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How to Save Money on a Budget Bathroom Remodel
Remodeling your bathroom doesn’t have to cost you an arm, a leg, and your child’s college tuition. Updating your bathroom can be accomplished by finding alternative methods and materials to accomplish a successful bathroom renovation.
Here at Trade Winds Imports, we don’t believe in the idea that you have to overspend to get the best quality. We pride ourselves in keeping prices competitive while maintaining a recognized level of quality. Keep your piggy bank full and your bathroom looking great with these bathroom remodeling tips!
1. Budget Friendly Bathroom Countertops
Marble is one of those countertop materials that people dream of. But marble is expensive, because it is hard to find in large slabs that can be used to cut out an entire counter top. If you’re open to the idea, you can use several mid-size marble tiles and set them flush together. This will give you a tiled marble counter top perfectly fitted to your bathroom vanity that will only be a fraction of the cost of a solid marble slab. You may also consider using “cultured” marble. Cultured marble is a sort of processed stone that is melded into a single slab using a bonding component that gives your counter top a sleek, uninterrupted, one-piece look that is so desirable. Another great option for the frugal remodeler is butcher block counter tops. Although the maintenance requirements for these are a little more taxing than many other counters, it looks amazing and is super affordable! If you’re looking for some more budget friendly counter top ideas, check out this great article that will help save you time and maybe some money!
2. Save on Flooring
Although marble is still the most sought after flooring material (but other natural stones, such as slate and limestone, are increasingly popular), there are many ways to remodel your bathroom without totally blowing your budget on costly materials. There are a ton of options out there to choose from including less-costly natural stones, such as travertine or sandstone. You can also install faux-marble that uses synthetic materials that are made to mimic the appearance of natural stone flooring and countertops. These styles have been honed to perfection over the years – these days, it can often be difficult to discern which is the real thing!
Want to save even more money? Learn how to tile a bathroom floor yourself by reading this!
3. Frame Your Own Mirror
Purchasing a good looking bathroom mirror – complete with beautiful frame – can get to be pretty expensive. But good news! You can achieve the same great look by doing it all yourself. Just purchase a simple frameless mirror and add cheap unfinished trim from the hardware store, surrounding the edges of your mirror to create a custom frame. You can even personalize your mirror by taking it over to a glass shop for the perfect custom shape/style. Glass shops can cut your raw simple mirror for you for a small fee. Even with this fee, framing your own mirror can still save you money and leave you feeling proud of the end results. We found this awesome DIY Mirror Framing Guide that shows you a cheap and easy way to frame your mirror! Be sure to check it out.
4. Repaint Your Vanity
Replacing your vanity can be one of the more costly areas of your bathroom remodel. In order to replace the vanity, you may have to do some drywall work, repaint walls, and other resurface the floors. You can give your vanity a face lift by repainting your vanity with a lacquer finish.
If your bathroom cabinets are out of date, you can check out our Closeout Vanities Section. Here we list an assortment of inexpensive vanities that have been drastically reduced as a result of discontinuation of a product line, liquidation of overstocked items, or simply because were clearing out space to make room for a new line!
Gemini Under Mount Modern Bathroom Vanity
5. Use Every Drop!
Paint isn’t exactly cheap. Make sure that you save every drop of paint so that you don’t end up buying a whole new bucket for the last patch on your wall. A good tip to keep in mind, store paint buckets upside down to prevent your paint from drying out. The paint acts as a great sealant and will keep air from entering your bucket and drying out. Food for thought!
More Budget Saving Bath Remodeling Tips:
- Top 10 Ways to Decorate For Less
- Install Heated Flooring for Less than What You’d Expect!
- Budget Remodeling for Small Bathrooms
- How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost?
About this Post
This post was written on behalf of Trade Winds Imports by Cheryl Khan. A contributing author and interior designer, Cheryl loves when she can save clients a couple extra dollars using these bathroom budget saving tips! You can follower her on tumblr at thesuperiorinteriors.tumblr.com.