Give Your Bathroom a Facelift on a Budget

I am really excited to share this post with you. Fortunately, living in a brand new house, our bathroom is quite beautiful (if I may say so myself), and hopefully soon I plan on sharing pics with you. But I know what it's like to live in an older home especially with a bathroom that is far from ideal, so this post filled with lots of affordable ways to give your bathroom a makeover, from the most basic to the more extreme, depending on your skills level and budget. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Have you been through this motion? However often you clean your bathroom, it always seems just a bit too tired and never quite shines as you would want it to? Maybe it is time to remodel it. Companies such as Plumbing Plus of San Diego offer a wide variety of choices. However, remodeling can be a costly endeavor and not everyone can afford it. Yet, there might be an easier, more affordable solution. Give your bathroom a facelift where it counts. This article contains several ideas for refreshing your bathroom without much investment.

 A Thorough Cleaning 
You may start this project by cleaning your bathroom meticulously. There are some products which can bring out the shine in your surfaces without much effort or noxious chemicals. If you are looking to really make a difference, pay extra attention to the grout. This is where the majority of the gunk gathers. Your tiles are typically smooth, making cleaning them easy. However, the grouts connecting them are a magnet for filth and other impurities.

If you have the time and money, you can regrout the tiles. It is fairly simple and inexpensive. The visual result, however, can be stunning. The first step is to remove the existing grout. You can do it with a box cutter or any other sharp and narrow tool you have. Once you have removed the old grout, clean it to have nice, even surfaces to work with. Mix the grout as per instructions and apply it to the tiles. Remove the excess grout from the tiles and wait for it to dry. It will take a day or two for the grout to cure, and once that is done, you can apply the sealant to make sure it does not let water through and remains clean-looking for a long time. Doing this yourself saves you a lot of money if it costs you a bit of time and effort.

Your ceiling and other non-tiled surfaces are most likely painted. When is the last time you repainted them? Large surfaces of your bathroom can be refreshed and renewed in a short time and with minimal cost and effort. However, your tiles can be repainted as well. If they have lost the coloration, or you are just no longer happy with their color. You simply need a specialized paint and an oil-based primer to do it.

New Taps
These are fairly cheap, but they can give your bathroom a brand new look. Some taps are easy to install by yourself, but if you feel like you are in over your head, contact an expert plumber. The last thing you want on a tight budget is to create a plumbing emergency and have to pay a lot of money to have it repaired; not to mention the mess you’d have to clean up and the ruin of any effort you’ve done up to that point. New taps give you the option of trying out a different color scheme, or a variety of new materials.

Accessories and Fixtures 
While you are at it with the taps, you can find other accessories, such as towel racks and toilet paper holders to match. These items are even cheaper than the taps but can contribute just as much, or even more to the fresh new look of your bathroom. The all-important matter of lights should not be avoided when it comes to remodels. There are numerous ways you can approach this aspect of the remodel.
Installing low voltage or LED lights is always a good idea, but you can also try different kinds of vintage lights and lamps if that fits your new vision of your bathroom.

The Toilet 
If you are changing one thing in your bathroom, make it the toilet. It is by far the most used item in your bathroom, and the least favorite to clean as well. So it is no wonder, then, that toilets are found to be quite dirty. So, one way to update your bathroom is to replace the toilet. While you are at it, you can humor the eco-friendly side of your personality and get a new low-flow toilet. You may be pleasantly surprised by your next water bill.

Add a Mirror
Chances are you have a mirror, just above your sink. You need it and you use it daily. However, if you want a real change, and you can fit it, install another mirror, preferably a large one. It can add to the illusion of space, as well as reflect more light. Finally, you can use it to see yourself whole and try out daily outfits in front of it.

New Add-ons 
Sometimes, the most noticeable items are the cheapest ones. Things such as shower curtains and toilet seat covers are quite prominent in a bathroom. If you get these add-ons just right, your bathroom will be transformed for the better. If you manage to find towels to match, your bathroom can be complete. Fortunately, there are myriads of options to choose from. Whether you choose to do all of these or just some, your bathroom can be transformed easily and cheaply with just a bit of effort and resourcefulness.

Have you given your bathroom a makeover on a budget? What did you do? How much did you spend? Any tips you'd add to this list?

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  1. Keeping your bathroom clean and uncluttered is probably the cheapest and best tip there is for attractiveness. However, also the hardest if you have a good sized family. Also moldy grout is a downer so your suggestions for correcting that are right on the mark as are your other tips.

  2. I go for the easiest, and that's inexpensive too. A new shower curtain, rug and window curtain, and the bathroom looks brand new. OK almost.

  3. Good tips. However, repainting, cleaning the tiles and changing the shower curtain (all of which we have already done) isn't going to hide the fact that our bath is too small, our shower is weak and our vanity unit is cracked and falling off the wall :-( Sometimes one just needs to bite the bullet and spend some big bucks.

  4. Hi Penny, thanks for sharing. i recently bought some wall stickers for my bathroom from I think they cost under $2 and they add so much to my bathroom

  5. Thanks for the tips. I always paint my bathrooms when I first move to a new place. For my hall bath I painted lavender and used rubber stamps to stamp some insects above the light fixture. Also painted the plain brown cabinets. I started by using the rest of some dark purple I had on the wooden cabinet knobs and then painted everything dark forest green. As the paint wears off the door knobs, the purple paint shows thru and I don't have to touch up cos it looks cool.

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