Bathroom Makeovers On A Budget
Bathroom makeovers on a budget – How to transform your bathrooms without spending a ton of money.
Believe it or not, bathroom makeovers – even on a budget- are possible. You don’t need to spend lots of money to give your bathroom a fresh new look! And it’s always fun to change up your look.
We bought our home around three years ago, and I have been wanting to redo both of our bathrooms for awhile now.
The bathrooms were in desperate need, and I was looking forward to taking them from drab to fab!
I’m going to share our project with you to give you some ideas for bathroom makeovers on a budget!
We could only start one bathroom at a time, because having both of our bathrooms under construction with six kids is…well that’s just dangerous.
So, we decided to start with the hall bathroom, since that’s the bathroom that company sees the most.
Here are a few before pictures –
As you can see, it really needed a face lift. It was very drab and boring, and needed some updating. There was also a crack in one of the tiles in the floor, and the walls needed some TLC.
This project actually started off with me just wanting to fix the walls and paint. From there, the whole thing suddenly took on a life of its own!
We considered our options.
- How many parts of this bathroom will we be able to change or fix on our own?
- How much money did we have to sink into this project?
- What exactly did we want to change?
- What did we want our color scheme to be?
- How long will each step of this process take us to finish?
After some back and forth with different ideas, we decided to start looking at vanity tops first. We definitely wanted to replace the old one, so it was just a matter of checking out different colors and styles.
Once we found one we liked, it was easier to decide on what colors we wanted for the floor and the walls. Once we ordered our new vanity top, we just had to wait for it to be delivered.
In the meantime, I decided to start working on taking out the old cabinet above the toilet, and removing that terribly crafted towel bar.
Once I removed those, as well as the mirror above the sink, I started the difficult task of sanding, patching and priming the drywall. It wasn’t easy, and actually took longer than I expected.
Under Construction –
Here’s what everything looked like while in the middle of the transformation process.
Basically, I tore everything off of the walls, then worked on sanding and patching. I repeated the sanding and patching process until I was satisfied, and everything was fairly smooth.
Then I went over all of the sanded areas with primer. This is important to do after sanding and patching, because it helps to prevent your patched areas from showing through your new paint.
It also helps you see if you need to do any additional sanding or spackling.
I then decided to sand down the existing vanity cabinet and repaint it, instead of replacing it. There really wasn’t anything wrong with the vanity cabinet, it just needed to be freshened up.
This is an important thing to keep in mind when considering bathroom makeovers on a budget – anything that you don’t absolutely have to replace helps – leaving you more to work with on the parts that really do need replacing.
We wanted to replace the old tile floor with new tile, so we started working on ripping up the old tile, and smoothing the plywood underneath to prepare it for the new tile.
We were lucky, because without this extra layer, it can cause your tile to crack, and mold to form underneath the tile. It’s very important not to skip this when laying tile flooring.
Once the floor was free of old mortar, we started the process of laying the new tile. And trust me – process is exactly the right word!
And of course, I have pictures to share with you, from start to finish of how we completed one of two bathroom makeovers on a budget!
Replacing the floor –
If you’re considering installing tile as a part of your bathroom makeovers on a budget, there are some tools and supplies you’ll have to have in order to do so.
Here is a list of the tools and supplies we used for installing our tile –
- Tile cutter
- 1/4 inch notched trowel
- Undercut saw
- Drill mixer
- 5 gallon buckets (at least two)
- Grout float
- 1/4 inch backer board (this is the thickness we used)
- Latex additive for grout
- Color matched caulk (this will depend on the tile color)
- Grout sealer
- Along with the ceramic tile, we purchased 3 granite thresholds as well, just to add a decorative touch
This is just what we used, depending on what you’re looking to do, you may need more or less. I just wanted to give you a general idea of what’s needed for a small tile project like this one.
I found this short video that goes over the basics of how to lay tile. Even if you’re familiar with the process, it’s always good to have a refresher!
Once the floor was finished and safe to walk on, the next step was to finish up painting the vanity cabinet, and install our new vanity top.
First, we put the vanity top into position, to make sure of exactly where it needed to sit.
Once we were sure that the plumbing was correctly aligned, we were ready to permanently mount it into place.
We used a thick layer of silicone to mount and seal it to the vanity cabinet, and to attach the back and side splashes to the walls.
Once the silicone set, we then used silicone to caulk the edges and the corners around the back and side splash pieces.
Caulking tip: Using painter’s tape will allow you to easily create a thin straight line, without the hassle of having to wipe off excess where you don’t want it. This is especially true for silicone, which can be a real pain if it gets anywhere you don’t want it.
Vanity Pics –
And we have ourselves a sink! You have no idea how exciting it was for the kids to finally have their bathroom space back. As well as not having to share ours with them anymore!
We added a few other smaller touches as well. We installed a new cabinet above the toilet, bought a custom frame for the mirror above the vanity, and replaced the old receptacles, switches and covers.
We also went ahead and replaced the register, since the other one was…not very pretty. It also had a few rust spots on it, so it really needed to go.
The register we decided to go with we found on Amazon, for a very reasonable price. If you didn’t notice it in the pictures, or were unable to see it clearly, I found a good pic of it so you can see it in more detail.
We love it, and it’s holding up quite nicely! It just adds a little extra decorative touch. We want to replace all of the registers in our house…eventually.
And now it’s time for the grand finale! We want to find a new shower curtain and new bath rugs at some point, but for now, our old ones will do just fine.
Here’s the full finished product –
So, what do you think? I know that everyone’s style and tastes are different, but I think our hard work made a huge difference!
There are some other small things we’d like to add of course, but considering the budget we had to work with, as well as completing this entire project on our own – I’d say we did a pretty amazing job.
We can fill in the smaller details later on. All in all, we’re very happy with how everything turned out. We’re excited about doing our master bathroom next!
As soon as we save up for all the materials…
Hope you enjoyed seeing our transformation, thanks for checking it out!
Bathroom makeovers on a budget are totally possible, with careful planning, price checking, and knowing what will fit into your budget!
If you’re looking for more ideas and inspiration, I found these 5 budget friendly bathroom makeovers that share before and after transformations!
We also have some great bathroom decorating tips and ideas you can check out as well!
Let us know what you think, drop us a comment below! And if you have any questions about this project, ask away, I’d be more than happy to help if I can!