7 Low Cost Bathroom Upgrades When You Can't Afford A Full Remodel

Bathroom remodeling projects can be very expensive. Sometimes the budget just does not allow for major renovations to be done.

In this case, there are some low cost upgrades that can make a surprising amount of difference in your bathroom.


1. Paint

A little bit of paint can truly go a long way, especially in a smaller space such as a bathroom. For a relatively easy change, a paint job can make a big difference.

If you prefer, you can also use wallpaper for a different look that isn't super expensive.

2. Lighting

A change in your lighting can transform the entire look and feel of your bathroom. Incandescent lighting and soft but adequate bulbs can create a romantic and inviting atmosphere and really change the whole look of your bathroom.

3. Refurbished Fixtures

Replacing the cabinets, countertops, and other fixtures in your bathroom is one of the biggest expenditures of a bathroom remodel project. You can save yourself a lot of trouble and money by simply refurbishing your existing fixtures.

Your bathtub and/or shower can be refurbished by having it re-glazed. Clean up the surrounding tile by re-grouting rather than replacing the whole thing. A new shower head can also make your existing shower feel like brand new.

For vanities, refurbish the cabinetry by stripping and sanding it down. Re-paint or stain for a brand new look, and replace the existing hardware. For countertops, there are epoxy’s that can be poured over existing countertops to give it an entirely new surface.

4. Affordable Flooring

These days there are extensive options when it comes to laminate flooring that looks and feels like more expensive flooring options. Almost every look, from hardwood to tile, is available. These options are easy to install and maintain, giving you yet another leg up in your remodeling project.

5. Optical Illusions

To give your bathroom an entirely different look without changing too much around, you can also use optical illusions to change the look and feel of your bathroom. Glass doors, and tricks with paint and wallpaper can give the illusion of a bigger, or smaller, room.

6. Mirror Update

Replacing full-wall mirrors with an updated, fashion mirror can do wonders in any bathroom!  Even if you do not replace the vanity or faucets, a new, updated mirror freshens up the look immediately!

7. Choose a Neutral Scheme

To save yourself money and effort in the future, choose a décor theme that is neutral. This way, it will be easier to just switch out decorative items rather than attempting an entire remodel or refurbishing of the room.

For example, avoid patterned wallpaper or paint jobs that have the potential to go out of style within the next ten years. Instead, choose white or neutral colors and rely on decorative items and accent pieces to bring color into the room. This way, the decorative items can be switched out to give the room a whole new look in the future when or if your décor scheme goes out of style or gets old.

A bathroom remodeling project can be extremely time and labor intensive, as well as extremely expensive. To save yourself the trouble and the cost of a full remodel, try a few of these tips to give your bathroom a whole new look without a complete overhaul.