No matter if you are looking for a new place to live and notice that bathroom should be improved a bit, or you are thinking about renovating your old one, you sure don’t have unlimited amount of time and money to spend. It is incredible just how different your bathroom could look if you only change a few smaller things. Some brainstorming, a lot of paint, and even more patience will get you far, and when you finish you will not be able to recognize the place. There is no need to put aside significant amounts of money when you can do it for less and even do it yourself.

Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget


Mirrors are great and essential in bathrooms – they make it look bigger and more open, plus they make it lighter. If you cannot afford those big mirrors with intricate frames, you could use simple hanging mirrors without frames and build your own frame around them. Use caulk gun to ‘glue’ your mirrors to the walls, and make sure you leave enough space for the crown molding and boards. Next, cut the boards and crown molding so that thy fit around the mirror and make sure you use either nails or Liquid Nails. When finished, simply paint it any colour you like and enjoy your customized mirrors.

Change the walls

Many people choose to paint their walls white in order to make the room look bigger, but it often ends up looking sterile and cold instead. My adding more shades and patterns to your bathroom, you will make it look more cheerful and warm. Add some orange, green, or blue stripes on the walls, thus you will not completely lose all white colour, but rather add some fullness. On the other hand, if you have tiles on the walls and don’t feel like taking them off (which is reasonable and understandable), you might try painting them over instead.


Choose the tiles which go well with the wall colour, and think about whether you would like them to be ceramic, vinyl, or even marble. Marble does sound expensive, but if your bathroom is not too big, you could use marble tiles on your floor, and other king on the walls or for the shower. You could even combine different colours and pattern which you could arrange to get your own pattern, a perfect reflection of your own style.

With a little help of caulk gun, power tools (I prefer Makita tools, but any other will do just as well), bubble level, and some patience, you can do anything.

Vintage Bath Accessories


Women love to do this in every room in the house, and while it may seem pointless, it is not the case. Simply by adding a few details in the bathroom will make it look completely different: more mirrors will open up the space, snazzy curtain hooks will spice the curtains up too, and adding a small, mirrored soap container made of metal instead of plastic will completely change the way that room looks. Don’t put back in everything you initially took out – choose only a few things which will not clutter up the space.

There is no need to give an ‘extreme makeover’ to your bathroom even if you believe that is what it needs. Maybe buying a new tub or a new sink will make the place look different, changing the walls colour is much simpler and easier. Make a plan, go through it step by step, decide how much money you could put aside for this project, and make sure you get some help from your family and friends too. Good mood and cheerful people will make the entire plan seem easier, and you will be finished in no time.

Smooth DecoratorJohn Stone is a DIY enthusiast who occasionally likes to put his ideas down to paper and share them with like-minded people. Currently works as the editor of SmoothDecorator. His fields of interest include home improvement, sustainability, new technologies, and pretty much all-things-DIY. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar and watching Formula 1.