Creating a New Bathroom on a Budget
A garden tub, steam shower, custom cabinetry and a heated towel bar would turn any bathroom into a showpiece, but those upgrades can get expensive. If you have champagne tastes and a beer budget, it’s still possible to turn your drab bathroom into a unique, elegant place with the budget-friendly tips below.
Add Some Shelving
If you have some metal shelving going unused in the garage, it can easily be converted for bathroom use. Paint it a glossy shade with spray paint, and it can be used to store toiletries and towels; include a basket of decorative soaps and a scented candle or two for a warm, inviting look.
Pull Back the Curtain
The shower curtain, that is! You don’t have to spend your hard-earned money on a custom shower curtain when it’s easy to make your own. Just find a flat sheet in a design you like (here’s where cheaper is better; lower thread-count sheets make great shower curtains). Fashion the rod ties from bias tape in a matching color, or keep it really simple by using the pocket at the sheet’s top.
Throw in the Towel
Cut strips from color-coordinating sheets and sew them along the bottoms of your towels for a customized look at a fraction of the price. If you’re not handy with a sewing machine, most discount stores have bath towels in every color of the rainbow—you’re sure to find a set that fits the look you’re going for.
Take a Look in the Mirror
To make your bathroom look bigger without knocking down a wall, add a mirror above your bathtub (use a closet-door mirror; they’re available at discount and home improvement stores for $20 or less). Mount it horizontally to add the illusion of space and width, and install a shelf below the mirror to hold candles, toiletries, soap and extra washcloths.
Maximize Your Storage
Especially with small bathrooms, storage is at a premium. Create more by adding in a thrift-shop or garage sale table, painted in a matching color. Put the table next to your tub or toilet to hold towels and tissue, and add a potted plant or scented candle for an elegant look.
Vanity is a Good Thing
If you have an old bureau or buffet that you don’t know what to do with, you can turn it into a budget vanity. Use a jigsaw (or hire a company specializing in shower repairs) to cut holes for the sink and plumbing, and cover the top with mosaic tile and grout. It will take a little effort, but the results are worth it.
You don’t have to spend thousands in materials and UPVC repairs to turn your bathroom into one of the most inviting rooms in your home. With the inexpensive ideas on this list, it’s possible to decorate beautifully and stay within your budget.
Guest post from Amy Fowler for Hometech: experts in UPVC and shower repairs.