Bathroom on a Budget

by J on November 19, 2010

Have you got a small half bath badly in need of updating, but with little money in your budget to remodel it? Well, don’t despair. You can still make some big changes if you bargain shop and use what you have available for this home improvement project.

Make a List of What Needs to Be Done

First of all, look at your bathroom and write down what your priorities are. Do you need new flooring? What shape is your vanity in? How about the walls and the toilet? How is the lighting in the room? Make your list, so you know what to look for.

Take Stock of What You Have

For the next step, check your supplies at home to see what is available to use.

  • Have you recently installed new flooring in your kitchen or other room of your house? Do you have enough left over that you can use for your small half bath? If not look for sales and closeouts on flooring. Depending upon the type of flooring you need, you may have to hire a general contractor or plumber to pull out the toilet before you install the flooring.
  • Steam off any old wallpaper and paint your walls.
  • Evaluate the condition of your vanity. If the countertop is bad, why not try replacing only the countertop, sink and faucet, while you repaint the cabinet to give it a new look. For a fairly inexpensive price, you can buy a piece of wood such as pine and use a router to edge it to the edge profile of your choice. Or, if you don’t feel competent to do the edging, hire a home improvement specialist just to do this small job. Once you have the desired edging finished, stain the board and polyurethane it.
  • Next, prime the cabinet and paint it the shade you would like it to be. If possible, use the same shade of paint on the walls to save even more money. If it’s a small room, you should be able to get by with just one gallon of paint. Finally, you can purchase new hardware if you want to for the cabinet and attach the countertop. Search for a sink and new faucet in the bargain section or closeout sales or ask if there are any pieces being discontinued. You can also check garage sales and flea markets for possibilities. Install those and your vanity is finished.
  • What shape is your toilet in? If it is still in good shape, you’re in the clear. Otherwise, watch for sales and closeouts.
  • Finally, check your lighting. Do you need new fixtures? Be creative. It doesn’t necessarily have to be bathroom lighting. Look through all the fixtures including outdoor ones, looking for sales.

With a little ingenuity, creativity and time, you can have a beautiful new bathroom for a fraction of the price of a major remodel.

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