Five Ways to Update Your Bathroom on a Budget

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If you’re tired of your outdated bathroom but don’t have thousands of dollars for a remodel, you may be able to do more than you think on your pint-sized budget. In fact, if you have a weekend and a few hundred dollars, you can easily give your bathroom a new look and have some change left in your pocket. Here are five fabulous ways to update your bathroom on the cheap:


Painting is the easiest, most cost-effective way to quickly breathe new life into an old room. While there are no set rules when it comes to color, consider the effect that you want your bathroom to have. If you want to turn your bathroom into a private spa, paint the walls in tranquil colors like aqua blue or light green. If you want your bathroom to wake you up in the morning, consider a brighter color like lemon yellow.


Tiling your bathroom is easier than you think, and it can easily be done with a few supplies and a free weekend. You can hang tiles on your walls, on your shower surround or even tile the floor. If you don’t mind going with a neutral color, you can often find cream and buff colored tiles being offered at a discount at your local home improvement store.


Have you ever considered adding furniture to your bathroom? Perhaps you need a new vanity and have a great old buffet sitting idly in the shed. If you have a piece of furniture that fits into your space, you can easily turn almost anything into a vanity by simply drilling a few holes for your sink and faucet. Additionally, a couple of old, ladder-back chairs can be repainted and provide a place to sit when you’re doing your hair or makeup.


Window treatments and shower curtains are often the focal point of your bathroom, especially if your room is fairly small. If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on new curtains, look for old sheets that you love and can re-purpose. Sheets are very easy to cut and sew, enabling you to transform them into beautiful window treatments or a lovely new shower curtain. You can buy a grommet set at your local craft or fabric store to place in your new shower curtain and make it ready for hanging.


When thinking about accessories for your new bathroom, look for ways that you can bring the outdoors in. Bathrooms are a great place to display that seashell collection that you have packed away, the flowers that are blooming in your garden or even vines from the grapes that you have growing in the backyard. If you need a new bathmat, grab some old T-shirts, cut them into strips and braid your own. If you need extra lighting, visit the flea market and find a lamp that you can restore with a simple new shade. If you can think creatively, there are hundreds of ways that you can add flare to your bathroom with cheap accessories.

You don’t have to go broke updating your old bathroom. If you follow the five tips above, you can have a gorgeous new sanctuary by the end of the weekend. Before you buy anything new, visit your local flea market, swap meet or garage sales and look for items at a discount. You’ll be surprised at how beautiful you can make your bathroom look without breaking your budget.


Jacob Walker

Jacob Walker is a guest writer for and for where you can find design ideas for bathrooms and kitchens.

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