Whether you have moved into a
new home, are trying to sell your home, or just want to update your bathroom,
the idea of renovation can seem overwhelming. This is especially so when you
don’t have the financial means to completely gut the bathroom and start from
scratch. However, there are many things you can do to your bathroom to improve
both its quality and its look that will not break the bank.
Renovation Ideas for a Small Bathroom
Small bathrooms, or half-baths,
can still cost a lot of money to renovate if you aren’t careful. Replacing
sinks, vanities, and toilets, as well as lighting, might create headaches and
stretch your budget to the breaking point before everything is done. Unless
appliances need to be replaced for functionality, small bathrooms can be
improved through simple cosmetic fixes. These might include:
- Replacing a shower curtain with a shower door
- Updating tile type or colors
- Putting in molding
- Repairing window treatments
- Updating handles and hinges
- Repainting the bathroom
Even with these ideas, you
might be tempted to do some things others would consider going overboard.
Because the space is smaller, keep your color palate limited to only a couple
colors, use smaller lighting fixtures, and consider the space as a whole.
Like the rest of the house,
bathroom styles that were en vogue 15 years ago may seem dated now. Vanities
and mirrors are no exception to this, but can be replaced for less than you
might think. It is common practice for people who flip homes to install things
cheaply, especially in bathrooms, and maybe you’ll need to spend a little bit
more than what the seller installed. But the end result will look and last
longer than it might otherwise if you didn’t replace it at all.
Space in bathrooms, especially
small bathrooms, is a premium. If possible, replacing a surface medicine
cabinet with a recessed medicine cabinet can give the room a little more space.
Many vanities have space beneath them for storing items you need, but if this
is not enough, you can add shelving to one of the walls at very little cost.
Vanities come in many styles
and it’s possible you’ll have more trouble finding one that fits your
particular aesthetic than you will find one that fits within your budget. Some
bathrooms may even benefit from the removal of the vanity. A simple pedestal
basin with shelving on the walls can work for many small spaces.
If you’re considering
renovating your bathroom, it’s easy to overlook the smaller things and focus
only on the areas that are more obvious. Showers and baths, toilets, and sinks
certainly stick out, and they’re a necessary part of larger bathrooms, but so
too are things like lighting, faucets, and hinges.
If you’re on a budget, consider
tackling larger and more expensive ticket items later. Although it seems ideal,
you don’t have to complete everything at once. Focus on changing out faucets,
especially if they’re older. Wear and tear and hard water mineralization may
force a replacement, even if their style still appeals to you. Hinges and
handles can be updated to give your bathroom that one missing detail that
Lighting is very important in
bathrooms, especially as you prepare for your day. Beyond replacing and
updating fixtures, consider how the light falls in the bathroom. Darker colors
will absorb light, so painting walls with a more vibrant scheme might help
brighten the whole room. Adding tile, or replacing dark tile can do wonders. Mirrors
can help reflect light back, as well. If you have one light above your medicine
cabinet, you can replace it with two or three light brackets.
You can do a lot in your
bathroom for a few hundred dollars. Looking around on the internet for deals on
items you are interested in, local hardware stores, and more can give you some
idea of what can be done in your bathroom when you’re on a budget. Repurposing
and resourcing materials that are already in your bathroom or around your house
might give you further means to create something worthwhile. In the end, you
shouldn’t look at a tight budget as a problem, but as an opportunity and a