10 Easy Ideas for a Bathroom Remodel on a Budget

A bit like kitchens, bathrooms will probably be one of the most expensive rooms to design and decorate, so many people will be looking to do a bathroom remodel on a budget.

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I recently painted my white bathtub pink as a quick bathroom makeover so I thought I’d do a little round-up of how to do a bathroom remodel on a budget.

Bathroom Remodel Ideas on a Budget

A cheap bathroom remodel is a great way to update your home for several reasons.

It can freshen up your bathroom without breaking the bank and most of the time bathroom suites are in good condition and don’t need to be completely ripped out. All it needs is a lick of paint and a few plants! 🙂

How to Do a Bathroom Remodel on a Budget

  1. Paint your bathtub
  2. Change your flooring with vinyl
  3. Paint your flooring
  4. Paint your bathroom
  5. Bathroom wallpaper
  6. Panel your walls
  7. Refresh your tile grout
  8. Shower curtains
  9. Furniture
  10. Add plants

1. Paint Your bathtub!

pink bath in the bathroom on patterned tiles

If you have a white bathtub, perhaps think about painting it to give your bathroom a whole fresh new look. When we were renovating our house, my love for white and grey interiors was strong and therefore my kitchen and bathroom took on this colour scheme!

Fast forward two years and I had grown a little tired of the monochrome look in the bathroom and adding colourful accessories was just not cutting it.

I’d seen a few people on Instagram paint their bathtubs a different shade so I decided to go for it! Acrylic and cast-iron baths are perfect for this, click here for instructions on how to paint it.

This is an extremely quick and easy way to do a bathroom makeover!

pink bath on patterned tiles in the bathroom
Painting my bath pink had a big impact and was a very cheap bathroom makeover
orange bath, bathroom, monochrome tiles, dark panelling
I love the pattern on this orange bathtub. Image credit: @oxfordone

2. Change Your Flooring With Vinyl

With patterned tiles becoming the biggest trend in the bathroom in recent years, vinyl is slowly catching up.

Patterned vinyl is a great way to do a bathroom remodel on a budget, is cheaper than tiling and is relatively easy to lay. I love this Monochrome Mardi Gras Sagres Vinyl from Carpetright

a black bathtub on black and white patterned vinyl in the bathroom. The walls are white shiplap and there is a black framed door leading into the room
Patterned vinyl in the bathroom Image: Carpetright

3. Paint Your Floor

If you have vinyl down in the bathroom and it just isn’t doing anything for you anymore, consider pulling it up and painting your flooring (if you have wooden flooring that is in good condition).

A bit like when I stencilled my decking, there are so many fabulous stencils out there to choose from, my favourite being Dizzy Duck designs. You could easily paint a patterned tile onto your floor or paint the floorboards the same colour, just make sure you use wood paint.

painted floor, painted flooring, tiles, painted tiles, bathroom
These fabulous stencilled tiles are available from Dizzy Duck Designs

4. Paint Your Bathroom

pink walls and green panelling in the bathroom with a stand-alone bathtub and pink patterned flooring
Pink and green bathroom. Image credit: @heatherrosieolivehome

Painting a bathroom is one of the cheapest ways to do a bathroom makeover. Don’t be afraid to use colour and choose a bright and cheerful tone so that your white bathroom suite really pops out.

Paint can be used to create a variety of different looks and styles, from bold and bright colours to subtle and understated tones. It can also be used to accentuate architectural features, such as a sloped ceiling or a feature wall.

From soft pink hues to sunny mustard and gorgeous green, anything goes and will also be a fabulous contrast if you have white tiles.

5. Bathroom Wallpaper

This is the next thing on my list of never-ending jobs to do in the house, but I really want to wallpaper our walls. A lot of people are nervous about doing this in the bathroom as for obvious reasons, it can get damp and if you have a small bathroom with little or no ventilation, it’s probably not a good idea.

However, wallpaper can add a unique and stylish look to your bathroom. Many modern wallpapers are designed to withstand moisture and humidity, making them suitable for use in bathrooms.

Additionally, some wallpaper is even mould and mildew-resistant, which can help prevent issues with bathroom dampness.

Wallpapering your bathroom is a clever bathroom makeover idea and will completely transform the look and feel of your bathroom. Melanie Lissack Interiors wrote a fab blog post on how to wallpaper your bathroom and if it’s done right, can really add that wow factor to a room!

jellyfish wallpaper in the bathroom with monochrome tiles on the floor and dark blue bathroom suite
A lot of colours in this bathroom pull the scheme together perfectly. Lissi knows how to do good bathrooms! Image credit: @oxfordone

6. Panel Your Walls

This is something I would absolutely love to do in our bathroom but the space is quite tight and we wouldn’t be able to get it around the bath.

Panelling is durable, easy to clean and maintain and is an affordable alternative to tiles or other high-end finishes in the bathroom. It can be less expensive to install and requires less labour than installing tiles, which can help keep your small bathroom remodel on a budget in check.

Panelling is a great way to provide a feature in your bathroom and if you use tongue and groove panelling, it’s fairly easy to install. You can finish it off with water-resistant paint and create a fabulous contrast to the rest of your walls.

wallpaper in the bathroom with green panelling and a black bathtub. There is a large round mirror on the walls
Melanie has got it all going on in her wonderful bathroom, the painted bathtub, wallpaper and green panelling. Image credit: Melanie Lissack Interiors
dark green panelling in the bathroom with a vintage vanity sink unit, monochrome tiling on the floor and a large round mirror
Nicola has recently renovated her bathroom and it is full of desirable features including this wonderful panelling. Image credit: thegirlwiththegreensofa.com

7. Refresh Your Tile Grout

Probably one of the best ways to do a bathroom remodel on a budget is to renew your tile grout! Grout can easily get dirty and mouldy so the best way to clean it is to use a good limescale cleaner, grout cleaner and grout cleaning brush.

If the grout still looks grubby after a good clean you can use a grout pen to basically colour over the dirt and leave an anti-mould finish. You can also use grout pens to change the colour of your grout (if your grout is white to begin with) and leave a wonderful contrast against your white tiles.

white metro tiles in the bathroom with orange grout
This orange grout is paired perfectly with the copper accessories in this bathroom. Image credit: britishceramictile.com

8. Shower Curtains

Now, I’m not a fan of shower curtains as they have a tendency to wrap around me like clingfilm around a barbecued sausage, but they can add fun and fantastic colour to a bathroom.

It’s probably the quickest and easiest way to do a bathroom remodel and online stores like Dunelm and Wayfair have a huge range to choose from.

While some shower curtains can be expensive, there are several ways to add shower curtains on a budget. Shop for deals, consider making your own with a waterproof material or buy a plain shower curtain and add your own trim to it. 

pink bath, botanical print, green walls, wooden floorboard
This botanical shower curtain is perfectly paired with the pink bath. Image credit: @victoriaemes
frida kahlo shower curtain with a bath tiled in white square tiles and a monochrome floor. the walls are painted pink
This Frida Kahlo shower curtain is probably the most famous shower curtain in all of Instaland. Image credit: @almost_everything_of_ebay

9. Furniture

If you have the space, think outside the box when it comes to storage and storage furniture in your bathroom. Find a vintage cabinet or dresser to store your bathroom items or use old ladders to hang your towels.

Before you start shopping for bathroom furniture, set a budget for yourself. This will help you to stay focused and avoid overspending. You can find a variety of bathroom furniture options at different price points, so determine how much you are willing to spend before you start shopping.

vintage cabinet in the bathroom on monochrome tiles
I love the repurpose of this old vintage cabinet to house towels in Greg’s bathroom. Image credit: @manwithahammer

10. And finally, one of the best ways to do a bathroom makeover, add plants!

What is a bathroom without plants? If you have natural light in your bathroom, they are perfect at bringing life to sterile and dark corners and they act as a natural humidifier.

I can’t imagine my bathroom without them and we are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing what plants will work, including snake plants, spider plants, ferns and peace lilies. Create shelving to perch your plants on or find hanging plant pots to dot them around the room.

Even if you don’t have natural light in your bathroom, faux plants have come a long way in recent years and are nearly as good as the real thing.

plants in the bathroom with a pink bathtub, grey painted bathroom walls and white metro tiles.
I’m a big fan of plants in the bathroom! 🙂

a plant in the bathroom

plants in the bathroom with a pink bathtub, grey painted bathroom walls and white metro tiles.

plants on a shelf in the bathroom

I hope this has given you some ideas to do a bathroom remodel on a budget without having to rip it out and start again!

There are many cheap bathroom remodel ideas that can transform your space and make it unique. What will you do to yours?

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    • Melanie Boyden
      10/06/2020 / 12:46 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  1. 07/10/2020 / 7:51 am

    Thank you very much for sharing about 10 ways to makeover bathroom here… I really hope I can work on your tips and it works for me too, I am happy to come across your article. Great post I must admit, keep sharing more… Found an another website https://www.interiorpainting.co.nz/ it has lots of valuable information for everyone

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