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How to Save Money Remodeling Your Bathroom

Updated on September 13, 2016
Save $150 by choosing a less fancy faucet.
Save $150 by choosing a less fancy faucet. | Source

The Easiest Places for Saving Money

Some pieces are worth spending money on, some not so much. Save money on the pieces you're willing to downgrade so that you can afford that breathtaking shower. Here are some ideas:


Faucets

Faucets can range anywhere from $30.00 to over $1000. Especially for the bathroom sink, consider a cheaper option, and put that money to good use elsewhere, where it can really make an impact!

This design incorporates larger, cheaper tile alongside some gorgeous hexagonal marble tile. The two compliment each other well, and create a very fresh and unique look.
This design incorporates larger, cheaper tile alongside some gorgeous hexagonal marble tile. The two compliment each other well, and create a very fresh and unique look. | Source

Tile Choices

Fancy tile definitely makes a bathroom look incredible, but for many the fanciest tile options are out of reach. I would suggest choosing some gorgeous tile alongside a cheaper option, and creating a design that incorporates the two together. You can have your gorgeous glass tile in a horizontal strip than runs along your shower wall, and create a truly unique look that is just as nice as the fancy tile alone.

Or Use Less Tile

Although tile is much cleaner than paint, the reality is that tile is much more expensive than paint. Rather than covering an entire wall with tile, opt for tile only around the sink and vanity while painting the other walls.

Choose Energy Efficient Upgrades

While not an immediate saving, energy efficient toilets, light fixtures and even pressurized shower heads are all great ways to save money in the long run. Typically energy efficient pieces are more expensive than their non-efficient counterparts, however, the money you'll save on water use in the long run will make that initial cost well worthwhile.

Freshen Up Rather Than Replace

Not every piece requires replacing. You can save a lot of money by working with what you already have. Here are some easy things you can revamp in your bathroom.

Redo Caulking and Grout

Over time caulking and grout wears down, gets moldy, and loses its initial sheen. You can really freshen up your existing tile and make it look incredibly clean and new with some new grout.

Use Your Existing Vanity

Rather than replacing the vanity entirely, try just replacing the countertop, and give the cabinets a facelift with a fresh coat of paint. Also replace the cabinet drawer pulls, and you've got an entirely new vanity!

Keep the Toilet

If you don't want to completely gut your toilet, simply replacing the lid can make a big impact on the look of the toilet. Typically plastic, toilet lids will often show considerable wear, where the rest of the toilet just needs a good cleaning to look sparkly.

This mirror really completes the space, and the frame really makes it a beautiful vanity.
This mirror really completes the space, and the frame really makes it a beautiful vanity. | Source

Frame Your Vanity Mirror

An often overlooked idea, sometimes your bathroom mirror just needs a simple facelift in the form of a frame! You can easily make your own by purchasing framing wood, staining it and putting it into place. It's much cheaper than completely replacing the entire mirror.

Savings in Action (Inspiration)

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Tile on the floor and shower completes the space, with painted walls and money saved.A gorgeous tub is easy to afford when you've painted on a marble look on the walls, rather than purchasing marble tile.These faucets were salvaged by just spray painting the existing faucets!The bathroom badly needed the grout cleaned up, and now the floor looks great!
Tile on the floor and shower completes the space, with painted walls and money saved.
Tile on the floor and shower completes the space, with painted walls and money saved. | Source
A gorgeous tub is easy to afford when you've painted on a marble look on the walls, rather than purchasing marble tile.
A gorgeous tub is easy to afford when you've painted on a marble look on the walls, rather than purchasing marble tile. | Source
These faucets were salvaged by just spray painting the existing faucets!
These faucets were salvaged by just spray painting the existing faucets! | Source
The bathroom badly needed the grout cleaned up, and now the floor looks great!
The bathroom badly needed the grout cleaned up, and now the floor looks great! | Source

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      Maria Sing 6 months ago from Singapore

      Very practical money-saving tips for bathroom remodeling!