DIY Bathroom Update Ideas on a Budget

At Grayco, we are dedicated to helping you find affordable options for your DIY projects in every room of your house. Today we’re going to offer some ideas for bathroom update ideas on a budget.

The prospect of remodeling or renovating your bathroom can be daunting as a physical and financial challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Updating your bathroom’s look and feel without destroying your budget is easier than you might think. Simple updates and fixes can improve your bathroom’s appearance, increase the life of some of your most important fixtures, and increase your home’s resale value at the same time.

Read on for some great bathroom update ideas, and visit your local Grayco Hardware & Home Center for everything you need to get started.

Take Advantage of Lookalike Materials

Many traditional materials can be swapped out for inexpensive substitutes with little difference in look and feel. For instance, consider taking advantage of ceramic and porcelain tiles to mimic traditional marble backsplashes, or try new models of vinyl flooring that can mimic real wood planking at a fraction of the cost.

Other affordable options include using concrete paneling instead of tile for your walls and floors—or look for granite countertop slabs with slight imperfections at a discount. Many sinks and basins can be placed to hide imperfections in your countertop, helping you save money without having to sacrifice your bathroom’s beauty.

Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

Repainting your bathroom is one of the cheapest and simplest ways to improve your bathroom’s look and feel. Finding the right paint can be tricky, but there are bathroom-specific paints that will help resist mold and mildew growth. For instance, paint styles with a satin finish are great options to help combat the frequent temperature and humidity changes on your walls.

If your vanity and cabinetry are still functional but could use a facelift, give them a fresh coat of paint to dramatically improve their appearance. And, if you have a wooden floor, consider painting over it with a protective enamel. Although hardwood may not be ideal for a bathroom floor, replacing it with tile can be a very costly prospect—so coating your hardwood with a protective enamel instead is an effective way to maintain the floor’s quality for relatively little cost.

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Re-Caulk & Grout

Caulk and grout are cheap building materials that anyone can apply fairly easily. Cleaning the grout around your bathtub, shower, and sink and applying new caulk lines around them can significantly improve your bathroom’s aesthetic in just a few minutes.

Reline or Refinish Your Bathtub

If your bathtub’s surface has cracks in it or has yellowed in appearance, consider relining or refinishing it to give it new life. It’s important to note that relining your tub, while cheaper upfront, typically will only improve your tub’s look for a few years. Refinishing, on the other hand, can be a great DIY bathroom update that will significantly extend your tub’s life for relatively low cost. If your tub only has a few problem spots, you can also skip refinishing or relining and perform a simple touch-up with cheap porcelain repair products.

Update Your Fixtures & Hardware

From new drawer handles and towel racks to faucets and more, upgrading your existing hardware and fixtures can improve your bathroom’s overall style and is more affordable than you might think. Replacing your hardware with newer designs is a simple DIY job that you can do without having to break your budget.

Upgrade Your Shower

Installing a brand new tiled shower can be very expensive, especially since you will likely have to hire a professional to rip out your old shower and install the new one from scratch. But a pre-fabricated shower can be easily installed for much less and still look and feel brand new. Converting your bathtub into a walk-in shower can also offer an elegant upgrade for relatively low cost, and switching from a curtain to a glass door is a simple DIY job that will instantly improve your shower’s aesthetic.

Consider Décor

From a new mirror to pictures, candles, vases, and more, a few simple home décor items can do wonders to transform your bathroom on a budget. Consider sticking with a similar theme or color scheme to produce a cohesive design.

Be Environmentally Friendly

If you want to update your bathroom on a budget, consider switching to environmentally friendly options that will help you save on your water and electricity bill. Since they are usually priced the same as traditional options, be sure to look for low-flow sinks, showerheads, and toilets to help you conserve water and save money. Replacing your track lighting with energy-efficient lighting is another cheap update that can save you some money on your electricity bill.

Visit Grayco For All of Your DIY Needs

We hope these DIY bathroom update ideas have given you plenty of inspiration for your project. If you’re ready to get started, stop by your local Grayco Hardware & Home Center to find everything you need to create your dream bathroom.

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