Inexpensive Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

Affordable Bathroom Remodeling Ideas that will Modernize your Bathroom

By Mark J. Donovan

Having a limited budget doesn’t necessarily preclude you from remodeling your bathroom. Not all bathroom remodeling projects need to cost an arm and a leg. There are many inexpensive bathroom remodeling ideas available to you that can transform an outdated bathroom into a modern day wonder. Summarized below are several inexpensive bathroom remodeling ideas that are easy to do, and that won’t break the bank.

Paint Bathroom Walls

One of the easiest and most affordable bathroom remodeling projects you can tackle is to paint the bathroom walls.

New earth tone paint colors are quite popular today. By replacing the old pink or blue bathroom wall paint with one of these popular colors you can very quickly modernize your bathroom.

Replace Bathroom Faucets and Shower/Tub Hardware

Another relatively inexpensive bathroom remodeling idea is to replace the bathroom faucet and shower/tub hardware. Gone are the days of the chrome plated faucet and shower/tub hardware.

Today, modern bathrooms frequently use brushed nickel plated bathroom faucets. Likewise, you can typically find replacement shower heads, handles and cover plates for your existing shower/tub hardware.

Update Bathroom Towel Racks

While painting the bathroom walls and replacing the faucet and shower/tub hardware, also consider updating the bathroom towel racks. When prepping the bathroom walls for paint, remove the old towel racks and patch the wall holes.

After painting the bathroom, install new towel racks that match your new bathroom faucet and shower/tub hardware.

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Replace the Shower Curtain

Instead of a cheap plastic shower curtain, go with a multi-layered printed shower curtain that matches your new bathroom wall paint. Use swags and other techniques to sweep back the shower curtain in an attractive manner.

Install a Door Hook on the Bathroom Door

If you have limited wall space for sufficient towel racks, consider installing one or more door hooks for hanging towels and robes.

Update Bathroom Lighting

Another relatively inexpensive bathroom remodeling idea is to modernize your bathroom lighting. If your bathroom lighting fixtures are looking old and outdated, or are pitting, replace them. Bathroom light fixtures can be fairly inexpensive and are easy to install. Just make sure you turn off power to the light fixture at the main circuit breaker box before replacing them.

Update Bathroom Mirror

If the bathroom mirror is looking shabby, such as the mirror coating flaking off the back of the glass, replace it. Again, bathroom mirrors are relatively inexpensive and are easy to install.

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Modernize Window Treatments

In addition to painting the bathroom walls and installing a new shower curtain, update your bathroom window treatments. Besides new bathroom window curtains, also consider using shutters to add a little panache to the bathroom.

Replace Bathroom Throw Rugs

Again, replace the bathroom throw rugs with new ones that match your new paint and window treatment color schemes.

Install Ceramic Tile Flooring

Ceramic tile bathroom floors have become extremely popular today. If your existing vinyl or ceramic tile bathroom floor is looking old and damaged, consider updating the bathroom floor.

Ceramic tile flooring is not as expensive as you may think, and most do-it-yourself homeowners can tackle this type of project. I would suggest, however, renting a wet saw as it can help to speed up the project and reduce tile breakage.

Bathroom ceramic tile and floor rugs. Bathroom lights and wall borders.

Miscellaneous Inexpensive Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

A couple of other inexpensive bathroom remodeling ideas to consider are installing a wallpaper border and changing electrical faceplate covers. Both are affordable diy remodeling projects that are easy to do.

With these inexpensive bathroom remodeling ideas, you should be able to transform your old and outdated bathroom into a modern day one, without breaking your banking account. It is important to also remember that the return on investment in a bathroom remodeling project is very high. It is a no wonder, as most homebuyers value a remodeled bathroom as nearly as high as a remodeled kitchen.

For help on your bathroom remodeling project, see my Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet. The Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet provides a request for quote checklist section that you can provide to prospective bathroom remodeling contractors. It also includes a comprehensive bathroom remodeling cost breakdown table, in Microsoft Excel format, that allows the contractor to include his projected remodeling costs for every phase of the project.

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