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How to Deliver an Affordable Bathroom Makeover at Home

Bathrooms are used every day of the year, and when they get outdated, they can hugely influence how you feel about your home. It’s well known that bathroom makeovers can be expensive. Luckily, it’s also one of the easiest rooms to quickly refresh so if your bathroom is in need of a new look but you can’t afford to splash out for a full renovation, there are plenty of affordable bathroom makeover tips that you can make use of.

These affordable bathroom renovation techniques can overhaul the way your bathroom feels, without the costs that you might expect.

Plan ahead

There are lots of different parts that make up a bathroom, so planning where to begin can be time consuming as you try to figure out which parts are most in need of updating. Managing contractors, buying materials, choosing colours and even doing the work yourself costs time and money, so it’s important to plan ahead in order to work out exactly what you need to change and how you’re going to change it.

This will avoid you getting lost halfway through your renovation project and losing sight of your goal, as well as ensuring that you stay within your budget and use your resources wisely.

In the final stages of the bathroom renovation, take time to accessorise with plush towels, plants, bath mats and scented candles. These are the little things that will help you to create the look of luxury on a budget.

Limit your use of tiles

Tiles can be expensive, so it’s usually a good idea to cut down on where you use them as much as possible and seek an alternative waterproof wall and floor covering. Areas like the inside of the shower, behind the bath and the sink splashback need to be waterproofed, as does the floor, ideally.

Bathroom wall panels are an inexpensive alternative to tiling and can look just as effective. These marble-effect wall panels or stone-effect wall panels  are ideal for creating a posh bathroom, helping to create a high-end look at a much lower cost than individual stone or marble tiles.

Instead of a tiler having to mount individual tiles, the wall panels can be installed quickly, piece by piece. Because they also don’t require grouting or sealing, they’re very easy to maintain and you won’t have to constantly scrub them to avoid mould build up.

Buy used or repurposed materials

It’s important to assess which pieces of furniture should be replaced and which can be kept. In the bathroom, this could mean that you reuse old tiles or repurpose accessories from other rooms in the house. Try to revive things that are already in use. If there’s nothing wrong with the bathroom suite, it doesn’t need replacing. Simply update the suite with new taps for the sink and bath, and a new toilet seat.

Not only does this save you money during your affordable bathroom renovations, but it also reduces waste and contributes towards the health of the planet.

Refinish your bathtub

A new bathtub can be expensive – especially if you’re looking to replace a roll top bath. So instead of replacing your current bathtub with a new one, choose to refinish it to bring it back to its former glory. Refinishing a bathtub will repair any chips in the surface, and the results can be dramatic. However, it’s often only worth retouching luxury or expensive bathtubs, as the effort may otherwise outweigh the replacement cost.

Tile your countertop

Using tiles to cover the bathroom countertop is a great alternative to a single piece of expensive material like granite, marble or quartz. A tiled countertop resists water just as well as these other materials but is significantly less expensive. However, you will have to regularly maintain the grout to keep it in good condition, and the table top may chip easily.

Get rid of any mould

Making sure that your bathroom is free of mould and damp may seem like a simple task, but it can often be a time-consuming task that could include structural work like a damp-proof course. If you have had trouble with mould in the past, first clean your walls to ensure that the mould is properly removed, and then paint over the walls with a mould-proof paint. After that, paint the walls with your choice of paint, or install waterproof bathroom wall panels.

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