Looking to liven up your bathroom? Better set aside some big bucks. According to HomeAdvisor, “The average bathroom remodel costs $10,354.” But, there are ways to get a fresh, new look at a fraction of the cost, with these money-saving tips and tricks.
Keep the same layout
You might want to chuck it all and start over with a completely new layout, but the cost of moving everything could push your budget into no-man’s land. According to HGTV’s Scott McGillivray, “Moving the tub, vanity, and toilet will cost about $2500 each.”
Do your own tilework
Is the DIY spirit calling to you? Tiling your own bathroom floor and shower can be satisfying—and money-saving. Just be sure to watch a tutorial or two first. It’s also a good idea to practice your technique on a piece of MDF with inexpensive tile before you break out the good stuff on your wall or floor.
If you are springing for professional installation, keep in mind that large-scale tile will provide a savings. “The smaller the tile and more complex the pattern, the more expensive it is to install,” said McGillivray.
Go garage sale-ing
Yes, you can find some great accessories at a garage sale, estate sale, flea market, or even on Craigslist or Nextdoor, but keep your eye out for larger pieces, too. An old dresser can easily be turned into a vanity. Not only can it save you tons of money over something new, it also brings character into the space.
“Dress up that builder-grade mirror with a fantastic frame, and at a fraction of the price of sourcing a huge hanging mirror,” said HGTV. “A frame will also hide any age-related wear, Karen Gray Plaisted, a Warwick, N.Y.-based home stager and decorator, told them. “I often tell clients to add a frame around their mirror to hide the flaking that can happen around the edges, and to give it a more updated look,” she said.
“An old tub or shower will surely show signs of aging eventually, but before you swap things out for new, which can cost a pretty penny, consider resurfacing,” said Family Handyman. “This is not typically a DIY project, but your tub or shower can be professionally resurfaced for much cheaper than buying new.”
Look for leftovers
Stone yards, tile shops, contractors—they may all have leftovers you can purchase or even have. That countertop remnant could work perfectly on top of that vanity you have your eye on, and save you enough money to buy it!