By Wendy Barton, Southern Home Enterprises
Working with a designer and/or contractor may seem like a pricey move for someone wanting to remodel their bathroom on a budget, but it is money well spent. Having a plan you’ve worked out with a professional will assure you that your design, budget and timeline are realistic, and it will give you a goal with a path to get there.
Consider replacing your toilet seat and lid instead of tossing out the whole porcelain perch. Just changing out these two tops can give your toilet a fresh look without buying a new unit.
The Vanity of Furniture
Try hunting vintage and antique dressers at flea markets and antique stores. No one will have another one like yours, and you won’t have shelled out big bucks for a run-of-the-mill piece.
Alternatives to Tile
Consider alternatives like reclaimed wood panels, board and batten, or beadboard.
Open shelving can create the illusion of space, and with a less weighty wallet hit than cabinets. A few drawers or covered baskets on high shelves can house your private items.
Let There Be Lighting
Adding lots of light to a bathroom is one of the most valuable changes a homeowner can make, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Shop sales at lighting and home improvement stores.
Punch It Up With Paint
Don’t underestimate the impact of a pop of colorful paint on a small space.
When you find a tile you like, check Craigslist and eBay to see if anyone is selling leftovers. Buy what you can at fire-sale prices, then finish out what you need by matching at your local store.