Thursday, 27 June 2013

Budget Friendly Bathroom Makeover Ideas

The modern bathroom is no longer just a functional bathing area. It is a place to relax and unwind and enjoy a little quiet “me” time to balance to hectic rest of the day. Those with large houses and budgets can think of converting their bathrooms into home spas. But that does not mean that those with smaller homes and limited budgets have to make do with an old fashioned and uncomfortable room. There is a lot that can be done on a budget to turn a dull and functional bathroom into a place where you will want to spend more time. Here are some budget friendly bathroom makeover ideas for you to consider.

The DIY Option

If you are an accomplished home handyman with the skills to do a lot of the remodeling work yourself, the savings in labor costs can be huge. The key factor here is having the required skills. Starting a project and making a mess of it can result in additional costs for cleaning up and repairing the mess you have created and then doing the work properly. Additionally, you need the time to be able to work on the remodeling on a regular basis to complete the job in a reasonable timeframe. If you are not sure of your abilities to do everything yourself, consider taking on what you feel comfortable with and calling in a contractor for the rest of the work. The savings will still be considerable.

Ways to Cut Costs
  • Covering your old and worn looking vanity with fabric is an inexpensive way to give it a new and pleasing look.
  • You could also consider repainting your existing cabinetry instead of replacing it.
  • Instead of expensive solid marvel countertops, why not use less costly marble tiles?
  • Adding new molding to the bathroom is an inexpensive way to give it a whole new look.
  • If you have space on the walls, think about putting in some elegant shelves that match the rest of the d├ęcor. Not only will you have more storage space, which is always welcome, the new shelves will add another dimension to the existing bathroom.
  • Look for deals online. You can often find cheap, used or even slightly damaged bathroom items at throw away prices at online auction sites. Buying used or slightly damaged items may not seem to be appealing initially, but the economics makes a lot of sense. For example, if you are able to buy a slightly damaged, but still completely functional stand-alone bathtub very cheap, you can use the money you save to splurge on things like elegant shower doors and luxurious fittings which will work to disguise the damage to the bathtub and give the bathroom a very elegant new look.
  • Before beginning your bathroom remodel, check for ongoing and upcoming sales at local hardware stores. Spend some time visiting as many as you can. You could find a bargain that you had not previously considered because you thought it was too expensive. The trick here is not to be taken in by just the low price. Make sure that the bargain you are buying is something that you can use, even if it means changing your remodeling plans a bit. That is why it’s important to visit the shops before you actually begin the work.
  • The mirror is a focal point of the bathroom. Replacing mirror is expensive but if yours is in good condition, simply using new molding around it is an inexpensive way to give it a completely new look.
  • If you have a talent for painting, adding a bold mural to the walls of the bathroom (or even using stenciled pattern) can give the room a completely different look and feel at a very low cost

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