Just because you don’t have a ton of wiggle room in your budget doesn’t mean you can’t have the bathroom you’ve been dreaming of. Creativity, a few free weekends, and some elbow grease can give you an updated bathroom on a dime.
Decide what look you’re going for with your fixtures first. Shabby chic? Check out a local antique salvage yard for new-to-you fixtures like towel bars, faucets, and lighting elements. Modern? Try a Habitat for Humanity ReStore. They have a wide variety of items both from donations and from mainline stores’ surplus. If this is the only thing you want to change, watch the weekly circular of your local home improvement store for specials.
Dress up your bathroom with a new mirror. Craft stores often publish coupons in the newspaper that offer a 30%-40% discount on individual items. Stores like Marshalls, Home Goods, and TJMaxx also have a wide selection of mirrors in many different styles for a fraction of the price of specialty retailers or home improvement stores.
If you’ve got some time, you could also switch up the paint color. Teals and soft greens provide a feeling of tranquility and relaxation. Even painting just one wall with a quart of marked-down overstock paint from the hardware store will give your bathroom a whole new feeling for only a few dollars!
Find a matching shower curtain and linens to complete your budget bathroom transformation. It’s amazing how much visual real estate these workhorse items take up. You can wait for sale at a major retailer, seek out coupons online and in the newspaper, or make your own shower curtain from a bedsheet or a few yards of fabric.