If you want to splurge on one item, find ways to save elsewhere. HGTV fan KarenSpirit bought a slightly damaged clawfoot tub for $90 and a $900 vanity online. The seamless shower doors are a design splurge with fabulous dividends.
A Complete Overhaul For $500
This floor-to-ceiling bathroom makeover cost about $500, including plumbing, electrical and paint. Meredith and Stephen Heard of Welcome to Heardmont removed the popcorn ceilings, then painted the walls and vanity. Meredith even made the striped curtain herself using a flat white sheet and yellow fabric paint.
Goodbye, Basic Beige
A stenciled ceiiling is as dramatic as it is affordable. Michelle Hinckley of 4 Men 1 Lady found this graphic lattice design and stenciled it with beige and the same gray hue used on the walls. The result? A dramatic focal point that's bold and trendy.
Just because you have a retro bathroom doesn't mean you need to replace the fixtures and tile. Instead, work with what you have; start by exploring color palettes. HGTV fan mstupski was able to create this fresh bathroom and utilize its mid-century modern bones.
Love What You Already Have
Instead of gutting the old school furnishings and appliances in her 1950s bathroom, HGTV fan oldhousemama embraced the vintage vibe by keeping the original clawfoot tub, pedestal sink and toilet. She kept the paint and tile crisp and gave the room a fun twist with nostalgic artwork and an embellished shower curtain. It can be much cheaper to embrace and polish what you have, instead of gutting your bathroom and replacing everything.
Even bathroom essentials, like tissues, dish towels and toilet paper, can be attractive if displayed correctly. Michelle Hinckley found this metal cabinet at a flea market, then filled it with stylish baskets, jars and lemon-yellow accessories.
Freehand and Nearly Free
HGTV fan KarenSpirit totally transformed her good friend's powder room by hand-painting these stunning blooms. Everything else in the bathroom stayed as is. You don't have to update all of the features and decor in your bathroom to make a noticeable difference. In a small space like this, a bold statement can seem like a total bathroom makeover.
A Little Marble and Molding
HGTV fan mamma4x took a dingy bathroom and turned it into a masterpiece for less than $1,000. To get the look, she used prefab cabinets but added molding for a custom look and replaced hunter-green tile with marble.
Add Tile Where It Counts
The addition of decorative tiles around a vessel sink punched up this otherwise beige and boring bathroom. HGTV fan joeyboti searched his local classifieds to score a deal on the glass tiles and did all of the work by hand. Taking the time to put in a little elbow grease and searching for bargains can keep your bathroom remodel budget in check.
Small Stone Wall
HGTV fan jlgraddy made some smart design choices in this dramatic basement bath makeover. The stone is used on the back wall for maximum visual impact. The vanity was also a bargain find.