



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Restore Current Flooring

Instead of replacing your entire bathroom floor, fix up any areas that are worn out. With tile, replace any cracked or broken tiles and fill in areas where grout is missing. For wood, renting a sander to refurbish the floor and applying a few coats of varnish will make it look brand new.

These fixes alone will result in an amazing improvement to the overall look of your bathroom. However if you’re really in need a new floor, look into budget-friendly materials, such as vinyl, bamboo or laminate.


Repaint the Walls

A new coat of paint does wonders to transform a room and is one of the easiest and most cost-effective changes you can make to a bathroom. Just don’t skimp on the actual paint and be sure to get a high-quality, mildew-resistant one. The extra money spent on paint will be well worth the investment.


New Fixtures and Accessories

Simply adding new items like shower or window curtains, rugs, towels and soap dispensers can drastically improve your bathroom’s appearance. Even a new hamper or wall picture will add a nice touch.

Replacing old fixtures such as cabinet handles, towel racks and mirrors is another low-cost way to update a bathroom. These simple changes can give your bathroom a whole new look.


Update Faucets and Showerheads

While updating a showerhead is relatively inexpensive, faucet upgrades can be a bit pricier so you’ll need to shop around to find a solution that falls within your budget. And be sure to match the finishes so you don’t end up with mismatched hardware!


Brighten Surfaces

Over time, sinks, showers, toilets and tubs can lose their glow due to the build up of lime and other minerals that are present in hard water. Using the appropriate cleaning solution will remove any calcium or rust deposits that have accumulated and bring the brightness back to these surfaces, making your whole bathroom appear bright and new.


Add Quality Lighting

Be sure light fixtures are in the best area of the bathroom to provide optimal lighting and that the correct bulbs are being used. Bright white or daylight bulbs work especially well in bathrooms as they most accurately reflect natural daylight and skin tones.

If you’re in need of a new light fixture, many can be found at reasonable prices. Before tackling a bathroom lighting project, consult with a certified electrician, as there are specific electrical installation requirements for a wet zone.


Small Changes, Big Results

These small and affordable changes will make a big impact, adding character to your bathroom and giving it a fresh look. And your wallet will thank you!

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