Just because you aren’t flush with cash doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the bathroom of your dreams! Instead of thinking of your bathroom as a place for bodily functions, a quick bathroom renovation can turn it into a peaceful, relaxing oasis. With a little bit of extra cash and some time, you can make meaningful improvements in an area of your home that doesn’t get much love.
There’s never been a better time. With many people home more than ever before because of COVID-19, there’s plenty of time to plan and execute a bathroom renovation that totally changes the look of your space.
Here are some of our favourite ideas for bathroom renovations that can be done with only $100.
1. Don’t Move
The first rule of thumb for keeping your renovation as cheap as possible is not to move. It’s not possible to change the location of your bathroom and still keep things inexpensive. Moving your bathroom will require a plumbing and construction expert, as well as lots of materials to demolish and rebuild your space. Even if you really want to change things up, focus on aesthetic or organizational improvements instead of changing the entire layout.
2. Update the Paint
A really quick and easy way to update your bathroom is to redo your paint. If it’s been a while since your house was built, your bathroom paint probably needs an upgrade. You can pick a stark white to make the space feel airy and clean, or use a few different colours of paint to create a bold and design-forward accent wall.
Just make sure to listen to advice from the experts at Benjamin Moore paint, and avoid vibrant or saturated yellows and yellow-greens. These colours can give your skin an unpleasant, sallow hue.
3. Add Art
In addition to refreshing your paint colours, you can also add some art into your bathroom to make it feel like a more cohesive part of your home. What you put on your walls is up to you.
Add to the oasis feel with a painting or picture of a serene beach or frame some cute family images. Make sure to match the frames as well as the overall colour scheme of the image to your paint for a more unified look.
4. Pick One Splurge Item
If you’re working with a smaller budget of around $100, you’ll get more bang for your buck if you focus your money in one area. Think about putting your limited budget towards a big, beautiful mirror, a new light fixture, or a set of matching linen.
A great way to do this is to create a wish list of items, then purchase them one by one once you’ve got the money. That way, you can keep your vision cohesive without immediately going over budget.
5. Change Out Fixtures and Hardware
An easy way to customize the look and feel of your bathroom is to switch out the door handles, taps, and other hardware. These fixtures can instantly change the look of your cabinets and sink. Just make sure you do your research to ensure your new fixtures will integrate with the screws of your existing hardware.
Even if you’re installing a brand-new faucet, this is an easy project you can do yourself in under an hour. All you’ll need are a few basic tools.
6. Use Lower-Cost Lookalikes
Just because you prefer the look of marble countertops and wood flooring doesn’t mean you have to pay the big bucks for those materials. There are plenty of cheaper lookalikes that offer the same appearance for a fraction of the cost. There are lots of examples of these techniques on sites like Pinterest, but typically it does require a bit of creativity. Enterprising DIYers have used vinyl floor tiles to replicate the look of solid wood, and installed laminate countertops that look exactly like natural stone.
Modern printing techniques have created vinyl tiles that can look like almost any other material. These tiles can be used on the floor or walls to create a sophisticated look for a fraction of the cost of the original. Plus, vinyl is resistant to moisture and humidity, making this material a great option for any bathroom.
7. Clean Up Your Tub or Shower
Whether you have a tub, shower, or combination of the two, this large structure is likely the focal point of your bathroom. If it’s on the older size and showing its age through cracks, scratches, and discoloured caulk, it can diminish your bathroom’s overall look. Fortunately, there are several repair kits on the market that can help fix minor cracks and scratches, and get rid of stains on any kind of tub or shower.
These kits are all under $25, and many come with both epoxy and paint, so you can seal and cover any imperfections.
You don’t need to do a massive renovation to spruce up an old and outdated bathroom. With a few small improvements that won’t cost more than $100, you can give this important space a whole new look.
Want some more suggestions of how to give your bathroom a quick and easy update? The team at Duby’s loves to chat all things bathroom renovation. Our Windsor showroom was recently renovated and expanded, and we have tons of options for any budget and style.