Splurge Where It Matters
If you want to splurge on one item, find ways to save elsewhere. RMS user KarenSpirit bought a slightly damaged clawfoot tub for $90 and a $900 vanity on Ebay. The seamless shower doors are a design splurge with fabulous dividends.
Paint, Paint, Paint
It's amazing what paint can do to cure the \"builder beige\" blues. Michelle Hinckley of 4 Men 1 Lady transformed her new construction bathroom into a serene and stylish space with a few simple changes. \"I changed the mirror for one I found at an estate sale. It was gold, but I painted it white. Then I painted the cabinet black,\" she says. A red barn lamp, yellow accessories and graphic artwork gives this space much-needed personality.
Goodbye, Basic Beige
A stenciled ceiiling is as dramatic as it is affortable. Hinckley 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 just loud enough.
Even bathroom essentials, like tissues, dish towels and toilet paper, can be attractive if displayed correctly. Hinckley found this metal cabinet and a flea market, then filled it with stylish baskets, jars and lemon-yellow accessories.
A Complete Overhaul For $500
This floor-to-ceiling bath makeover cost about $500, including DIY plumbing, electrical work and painting. Meredith and Stephen Heard of Welcome to Heardmont scraped the popcorn ceilings, then painted the walls and vanity. Meredith even made the chic striped curtain herself using a flat white sheet and yellow fabric paint.
Amazing Vanity Makeover
The Heards repurposed their basic vanity as the base for this high-end finished product. To up the wow factor, they coated the existing vanity with white paint, then covered it with a stained and sealed butcher block countertop and a simple white vessel sink.
A Chic Look for Next to Nothing
Accessories are another place where it's easy to save. \"We found all of the art online on free printable websites,\" says Meredith. She chose the bicycle print because Stephen is an avid cyclist. Instead of spending $10 to $15 on storage canisters, she opted for a set of one dollar votive holders to house her sink-side essentials.
Add Tile Where It Counts
The addition of decorative tiles around a vessel sink punched up this otherwise beige and boring bathroom. RMS user 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.
Freehand and Nearly Free
RMS user 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. If you or a friend are artistically inclined, you can update your bathroom for the cost of a couple of gallons of paint.Photo by oldhousemama from Rate My Space
Love What You Already Have
Instead of gutting the old school furnishings and appliances in her 1950s bathroom, RMS user 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.
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. RMS user mstupski was able to create this fresh bathroom and utilize its mid-century modern bones.
A Touch of Whimsy
RMS user Ikf-ia says she had fun with this bathroom. The result is a soothing, imaginative space. The bubble mirrors add whimsical design detail without breaking the bank. Her tring up a romantic candle light provides the look of a chandelier without the cost of an electrician.
Bold and Sleek
Small bathrooms are the perfect place to go bold, like RMS user Mark Adam did here. Created in one weekend for about $1,000, this room features a soothing yet bright color palette, a stone floor and sleek finishes.
A Little Marble and Molding
RMS user mamma4x took a dingy bathroom and turned it into this 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.
Small Stone Wall
RMS user 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.