Bathroom DIY on a Budget

Bathroom with aging tile and decor

Don't worry if your bathroom is in dire need of a makeover and you're short on cash. There are plenty of ways to breathe new life into your bathroom without breaking the bank.

1. Inexpensive Tiling

If you want to replace your tiles, buy a trade pack of plain white. They’ll be a lot cheaper than anything else you could buy, and you can either use tile transfers or tile paint to brighten them. You can also leave them plain and introduce color into other areas of the room.

2. Cheap Paint

Instead of splashing on colored paint, buy a trade pot of plain white matte paint and stir in some tester pots of color to get the shade you want. Not only is it a lot cheaper, but you’ll also get a unique color.

3. Budget Wise Cabinetry and Shelves

neutral colors in a bathroom

If you have old bathroom cabinets, try repainting them instead of replacing them. If they are made of melamine, you can buy a special spray that allows you to paint over them. If they’re wood, simply sand them down and repaint. Again, you can use plain white and mix a tester pot to complement the walls.

If you need to buy extra shelves or cabinets, buy untreated wooden units and finish them yourself. They can be painted, stained, or varnished in many shades and colors. Don’t forget that simple changes can still make a big difference. You can buy new drawer knobs for an old unit, and maybe even get a new light pull to match them.

4. Accessorize

And don’t forget the magic word when redecorating any room on a budget, which is "accessorize." A plainly decorated room accessorized with candles, pictures, and flowers looks simple and elegant. It will be far more calming and welcoming than a room with expensive flowered wallpaper and a patterned carpet.