6 Budget-Friendly Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

So the day has come when you have officially decided that your bathroom just has to go. The walls are too yellow, the floor is too white, the cabinets are too green, the shower is too cramped. Whatever it may be, you simply cannot stand the sight of your bathroom anymore. Unfortunately, however, you have to use this bathroom multiple times a day.

Luckily, there are many ways you can renovate your bathroom, by yourself, without breaking the bank. All you need is a little bit of time, a burst of creativity, and some basic (but powerful) DIY skills. To help get you started, we have compiled a list of 6 budget-friendly bathroom remodeling ideas.

Upgrade the vanity with a fresh coat of paint

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Rather than completely replace the old bathroom cabinets, just apply a couple fresh coats of new paint. Before you get started on any design changes, be sure to repair any part of the vanity that is broken or damaged. You also need to sand off any paint that is chipping or pealing back. This will help the new paint stick. Once you have “built” the vanity of your dreams, you should pick out a new paint color and finish, and get painting.

This is a great time to get a little creative! Maybe you want to add a piece of trim or replace a couple door knobs, replace the sink, or install matching bathroom accessories (like towel holders, mirrors, and toilet paper holders). Small changes like this are easily affordable if you shop at an antique shop, go to a secondhand store, or stop by a local yard sale.

Update your shower with a rain-style showerhead

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Rain-style showerheads are very contemporary and stylish. You have your choice of finishes like chrome or brass for a modern and sleek look, and brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze for a warmer look.

The perks of these showerheads go beyond the looks, however: they are gentler than your smaller showerhead, and they offer better coverage. This is because the showerhead is wider, giving a larger surface area for the water to fall through.

Budget-savvy homeowners can find many affordable models at home improvement stores and online. They are very easy to install and make a great afternoon DIY project. All you need to do is a simple Google search to see what you like, buy it, install it, then experience it!

Revamp your hardware

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Your bathroom hardware can really make you cringe, especially if you feel like the handles are always dirty or stand out in an unsightly way. Not to mention, broken or loose knobs are simply annoying. Fortunately, new hardware can breathe new life into your existing bathroom cabinets.

If you’re comfortable with home improvement tools, you have more options. You can replace old hardware with hardware that does not align with the previous holes. More advanced DIY skills makes it possible for you to drill these new holes, and to carefully cover up the old holes. That being said, it might be simpler to pick out new hardware that match up with the holes on your cabinets. This could safe you a lot of time too.

You can also install new faucets on your sink and in your shower. This is like wearing a different scarf with the same white shirt. It adds a fresh touch to your bathroom, and can easily tie the entire room together, all while keeping the existing bathroom vanity intact.

Transform a plain wall with statement tiles

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When you dress up a wall with statement tiles, you are essentially creating a feature wall. The feature wall adds character and personality to the room, especially if the bathroom is a little boring. Your feature wall can be subtle but bold, colorful but peaceful, artistic but simple. The choice is yours.

Statement walls in bathrooms are easy because most bathroom walls are small. The statement wall can be in the shower, behind the mirror, or where you hang your towels. If you want, you can tie the statement wall into a colorful floor pattern. As for materials, an inexpensive option is the 3×6 inch subway tiles.

Statement tiles are a great way to let your personality shine, and to add a splash of color and design to your bathroom, without breaking the bank or your back. A feature wall might be exactly what your bathroom needs.

Update your light fixtures

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Bathroom lighting is supposed to be functional. You need to be able to clearly see your face. Lighting, however, should also be beautiful, and there are many different options for tying practicality with aesthetics. One idea is the showstopper chandelier.

Chandeliers really add an elegant look to your bathroom, making it suitable for an opera singer. Not to mention, the light is cast about the room in dancing patterns. Be sure to pick out a chandelier that ties into the rest of your bathroom in terms of size, style and color.

Maybe the lighting in your current bathroom is really poor, and any upgrade will do wonders. If you are looking for a simple and practical effect, you can always opt for wall fixtures with patterned or plain glass features. These are stunningly gorgeous and add a refreshing sparkle to your bathroom.

Install a Prefabricated Bath or Shower

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Has your shower seen better days? Perhaps it is full of cracks, dripping with yellow stains, or coated with mold and mildew that just will not budge? Maybe you are hesitant to even think about replacing your bath or shower for fear that it will be too expensive. Unfortunately, it can be very expensive to replace your shower, especially if you hire a professional to build you a custom shower from square one. That being said, you have possibilities.

If you are trying to stay within your means (both talent- and budget-wise), you should consider a pre-fabricated shower unit. There are so many options to choose from, and they are much more affordable. If you simply cannot live with the idea of a pre-fabricated shower, you might be able to tile over your existing polyurethane shower pan. The outcome depends largely on the condition of your existing shower structure and your DIY skills.


Remodeling your bathroom can be fun, affordable, and a wonderful learning experience. You get to be creative, work with what you have, and see your vision come to fruition. It is important to do your research on where to get the most affordable (but durable) remodelling supplies, and to ask for help if you are having trouble remodeling on your own.

There are so many ideas on the web that you can browse for inspiration before you get started on your bathroom remodeling adventure. Let us know what you come up with, and feel free to share any and all questions in the comments below. We cannot wait to see what you create!

2 Replies to “6 Budget-Friendly Bathroom Remodeling Ideas”

  1. We just made some our updates to our bathroom this year, but wanted to do it on a budget. A fresh coat of paint, updated hardware, towel holders and light fixtures really went a long way. Although I’m starting to consider the rain style shower head.. stylish and sounds quite relaxing

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