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Iceni Magazine | August 16, 2022

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10 Ways To Refurbish Your Bathroom On A Budget

Refurbish Your Bathroom

If you’re thinking about refurbishing your bathroom, it’s okay to be worried about the cost.

But do not fear, as you do not have to do a complete makeover to make your bathroom look like new! You can do little things and give your bathroom a completely new look.

Refurbishing your bathroom will add value to your property, but before you get into it, you need to determine how much you can spend. That way, you can decide what kind of changes are best. It’s all about strategy!

For example, if you are trying to stick to a tight budget, the best you can do is stick to small cosmetic changes – Such as new paint, new fixtures, or a new sink. If your budget is higher, you can consider bigger changes. Such as adding a window, adding tiles, or upgrading to a bigger shower.

Here’s a list of some of the best changes you can make on a budget:

  1. New Paint

If you’re on a tight budget, one of the cheapest things you can do is give your bathroom a new coat of paint. This option is inexpensive, and it will change the face of your bathroom entirely. The best thing you can do is invest in high-quality paint, preferably with a Satin finish because there’s a lot of moisture in the bathroom, which leads to mould and mildew. Alternatively, if you are looking for a bathroom makeover that is much longer-lasting, then you may want to consider installing bathroom panelling instead. While this may be a little more expensive up front, the quality of the products means that they will stay in good shape for longer than paint would. Additionally, as they are often made from material such as PVC, they are incredibly water-resistant and require very little maintenance and upkeep on your behalf – which is great if you already have your arms full when it comes to household chores and maintenance.

Furthermore, they are available in a wide range of styles, shades and patterns – meaning they’re a great way to add that little ‘something special’ to your bathroom.  Even better, you can even order same day delivery wall panels bathroom, which means you don’t have to put any of your renovation plans on hold while you are waiting for them to be delivered.

  1. Refinish Your Bathtub

Replacing your bathtub entirely can be expensive but refinishing it will fit right into your small budget. With age, tubs become yellow and cracks appear, but that can easily be changed by refinishing it and it will look like new.

  1. Refresh Your Bathroom Cabinets

You don’t have to replace all your bathroom cabinets to give your bathroom a fresh look. You can do something simpler and get the same results, such as replacing the hardware and giving the cabinets a refinish to make them look as new. Plus, you can fix any issues with the cabinet doors so they can function properly. Even just upgrading the cabinet knobs can do wonders!

  1. Update Your Bathroom Fixtures

Your bathroom fixtures such as sink faucets, towel racks, toilet paper holders, light fixtures, drawer pulls, etc., get worn over time, and replacing them is inexpensive. We don’t pay much attention to fixtures, but you’ll definitely notice a difference when you update them and refurbish them. Plus, you can be as creative as you want!

  1. Purchase Used Items

Nowadays it’s very easy to upcycle bathroom accessories without breaking the bank. All you have to do is go online and find used items you can use, to spruce up your bathroom and stick to your budget. Sometimes, used items will require some refurbishing and some love, but it’s very easy to make them work and look great.

  1. Make Environmentally Friendly Upgrades

Being environmentally friendly about your bathroom refurbishing won’t only allow you to practice sustainability, it will also save you money. So, if you want to upgrade your bathroom, consider choosing low floor sinks, showerheads, and toilets.

Choose water-saving accessories whenever you can, so you’ll save water and money on the refurbishing as well. Purchasing repurposed accessories and used items also helps you be green!

  1. Freshen Up the Caulk and Grout in Your Bathroom

You can completely change your traditional and boring bathroom by simply cleaning the grout and adding a clean line of caulk around the tub and the sink. It’s a small effort and it’s super inexpensive, but it will make a noticeable difference. It will make your bathroom look fresh and clean while keeping things affordable. This is also a “must do” when selling your home in my opinion as it is something I always notice!

  1. Install the Toilet Yourself

If you’re bringing in a new toilet and you want to save some money, you can install the toilet yourself – provided that you can handle the weight! I have done this myself in two of my homes and it is extremely easy to do. You can do a quick Youtube search and you will find many step by step walk throughs that will show you what to do exactly. Just pay special attention to the water connections and making sure they are connected and sealed.  

  1. Install the Vanity and Top Yourself

Vanities and top come assembled because nowadays they’re made a lot smaller than they used to be. That’s why it’s so easy to have a fully assembled bathroom vanity and top in the location you want in just a few hours. There’s a great variety of stock sizes available for vanity units, ranging from 24 to 60 inches.

To choose the right vanity and top for your bathroom, you need to consider not only your budget but also the size of your bathroom. Once you do, you can install it yourself very easily, which will allow you to save on plumbing. Similar to the toilet, this is not difficult to do. YouTube is your friend.

  1. Change your shower curtain and rail

This one is often overlooked as having an impact, but I certainly think it does. Have you ever been in a hotel and noticed a grubby shower curtain and you feel afraid to get in? I know I have. You should also pay attention to your shower curtain rail as these can often become covered in limescale and, if metal, rust. Both of these are small elements which can have a large visual impact.

Final Words

Refurbishing your bathroom doesn’t have to be a huge investment. You can do a lot on a tight budget and change the look of your bathroom entirely. Plus, it’s rewarding to do things on your own and learn to do your own plumbing, refinishing, and other tasks. It will feel amazing when you look at the finished job!


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