Budget-Friendly Bath Upgrades

Redesign can be done piecemeal and never look under construction.

Oftentimes, your bathroom is one of the areas of your home that gets overlooked when you’re prioritizing rooms to upgrade, remodel, rethink and redecorate. But there are plenty of good reasons to start thinking about moving it to the top of the list. First of all, it’s where you start your day and often where you finish it, and you deserve to feel relaxed in your environment. Your bathroom can be a pleasurable oasis, or it can be a room you can’t wait to get out of. Secondly, if you’re putting your home on the market, there are a few small tweaks that can really add value to your home. If you could make changes at a minimal investment that buyers would really notice, wouldn’t you want to?

 

Modern House Interior: New bathroom with jacuzzi
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We’re here with a few thoughts on how to bring the best out of your bathroom without breaking the bank. Let us know what you think!


Approach It in Phases

If you’ve been hesitant to tackle the changes you’d like to see in your bathroom, this may be the biggest barrier you face. It can be overwhelming to think about doing it all at once – you don’t have the time or the money to redesign your bathroom in one swipe, so you don’t do anything at all. But why not break it down into a step-by-step transformation that you can manage?

 

Start off with a wish list. Then choose a project or an upgrade that you can finish in one Saturday and without spending your entire paycheck. At the end of the day, it won’t feel like an unfinished project in limbo. You’ll enjoy the simple improvement, and it may just get your more excited about approaching the rest of your bathroom with some resourcefulness and imagination. Consider some of the following projects to get your imagination soaring.

 

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Turn Your Shower into a Morning Paradise

Have you considered replacing your showerhead and curtain rod? You can install a new showerhead within 10 minutes, and the odds are there’s a quality upgrade to your current showerhead that will fit your budget. Some showerheads are built for conservation, while others have different spa-like stream settings. Some can filter out chlorine and minerals, and others can even add vitamin C! When you install, wrap your wrench in a rag to avoid scratching your new hardware.

 

Shower head
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Now, think about your shower curtain. A curved curtain rod will add some additional breathing room to your shower, and this simple upgrade costs very little. You can also choose a color or pattern that adds some interest to your bathroom instead of sticking with something generic. These changes will give a greater illusion of luxury than you thought you could buy for that kind of money.

 

Towel and Shower Curtain
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Rethink Your Walls

Here’s another simple project that you can get done affordably in a day or less. You might want to pull down some old ceramic tiles and reinstall something a little bit more within your taste. You can even mix in a few well-placed tiles that are more expensive to expand the illusion to the entire wall. You might also consider installing beadboard paneling or even reclaimed wood to give your bathroom a rustic cottage type of feel.

 


For a more traditional approach, you could repaint your entire bathroom in a day for around $100.

 

Hand painting wall
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Change Some Other Hardware

Replacing doorknobs, faucets, cabinet handles and light fixtures can really change or add to the atmosphere of your bathroom as well. This requires very little skill for the most part, and it’s another set of changes that you can shape toward your budget.

 

Installing water tap with wrench in bathroom
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When you complete projects like these, you’ll feel that DIY satisfaction that people find positively addictive, and you’ll begin to enjoy your bathroom in the ways you keep telling yourself that you should. Approach the room one step at a time, and in a few months, you’ll have the bathroom of your dreams.



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