What is the cheapest way to remodel a bathroom?

Wow! Renovating your bathroom is an exciting time... imagining in your mind what the end result will be. The dream coming to life in your own home. Not only will the new look be very enjoyable for you, but it will also add value if you ever decide to sell down the track.

A complete bathroom reno can be expensive, so what is the cheapest way to remodel a bathroom if you have a limited budget?

It can be done, and we'll investigate ways to go about it through this blog.

Work out what your budget is to remodel your bathroom, and keep the figure in a book

What is the cheapest way to remodel a bathroom? Whatever your budget you will still need to have a budget to work by. The first thing to do is to get a small workbook, and on the front page write down in Red the budget you have to work with. This is the price you need to stick with.

Then under that, write down what needs to go and what can stay. Some questions to ask:

  • Can the bath stay, does it need repainting, or does it need to go?
  • Does the toilet stay?
  • How bad are the tiles?
  • Does the shower screen stay or go?

When you write it all down it will be clearer, and help you on your reno journey.

The cheapest way to renovate your old bath could be to reglaze it yourself

If your bathtub and basin has scratches and stains then you could simply touch them up. If they need a completely new coat get a Tub Refinishing Kit or Refinishing Spray Paint.

It's a 1-step solution to refinish tubs, sinks and showers. It takes the best part of the weekend just to do the bath, but it is the cheapest way.

If it is a bath inset, you could replace it pretty cost effectively with something like a Sinfonia Acrylic Bath by OSCHIN. 

What is the cheapest way to remodel a bathroom if the tiles or grout look bad?

First comes the grouting. If cleaning is all you need to bring up the grout, then use a powdered oxygenated bleach.

To renew the grout you can use a renew product. It seals and colors cement grout. You can patch missing grout with new grout the same colour.

For cleaning tiles, use a mixture of warm water, white vinegar, some All-Purpose-Cleaner or mild detergent.  If they're really bad, you can paint your tiles. Painted tiles can withstand years of regular wear and tear.

Use primer on the tiles and grout first then after it's dry, apply your first coat. After a few days you can apply the second coat. Finally apply sealant/polyurethane over the painted tiles.

Renew the edges along the floor and down the 90 degree angle joins as well with fresh silicon.

Replacing tapware is a very cost effective way to immediately improve the look of bathrooms

Replacing tapware will do wonders to the bathroom. Fit matching new tapware in the shower, basin and bath. You can pick up a modern, three piece Henty Bath Set by Oschin for minimal cost.

You will be surprised how much better it will make your bathroom look.  Don't forget to get new plugs for the bath and basin as well.

What is the cheapest way to remodel a bathroom floor and vanity with a smaller budget?

If you have a tiled floor then we've covered refreshing your tiles. If you have a timber floor, you could paint it the same colour or a whole new colour.

Now the vanity unit. Will it look better simply with new handles? Will the surfaces look better with just a really good clean? If not, with many vanities you can replace the doors and drawers.

If the entire vanity needs replacement, then look for a low cost replacement that works with the existing plumbing arrangement so you can install it yourself. One cost effective option for 900mm vanities is the Floor Standing Trenton Vanity by COB & PEN.

A few finishing touches to remodelling the bathroom when you have a low budget

The Toilet. Would simply replacing the toilet seat and/or cistern make a difference? If so Bathware Direct have heaps of low cost replacement options. Alternatively, you could probably replace the toilet yourself.

A new toilet will instantly lift the bathroom, and doesn’t have to cost a lot, like the stylish Dublin Toilet Suite from COB & PEN.

The window and window furnishings. Would replacing the window furnishings with new, pre-made, slimline blinds work? It is a quick and eacy solution that looks great.  Would repainting the frame work? New silicon along the edges will certainly freshen it up as well.

The lights. Is it simply a matter of cleaning the existing light shade or is replacing the light shade better? You can get a new one for minimal cost.   

The final touch. Repainting all the walls, the ceiling, the woodwork including the sill will make a world of difference. Don’t forget mould kill.

And there you have it. So if anyone asks you ‘what is the cheapest way to remodel a bathroom?’ show them what you've been able to achieve.

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